Diana Fitzsimons


Diana has been Chair of the Fold group for three years. She is an RTPI planner and an RICS development surveyor and has worked in N Ireland as a planning officer for DoE Planning; as a Senior lecturer in Planning and Development at UU; as a sole practitioner; as a Principal Commissioner with the Planning Appeals Commission; as an English Planning Inspector; and as a Director of Turley Associates (UK wide planning consultancy) where she led the Belfast office team for a decade. She has an MA in Economics, an MSC in Town Planning, RICS membership by examinations and a PG Certificate in Property Law. She has extensive practical experience in urban regeneration and housing development and has published in this field. She is former NI Chairman of the RICS; RICS Governing Council member; Deputy President of Lionheart; RTPI NI Chair; and a member of DCAL Ministerial Advisory Group. She currently holds the position of International Ambassador for the International Federation for Housing and Planning; is Co-Chair of UN Habitats Professionals Forum; is a Belfast Harbour Commisioner; and is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University. 

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