Planning consultants appoint Sir Michael Bear as chair

Planning consultancy Turley has dispensed with the chief executive role, after Rob Lucas stepped down from the post after more than three decades with the firm.

David Trimingham, appointed Turley’s managing director in June last year, is to continue in the role and work with the company’s senior team on strategy.

In another move, Turley named Sir Michael Bear (pictured) as its new chair, replacing Dr Nick Isbister, who occupied the position for the past three years.

Bear has held executive and non-executive positions at Hammerson and Arup, and was chief executive of the Spitalfields Development Group. He recently set up the Regeneration Investment Organisation at UKTI.

Commenting on his appointment, Bear paid tribute to Lucas and said his role at Turley would be to position the business “to take advantage of opportunities in a sector which will be so important to the growth of the UK, attracting attention both nationally and internationally”.

Trimingham said of Lucas: “In his 31 years of service, Rob has been a tireless driving force behind the growth and diversification of our business. His combination of strategic steer, eye for detail and concern for people have become hallmarks of our company. 

“As co-owners, we owe much to Rob for the passion and care he has invested in Turley.”