Simon Marsh

Head of Sustainable Development, RSPB


Simon Marsh is Head of Sustainable Development, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Simon is a chartered town planner and leads a team which seeks to influence public policy so that infrastructure development is in harmony with nature and that the value of nature is mainstreamed in decision-making. He was awarded the MBE in 2013 in recognition of his work as a member of the National Planning Policy Framework practitioners’ advisory group. He was a member of Lord Matthew Taylor’s review of planning practice guidance, and a commissioner on the Lyons Housing Review.
Before moving to the RSPB in 2004, Simon spent most of his career as a planning officer at Sefton Council, Merseyside, and Essex County Council, with a two-year break advising the Government of Mozambique. He is a graduate of the Universities of Durham, Sheffield and Liverpool.

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