Mandy Perkins recognised nationally for planning work

The late Leader of the Council, Councillor Mandy Perkins, has received national recognition for her work in planning.

Mandy Perkins

Every year for International Women's Day, The Planner magazine publishes a list of planning's Women of Influence, all nominated by readers. A number of distinguished planners helped to select the final list of 50 Women of Influence which celebrates the impact of women on planning and planners.


Mandy was a strong advocate of planning and chaired Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership (HIPP) for many years, pushing efforts to debate and agree cross-border issues. She was instrumental in establishing a Hertfordshire Growth Board comprising leaders and chief executives to debate long-term planning and infrastructure. 


Mandy's recognition is shared with Councillor Linda Haysey, Leader of East Herts Council, who replaced her as Chair of HIPP.


Leader of the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Councillor Tony Kingsbury, said:

We are so proud to see Mandy recognised in this way, sitting alongside some of the country's most influential women in the world of planning.


Mandy worked immensely hard, both as a councillor and as Leader of the Council, as well as in her other roles, including Chair of HIPP and Vice-Chair of the local Domestic Abuse Forum.


Mandy was extremely knowledgeable in the field of planning and had a genuine commitment to affordable housing. She was a strong community champion who believed passionately in helping others and was dedicated to doing the right thing for our residents.