Andrew Whitaker, Planning Director of the Home Builders Federation (HBF)

Andrew Whitaker MA MRTPI FRSA is the Planning Director of the Home Builders Federation (HBF). Andrew, who joined the Federation as a regional officer in 1994, has over 30 years experience as a town planner in both the public and private sector, specialising in the formulation and implementation of both planning and housing policy.

Having worked in both local government and private practice Andrew uses this cross-sector experience to advise the house building industry and liaise with central and local government through formal representations, sounding boards and working groups on a plethora of planning and housing issues.

Andrew is a member of the DCLG Planning Sounding Board and a number of other advisory groups. Most recently he was a team member of the Taylor Review of planning guidance and was included in Planning magazine’s 2013 “Power 100” as one of the top 100 people with the greatest influence of planning policy and decision making.

The Home Builders Federation is the principal trade federation for private sector housebuilders in England and Wales. Its members range from very large, international companies through medium sized to small, local companies. These members account for approximately 80% of all new houses built in England and Wales in any one year.


Paul Murphy, RFU President 2012/13

Paul Murphy was the RFU Council member for Oxfordshire from 1995 to 2011. He was President of the Rugby Football Union for season 2012 – 2013.

Paul has fulfilled countless roles for his Rugby Club in Abingdon, the County of Oxfordshire and for the RFU.

He played for Abingdon RFC for 20 years and was their President for 16 years.

He served as Oxfordshire RFU President from 1993 - 1995 and was a member of the Oxfordshire RFU Executive.

Paul is a former Chairman of the RFU’s Finance & Funding Committee, a Director of England Rugby Ltd, He also Chaired the RFU Governance Committee and has also been one of the most active members of RFU Disciplinary Panels.

He was a member of the RFU Board of Directors from 2003 – 2009 and the Union’s Chairman for season 2011 – 2012 before handing over the role to Bill Beaumont.

He was on the Rugby Football Union for Women’s Board from 2008 - 2012. He is still a Trustee of the RFU’s Injured Players Foundation.

Paul was awarded a BEM for services to Rugby Union in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list.

In his professional life Paul was Senior Manager for Unipart Automotive Ltd. He has been supported in his rugby career by his wife, Rita and two daughters, Sara and Nicky. He also has three granddaughters.