DR Peter Geraghty, who is from Ardee, has been been made president of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
The Institute has over 23,000 members and represents professional town planners in the UK and Ireland and also has members in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.
Peter is the eldest son of PJ and Breda Geraghty, Ardee. He is married to Caroline Colon daughter of the late well-known historian Larry Colon.
Peter attended the Monastery national school and Arden Community School before studying at Dundee Institute of Technology and the University of Ulster.
He subsequently studied at Liverpool University where he received a master degree and a Ph.D.
Peter is currently the acting Head of Planning and Transport at Southend on Sea Borough Council.
He still maintains a close connection with his native Ardee and is a regular visitor during the holidays.
“It is a great honour to be elected by your peers and colleagues to represent them as oresident of the institute in 2013,” he said.
“I am acutely aware of the difficulties the current recession has placed on everyone but I am looking forward to visiting Ireland during my presidential year and meeting planners working throughout the country.”