About DfI - Planning, Safety and Transport Policy

Part of: DfI management and structure

Deputy Secretary - Julie Thompson

Julie Thompson, DfI Deputy Secretary Julie is responsible for the Department’s planning functions and the Driver and Vehicle Agency.  She is also responsible for policy in respect of transport including climate change and sustainable transport. 

Chief Planner and Director of Regional Planning – Angus Kerr

Angus Kerr, Chief Planner Director of Regional Planning Angus is Director of Regional Planning which is responsible for the development of planning legislation and policy in line with Ministerial direction as well as providing advice and guidance on design, policy and practice. The Directorate is also responsible for the review, monitoring and implementation of the Regional Development Strategy (RDS) 2035 which was published in March 2012.  

In addition, the Directorate provides support to the local councils in monitoring performance management and to bring forward continuous improvement initiatives.

Director of Strategic Planning – Alistair Beggs

Alistair Beggs, Director of Strategic Planning Alistair is the Director of Strategic Planning which is responsible for processing planning applications deemed to be of regional significance or those which may be ‘called in’ from the local councils.

In addition, the Directorate carries out a plan scrutiny role as part of the new two-tier planning system.  

The Strategic Planning Directorate also takes forward work flowing from the Reinvestment & Reform Initiative specifically in relation to Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast and St. Lucia Barracks, Omagh.

Further information about Planning and the services available can be found here:

Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Agency – Jeremy Logan

Jeremy Logan Jeremy is Chief Executive of the Department’s only agency – the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA).  The agency aims to deliver improved road safety and better regulation of the transport sector. Responsibilities include driver licensing, vehicle and driver testing, responsibility for those who drive for a living and roadside enforcement. 

Further information about DVA and its services can be found here:

Director of Transport Policy – Liz Loughran

Liz Loughran, Director of Transport Policy Division Liz has responsibility for transport policy, strategy and modelling. Its high level aims will be the development of strategic transport plans; liaison with local government in respect of local development plans; and leading the DfI Climate Change Agenda.

Director of Safe and Accessible Travel - Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes, Director of Safe and Accessible Travel Chris has responsibility for the safe movement of people and goods through the regulation of vehicles and drivers (both private and commercial); road safety promotion and outreach; and accessibility. 




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