The PL Team

Kim Cooper

Name : Kim Cooper

Sector : Future Leaders

Occupation : Principal Town Planner

Background :

Kim is a Principal Town Planner at Arup working within the Planning, Policy and Economics Team. Kim is an experienced planner having worked on a wealth of policy and development management projects both within Liverpool, the North West and across the UK. She is passionate about inclusive planning and became a planner to ensure that it doesn’t matter where people are born or raised, that everyone has the same access to quality places, resources and opportunities. Kim is Chair of the North West Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Vice-Chair of the national RTPI Education and Life Long Learning Committee and a board member of the University of Liverpool Planning Advisory Board. In addition Kim was the founder and Chair of ‘Ideas for Liverpool’, a collective of young professionals from a range of disciplines working together to improve their city. Kim is named on the ‘Influential Women in Planning’ list by The Planner magazine and is also on the Northern Power Women ‘Future List’.

Interests :

I love house plants, gardening and home interior design and spend most of my free time renovating my home. I’m also a dog lover and will gladly talk to anyone who will listen (!) about my 9-year-old German Shephard/Rottweiler rescue dog, Murphy.

Favourite Films :

All the Marvel films

Almost Famous- the soundtrack is fantastic!

Favourite Music :

My favourite song is Tiny Dancer by Elton John. I like Fleetwood Mac, the Black Crows, Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel etc. The film soundtrack from Guardians of the Galaxy is great.

Favourite Books :

I’m currently reading ‘A Monks Guide to Happiness’ by Gelong Thubten which I’m enjoying. I’m also reading ‘The Guilty Feminist’ by Deborah Frances-White- I’m swapping between both books at the moment. I’ve just finished ‘Why we Sleep’ by Matthew Walker, this book was a total game changer for me on the importance of sleep for our health, memory and well being. I’ve also just finished ‘How to Fail’ by Elizabeth Day which I’ve been listening to on Audible while walking Murphy.