The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) represents place directors from county, unitary and combined authorities, along with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and corporate partners drawn from key service sectors. ADEPT members are at the very heart of maximising sustainable growth in communities throughout the UK. We are delivering the projects that are key to unlocking broader economic success and creating more resilient communities, economies and infrastructure.

ADEPT is a membership based, voluntary organisation with 85+ county, unitary and combined authority members, 3 sub-national transport bodies, 12 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and 20 Corporate Partner members across England. We represent members' interests by proactively engaging central government on emerging policy and issues, responding to consultations and enquiries, and promoting initiatives aimed at influencing government policy. We also represent public sector interests across all our key areas.

ADEPT’s remit

ADEPT members manage some of the most pressing issues facing the UK today. Our remit includes:

  • sustainable growth
  • infrastructure including local highways and digital connectivity
  • planning & housing
  • environment including waste, flood & water management, energy, natural capital, climate change

ADEPT members have a key role in supporting and delivering sustainable growth and improved quality of life.

How we operate

We are responsible for delivering public services that primarily relate to the physical environment and the economy, but which have a significant impact on all aspects of the nation’s wellbeing.

We engage directly with central Government, senior civil servants and principal departments, contributing to select committees, advising on policy development and initiatives. We also represent public sector interests across all our key areas.

We have a unique understanding of the opportunities and barriers facing our communities. Working extensively with business and the voluntary sector, we regularly engage with other professional organisations and trade bodies. These partnerships give us a broad perspective, while delivering at local, regional and national levels means we have a depth of experience that we can bring to our work with Government.

Although our members are predominantly from English authorities, we are closely affiliated with the County Surveyors’ Society (CCS) Wales, the Society of Chief Officers of Transport in Scotland (SCOTS) and the Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland plus the London Environment Directors Network (LEDNet) and Transport for London. Senior figures from the country organisations form part of ADEPT's Leadership Team.


A leadership team, consisting of representatives from the President’s team along with the chairs of Subject Boards and Sub-National Boards, lead ADEPT.

In May 2020 Nigel Riglar from South Gloucestershire Council became the new ADEPT president, taking over from Darryl Eyers of Staffordshire County Council.

Click here to find out more about the structure and governance of ADEPT.


The Association consists of a number of subject and geographical boards that reflect ADEPT’s remit.