Anthony Derek Howell Crook, CBE, FAcSS, FRTPI, FRSA, known professionally as Tony Crook, is a British academic and emeritus professor of town and regional planning at the University of Sheffield.
Anthony Derek Howell Crookgraduated from the University of Bristol in 1965 with a geography degree, before completing a master of philosophy degree in town planning at University College London in 1967; he then spent two years as a research officer in the Greater London Council's Planning Department. Crook was appointed a lecturer in town and country planning at the University of Sheffield in 1968 and became a Chartered Town Planner in 1977. In 1989, the University of Sheffield awarded him with a doctor of philosophy degree for his thesis "Improving private rented sector: the impact of changes in ownership and of local authority policies." Crook became a professor of town and country planning at the University of Sheffield, where he was also head of the Department of Town Planning until 1999, when he became Pro-Vice-Chancellor (serving until 2008). In 2010, he retired and remained at Sheffield as an emeritus professor.
Crook is a former chair of the homelessness charity Shelter (retiring in 2013),deputy chair of Orbit Housing Group, and in 2017 was appointed deputy chair of the Construction Industry Council.
In 2001, Crook was elected a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (FRTPI) and in 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.The University of Sheffield awarded him with an honorary doctor of letters (LittD) degree in 2013 and in the 2014 New Year Honours, Crook was appointed a CBE "for services to housing and charitable governance".
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