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Young Planner of the Year 2012-13 longlist announced

30 April 2013

RTPI Planning Awards _Nikola _sm _webFifteen of the best and brightest professionals in the early stages of their planning careers have been named today with publication of the Young Planner of the Year 2012-13 longlist part of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.

Pictured: Nikola Miller, Young Planner of the Year 2011

Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, said: “I have been hugely impressed by the quality of the young planning professionals that I’ve met as President. Many on the longlist have already made their mark on the profession, demonstrating that planning is in good hands with the extremely high calibre of young professionals coming through the system.”

From Thursday RTPI members should click here to vote for their preferred candidate on the longlist in order to produce a shortlist. Voting will close on 30 May at 5pm. Shortlisted candidates will then be interviewed by the high quality judging panel, with the overall winner announced on the 10 July at the RTPI Planning Awards for Excellence.

Steve Quartermain (Chief Planner, DCLG), Jim MacKinnon (former Chief Planner to the Scottish Government), and Paj Valley (Director of Cities and Urbanism, Atkins) form the judging panel for the Young Planner of the Year.

Eligibility for Young Planner of the Year is limited to planners who are within the first ten years of post-qualification experience and be a current member of RTPI.

The winner receives a free place at the RTPI Planning Convention and at the Planning Summer School. They will also have the opportunity to speak at the annual RTPI Young Planners' Conference, to be held in Leeds on 11 and 12 October 2013.

Last year’s winner, Nikola Miller, will shortly join RTPI Scotland as a planning policy and practice officer.

The 15 Young Planners on the longlist and their personal statements are below. 

Graham Bloomfield

Throughout my career I have demonstrated my enthusiasm to promote the planning profession and engage in professional debate. The current spotlight upon planning sees a fantastic opportunity for Young Planners to make their mark. The Young Planner of the Year role would provide me with an excellent platform to encourage this.

Craige Burden

Since studying architecture and planning at UWE, Craige has demonstrated cross discipline understanding within the industry. As a member of the Future Strategy Group, Craige helped shape the RTPI’s governance, taking on the trustee role they lobbied for. Now, as Associate Director at Boyer Planning, Craige leads a successful urban design team.

Emma Evans

I believe as Young Planner of the Year I would be an ideal ambassador. Key to promoting the planning profession is reaching out to as many individuals, groups and organisations as possible, including the planners of tomorrow through CPD and mentoring sessions. I would continue to do this through my work, active involvement with the RTPI and various networking groups.

Roz Hair

Roz was elected MRTPI summer 2012 and identified by the RTPI as a top 10 APC candidate for 2012. Roz has since progressed through promotion at Harborough District Council to her Development Control Team Leader role.  Roz manages, supports and mentors a team carrying out all development management functions. 

Dean Hermitage

Dean Hermitage is Borough-wide Team Leader (Development Management) at Southend Council, and has been a local authority planner for nine years.  He has led on a range of contentious projects, including the development of London Southend Airport, leads a team of planners and is a member of the RTPI England Policy Panel.

Simon Hindson

I have a breadth of experience in local government which has given me opportunities to facilitate delivery of sustainable development through a plan led system. Using my enthusiasm, confidence and pride in our proactive planning system, I’ll continue to raise the profile of our profession through collaborative CPD events helping to inspire the creation of sustainable places.

Jonathan Manns

Jon is Associate Director of Planning at Colliers International. A commercially astute advocate for planning who actively engages UK and overseas young planners as Chair of RTPI Working Groups, events speaker and APC mentor. A longstanding RTPI London Committee Member/Representative, he has spoken/published in the UK, EU, USA and China.

Matt McCrisken

After graduating from Queen’s University Belfast with an MSc in Town & Country Planning I joined the DoE Planning Department working in a range of sectors with particular interest in mineral developments & hazardous installations.  As NAPE representative for Northern Ireland I strive to encourage development and involvement in planning enforcement.

Iram Mohammed

We should ensure that planning is at the forefront in influencing the delivery of successful and useable developments and places, both in the UK and globally. Promotion and representation of planning as a force for positive change is fundamental, especially to other built environment professions and politicians.

Dr Lee Pugalis

I am a dynamic and passionate planner who strives to be an ambassador for the profession through my interdisciplinary work, engagement activities, mentoring and voluntary positions. I believe as Young Planner of the Year I would be an ideal advocate for the positive role of planning at the heart of shaping places.

Wayne Reynolds

Through creative media engagement methods alongside various voluntary positions I look to continue to support and promote the excellent work undertaken by the Institute and its members. We are often challenged as a profession however it is essential that our voice, passion and commitment for Town & Country planning continues to be heard to support sustainable place-making

Caroline Ridge

I am a Senior Consultant Planner at Peter Brett Associates with both planning policy and development management experience from local government. I am passionate, ambitious and continue to development my professional capabilities. As Young Planner of the Year I would promote planning as a diverse, innovative and rewarding career choice.

Joe Ridgeon

In 2012 Joe became the youngest ever Chair of the RTPI North East Region.  He has already gained wide ranging experience in planning and is capable of contributing significantly to the planning profession in the future.  His enthusiasm, confidence and motivation set him apart from many of his peers.

Ben Simm

My enthusiasm for the profession was the foundation for my time as Chair of YPwestmids, which I used to promote the achievements and opinions of young planners, including students, regionally and nationally.  I would like to continue to champion this work through the platform of Young Planner of the Year.

Alison Wright

I regard myself as being at the forefront of the new wave of planners who are passionate about the importance of the planning system in enhancing the quality of our environment. I also aim to proactively encourage networking and CPD opportunities for Young Planners, particularly in the Thames Valley region.