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Final four selected in RTPI Young Planner of the Year contest

03 June 2013

Voting by RTPI members during May has resulted in a shortlist of four to determine who will ultimately be named Young Planner of the Year 2012-13. Emma Evans (Alliance Planning), Matt McCrisken (DOE, NI), Iram Mohammed (Atkins Global) and Alison Wright (Savills) topped the voting and will now face an interview in June by a panel of senior planners.

Fifteen of the best and brightest professionals in the early stages of their planning careers took part in the vote, which is part of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.


Pictured above: Alison Wright,Iram Mohammed, Emma Evans, Matt McCrisken.

Tino Hernandez, RTPI Head of Marketing & Communications, said:

“The Young Planner of the Year award has demonstrated again that in the field of planning we have some of the most outstanding professionals in the early stages of their careers of any profession. We are delighted that Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner at Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG), has agreed to chair the interview panel which will select the winner.”

Steve Quartermain (Chief Planner, DCLG), Pam Ewen (Strategic Development Planning Manager at TAYplan), 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.

The winners will be announced on the 10 July at the RTPI Planning Awards for Excellence ceremony in London.

Sponsors and supporters of the RTPI Planning Awards for Planning Excellence include British Land, The Design Council Cabe, The National Planning Forum, and Perkins Slade, GVA Grimley and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.