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Will you be crowned our Young Planner of the Year 2014?

07 February 2014

The search is on for the best and the brightest professionals in the early stages of their planning careers as the Royal Town Planning Institute launches its annual Young Planner of the Year contest in its Centenary year.

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

Candidates should be nominated by an employer, colleague, or peer. A candidate may also nominate themselves.

Cath Ranson, President of the RTPI, said:

“This award is intended to seek out and acclaim the most talented planners who are RTPI members.  I have been hugely impressed by the quality of the young planning professionals that I have met. I know the competition will be fierce again this year because we have so many young planners who have already made their mark on the profession and who deserve recognition.”

Apart from the prestige of the award, the winner receives a free place at the RTPI Planning Convention. They will also have the opportunity to speak at the annual RTPI Young Planners' Conference, to be held in Bristol in October 2014.

We are looking for outstanding candidates who can demonstrate to the judges that they have shown by their experiences and achievements over the past three years why they deserve to be named our Young Planner of the Year.

Candidates will need to submit a 500 word citation outlining their experiences and achievements over the past three years which they feel qualifies them to be named our Young Planner of the Year.

In evaluating the candidates, the judges will be assessing:

  • the range, quality and variety of recent planning experience
  • their enthusiasm and originality of approach
  • their personal and team working skills
  • their commitment to continuing professional development and involvement with professional institutes, networks, events, outreach work or relevant voluntary activity
  • the extent to which they serve as a role model for other young professionals.

For an entry form and the guidance notes please visit our Awards for Planning Excellence 2014 page. Deadline for entries is 4pm 21 March.

The Young Planner of the Year 2012/13 was awarded to Alison Wright of Savills. The judges considered her to be outstanding and particularly noted her endeavours as a role model for young planners, hoping to inspire in others the same passion and commitment to planning as she clearly has.

Alison Wright, the current Young Planner of the Year said:

“The award meant a great deal to me personally. It was definitely a career highlight and something which I am very proud of. The recognition has also inspired me to continue my efforts in promoting the planning profession and take on further responsibilities, such as being an Ambassador co-ordinator for the RTPI Future Planners initiative”.

Nikola Miller, Young Planner of the Year 2011/12 said:

"Being awarded the Young Planner of the Year Award was a great honour and a real opportunity for me to represent the fantastic group of young planners we have as RTPI members, and to promote the enthusiasm, confidence, positivity and drive of young planners in the UK and internationally".

 To see previous winners, please visit our Young Planner of the Year page.