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Regional Activities Committee


The RAC provides a wide range of services to members throughout the region including organising CPD, awarding the best of planning in the Region, supporting research to investigate hot topics relevant to the profession, providing social events such as the Bike Ride; Spa Day; and 5-a-side, organising networking events such as the Dinner, activities for young professionals such as the inter-professional Property Networking event or the Liverpool Walks and finally services to promote the profession to young people through careers advice and competitions.


Task Group Activities


Meeting dates for 2018 are:

Tuesday 16 January / Monday 16 April / Thursday 28 June / Tuesday 18 September


The Regional Activities Committee supports and advises the Regional Management Board Members of the Regional Activities Committee for 2018 are:


  • Bob Phillips, Urban Imprint

Senior Vice-Chair

  • Andrew Johnston, HOW Planning

Junior Vice-Chair

  • Kim Cooper, Arup

Hon. Secretary

  • Joanne Harding, HBF

Hon. Treasurer

  • Justin Paul, J10 Planning

Ex Officio

  • Rebecca Fieldhouse, Iceni Projects

Representative on General Assembly

  • Jo Gregory, Urban Imprint


Corporate Members

  • Marc Watterson, Arup
  • Jonathan Harper, Rapleys LLP
  • John Sturzaker, University of Liverpool
  • Richard Kevan, Wardell Armstrong
  • Hannah Payne, Indigo Planning
  • Julian Jackson, Consultant
  • John Knight, RTPI North West
  • Jake Crompton, WYG
  • Sophie Williams, Cheshire East Council
  • Ian Gilbert, Barton Willmore
  • Samia Syeda, Savills
  • Daniel Jackson, Indigo Planning
  • Lee Shaw, HOW Planning
  • Rachel Kerr, WYG
  • Louisa Fielden, HOW Planning


Student Members

  • Olivia Bostock, Iceni Projects

Licentiate Members

  • Matthew Dixon, Zerum
  • Amy Beasley, Stockport Council

Affiliate Members

  • Chris Wilson, BE Group
  • Tillie Baker, Rapleys LLP
  • Jonathan Maginness, Urban Imprint

Associate Members

  • Tracey Williams, Indigo Planning

Legal Associates

  • Debbie Reynolds, TLT Solicitors

We say goodbye to three dedicated members who have contributed a great deal to the services of the Region over recent years:

  • Katie Wray, Deloitte
  • Greg Dickson, Barton Willmore
  • Tom Hiles, Cheshire East Council


Get Involved


Here is just a little example of the activities you could be involved in.  Note that you don't need to a member of a Committee to be involved in a task group.


Planning Aid

  • Supporting those wanting to contribute to and are affected by planning to play an influential and informed role in shaping their local communities

  • Working with Planning Aid England in advising and supporting a wide range of community groups within the region wishing to engage directly in planning the future of their local areas

  • Arranging and providing support for area planning advisors and volunteers through training, social and networking events



  • Administering the annual Regional Planning Achievement Award for best exemplar projects and studies undertaken by planning professionals across the region

  • Administering the annual Regional Student (Moss Madden) Award for an outstanding item of taught-coursework or dissertation accepted as part of either under-graduate or post-graduate planning or planning-related course at an accredited planning school


    Young Planners

  • Organising and promoting social and professional activities amongst members with less than 10 years' experience around the region and where possible undertaking joint initiatives and events with other built environment professions.


    Education, Careers & Mentoring

  • Providing students with advice on the profession and encouraging entry into the profession; including attending careers fairs and talking to students on what the profession is seeking and what it's like to be a Planner.

  • Providing students (primary and secondary schools) with information resource packs on Planning as a career and as a tool in shaping the built and rural environment.

  • Providing members (employed, unemployed and returners) with career development advice.

  • Providing non-members (e.g. those looking to make a career change into Planning) with advice on the profession and encouragement on entry into the profession.


    Promotion of Planning

  • Production of our regional newsletter PLANNET and email updates

  • Organising free CPD events

  • Social media including Twitter


    Other Activities

  • Supporting the CPD conference programme

  • Social activities including, 5 a-side football, cycling, quiz and spa days

  • Presidential visit

  • Annual dinner

  • Securing sponsorship opportunities

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