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Young Planners' Steering Group

Meet the 2018 RTPI Yorkshire Young Planners' Steering Group

Ellen Sanderson (Chair)


Ellen Sanderson Clark New

Ellen is a Planner in Deloitte Real Estate's team in Leeds with an array of experience including retail planning, city centre sites, tall buildings and Environmental Impact Assessments.  Ellen qualified as a Chartered Town Planner in 2015 and has been a member of the steering group since 2014.  She also recently joined the RTPI Yorkshire Regional Activities Committee as the Young Planners' Coordinator.

Bethany McQue (Vice Chair)

Bethany McQue

Bethany joined Indigo Planning in Leeds in 2017 having previously joined Turley in 2014 after completing her Master's degree in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield.  She is involved with and supports a broad range of projects, including residential, retail, commercial and environmental schemes across Yorkshire and the North East. Bethany is currently a licentiate member of the RTPI and is working towards her chartered membership.

Lucy Bullock

Lucy BullockLucy has recently completed the MSc in Town Planning at Newcastle University. She is now working towards Chartered Town Planner status and gaining experience in surveying at AspinallVerdi Property and Regeneration Consultants. Since beginning her career she has already developed a wide range of skills in masterplanning, options appraisal, viability appraisals and valuations. Previously, she completed the BA Honours Geography and Planning degree at Newcastle University and undertook work experience at Peacock and Smith Town Planning and Development Consultancy and at Bradford Council Development Plans and Transport Planning Department. Lucy is a member of the Regional Activities Committee.

Cliff Hughes

Cliff Hughes 2


A retired planning inspector, Cliff helps out with the organisation for many Young Planner events.



Jack Martin-King

Jack Martin King


Jack joined Quod North in July 2015 as an Assistant Planner after graduating from the University of Sheffield with an MPlan in Urban Studies and Planning. Jack is currently supporting team members on projects related to the residential, commercial and retail sectors across Yorkshire, London and Manchester. Jack is a licentiate member of the RTPI and is working towards his chartered membership. He joined the Young Planners' Steering Group in 2016. 


Katy McPhie


Katy McPhieKaty is an Associate at Bond Dickinson LLP in the Planning and Infrastructure Team, where she has worked on a variety of projects including advising promoters and landowners on aspects of Development Consent and Transport and Works Act Orders, negotiating complex section 106 agreements for large scale mixed use and residential schemes, providing strategic advice relating to land allocation and large scale residential development, acting for waste operators in public inquiries for EfW and related projects and advising investors on all planning aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, including CIL, statutory agreements and planning enforcement matters.

Prior to becoming a solicitor Katy obtained a BSc in Environmental Biogeoscience from the University of Leeds and worked as a planning enforcement officer at the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, gaining diverse enforcement experience.

Katy is also a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association and is on the steering committee of the Junior Compulsory Purchase Association.  Katy has delivered seminars about planning enforcement and the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Laura Precious

Laura PreciousLaura joined Quod in January 2015 after completing her combined four year masters degree in Town and County Planning at the University of Manchester. She is currently working as an Assistant Planner at Quod and is a licentiate member of the RTPI, working towards her chartered membership. She works on and is responsible for a wide range of projects at Quod including residential, retail, industrial and commercial schemes across the country as well as promoting a variety of sites through the Local Plans process.  Prior to joining Quod Laura specialised her masters in urban design and gained valuable experience in masterplanning and developing Neighbourhood Plans. Laura joined the Young Planners' Steering Group in 2016.

Will Steel

Will Steel

Will is a Chartered Town Planner and Planning Consultant at Cushman & Wakefield, having joined the real estate firm during March 2015.  Previously he worked in the public sector with the City of York Council, gaining a wide variety of experience in planning policy, development management, transport planning, economic development and strategic planning. 

Will graduated with a Town Planning MSc from Newcastle University in 2010.  During his Masters year, he gained experience at Cumbria County Council while on a voluntary placement.

Whilst at the City of York Council Will's duties included working on two development plans, York's Economic Strategy, a Bus Improvement Study, and the case for York to become an affiliate member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Since joining Cushman & Wakefield, Will has provided planning consultancy advice to local authorities, universities, developers, landowners, investors, several government agencies, and fellow real estate professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.  He is currently advising on planning policies, estates strategies, site searches, a wide range of developments, and on the protection of operational and financial interests.

Will was previously Chairman for Make York (the young professionals' branch of York Professionals), has organised several inward investment projects, and has been a member of the Young Planners' steering group since the start of 2016.

Alan Nowell

Alan Nowell