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The Royal Town Planning Institute is governed, under the provisions of its Royal Charter and Byelaws through a Board of Trustees with a General Assembly, supported by various regional and specialism-based committees.


General Assembly


The role of the General Assembly is (in the words of the Byelaws) to act as a forum for debate about the development of planning policy and practice, the corporate policy of the Chartered Institute and other issues relevant to the objects of the Chartered Institute.

The Regulations explain: The General Assembly shall have power to determine the Institute's stance on matters of public policy and planning practice.  In the exercise of this power the General Assembly shall have regard to views expressed by Nations, Regions, Branches, Sector Groups, Networks and Associations as well as by relevant committees, panels or other groups within the Institute.  The Board of Trustees shall seek to ensure, subject to budgetary constraints and the claims of competing priorities, that adequate resources are made available to the work of the General Assembly for the exercise of this power.

The General Assembly has a number of other specific powers and functions.


See a list of our General Assembly Members


The Institute also holds an Annual General Meeting every October which is open to all RTPI members, allowing them to play a part in any major discussions.

Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees is responsible for the management of the RTPI's affairs as well as promoting key objectives.  There are 17 Board of Trustee members who usually serve a two year term.

The members are also the charity trustees of the RTPI, which is a registered charity.



RTPI also have a number of committees, including the Scottish Executive Committee - which has extensive delegated authority for running the RTPI in Scotland, networks, specialist panels and working groups.

The RTPI Regions & Nations have their own Executive Committees elected by members.

RTPI has the following Standing and Other Committees as per its governing documents:
  • Membership and Ethics Committee
  • Education and Lifelong Learning Committee
  • Policy, Practice and Research Committee
  • International Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Nations and Regions Panel
RTPI has the following Sub-Committees formed by the Board of Trustees:
  • Nominations Sub-Committee
  • Major Projects Scrutiny Sub-Committee

RTPI 2015-2020 Corporate Strategy


The RTPI corporate strategy for 2015-2020 has been approved by the RTPI's Board of Trustees.


RTPI 2020-2030 Corporate Strategy


Will be published early 2020.




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