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Could you represent us and the profession in Europe?

01 April 2016

Euro 2The RTPI is seeking two volunteers to represent them at the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU). The ECTP-CEU comprises 25 professional planning institutes from all over Europe. The RTPI has two representatives on the ECTP-CEU; one for the UK who reports to the International Committee and one for Ireland who reports to the Irish Executive Committee as well as feeding into the International Committee.

VG2Our current representatives are Vincent Goodstadt (pictured) and Noel Riordan. The two members selected are expected to attend at least two meetings per year in Europe. Both are expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation but will be reimbursed by the RTPI in accordance with the Members Expenses Policy. Representatives will be appointed for an initial two year period (commencing when they take up the role in 2017 as below) which can be extended further for a term. Elected candidates would shadow and substitute for the existing representatives in 2016 if or when they cannot attend. 

What do you need?

The ECTP-CEU comprises 25 professional planning institutes from all over Europe. The RTPI has two representatives on the ECTP-CEU; one for the UK who reports to the International Committee and one for Ireland who reports to the Irish Executive Committee as well as feeding into the International Committee.

The following are the essential criteria which both candidates should demonstrate. In addition to assist selection there are desirable criteria listed thereafter.

Essential requirements for both representatives:

  • Chartered town planner of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • Demonstrate experience in planning in the UK or the Republic of Ireland with an interest in European planning
  • Understanding of the RTPI's membership requirements i.e. the process of becoming a chartered planner and an understanding of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) 
  • Experience in the RTPI's governance arrangements for example membership of an RTPI committee, panel, partnership or advisory board
  • For Irish representative: have an understanding of planning issues and the systems used in the Republic of Ireland
  • For UK representative: have an understanding of the fact there are different planning systems across the nations of the UK

 Desirable (some of the following would be helpful):

  • European experience such as European funding or research programmes, making representations to the European bodies, membership of European networks
  • Experience of working collaboratively with planners in other jurisdictions
  • An understanding of the implications of the European Union's (EU) policy on planning in the UK and Ireland (for example the EU Directives)
  • Experience or demonstrate an understanding of planning education and the requirements for RTPI accreditation of planning schools

Deadline for applying?

The deadline for submission is Friday 29 April 2016.

If you would like to apply for this vacancy then please email your CV and a completed application form (download here) to international@rtpi.org.uk.