From today, members can vote - from the largest number of candidates since 2015 - in the 2018 RTPI Elections. While the number of candidates standing for election is up 66% since 2015, importantly, the diversity of members standing has also increased. There is a 71% increase in female candidates and a 20% increase in candidates under the age of 40 since 2016. There is also a good geographical spread - all of the nations of the UK, Ireland and each of the English Regions are represented by at least one candidate.
Victoria Hills MRTPI, RTPI Chief Executive, said:
“This year, we’ve asked members to ‘be the change you want to see’ in the Institute so I’m thrilled to see such a large increase in the number and, crucially, diversity of candidates standing. These strongly contested elections are an indicator of the health of the Institute.
“While there have been strong increases in female and younger members nominating, we will continue to work on encouraging an ever more diverse cross section of our membership to get involved, particularly amongst BAME members.
I now call on our members to ‘be the change’ again and cast their vote for the candidates they think have the vision, competency and passion to play an effective and productive role in our governance."
For the first time in two years, the role of the Chair of the Board of Trustees is up for election and two candidates – Peter Geraghty FRTPI and Graham Stallwood FRTPI – are standing.
Watch: Peter Geraghty FRTPI and Graham Stallwood FRTPI explain why they are standing for Chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees.
Who will be the next Vice President?
Watch: Samer Bagaeen MRTPI, Paul Barnard MRTPI and Sue Manns FRTPI share why they think they would be an effective Vice President.
How to vote
Members are being asked to look out for a letter or email from Mi Voice, this year’s election provider and ensure they have voted by 5pm, 3 October.
The following positions are open for election:
- Board of Trustees
- Chair of the Board of Trustees
- Trustee for Scotland
- 3 corporate trustees
- Vice President
- General Assembly
- 14 corporate
- 3 student/licentiate
- 2 associates
Voting: 3 September – 3 October
Notify candidates of results: October
Candidates asked to express interest in serving on a RTPI Committee for 2019: October
Induction for elected candidates: October/November
Join in the Twitter conversation: #RTPIElections
More information, including a full list of candidates: RTPI Elections