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Chief Planners of Tomorrow

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What is the RTPI Chief Planners of Tomorrow Initiative?

Chief Planners of Tomorrow is a work-shadowing scheme offering RTPI Young Planners the chance to step into the shoes of a Chief Planning Officer for the day.

The aim is to give participants opportunity to:

• Learn from the best - those who currently hold senior leadership roles in Local Authorities

• Understand what it's like to be 'at the top table' – the challenges and opportunities

• See how strategic decision making processes are made at top level

The initiative builds on work undertaken by the RTPI to champion good leadership in Planning and to provide our Chief Planners of the future with development opportunities.

Need more information? Read what our participants had to say about their experience

Submissions for 2022

Applications for 2022 have now closed.  We will reopen for applications again in 2023.

Participant Workshops

This year, alongside our Chief Planners of Tomorrow Workshop Partners, Tile Hill and Peter Lerner, we trialled running a series of 5 workshops to take place after all the visits. It is with great pleasure to announce that the workshops were so successful, we will develop another series of workshops for the successful new entrants.

Chief Planners and Senior Directors

Get in touch if you would like to participate in the programme for Q1/2 in 2023 - or simply to find out more about how the scheme works.

Hosts for 2022 included: Birmingham City Council, Glasgow City Council, Norwich City Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, Hertsmere Borough Council Preston City Council, Bristol City Council, Iceni (London), London Borough of Redbridge, Carlisle City Council, Mendip District Council, Scottish Government, Derry City and Strabane, Middlesbrough Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Dudley Council, Milton Keynes Council, South Downs National Park Authority,
Fife Council, London Borough of Newham, St Albans City and District Council, Flintshire County Council, Hambleton District Council, Turley (Manchester).