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Hope Bleasdale, BDP

Hope embarked on the journey of the town planning apprenticeship in August 2021, working at BDP as a planning consultant whilst studying part-time at Sheffield Hallam University. Hope graduated with a Distinction in November 2023, was promoted to Town Planner in January 2024 and is currently working towards her chartership.

Hope’s consultancy work is underpinned by her belief in the role of town planning to achieve positive social outcomes, which is reflected in her experience. Hope specialises in community and stakeholder engagement and is passionate about including voices in the planning and design process that may not traditionally be heard.


Imogen Zulver, Lichfields

Imogen is an exemplary professional with a superb understanding of the planning system and complexities of policies and regulations. With almost 7 years’ post qualification experience, Imogen’s impressive portfolio of high profile and complex schemes is a testament to the depth of her expertise. Imogen is a dedicated individual who strives to seek out new and innovative ways to diversify work streams in the business and raise her profile within the industry. Her enthusiasm and compassion are important attributes to maintaining fruitful and mutually respectful relations with other industry professionals and making a positive impact to inspire new young planners.




Kieran Blaydes, Vistry Group

Kieran is a Land & Planning Manager at Vistry Group, with over six years’ experience as a town planner and a passion for promoting the power of planning in creating sustainable communities. He worked on the 2021 Silver Jubilee Cup winning Stoneygate Regeneration Framework which explored innovative techniques to unlock brownfield land. He Chaired the 2019 Young Planners Conference before being elected Chair of the North West RTPI in 2022 and established the LPA Engage Initiative which has since been adopted in various RTPI regions to provide support for public sector planners.







Ian Pennington, WSP

As Active Travel Lead in WSP’s Infrastructure Planning team and Chair of RTPI North West’s Young Planners, Ian motivates and inspires peers through professional and voluntary roles.

Ian strives for social, environmental, and economic progress through his work, evidenced by Heckmondwike Bus Station, for which he coordinated a multidisciplinary team to maximise benefits on a constrained site. Other notable projects include a DCO scheme, and planning applications for a walking, wheeling and cycling bridge, and a proposed greenways network.

Ian’s time spent volunteering is an asset to the profession, delivering a range of innovative CPD and networking events for peers. 


Yvette Black, Jones Lang LaSalle

Yvette has an enviable track record of providing excellent advice to clients, negotiating highly complex projects and providing leadership over a number of years. Her work with Women in Planning and NexGen at UKREEIF further demonstrate her commitment to the industry.

Yvette’s work has been of the highest standard throughout her time at JLL however her output in 2023-24 has been of a particularly high standard, identifying new growth sectors. She fully deserves the praise and recognition she receives from her colleagues and clients and it is right that this year her excellent work receives wider recognition from the industry.