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Cleo Au, Systra

Cleo's journey to planning began with a planning policy internship at the Welsh Government, leading to 4.5 years of post-university experience and achieving chartership in 2023. Currently, he is a town planner at SYSTRA, focusing on HS2 town planning consent, navigating unique planning regulations. He has a diverse project experience, including support city funding bids, Clean Air Zones business case and regeneration site selection. Cleo embraces digital planning and social media for public engagement. He gives back to the planning community by mentoring aspiring planners, volunteers for multiple Young Planners committee and creating a podcast.





Harriet Bray, McLoughlin Planning

Harriet Bray is a MRTPI Town Planner at McLoughlin Planning, who has worked on a range of projects in the Southwest and London. With over 4 years of experience, Harriet has an extensive planning portfolio and is actively immersing herself in industry events. Projects ranging from Transmission Towers & Railway Infrastructure, Education, Care Homes, Hospitals, Strategic Allocations, Airspace Developments, Commercial/Retail/Logistics, Barn Conversions, and planning appraisals. Harriet is also a member of the G4C Constructing Excellence, has supported junior staff members, is an advocate for Women in the Construction Industry and has volunteered to hold industry talks at schools. 


Hollie Sturgess, Master Land & Planning Ltd

Hollie is an enthusiastic champion of neighbourhood planning and how planning policies can support sustainable rural communities. She demonstrates how widening engagement and understanding of our plan-led system can unlock improved outcomes to shape areas. She truly involves neighbourhood plan groups, and is led by evidence and by listening to the challenges faced by each community. Her breadth of experience and attention to detail enables the preparation of technical evidence to justify policy decisions. As Chair of her Young Planners Committee, she has delivered events and undertaken other voluntary work to the great benefit of the profession. 


Jozie Bannister, Devonshire Homes

Jozie is an exceptional MRTPI chartered young planner with a vast array of planning related experience, both through her personal and professional endeavors. Through local government, consultancy and developer side roles, she has worked across a huge range of projects, many different districts in policy, development management and enforcement capacities. Through roles with her local young planner’s network, she’s delivered events and other voluntary work. Adept at developing great working relationships, approachable, resilient, highly skilled and knowledgeable – she is a formal and informal mentor and role model to others through projects, collaborative working, APC applications and more generally. 


Lucy Paffett, South Gloucestershire Council

Lucy is a dedicated and determined planner who represents the values and aim of the RTPI in her professional and personal life and is a worthy recipient of this award. Through her varied career within the Planning Service at South Gloucestershire Council she has demonstrated her passion for the profession and for improving the communities that she works within. Lucy embraces change and has utilised innovative methods to improve the performance and quality of her work. She supports others in their planning careers through her Women in Planning mentor role and encourages engagement with the RTPI in her organisation.