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Each year the RTPI South West Chair presents a special award during the annual RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence celebration based on their theme for the year. 

This year, our Chair’s theme is 'people and places'.   And, with that in mind, Chair Alexis Edwards chose to recognise the 'unsung heroes of planning' - those planners that go above and beyond, rarely seeking the limelight and who are the keystone to keeping teams motivated, achieving personal success for themselves, and their organisation. They could have been a role model, a mentor or someone who has delivered a great project.

We were delighted by the range of nominations received this year from colleagues, Managers, Chief Planners and even clients.

The nominees were all recognised at the South West Summer Reception which took place on the 25 June at Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton. 

The results are as follows:

Daniel Tyrell, Wiltshire Council


Amelia Elve, Somerset Council

Highly Commended

Richard Daone, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Highly Commended

Jozie Bannister, Devonshire Homes


Katie Graham

Plymouth City Council

Ruaridh O'Donoghue, Wiltshire Council


Simon Nott, Wiltshire Council


Steve Boyt, Dorset Council


Suzanne D'Arcy, South Gloucestershire Council