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RTPI Yorkshire Young Planner of the Year 2023

Young Planner of the Year Winner

Joe Warren McCoy

Joe is an Assistant Planner for Planning Potential, where he joined post-graduation from his MPLAN Town and Regional Planning Degree at the University of Liverpool in July 2021. He has built a strong professional skillset and a diverse project portfolio across sectors and for schemes with different constraints. Joe supports RTPI Yorkshire through volunteering on several committees, notably serving as Honorary Secretary on Yorkshire's RMB, and he also is an active alumni for his university network. His enthusiasm and commitment through extra-curricular contributions are testament to his eagerness to support the evolution and outreach of the planning profession.

Judges‘ comment: “Joe's submission clearly demonstrates commitment, energy and enthusiasm for the planning profession through their involvement in RTPI and related volunteer work. Through his work experience he is clearly learning skills of conflict resolution in a planning context based on preparation and an understanding of relevant key issues. An excellent role model for young planners.”   

Young Planner of the Year Commended

Rajlaxmi Gaware

Rajlaxmi is an enthusiastic young planner who has made waves with her proactiveness, originality, and leadership skills. She's a passionate proponent of climate change mitigation, sustainability, diversity, and women in planning. Her participation in initiatives internationally has raised awareness about ethical and sustainable planning, starting from a foundation of social concerns and accountability. Despite coming from an underrepresented and conservative background, Rajlaxmi is a testament to the power of perseverance. She firmly believes that anything is possible with determination, and encourages others to do the same. Join her on a journey of discovery and inspiration

Judges‘ comment: “Rajlaxmi's commitment and understanding of world planning issues is enviable and well beyond that which a planner working in the UK's planning systems would encounter. All in all, a very impressive entry.”