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Chief Planners of Tomorrow

What is the RTPI Chief Planners of Tomorrow Initiative?

RTPI is piloting a new work-shadowing initiative, 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.


Who can get involved?

If you are a Young Planner, are ambitious about what you own career journey might look like, and want to find out more about senior management, then our Chief Planners of Tomorrow initiative will give you're a taster of what it's like 'at the top table'.


Entries for 2019 are now closed.  

Which authorities have signed up?

So far, a number of authorities from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have signed up.  If you are a Chief Planner and would like to get involved, please contact