Regional Activities Committees (RAC) and Working groups
The working groups of the RACs are a great place to start volunteering. You can get involved in a working group for an area that interests you, such as Social and networking, Editorial, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Education and Careers, policy and research, Planning aid, mentoring, international, Young planner groups, Awards judging panel. The chair of each working group sits on the Regional Activities Committee so they can provide an update to the wider committee. The RAC meets 4 times a year. The working groups vary by region so get in touch with your regional co-ordinator to find out more. RTPI | Find your RTPI
You could also join the Regional Activities Committee as it will provide you with a good overview of what's going on in your area. You can then identify the different working groups you'd like to get involved in. In some areas this is combined with the RMB meetings, which can last from 2-4 hours. Check with your regional co-ordinator for the details in your area. You can view the role descriptions here.
Regional Management Boards
Regional Management Boards (RMBs) oversee our work at a local level across the nine English Regions. Each guides a programme of regional activity through the preparation, monitoring and delivery of the Regional Business Plan. It is supported by members of the Regional Activities Committee (RAC) which delivers activities arranged by and for members of the Region, including CPD programmes, events, newsletters, awards as well as other activities.
Each Regional Management Board is composed of the Region’s elected Officers and the Immediate Past Chair. RMBs are supported by RTPI Regional Coordinators – and act as a key contact for members and volunteers alike. You can view the role descriptions here.
Nations: Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Ireland.
Each of the RTPI Nations has a National Executive Committee which has a remit to:
• supervise, promote and direct the Institute's relations in that nation on planning issues (other than education and membership) with central and local government, other professional bodies pressure groups or the general public
• implement and monitor within that nation policies for the development of planning thought
• support and assist the National Director
• supervise and sustain Chapters where appropriate
• inform the Board of Trustees of issues it should be made aware of
• support members in their professional practices.
Due to this, you can get involved in a variety of ways so find out more here.
RTPI Scotland has seven regional Chapters. Our Chapters provide free or low cost CPD activities, opportunities to discuss planning policy and practice, and support local initiatives such as design review panels or awards. Each Chapter has a voluntary organising committee and a representative on RTPI Scotland's Executive Committee. Find out more about the Chapters here.