I recently attended my first RTPI Cymru Management Board (RTPI CMB) meeting at The Tapestri in Swansea as the Licentiate Representative. Amongst others, I was joined at the meeting by Joe Ayoubkhani (Young Planners Cymru (YPC) Rep), Pete Lloyd (RTPI Cymru Chair) and Roisin Willmott (RTPI Cymru Director).
I'd like to share with you some of the recurring topics and themes discussed. RTPI Cymru have a target of increasing chartered membership in Wales of 4% (27 members) which means we have to retain current members but also ensure we are attracting new members. This is linked to assisting licentiate members with their APC – something which the YPC are organising at present. What else would encourage you to become a chartered member of the RTPI?
Young planners are a big part of RTPI Cymru – and a key part of the Chair's message for the year - and they have adopted a variety of programmes and initiatives over the years to encourage younger people into the profession. The current programme is based around going into schools to discuss planning with 17-18 year olds but it is felt that a younger age group of 15-16 year olds could also be included. In some instances, former members of those schools and recent graduates have taken the discussions to try and relate. Please contact YPC or RTPI Cymru for more information about promoting planning in schools.
Joe updated the RTPI CMB on recent and forthcoming events from YPC including: post Wales Planning Conference Social Event; social events and CPD and a forthcoming survey for our members to understand their wants and needs. RTPI Cymru have recently updated the YPC section of the website and details of the 2016 YPC steering group are also in this quarter's Cynllunio. Please get in contact with me if you have any questions or if there are any issues you would like me to raise at future management board meetings.
Jack Pugsley is an Assistant Consultant in the Planning, Transport & Design Department of Amec Foster Wheeler.