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Regional Activities Committee


The RAC provides a wide range of services to members throughout the region including organising CPD, awarding the best of planning in the Region, supporting research to investigate hot topics relevant to the profession, providing social events such as the Spa Day; and 5-a-side, organising networking events such as the Dinner, activities for young professionals such as the inter-professional Property Networking event or the Liverpool Walks and finally services to promote the profession to young people through careers advice and competitions.


Task Group Activities


The Regional Activities Committee supports and advises the Regional Management Board Members of the Regional Activities Committee for 2020 are:


  • Kim Cooper, Arup

Senior Vice-Chair

  • Ian Gilbert, Barton Willmore

Junior Vice-Chair

  • Kieran Blaydes, Hive Land & Planning

Hon. Secretary

  • Joanne Harding, Homs Builders Federation

Hon. Treasurer

  • Ben Vickers, Cheshire East Council

Immediate Past Chair

  • Andrew Johnston, Avison Young

Representative on General Assembly

  • Emilly Kitching, Arup

Deputy Representative on General Assembly

  • Ben Vickers, Cheshire East Council

Representative on RTPI Nations and Regions Panel

  • Julian Jackson, Consultant

Trustee Liason

  • Rebecca Dewey, WSP|Indigo


Corporate Members

  • Louisa Fielden, Avison Young
  • Justin Paul, J10 Planning
  • John Sturzaker, University of Liverpool
  • John Knight, RTPI North West
  • Alec Hickey, Burnley BC
  • Deborah Baker Barnett, Zerum Planning
  • Sarah Corlett, Isle of Man Government
  • Steve Thompson, Retired
  • Jake Crompton, Countryside Properties
  • Andrew Jalali, Mosaic Town Planning
  • Kayleigh Lancaster, PFK Planning
  • Tillie Baker, Arup
  • Rebecca Halliwell, Blackburn with Darwen BC
  • Fiona Hore, Cheshire West & Chester Council

Student & Licentiate Members

  • Ian Pennington, Wardell Armstrong
  • Tom Royles, Urban Green

Affiliate Members

  • Chris Wilson, BE Group

Associate Members

  • Atefeh Motamedi, BDP
  • Sam Leuty-Milner, Tesni Properties

Get Involved

Here is just a little example of the activities you could be involved in.  Note that you don't need to a member of a Committee to be involved in a task group.

Planning Aid

  • Supporting those wanting to contribute to and are affected by planning to play an influential and informed role in shaping their local communities
  • Working with Planning Aid England in advising and supporting a wide range of community groups within the region wishing to engage directly in planning the future of their local areas
  • Arranging and providing support for area planning advisors and volunteers through training, social and networking events

 Policy & Research

  •  Policy Responses
  • Identifying potential areas of research appropriate to the NW, appointing and working with consultants to undertake research, disseminating research
  • Liaising with and supporting HQ on national research projects


  • Administering the annual Regional Planning Achievement Award for best exemplar projects and studies undertaken by planning professionals across the region

  • Administering the annual Regional Student (Moss Madden) Award for an outstanding item of taught-coursework or dissertation accepted as part of either under-graduate or post-graduate planning or planning-related course at an accredited planning school

Young Planners

  • Organising and promoting social and professional activities amongst members with less than 10 years' experience around the region and where possible undertaking joint initiatives and events with other built environment professions.

Education, Careers & Mentoring

  • Providing students with advice on the profession and encouraging entry into the profession; including attending careers fairs and talking to students on what the profession is seeking and what it's like to be a Planner.
  • Providing students (primary and secondary schools) with information resource packs on Planning as a career and as a tool in shaping the built and rural environment.

  • Providing members (employed, unemployed and returners) with career development advice.

  • Providing non-members (e.g. those looking to make a career change into Planning) with advice on the profession and encouragement on entry into the profession.

Promotion of Planning

  • Production of our regional newsletter PLANNET and email updates
  • Organising free CPD events
  • Social media including Twitter

Other Activities

  • Supporting the CPD conference programme
  • Social activities including, 5 a-side football, cycling, quiz and spa days
  • Presidential visit
  • Annual dinner
  • Securing sponsorship opportunities
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