RTPI South West Annual Dinner 2018
The RTPI SW Annual Dinner broke new ground this year by holding the event at We the Curious Science Centre at Bristol Harbourside. The event attracted some 190 planners and their guests (see the Dinner Brochure for the guest list) and was well supported by sponsorship from Arup, Burges Salmon, Cotswold Transport Planning, Curtins, Hydrock, JBP, Mott MacDonald, No 5 Chambers and Peter Brett Associates. This allowed us to welcome a table of Young Planners who showed their organisational capacity by producing a table quiz for which you needed to know your Walkers Crisps!.
Following the drinks reception which was held amongst We the Curious' hands-on exhibits guests received a thoughtful pre-dinner contribution from Ian Tant, Vice President of the RTPI who commended the Region on the range and depth of its activities. The highlight of the evening however was Claire Lomas' after-dinner talk. Claire suffered a catastrophic spinal injury while horse riding leaving her paralysed from the chest down. She shared her incredible story of anguish and achievement overcoming seemingly impossible odds to complete the London Marathon in a specially designed suit, becoming the mother of two daughters and now taking on the challenge of high speed motor bike racing. She has committed herself to charity fund raising for people facing similar challenges, however her greatest contribution must be the inspiration she provides not just for people with disabilities but for anyone facing tough times.
Fund raising was the purpose of the raffle which benefitted from a many generous prises donated by supporters and resulted in £1,748 being raised for mental health charity MIND. This was a record perhaps reflecting the power of Claire Lomas' talk or maybe the threat of Suzanne D'Arcy who compered the event and threatened to lock the doors and not let anyone leave unless we set a new record!
Overall the dinner was a great success with very positive feedback on the new venue and the choice of after dinner speaker. However we continue look at ways of broadening its appeal and offering alternative locations so any comments and suggestions would be gratefully received.
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RTPI South West Annual Dinner 2017
The RTPI SW Annual Dinner was held at the Marriot Royal Hotel in Bristol at the end of June. The event attracted nearly 200 planners and their guests and was well supported by sponsorship from Arup, Burges Salmon, Curtins, JBP, No 5 Chambers, Mott MacDonald, Oyster Partnership, and Peter Evans Partnership. This allowed us to welcome a table of Young Planners who showed their organisational capacity by producing a table quiz to add to the entertainment provided by a cartoonist and magician who enthralled with their deft skills and powers of illusion.
Following the drinks reception, the dinner guests received thoughtful pre-dinner contributions from Jason Jordan, Director of Policy at the American Planners' Association (pictured right) who commented on the parallel issues facing the profession on either side of 'the pond' and from John Acres, Vice President of the RTPI who commended the Region on the range and depth of its activities. The main after-dinner speaker was Professor Adrian Furnham, a psychologist specialising in the field of business. Adopting money as his theme – something to which everyone could relate – he provided a range of highly entertaining insights into the role which money plays in shaping behaviour in organisations and society as a whole. In amongst the fund of amusing anecdotes there was a serious message about what motivates people and how they behave.
Money was the purpose of the charity raffle which benefitted from a many generous prises donated by supporters and resulted in £1455.32 being raised for Headway, Bristol who support individuals having the come to terms with the impact of brain injury on their lives and those of their families.
Overall the dinner was a great success and is firmly established in the annual programme of the RTPI SW. However we continue look at ways of broadening its appeal and offering alternative locations so any comments and suggestions would be gratefully received.
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RTPI South West Annual Dinner 2016
Due to popular demand the South West Annual Dinner sold out very quickly and was a great success with over 200 guests.
Thank you to our sponsors
Sponsors included: ARUP, Burges Salmon, Peter Evans Partnership, Savills incorporating Smiths Gore, Stride Treglown, Ian Jewson Planning, and Peter Brett Associates.