RTPI South West Annual Dinner 2019
The RTPI SW Annual Dinner saw a return visit to We the Curious Science Centre at Bristol Harbourside, following the successes of the 2018 dinner. This year, the event attracted 212 planners and their guests from across the south west with fantastic support via sponsorship from Mott Macdonald, Burges Salmon, No5 Chambers, Arup, Hydrock, Cotswold Transport Planning and Ridge.
The evening started with a welcome drinks reception and opportunity to explore the exhibits at We the Curious. Heading upstairs to the dinner, Sue Manns, Vice President of the RTPI opened the evening with some powerful and thought provoking statistics on diversity within the planning industry and important ambitions for the future of the profession.
Following a three course meal, the After Dinner Speaker Iain Stewart wowed us all with a video of him jumping into a rock pool on the very edge of Victoria Falls (enough to induce vertigo from simply watching!). Iain, a Professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University, got us all thinking about how we effectively communicate difficult narratives and complex ideas to the public and how our approach can result in very different outcomes. It was fantastic to see how his geology work can resonate with issues planners face every day.
Throughout the evening guests were left impressed by Magician Kerry Scorah with her bag full of tricks and no sleeves to hide those slight of hand cards! Artist Michael Herbert also presented many guests with a hand cut (within minutes) silhouette portrait of themselves.
The West of England Young Planners had each dinner table racking their brains over another great quiz, which required knowledge of Bristolian colloquialisms and the number of national parks in Wales.
This was followed by a successful raffle, with lots of fantastic prizes won and £1,348 raised for South West Lakes Trust and We Care We Repair Bristol.
The night was rounded off with casino tables and a surprise in the form of a Food Scientist serving up blue cheesecake flavoured merignues poached in nitrogen, which made for some very interesting photographs and some very cold teeth!
Overall, the dinner and entertainment was a success with great feedback on the speakers and their insightful presentations. Nevertheless, the RTPI SW team are always looking for ways to continue to improve this event and welcome any comments and feedback from those who attended to make 2020 an even greater success.
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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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