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Regional Management Board and Regional Activities Committee

2018 Committee

The joint committee Regional Management Board (RMB) and the Regional Activities Committee (RAC) represents the regional membership and delivers a range of services.  The RMB sets the business plan for the region whilst together with the RAC they deliver with the Regional Coordinator a range of activities to benefit members including conferences, policy updates, future planners initiatives, commissioning research, organising interprofessional networking opportunities as well as raising the profile of planning.

Annual Review ImageThe Annual Review for 2017 gives a summary of activities organised to support, promote and profile Planning.


Nominations and Elections for the 2019 Committee are now OPEN

Being on the RMB or RAC is your chance to make a difference and influence not only the local member activities within the region, but also to help raise the profile of planning amongst the wider built environment sector and the key movers and shakers within the region. It will support your career development and give you the chance to work with a wide range of new colleagues.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for people who can demonstrate a variety of different life and work experiences, a zest for new ideas, a willingness to speak their mind, strategic vision and a desire to make a difference – most importantly we are looking for people with a real commitment to the RTPI and its objectives

To join you will need to complete a nomination form. 
Election Letter
Nomination Form
Downloads from the RTPI website server are currently down - please contact for a copy

The Board can however co-opt a member at anytime during the existing committee year.  Please contact the Regional Coordinator.

Meeting Minutes (RTPI Member only content) may be found here

Annual General Meeting - 25 April 2018, Bristol

The Principal role of the AGM is to consider and endorse the Annual Report of the RTPI South West relating to the year 2017 for submission to the National Institute. It is an opportunity for members to question the RTPI South West officers on the year activities and finances. The AGM took place on the 25 April during the conference. For a copy of the minues please contact

Special Business General Meeting - 8 November 2018, Taunton
The principal purpose of the SBGM is to report on the results of the Elections to the 2018 RTPI SW Regional Management Board and Regional Activities Committee and to appoint any new committee members to fill any vacancies at the meeting. The SPGM will take place before lunch during the conference. RTPI Members are welcome to attend the SPGM element for free. Please register attendance to

Working Groups

To support the RMB and RAC 6 Working Groups have been established to prioritise projects and activity planning. You do not need to be a member of the RMB or RAC and so any RTPI Member is welcome to join. Meetings take place in Taunton and through email opening up this opportunity to members throughout the South West.

The six Working Groups are:

  • Environmental Education & Future Planners
  • CPD
  • Policy and Research
  • Editorial  (E-News and Branchout)
  • Planning Aid
  • Social and Networking

Awards for Planning Excellence Judging Panel

The Panel membership will be finalised when the details and timing of the 2018 Awards are confirmed in Spring 2018

Please get in touch if you would like to become involved. 0207 929 8190


Chair -  Suzanne D'Arcy, South Gloucestershire Council

Senior Vice Chair - Chris Balch, University of Plymouth

Junior Vice Chair - Dawn de Vries, Sedgemoor District Council

Hon. Secretary - Mike Oakley, Retired

Hon. Treasurer  - Mark Felgate, Director M.E.D. Planning and Associate at Three Dragons

Past Chair - David Lowin, Lowin Associates

S.W. Region Representative on RTPI General Assembly -Andrew England, Bournemouth Borough Council