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Young Planners in the South West

Engage, Network & Discover more with Young Planners
The network to support young planners in their personal and professional development

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Do I count as a 'young planner'?
A young planner is any student, licentiate or corporate member of the RTPI with up to 10 years' experience post-qualification.

Make sure you receive the latest news and event information by signing up to the Young Planners' Network

What do young planners do?
We organise events, ranging from CPD sessions and themed seminars to study tours, networking sessions and socials. We also try to arrange regular L-APC sessions to support those in their professional development journey to MRTPI.

Why should you get involved?

  • Foster professional relationships
  • Network with other professions
  • Develop soft skills in project management & leadership
  • Contributes to career progression
  • Promote Planning
  • Inspire the next generation
  • Share experiences
  • Support L-APC Candidates
  • Have fun and socialise with like-minded people.

Would you like to get involved with Young Planners? Watch this video for some inspiration

Forthcoming Events

25 September - Planning for Death, Bristol More Information
11 October - L-APC Seminar, Bristol More Information
16 October - S106 Update with Ashfords, Exeter More Information
24 October - Vacant-Spaces & Meanwhile Uses CPD Seminar, Bournemouth Register your interest
25 October - L- APC Seminar, Plymouth  More information
8 November - Top of the Legal Pops, Bristol More Information
23 November – Pub Quiz, Plymouth Register your interest

To register for any of these events please contact

South West Young Planners

In its current form, South West Young Planners has been running since May 2011. Since then, the Group has grown massively and new groups have emerged in the region helping to widen the number of Young Planner events accross the region. Young Planners has hosted a number of successful events, including the national Young Planners' Conference in 2014. The main role of the groups is to organise a programme of events throughout the year to help young planners in their personal and professional development, as well as considering and representing the interests of young planners in the RTPI. We aim to hold at a wide variety of events, ranging from CPD sessions and themed seminars, study tours, networking sessions and socials. We also try to arrange regular APC sessions to help those starting and preparing to submit.

Steering Groups
Young Planner events are guided by steering groups who meet regularly to organise and discuss future activities. Active groups currently are:

SWYP - West of England Steering Group
Charlotte Taylor, GVA – Chair (joint)
Michael Baker, Arup – Chair (joint)
Emily Johnson, Turley – Co Vice Chair (joint)
Julie O'Rourke, Tetlow King – Co Vice Chair (joint)
Sarah Hayes, JLL – Committee member
Bethany Kington – Enzygo – News Editor
Tamsin Sealy - Arup
Lucy Atkins – Bovis Homes
Robyn Nicholl – Barton Willmore
Monica Forde – Arup
Jennifer Joule – Lichfields
Edmund Manning – Peter Brett Associates
Catherine Renfrew – GL Hearn

SWYP - Devon and Cornwall Steering Group
Rebecca Miller, Plymouth City Council - Chair
Imogen Day, Cornwall Council
Andrew Shepherd - WSP
Ryan Steppel, Torridge District Council
Angharad Williams, Teignbridge District Council
Keegan Ferreday, Devon County Council
Beatrice Scott, WYG
Arron Beecham, Mid Devon District Council
Stephen Boundy, Devon County Council

SWYP - Dorset Steering Group
Opani Mudalige, Ken Parke Planning Consultants Ltd - Chair
Chris Miell, Pure Town Planning Ltd - Vice Chair
Sarah Scannell, Poole Borough Council - Administrator
Carla Fulgoni, The Planning Bureau Ltd - Comms Coordinator
Hayley Davis, Terence O'Rourke Ltd - General SG Member
Sam Hoida, Primmer Olds BAS – General SG Member
Rob McDonald, Dorset Councils Partnership – Treasurer
Richard Mears, Pure Town Planning Ltd – General SG Member

SWYP - Somerset Steering Group
Stephen Baimbridge, South Somerset District Council - Chair
Rebecca Randall, WYG - Vice Chair
Mark Willitts, Environment Agency - Treasurer

Steering groups are run by volunteers and always looking for new members to join. If you have an idea for an event or would like to get involved then please do get in touch.

Get in touch

We'd love to hear from you if you would like to get in touch with us. You can email us via Alternately, you can contact us through our various social media avenues, which we regularly update with details of up-coming events:


Twitter        Follow us @swyoungplanners

Facebook       Join the 'South West Young Planners' group

LinkedIn      Join the 'RTPI Young Planners Network' group

If you have an idea for an event please do get in touch either using the contact details above or approaching one of the steering group members. We are currently looking for volunteers to join the exisiting Steering Groups and start up new groups in Dorset and Somerset. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering.

We look forward to meeting you at a future Young Planners event.