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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

8 August- Built Environment Networking Evening, Gloucester Quays More information
21 August - Bath Networking Social, Bath  More information
22 August - Bat Walk with Devon Wildlife Trust, Buckfastleigh  More information
1 August - Pizza and Fireworks Cruise in Poole Harbour, Poole More Information
5 September - Self & Custom Build Seminar, Chalford More Information
24 September – Environmental Impact Assessments with LUC, Bristol More information
3 October - L-APC Seminar, UWE, Bristol More information

Dates to note
August – Cricket game, Bristol
August - Networking Event, Cheltenham
September - Flood Risk and Development CPD, Exeter/Plymouth
September - Scavenger Hunt, Bristol
26 September - Autumn CPD, Dorset
October - Regeneration CPD Seminar with Gloucester City Council
November - Winter Social, Bristol
November  - Neighbourhood Planning, Gloucestershire (location TBC)
November/December - Winter Social, Bath
14 November - Tall Buildings Seminar with RICS matrics, Bristol
12 December - Christmas social, Dorset
December - Christmas social, Gloucestershire (location tbc)
January - Women in PLanning and Property, Gloucestershire (location tbc)

To register your interest for any of these events please contact southwest@rtpi.org

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

  • Emily Johnson, Turley –Chair (joint)
  • Julie O'Rourke, WYG – Chair (joint)
  • Monica Forde – Arup – Co Vice Chair (joint)
  • Edmund Mannings – Peter Brett Associates, now part of Stantec – Co Vice Chair (joint)
  • Jennifer Joule – Lichfields – Treasurer
  • Tamsin Sealy – Arup – Comms coordinator
  • Katherine Dowdall – Peter Brett Associates, now part of Stantec
  • Laura Eimermann – Turley
  • Lloyd Collins – Planning Potential
  • Ellen Fortt – Persimmon
  • Isabel Brumwell – Mott Macdonald

SWYP - Gloucestershire Steering Group

  • Chris Moore, Plainview Planning - Chair
  • Fiona Martin, Plan-A Planning and Development Limited - Secretary
  • David Ditchett, South Gloucestershire Council - Vice Chair
  • Hollie Snyder, Student - Social Media/News Coordinator
  • James Lloyd, Tewkesbury Borough Council - Treasurer
  • Lorraine Brooks, Gloucestershire County Council - Social Media/News Coordinator

SWYP - Devon and Cornwall Steering Group

  • Rebecca Miller, Plymouth City Council - Chair
  • Opani Mudalige, LRM Planning
  • Imogen Day, Cornwall Council
  • Keegan Ferreday, Devon County Council
  • Beatrice Scott, WYG
  • Arron Beecham, Mid Devon District Council
  • Stuart Walters, Redrow

SWYP - Dorset Steering Group

  • Chris Miell, The Planning Inspectorate - Chair
  • Carla Fulgoni, The Planning Bureau Ltd - Comms Coordinator
  • Rob McDonald, Dorset Council – Secretary
  • Hayley Richardson, Terence O'Rourke Ltd - Vice Chair
  • Richard Mears, Savills – Treasurer
  • Millie Rose, Dorset Council – General SG Member
  • Simon Ible, Terence O'Rourke Ltd - General SG Member
  • Alex Ha, University of the West of England - Student 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 southwest@rtpi.org.uk Alternately, you can contact us through our various social media avenues, which we regularly update with details of up-coming events:

Email            Southwest@rtpi.org.uk  

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. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering.

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