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Young Planners' Steering Group

Meet the 2019 RTPI Yorkshire Young Planners' Steering Group

Bethany McQue (Chair)


Bethany McQue

Bethany is a Senior Planner in Indigo Planning's office in Leeds and has been working as a planner in the private sector since 2014, previously working at Turley. She is involved with and supports a broad range of projects, including residential, retail, commercial and agricultural schemes across the country. Bethany qualified as a chartered town planner in 2016 and has been on the steering group since 2017.  She became Chair of the group in June 2018.

Lucy Bullock


Lucy Bullock


Lucy is a Chartered Planner at Lichfields. She is predominantly involved in securing planning permission for a range of retail, residential, industrial and mixed use applications, working for both public and private sector clients. Lucy has an interest in economics and viability with a background in development surveying. Her experience includes the preparation of Applications, Appeals and Representations, Employment Land Reviews, Student Accommodation Modelling, Economic Viability Assessments and Local Plan Viability studies. She is passionate about promoting the self-build sector and has produced research for the Planning Advisory Service on encouraging self-build and overcoming the challenges faced. She has been a member of the steering group since 2016 and has helped to organise the annual pub quizzes and Christmas parties

Ellen Sanderson - Clark


Ellen Sanderson Clark New


Ellen is a Senior Planner in Deloitte Real Estate's team in Leeds with an wealth of experience including City Centre Regeneration schemes across a range of sectors in Yorkshire and the North West and has particular experience in preparing Environmental Impact Assessments.  Ellen qualified as a Chartered Town Planner in 2015 and has been a member of the steering group since 2014. 

Laura Precious


Laura Precious

Laura is a Senior Planner at Rural Solutions in Skipton where she advises developers, promoters and landowners on rural sustainability issues alongside working on a variety of projects including new country houses, retail & leisure developments and residential schemes. She worked for Quod in Leeds for a number of years before joining Rural Solutions and graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters in Town and County Planning in 2014. Laura specialised in urban design during her degree and prior to working in Yorkshire gained valuable experience in masterplanning and neighbourhood planning, something she still maintains an interest in. She became a chartered member of the RTPI in 2017 and has been a member of the Young Planners' steering group since 2016.

Will Steel


Will SteelWill is a Chartered Town Planner and Planning Consultant at Cushman & Wakefield, having joined the real estate firm during March 2015.  Previously he worked in the public sector with the City of York Council, gaining a wide variety of experience in planning policy, development management, transport planning, economic development and strategic planning. 

Will graduated with a Town Planning MSc from Newcastle University in 2010.  During his Masters year, he gained experience at Cumbria County Council while on a voluntary placement.

Whilst at the City of York Council Will's duties included working on two development plans, York's Economic Strategy, a Bus Improvement Study, and the case for York to become an affiliate member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Since joining Cushman & Wakefield, Will has provided planning consultancy advice to local authorities, universities, developers, landowners, investors, several government agencies, and fellow real estate professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.  He is currently advising on planning policies, estates strategies, site searches, a wide range of developments, and on the protection of operational and financial interests.

Will was previously Chair for Make York (the young professionals' branch of York Professionals), has organised several inward investment projects, and has been a member of the Young Planners' steering group since the start of 2016.

Read Will's latest RTPI Yorkshire blog here

James Forrest


James Forrest Photo (2)


James is a transport planner and charted town planner within the transport planning team at Arup Leeds, having joined in June 2016. Previous to this James worked for 5 years within Transport for London's planning team where James provided the Mayor of London with strategic transport advice on the impact of development on London's transport network. This involved assessing and appraising transport assessments and negotiating and securing significant planning contributions towards new transport infrastructure. Particular highlights include working as the case officer for Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium, high density residential blocks within Canary Wharf and commercial headquarters within the City of London.

Currently James is working on strategic transport projects most notably; being part of the Arup+ Traffic & Transport team assisting with the drafting of transport assessment to support the High Speed 2 Environmental Statement and as a Station Designer developing the baseline assessment and masterplans for several stations as part of Network Rail's Transpennine Route Upgrade.

Jamie Field

Jamie Field

Jamie is a Town Planner within the Planning, Policy and Economics team at Arup based in the Leeds office. Jamie joined Arup in September 2015 after completing his MSc in Urban and Regional Planning – he also has a background in architecture, offering a depth of perspective to the projects he undertakes.

Since joining Arup, Jamie has worked on a range of planning projects, including infrastructure delivery plans, flood defence implementation and major residential developments. This has allowed Jamie to collaborate with a range of stakeholders, including local authorities, government agencies and private developers.

Currently, Jamie is planning consultant to Highways England for an iconic new bridge over the A63 adjacent to the Humber Dock Marina. In this role, Jamie secured a range of planning consents, including a marine licence for planned works within the marina. The bridge is an important 'City of Culture' legacy project and will support economic regeneration on nearby strategic development sites.


Cliff Hughes


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A retired planning inspector, Cliff helps out with the organisation for many Young Planner events.


Jack Martin-King


Jack Martin King

Jack joined Quod North in July 2015 as an Assistant Planner after graduating from the University of Sheffield with an MPlan in Urban Studies and Planning. Jack is currently supporting team members on projects related to the residential, commercial and retail sectors across Yorkshire, London and Manchester. Jack is a licentiate member of the RTPI and is working towards his chartered membership. He joined the Young Planners' Steering Group in 2016.