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Elections 2018

Be the change that you want to see: nominate for 2018 RTPI Elections

Nominations for the RTPI Elections are open!

We invite you to get involved in shaping the future of the Institute by putting yourself forward to be the Chair of the Board or a new face on the General Assembly (GA).

Elections for a number of posts take place each autumn, presenting all our members with a great opportunity to get more involved in the running of the Institute on many different levels.

To sumbit a nomination please click here.

The roles subject to election for a two-year term (2018-2019) are:

Board of Trustees:

I stood for Chair to use the skills I have developed at work for the benefit of planning and my professional body, and to develop new knowledge to take back to my workplace              - Chair of the Board

Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • Open to Chartered Members
  • Must be nominated by at least four other Chartered Members

Vice President for 2019 (will become President in 2020)

  • Open to Chartered Members
  • Must have held office in any capacity within the Chartered Institute's governance structures for at least two consecutive years during the previous five years
  • Must be nominated by at least four other Fellows or Ordinary Members

Honorary Treasurer

  • Open to a Chartered Member or Legal Associate
  • Must be nominated by at least four General Assembly members or nominated by the Board of Trustees

Trustee for Scotland

  • Open to a Chartered Member who lives or works mainly in Scotland
  • Must be nominated by at least four other Chartered Members who also live or work mainly in Scotland

I have been pleased to have seen the impact of my skills and experience on leading changes to RTPI policy             - Board Member

3 Chartered Trustees – Corporate

  • Open to Chartered Members
  • Must be nominated by four other Chartered Members

For more information on becoming a Trustee, please read The Essential Trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3), the RTPI Conflict of Interest policy, full role descriptions, and our Regulations and Byelaws. Being a Trustee is a serious role with legal responsibilities. You will have a fiduciary duty to the Institute. It is important that you are clear on the legal responsibility you will be undertaking. Training and support will be offered to all Trustees to ensure you are suitably equipped to undertake the role.

General Assembly:

14 Chartered Members

  • Open to Fellows and Ordinary Members i.e. MRTPI or FRTPI
  • Must be nominated by four other Fellows and Ordinary Members

3 Students or Licentiates

  • Open to Licentiates and Students
  • Must be nominated by four other Licentiate or Student Members

1 Legal Members/Legal Associates

  • Open to Legal Members and Legal Associates
  • Must be nominated by four other Chartered Members, Legal Members or Legal Associates

I stood for the General Assembly to get a better understanding of RTPI's business priorities and help to influence them                        - GA Member

2 Associate Members

  • Open to Associate Members
  • Must be nominated by four other Associate Members

For more information on being a member of the General Assembly please see our Byelaws, Regulations and full role descriptions.


The 'Open to' note above refers to the candidates (membership types) who are eligible to apply for each position.

There will be an online nomination site where you can put your name forward as a candidate for election. This site will be live on 4 June.

Why stand for elections?

Being a Trustee or member of our GA is your chance to make a difference and influence the future direction of the RTPI. It will support your career development and give you the chance to work with a wide range of new colleagues. It is a challenging, but richly rewarding, experience that will broaden your planning expertise and give you the opportunity to contribute to the big discussions, debates and decisions that impact the profession.

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.

From being on the GA I have learnt the value of meeting like-minded and committed professionals, all of whom give valuable time to improve the status and reach of the RTPI     - GA Member

Can I stand?

We welcome nominations from all members who are able to demonstrate the qualities and experiences we're looking for. It is important that the Board and GA reflects its community, therefore we need a good balance of gender, age, skills, ethnicity and geographic diversity around the table. Different experiences and views are key for effective decision making.

New to elections? Find out how the RTPI governance structure works here.


Election timetable:

Nominations open: 4 June

Nominations close: 3 July

Voting: 3 Sep – 3 Oct