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Who We Are


The Scottish Young Planners' Network (SYPN) has been running since 2003, representing over 300 young planners across Scotland.  It aims to address the needs and encourage the involvement of young planners in Scotland by organising conferences and events that appeal to planners who are in the first ten years of their planning career.

Young planners have a different perspective on our work and the planning system we help to implement and operate. We can also have different needs and interests than those who have been established as planners for longer. We try to bring this perspective to the debate on changing Scottish planning for the better. Young planners working in Scotland have a lot in common, even if we work for different, and sometimes opposing, interests. What matters is that we are all trying to improve the physical surroundings and quality of environment we see every day. We need support and opportunities to meet and discuss how best to achieve this.

View our remit as set by the Scottish Executive Committee here.

If you are a planner in full time education, part time education, a Student or Licentiate member of the RTPI, a graduate, or a Chartered member of the RTPI within the first ten years of your career, the SYPN is here to support you. Join our mailing list by emailing

It's your network!

The SYPN has been working for years to raise the profile of the network and we now believe we have a strong voice within Scotland. The network will only continue to get better with involvement of its members. If you have any ideas about events or issues you would like us to raise or indeed you would like to write articles for any of the above publications please do get in touch!

The Steering Group

The activities of the network are organised by a steering group of 15 members. Read about each steering group member here. The Steering Group for May 2016 through May 17 is as follows:

  • Elaine Fotheringham (Chair)
  • Lesley McVeigh (Vice Chair)
  • Emma Fitzgerald (Past Chair)
  • Alasdair Adey
  • Lorna Aird (Scottish Government representative)
  • Alex Candlish
  • Natasha Cockburn
  • Katie Crerar
  • Trevor Moffat
  • Hajnalka Biro (Student representative)
  • Nicola Orr
  • Lauren Park
  • Lorna Sim
  • Lucy Sumner
  • Malcolm White

Joining the steering group

Where vacancies on the steering group arise these are advertised through emails to members our newsletter. We are however also interested in hearing from young planners who are able to assist on an ad hoc basis with the organisation of our activities.

Forthcoming events
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@rtpiscotland : RT @SURFscot: . @RTPIScotland are hosting a Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture 2017 on 7th June with Naomi Eisenstadt… 24/05/2017 - 02:59