RTPI South West Annual Dinner 2017
The RTPI SW Annual Dinner was held at the Marriot Royal Hotel in Bristol at the end of June. The event attracted nearly 300 planners and their guests and was well supported by sponsorship from Arup, Burges Salmon, Curtins, JBP, No 5 Chambers, Mott McDonald, Oyster Partnership, and Peter Evans Partnership. This allowed us to welcome a table of Young Planners who showed their organisational capacity by producing a table quiz to add to the entertainment provided by a cartoonist and magician who enthralled with their deft skills and powers of illusion.
Following the drinks reception, the dinner guests received thoughtful pre-dinner contributions from Jason Jordan, Director of Policy at the American Planners' Association (pictured right) who commented on the parallel issues facing the profession on either side of 'the pond' and from John Acres, Vice President of the RTPI who commended the Region on the range and depth of its activities. The main after-dinner speaker was Professor Adrian Furnham, a psychologist specialising in the field of business. Adopting money as his theme – something to which everyone could relate – he provided a range of highly entertaining insights into the role which money plays in shaping behaviour in organisations and society as a whole. In amongst the fund of amusing anecdotes there was a serious message about what motivates people and how they behave.
Money was the purpose of the charity raffle which benefitted from a many generous prises donated by supporters and resulted in £1455.32 being raised for Headway, Bristol who support individuals having the come to terms with the impact of brain injury on their lives and those of their families.
Overall the dinner was a great success and is firmly established in the annual programme of the RTPI SW. However we continue look at ways of broadening its appeal and offering alternative locations so any comments and suggestions would be gratefully received.
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RTPI South West Annual Dinner 2016
Due to popular demand the South West Annual Dinner sold out very quickly and was a great success with over 200 guests.
Thank you to our sponsors
Sponsors included: ARUP, Burges Salmon, Peter Evans Partnership, Savills incorporating Smiths Gore, Stride Treglown, Ian Jewson Planning, and Peter Brett Associates.