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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

15 March - Dorset Young Planners CPD & Social - Permitted Development: Residential Conversions and Noise Considerations, Bournemouth  More information

26 March - Design Review Workshop, Bodmin  More information

5 April - Pub Quiz, Bristol  More information

23 April - Wapping Warf seminar, Bristol  More information

25 April - Planning in 2048: How Planning and Technology is changing the way we plan, Bristol - More Information

April/May - Planning Policy Update, Bristol
17 May - Tall Buildings seminar - a joint event with RICS matrics, Bristol
14 June 2018 – Summer boat trip, Bristol

To register for any of these events please contact


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
Charlotte Taylor, GVA – Chair (joint)
Michael Baker, Arup – Chair (joint)
Sarah Hayes, JLL - Secretary & Vice Chair
Emily Johnson, Turley
Tom Sadler, GVA - Treasurer
Bethany Kington, Enzygo - News Editor
Kat King, Planning Inspectorate - RAC Liaison
Tamsin Sealy - Arup
Lucy Atkins – Bovis Homes
Stephanie Wilson - Colliers International
Jennifer Joule - Lichfields
Julie O'Rourke - Tetlow King

SWYP - Devon and Cornwall Steering Group
Rebecca Black, Plymouth City Council - Chair
Angharad Williams, Teignbridge District Council
Matt Jones, South Hams and West Devon Councils
Imogen Day, Cornwall Council
Ryan Steppel, Torridge District Council

SWYP - Dorset Steering Group
Opani Mudalige, Ken Parke Planning Consultants Ltd - Chair
Chris Miell, Pure Town Planning Ltd - Vice Chair
Sarah Scannell, Poole Borough Council - Administrator
Carla Fulgoni, The Planning Bureau Ltd - Events & Communications Coordinator
Hayley Davis, Terence O'Rourke Ltd - General SG Member
Sam Hoida, Primmer Olds BAS – General SG Member
Rob McDonald, Dorset Councils Partnership – General SG Member

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 Alternately, you can contact us through our various social media avenues, which we regularly update with details of up-coming events:


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. We are currently looking for volunteers to join the exisiting Steering Groups and start up new groups in Dorset and Somerset. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering.

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