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International Network


RTPI Yorkshire International Network

The new RTPI Yorkshire International Network was launched in Leeds on 29 November 2016 by Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive, and RTPI Yorkshire member and former RTPI President, Janet O'Neill.

If you have any ideas on how our new Network should operate or would like to join please contact:

Next Event

Planning in Dubai

Don't miss a unique and exciting opportunity to learn from an experienced planner about planning in this middle eastern country which promotes itself as an advanced global city and is known for its ultramodern architecture as well as its luxury shopping.

  • Thursday 26 January 2017
  • 5.00pm - 7.00pm
  • The Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University
  • Only £5 + vat
  • Refreshments and informal networking
  • Open to everyone

Book online

DubaiDerek Mckenzie. MRTPI, was appointed as Head of Planning with Nakheel in 2008, the largest master developer in the world, famous for its ambitious projects such as Palm Jumeirah, the World Islands and the Waterfront City. He served out a 3 year contract, surviving the economic downturn which some economists felt would never impact on Dubai. In that time he worked with a truly multicultural team with over 50 nationalities, covering master planning and regulatory control for 8 separate projects under the Dubai World banner.

Derek will talk to us about his Dubai planning experiences at the top level. He will cover the procedural and technical aspects of planning applied, including some interesting lessons learned, and will also provide an overview of what it is like to embark on a career in planning in Dubai, with advice on how to avoid some of the pitfalls. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. 

Derek now runs his own multi disciplinary town planning practice (MTP McKenzie Town Planning Ltd) based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, where he divides his time between supporting clients on a wide case load, including Neighbourhood Planning; and interim management as a Chief Planning Officer all over the country based on his considerable senior management experience in the public sector.

RTPI Yorkshire International Network Launch

Our speakers at the launch of our Network on 29 November 2016 were:

Trudi Elliott

  • Janet O'Neill, former RTPI President and former Chair of the RTPI International Committee and the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) Vice President for Europe. Download presentation (pdf)
  • Marion Frederiksen, RTPI International Policy and Research Officer. Download presentation (pdf)

IN launch speakers

From left to right: Marion Frederiksen; Janet O'Neill; Philipp Tschavoll-Selenko (Chair)

Previous Events

Working in Planning in Australia

Our first Network event was held on 20 October in Leeds.

Australia speakers


Our speakers at the event from left - right:

Graeme Holbeck; Janine Laver; Philipp Tschavoll-Selenko (Network Chair)






Australia delegates




Feedback received: 

"I would just like to say a massive thank you for setting up such a great event. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it provided so much useful information." 


2013 European Visit

From 20-24 May 2013 we visited Freiburg im Breisgau (famous for its eco / environmental initiatives). 

The European Network was set up by the Yorkshire Region of the RTPI in the early 90s at a time when the RTPI was encouraging an interest in European planning by producing cassettes explaining the planning systems of various European countries.   Visits to Germany (the Ruhr followed by Berlin), France (Lille) and twice to Silesia (and the Bezirks second time) followed at roughly two to three year intervals.  The programmes include a mixture of lectures and presentations by academics and practitioners, site visits and social activities too – theatre; concerts; and yes, drinking!

In order to encourage students and young planners to take part, the Region has offered bursaries.  Reports on all the visits are published in 'Root and Branch'. 

Not everything we propose actually happens; following a cancelled visit in 2008 to Denmark, subsequent approaches to the Danish Planning Institute have proved in vain.

The Network is open to all RTPI Yorkshire Region Members and study visits, on a largely self-financing basis, are always open too.  In the past, partners have taken part as well as members from other RTPI regions and from other professional bodies (IHBC / RIBA / ILA).