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Young Planners in Yorkshire

YORnet logoThe Young Planners' representative for Yorkshire and Chair of YORnet is Ellen Sanderson.

To sign up to the RTPI Yorkshire Young Planners' Group and receive news about activities for young planners in the Region, fill in the online form or contact the RTPI Regional co-ordintaor, Trish Cookson, at:


Details of 2017 events coming soon.

Young Planner of the Year 2016

Emma Lancaster

Many congratulations to Emma Lancaster, our 2017 RTPI Yorkshire Chair, who is the RTPI's 2016 Young Planner of the Year. 

On being told about her win, Emma said: "I am very passionate about what I do and I am grateful for the opportunities I have to shape the built environment and the future of the planning profession through my work. It therefore goes without saying, that I am incredibly proud to have been named the RTPI's Young Planner of the Year 2016. I look forward to the year ahead, and intend to use it to the promote the profession to the very best of my abilities."

Her manager, Tim Waring, Director at Quod, added: "We're all very proud at Quod of Emma's award. Her diligence, technical skills, and strategic approach to planning are evident in all she does, and her recognition by the RTPI is testament to the huge respect she commands amongst her clients, peers and colleagues."

Student Awards

RTPI Yorkshire Student Awards 2016

Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 Awards to outstanding students:

  • Leeds Beckett University: Maria Dychala
  • Sheffield Hallam University: Jessica Russell
  • The University of Sheffield: Nathan Makwana

Previous Events

2016 RTPI Yorkshire Annual Pub Quiz

This was held on 14 April at the Bierkeller in Leeds.

Waterman Group

Congratulations to winning team the Waterman Group. The team comprised: Richard Meredith, Martyn Park, Steven Halmshaw, Andrew Mould and Lesley Brown.

Congratulations also to 2nd place Kirklees Council and 3rd place DPP (+ One).

A good time was had by all 100 participants - be sure to book early next year!

2016 Young Planners' Conference

This year's Young Planners' Conference was held in Belfast. Read more

The 2017 Young Planners' Conference will be held in October in Manchester.

2015 RTPI Yorkshire Annual Pub Quiz

This was held on 16 April 2015 at the Bierkeller in Leeds.

Pub quiz 2015Congratulations to the winners: Spawforths Sparks.

The team comprised Emma Lancaster, Gavin Winter, Andrew Rose, Hannah Richardson and Dave Rolinson.

Organised by our young planners, but open to all, the quiz had 100 participants and sold out within 6 days - don't miss out next year! 


2013 Young Planners' Conference

RTPI Yorkshire Young Planners delivered a hugely successful sell-out conference in Leeds (11-12 October 2013).

YP gala dinner

The conference organisers at the Young Planners' Gala Dinner. From l-r:

Nick Pleasant, Matthew Turnbull, Neil Woodhouse, Meryl Leung, Clare Plant, Jennifer Winyard, Rob Moore


Young professionals in Yorkshire can join YORnet, a network for young built environment professionals in the region, and currently hosted by RTPI Yorkshire. 

YORnet is a multi-disciplinary network attached to Concourse (The Leeds Centre for Art, Architecture, Construction, Landscape, Planning and Urban Design). Its aim is to provide a forum within which young planners, architects, engineers, surveyors, landscape architects and other young professionals in the Yorkshire region can develop their interest in planning, regeneration and design and also socialise and share experiences.

YORnet has a Facebook page

Who's Who

We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Interested in joining YORnet?YORnet festive photo

You don't have to be a member of any professional institute (e.g. RTPI, RIBA, RICS, ICE, LI etc) to join the network. It is free to register and open to all.

If you would like to be added to YORnet's mailing list please contact

What are the benefits of joining YORnet?

  • To network with and meet people with similar interests
  • To debate and discuss issues through a CPD programme
  • To build friendships and contacts with other built environment professionals early in your career
  • To provide an opportunity for students of built environment degree courses to meet and engage with young professionals


We often run events. Take a look at the RTPI events calendar for more information.