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Young Planners in Yorkshire

Ellen SandersonThe Young Planners' representative for Yorkshire is Ellen Sanderson.

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2017 Pub Quiz

It's back! By popular demand, the return of our RTPI Yorkshire pub quiz.

Just 1 team place now available

  • Thursday 6th April 2017
  • 6.00pm - 9.00pm
  • The Bierkeller, Leeds
  • £30 + vat (team of 5); £7 + vat (individual)

Lichfields2Come and join us for a fun evening, kindly sponsored for us this year by Lichfields, and organised for us by our RTPI Yorkshire Young Planners.

The quiz is open to all - planners and non-planners, young or old. Come along at 6pm, your first drink is free, then take your seats for a 6.30pm prompt start for the quiz. Food will be provided at the interval and the quiz will finish at about 8.30pm. Then why not stay to network over a drink or two afterwards. Questions will be based on a range of topics and there will be a prize for the top team!

Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

  • Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • 6.00pm - 8.00pm
  • The Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University
  • Free

The RTPI membership team will be delivering an event on the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) – the main route to becoming a Chartered Town Planner. The session will cover eligibility and experience requirements, as well as the written statements and Professional Development Plan.

Whether you're at the start of the process or approaching the end – this is a great opportunity to ask questions and ensure you produce a high quality submission. Students, Licentiates, employers and mentors are all welcome.

Find out more about the APC process at: 

Take a look at the RTPI events calendar for more RTPI events.

Who's Who

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

Interested in joining the Young Planners' Group?

You don't have to be a member of the RTPI to join the Group. It is free to register and open to all. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please fill in the online form or contact

What are the benefits of joining the Young Planners' Group?

  • Network with and meet people with similar interests
  • Debate and discuss issues with other young built environment professionals
  • Build friendships and contacts early in your career
  • Provide opportunity for students of built environment degree courses to meet and engage with young professionals

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