Finalists announced for RTPI Young Planner of the Year 2014

Four finalists have been announced for the RTPI Young Planner of the Year 2014. The award, sponsored this year by the National Planning Forum, seeks out the brightest planners who are in the early stages of their planning career. The finalists are Maria Dunn (Senior Forward Planning Officer, Wyre Forest District Council), Zoe Green (Senior Planning Consultant, Atkins), David Kelly (Acting Principal Planning Officer, Bromsgrove District Council) and Jennifer Winyard (Strategic Land and Planning Manager, Linden Homes). The winner will be announced at the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence held in The Shaw Theatre in the Pullman London St Pancras on 23rd June 2014.

The finalists now face an interview with the RTPI’s panel of judges, chaired by Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner at the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG). The other judges are Roisin Willmott (RTPI Director of Wales and Northern Ireland), Dr. Andrew Jones (Managing Director EMEA, AECOM Design Planning + Economics), Stephen Tucker (RTPI Scotland Governor and Partner, Barton Willmore) and Brian Waters, (Chair of the National Planning Forum and Principal, The Boisot Waters Cohen Partnership).

Steve Quartermain said:

“As chair of the panel of judges I am delighted we have a strong shortlist of candidates for this years’ Young Planner of the Year- drawn from a very competitive long list. It is an excellent opportunity for young planners to showcase their abilities and demonstrate that they can be the leaders in planning tomorrow.”

The judges will be looking for the outstanding candidate who can demonstrate through their experiences and achievements over the past three years why they deserve to be named the RTPI’s ‘Young Planner of the Year’.

Brian Waters, Chairman the National Planning Forum, said:

“The National Planning Forum is pleased to sponsor this award and I am delighted to see a number of contenders who have come to planning from other disciplines. They will bring a wider understanding of how the world works to our profession with their important present and future contributions.”

Tino Hernandez, RTPI Head of Marketing & Communications said:

“The Young Planner of the Year award has demonstrated again that in the field of planning we have some of the most outstanding professionals in the early stages of their careers of any profession. We are delighted that Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner at Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG), has agreed to chair the interview panel which will select the winner.”

Eligibility for Young Planner of the Year is limited to planners who are within the first ten years of post-qualification experience and a current member of RTPI.

The winner receives a free place at the RTPI Planning Convention. They will also have the opportunity to speak at the annual RTPI Young Planners’ Conference, to be held in Bristol in October.

Sponsors and supporters of the RTPI Planning Awards for Planning Excellence 2014 include AMEC, Barton Willmore, British Land, GVA and the National Planning Forum.

Book your place now. Tickets for this event will sell out quickly.

More information on the shortlisted candidates can be seen here.