RTPI Young Planner of the Year 2011

Your vote is needed to help decide which of six candidates will take the title of Royal Town Planning Institute Young Planner of the Year for 2011.

The ballot will decide which candidates will be invited to make a presentation to the award judges in January 2012, after which the winner will be selected. Each chartered, associate. technical, legal, licentiate and student member of the RTPI has one vote. The poll closes at 5pm on Monday, 19 December 2011. 

The candidates are:

James Carpenter, principal planning and customer liaison officer, North West Leicestershire District Council:



"I want to help demonstrate that a proactive approach and a commitment to continuing professional development is a robust pathway for those embarking on a planning career."


Simon Coop, associate director, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners:

"I would continue to develop tools and techniques that equip planners to respond to emerging issues, highlight how the profession can promote positive change, and enhance links with universities."


Neil Hook, principal planning and regeneration officer, London Borough of Enfield:

"I would approach planning reform from both directions, working with the RTPI president to develop engagement with government and with communities to develop their engagement with us."


Monica Lennon, associate planner, Knight Frank:

"I would maximise the opportunity to speak up for planning in the media and to our governments and educators, to the benefit of all planners."


Nikola Miller, planning consultant, Smiths Gore:

 "We should look to promote planning as a positive process for change and a mechanism to emerge from recession through viable developments and sustainable economic growth."


Julia Riddle, associate director, DTZ:

"I would positively promote the planning profession and the opportunities it has to offer. I will also continue to work to increase public understanding of the planning system."


The candidates’ full profiles, statements and citations can be read here.

You can register your vote online here.


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