RTPI looks to members and assembly to select leaders

The annual elections will allow us to choose those we want to take the institute forward, says James Taylor.

Later this month, all members will receive ballot papers for the RTPI's annual elections. Nominations closed on 1 October and the ballot will take place between 1 November and 1 December. The role of junior vice-president (JVP) is set to be contested and places on the executive board and general assembly are also at stake.

The position of JVP is open to all corporate members who have served at least two consecutive years on the general assembly or its predecessor, the council, in the past five years. The position is elected by the entire corporate membership.

In subsequent years, the JVP goes on to become senior vice-president, president and finally immediate past president. Therefore, by voting for the JVP for 2008 you are choosing the president for 2010.

The executive board is made up of the trustees who manage the RTPI. It comprises 15 trustees with ultimate responsibility for the institute's affairs. The elections for executive board membership are staggered over several years to ensure continuity. This year, five positions fall vacant for re-election, namely three corporate places, one for a young planner and one for a regions and nations representative.

The three corporate member positions are open to any such member and are elected by the general assembly. The young planner position is open to any corporate, student or licentiate member under the age of 35 and is also elected by the general assembly. Members of the RTPI regions and nations who sit on the general assembly also elect a representative to the board.

The general assembly itself is our primary forum for debating the development of planning policy and practice and the RTPI's corporate policy. It is also responsible for electing the majority of trustees. The assembly will meet four times next year, with London meetings in January, April and October and a July meeting in Edinburgh.

The assembly consists of between 57 and 72 members. This year, 14 corporate members are due for election by assembly members. Five others will be elected by student and licentiate members, along with one technical member chosen by technical members and a legal associate elected by corporate members and legal associates.

James Taylor is administrative executive at the RTPI. For further details on the elections, please contact (tel) 020 7929 8172 or (email) james.taylor@rtpi.org.uk.

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