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Find out the latest news from the network from event reviews to interviews and articles.


Day in the life - Dyan Currie


Dy is Brisbane City Council’s Chief Planner and a highly experienced planning executive with national and international experience in planning and economic development.   Dy is also the President of the Commonwealth Association of Planners representing more than 40 000 planners around the world and Co-Chair of UN Habitat’s Stakeholder Advisory Group.   A past National President of the Planning Institute of Australia, Dy is a Fellow of PIA, an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK) and also a Fellow of the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Minds of all kinds

6 September 2019

Keeley Mitchell, from Dacorum Borough Council writes about the importance of neuro diversity.

North East Planning Law Update

6 September 2019

Women in Planning North East were proud to hold their first breakfast seminar on Thursday 5th September 2019.

Day in the life of Jenna Langford

June 9, 2019

Jenna Langford is a Regeneration Manager at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. She is an award winning chartered town planner and project management practitioner with 12 years' experience and a proven track record of delivering regeneration projects in the challenging industrial urban area of the Black Country. She was RTPI West Midlands young planner of the year 2018 and "highly commended" young planner of the year 2015. Most recently, Jenna won the RTPI National young planner of the year 2019.

Solent Planning Law Event

19 August 2019

Our latest Solent Women in Planning event was a great success, it was great to see so many familiar and new faces. The event was held in the Diving Room at the William Walker in Winchester.

Alice Drew

Day in the life of... Catronia Riddell

31 July 2019

Catriona is a Director at Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd and a chartered town planner who has worked at local, regional and national levels on the development and implementation of planning policy since 1990. She is a regular collumnist for Planning Resource/ Planning Magazine, a Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association and Strategic Planning Expert for the Planning Officer's Society.

Day in the Life of ... Sarah Reid

17 June 2019

Sarah Reid is a leading Barrister at Kings Chamber specialising in Planning, Environment and Highways. Sarah is a member of the committee for Women in Planning North West and was named on the Planner’s 2019 Women of Influence List.

Dealing with Imposture Sydrome

8 April 2019

Women in Planning West Midlands hosted their first seminar workshop on Friday 08th March, with the support of Avison Young who kindly sponsored the event, and provided venue space and refreshments throughout the duration of the event.

'Advice for my Younger Self'

22 March 2019

The Women in Planning Yorkshire branch celebrated International Women’s Day with a breakfast seminar entitled ‘Advice for my Younger Self’.

The breakfast seminar was sponsored and hosted by Cushman & Wakefield at their office at St. Pauls House, Park Square South, Leeds.

Read committee member Katharine Morgan (Cushman & Wakefield) thoughts below:

Press Release: Research finds that women fill only 17% of leadership positions in private sector planning consultancy

8 March 2019

Women in Planning has found that there is little data on women working in the planning profession. Not much is known about what level women are working at and if there is a gender leadership gap. Understanding this is important to know whether there are barriers preventing women from being in leadership roles, and if so, what support women need to overcome them.

Gender Balance - Deeds Not Words

7 March 2019

Women in Planning North West celebrated International Women's Day 2019 with an event 'Gender Balance - Deeds Not Words'. Read committee member, Stephanie Hall, thoughts.

Yorkshire Launch

10 February 2019

Following a couple of committee meetings, some venue scouting and cocktail tasting our Yorkshire committee members decided that a relaxed drinks event in Leeds would be the perfect way to launch the Yorkshire branch of Women in Planning.

Day in the Life of ... Susan Claris

7  January 2019

Susan Claris is a Chartered Town Planner. She is an Associate Director at Arup working in the Transport Consulting team in London. She is also a Trustee at Living Streets – the UK charity for everyday walking.

 Day in the Life of ... Alice Lester MBE

18 December 2018

Alice Lester MBE (MRTPI) has spent her whole working life in public sector planning. She has been Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing at Brent since October 2016.

Introducing the South Midlands Branch

22 November 2018

Back in October, Women in Planning South Midlands hosted their second event, a Breakfast Seminar, with the generous sponsorship from Freeths. Despite the best efforts of the M1 and other transport infrastructure not being in our favour the event was well attended by women from across the region. Most pleasing to the committee was the enthusiasm of women that work with planning, be this in engineering or in the legal sector to join us. The feedback from the event was excellent and we are already starting to look at future events.

Celebrate World Town Planning Day Today!

8 November 2018

World Town Planning Day is celebrated on 8 November each year.  It is a celebration of how we shape the places where we live, work and play. Founded by Argentinian Carlos Maria della Paolera in 1949, World Town Planning Day was intended as a special day to recognise and promote the role of planning globally.

‘Coming out the kitchen’ Women in Planning London and Build by Both event – 4th September 2018

21 October 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined Women in Planning London on the 4th September 2018 at our fourth and biggest event for this year of the ‘When Women Plan London’ series, which took place at the London’s Living Room City Hall. The theme for the event was a discussion around one of the biggest issues London is facing, ‘Housing - From Application to Occupation’. We are exceptionally grateful to our sponsors, Countryside Properties and Dominic Lawson Planning, for helping us organise this event together with Build by Both.

Room with a view: A unique insight into the Spinningfields and St John’s development

30 September 2018

Women in Planning North West welcomed guests to the striking XYZ building at the heart of Spinningfields, Manchester’s dynamic commercial, social and leisure quarter. 

The event brought together key players in the development of Spinningfields and St  John's and reflected on the ingredients for successful urban regeneration. 

Hosted and sponsored by Shoosmiths in their award-winning, record-breaking offices, we took in the view over drinks before gathering to hear just how this iconic part of our city came into being and what the future holds. 

Strength from diversity: Planning for an inclusive future

23 September 2018

Women in Planning London's incoming chair Rachael Herbert will be part of a panel discussing how we plan for a diverse future in our planning industry.

Women in Planning North West featured in The Messenger

10 September 2018

Stephanie Hall from our North West Committee writes about Women in Planning for The Messenger.

Day in the Life of ... Sara Sweeney

4 September 2018

Sara Sweeney is a Planning Manager at London-based private developer Kitewood. She is also a member of Women in Planning London Committee.

Women in Planning South Midlands successfully hosted their launch event on Thursday 19th July in Milton Keynes.

2 August 2018

As with any launch event, you can imagine the worry the South Midlands Committee had that nobody would turn up.

Thank you for joining Women in Planning London at our Summer Social – 26 July 2018

27 July 2017

Thank you to everyone who joined Women in Planning London at The Paternoster on the 26 July 2018 at our annual Summer Social.

Challenging the Convention: The Future of Housing

11 July 2018

Women in Planning North West were delighted to welcome a number of our members to our third event of our inaugural year kindly hosted and sponsored by Cushman and Wakefield on 28 June.

Thank you for joining Women in Planning London and Dentons – 19 June 2018

26 June 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined Women in Planning London and Dentons on the 19 June 2018 at our third event of the ‘When Women Plan London’ series.

Thank you for joining Women in Planning London and Future Cities Catapult – 17 May 2018

29 May 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined Women in Planning London and Future Cities Catapult on the 17 May 2018 at our second event of the ‘When Women Plan London’ series.

Are networking events for everyone?

16 April 2018

Within planning consultancy’s networking is generally encouraged and I regularly enjoy attending planning events with other colleagues. However, after inviting some old colleagues to a planning event, it made me realise that there is unwillingness for some planners, particularly within local authorities, to attend social planning events in London.

Pressing for Progress

29 March 2018

As part of IWD I reflected on a few experiences from my working life. Progess? Yes…..but.

Searching the web for Sustainability – How you can Plant Trees too!

26 March 2018

Picture the scene. You’re at your desk, you’re working on a report, you take the odd sip of coffee, and you’ve hit google search more times than you can keep count of in the last hour alone. Recent research by InternetLiveStats indicates that those internet searches equate to 3.5 billion searches a day – that’s 40,000 every second!

Plan Your Career: The Nine Pieces of Key Advice Every Professional Needs to Hear

19 March 2018

The packed-out event featured those fresh onto the Planning scene as well as some more experienced professionals, all eager to hear advice from inspirational speakers from across both the private and public Planning sector.

Women in Planning Committee members included on RTPI The Planner’s Women of Influence list 2018

12 March 2018

The Planner’s Women of Influence 2018 has been published to mark International Women’s Day on the 08 March. The list includes incredible women from across the planning profession. Women in Planning are very proud to announce that members of our Committee Branches and Co-Founders have been included.

Deeds for not words – How we Press for Progress

10 March 2018

The theme for International Women’s Day this year was #pressingforprogress.

International Women’s Day – Striving for greater levels of gender parity in Planning

8 March 2018

In the last year we have seen more exposure to strong global movements for gender equality across various professions, with the launch of #MeToo and #TimesUp we have witnessed how powerful women can be when they come together to be heard. In similar spirit this year’s International Women’s Day(IWD) is also focusing on the issue of gender parity, motivating us all to #PressforProgress in our chosen professions.  So, there is no doubt that this year’s IWD will continue to be an important one!

Building a Britain Fit for the Future – The Launch of the Revised NPPF

6 March 2018

Women in Planning committee members were delighted to attend the revised National Planning Policy Framework launch in London on Monday. Below they each reflect on the day and what it means for the profession.

Leadership in Planning

30 January 2018

For me, great leaders have vision, the better ones also work hard to make sure that there is a shared understanding of how to make that vision a reality.

Thank you for joining Women in Planning London & Farrells at our first event of 2018 – 10 January

13 January 2018

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5 years of making Women visible in Planning

8 December 2017

On Monday evening, 4th December 2017, Women in Planning celebrated its 5th anniversary with a Christmas drinks reception, kindly sponsored by GVA and Osborne Richardson.

Celebrating 30 years of the Women’s Design Service

8 December 2017

2017 marks 30 years since the formation of the Women’s Design Service. To celebrate this anniversary we have two articles below on the Women’s Design Service and the London Women and Planning Forum. We also have six copies of papers by the Women’s Design Service available below.

The Value of Networking: A Student’s Perspective

27 September 2017

A seasoned networker will know all about the do’s and don’ts of events, but ask a student on the cusp of entering the big bad world of the graduate job market and you’ll most likely be met with a blank stare while their head whirs with the realisation they’ll need to learn, and learn quickly.

Housing White Paper: A Step in the Right Direction

18 April 2017

The long awaited Housing White Paper (HWP) was published in February 2017. The Paper has been hotly debated since and we are still waiting for the outcome of the consultation.​

Cities: the other dimension

28 Apl 2016

Traditionally cities have been designed by men – from architects to city planners, surveyors and engineers – and the primary assumption has been that everyone is an able-bodied young person, going from home to work in a one-dimensional trajectory. The secondary assumption has been that the populace’s main journeys are indeed to and from work.

Women Paving the Way - Is this a Revolution?

27 April 2015

2015 marks the first time in history that all three of the main Built Environment member organisations have elected female presidents coinciding in the same year.

Women in Planing London Christmas Social 2014

2 January 2015

Women in Planning’s third annual Christmas event  took place on Thursday 11th December at Henry’s Café, Piccadilly. We know this is now a somewhat hazy distant memory.

Proud of Women 3: Inter-professional

June 9, 2019

Confidence is key – Fake it till you make it!
We were delighted when Dentons law firm agreed to sponsor and host our third event in the “Proud of Women” series: Inter-professional. The London weather did not sympathise with us as we arrived at Dentons London office just off Fleet Street, umbrella in hand. We were whisked up to the 9th floor where the sun was setting over the spectacular view of the City.

Women in Planning London – Summer Social – Thursday 28th August 2014

8 September 2014

Women in Planning inaugural summer event  took place on Thursday 28thAugust at The Fence in Farringdon.

Proud of Women 2 - Cross Sector

8 April 2014

On Wednesday 20th March Women in Planning held their second ‘Proud of Women’ event looking across the public, private and third sector. The event hosted three prominent women working in Greater London in all three sectors to provide a snap shot of practicing planning professionals.

Women in Planning London Christmas Social – 11th December 2013, Henry’s Café, Piccadilly

17 December 2013

Women in Planning’s second annual Christmas event took place on Wednesday 11th December at Henry’s Café, Piccadilly.

Women in Planning London Launch Proud off Women Event Series

24 October 2013

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Powerful Women

June 9, 2019

On Friday 8th March 2013 Planning published an article called ‘The Power 100’.

Christmas Drinks – 10th December 2012, Henry’s café, Piccadilly.

18 December 2012

Women in Planning’s first event was the perfect occasion to end the year with a bang!

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