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SYP Conference 2017

There are no future dates confirmed for this event. Please contact us on 020 3122 0138. if you are interested in this event.

Why you should attend this conference

The Scottish Young Planners’ Conference 2017 is an opportunity for any planner in the first ten years of their career to learn from leading practitioners, to network with peers, and to discuss and share ideas on the skills that Scotland's young planners need for the 21st century.

The report on the independent review of the Scottish planning system identified a number of skills that planners must possess in order to deliver great places. It recognised that planners cannot be experts in all aspects of the process, but that there are certain cross-cutting skills that are of critical importance to all planners in all parts of the profession, including leadership, mediation, and development finance.

The 2017 Conference will explore these and other important skills, and will provide participants with an opportunity to learn from the experience of leading professionals on how these skills can be developed in practice. A range of high-profile speakers will offer their perspectives, and afternoon workshops will enable participants to examine a number of skills in more detail.

Who should attend?

The audience for this Conference is intended to be “young planners” – people in the first ten years of their career in planning and the built environment, working in the public, private, academic, voluntary and community sectors, and students of planning in full-time and part-time education. The SYPN Conference attracts an extensive cross section of young planners and provides an opportunity for stimulating debate.

Conference Programme

09.30    Registration and refreshments


10.00    Chair’s Welcome and Introduction

            Stefano Smith, Convenor, RTPI Scotland


Session 1: The Key Skills


10.05    Ministerial Address (with Q&A)

            Places, People and Planning: Skills and the planning review

            Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government & Housing


10.25    Leading

            Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland


10.45    Collaborating: working together to deliver development

             Bob Reid, Planning Consultant and former Convenor of RTPI



11.15    Refreshments


11.30    Project management: making planning happen

            Christina Cox, Planning & Building Standards Manager, Stirling



11.50    Innovating: how can we can do things differently?

            Irene Beautyman, Project Manager, Planning Skills, Improvement



12.10    Q & A


12.30    Lunch                 


Session 2: Alternative Perspectives


13.15    Thoughts from the Scottish Young Planners’ Network

             Elaine Fotheringham, SYPN Chair 2016/17           


13.25    Soap Box Session - Planning by Pictures

            Three young planners share their perspective through pictures

             Kirsty Macari, Senior Planning Officer, Angus Council

             Michael Mulgrew, Graduate Planning Officer, Stirling Council

             Murray Rankin, Planning student and co-recipient of the Jim Boyack

             Award 2016


13.50    An International Perspective on Skills

            Jason Jordan, Policy Director, American Planning Association


14.00    The New Urban Agenda

            Marion Frederiksen, International Policy and Research Officer, RTPI


Session 3: Exploring the Detail


14.15    Workshop Session 1

 a. Making development work: the economics of development

    - Catherine Wood, Strategic Planning Director, Gladman


    - Ian Drummon, Land Director, Taylor Wimpey     


 b. Make yourself an asset: effective networking and business


           - Sandra Lindsay, Land Manager, Springfield Properties

           - Michael Halliday, Director, Halliday Fraser Munro


 c. Unlocking development: mediation and conflict-resolution

   - Alison Polson, Associate, Brodies LLP

   - Graham Boyack, Director, Scottish Mediation Network


15.15    Refreshments


15.40    Workshop Session 2 (repeated as above)


16.40    Feedback from Workshops led by Conference Chair


17.00    Close

    Post-Conference drinks sponsored by Taylor Wimpey

Conference Pricing

RTPI members -  £99 + VAT (£118.80) 

Non members -  £125 + VAT (£150.00)

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