The Skills that Young Planners Need to Succeed – Scottish Young Planners Conference 2017

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Lauren Park, Senior Planner at Peter Brett Associates, and Lucy Sumner, Planning Consultant at Halliday Fraser Munro, tell us about the upcoming SYPN conference.

This year’s conference is taking place on Wednesday 22nd March at the Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling. It 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.

Stefano Smith, Convenor of RTPI Scotland and Director of Planning at Peter Brett Associates, who will be chairing the conference says: “The conference is the event of the year for young planners in Scotland. There is an excellent agenda and line up of speakers/facilitators addressing the issue of skills. This is a very topical and pertinent issue for young planners during a pivotal year for planning in Scotland with the ongoing review of the planning system through the current Scottish Government Planning Consultation, and subsequent Planning Bill expected by the end of the year. The current generation, and future generation of planners, need to be equipped with the necessary skills to facilitate, enable and deliver great places for our communities”.

The morning sessions will focus on key skills for planners such as collaboration, leadership, project management and innovation. Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP will open the conference by providing the overarching context in relation to skills and the ongoing Planning Review. Other morning speakers include Nicola Barclay, Bob Reid, Christina Cox and Irene Beautyman.

Continuing last year’s Conference format, delegates will select from a choice of afternoon Workshop sessions to attend. This year we focus on essential, cross-sector skills which will help Young Planners succeed in a changing profession. Young Planners can find out how to: ‘make development work’; ‘make yourself an asset’, and; ‘unlock development’. The workshops will be facilitated by high-profile industry professionals.

Post-Conference drinks will then be held for speakers and delegates to wind-down and reflect on the day; kindly sponsored by Taylor Wimpey.

Lauren and Lucy are both members of the SYPN’s steering group – they recommend that Young Planners take advantage of the Conference experience.

Lauren says: “I have attended the conference many times and every year it is a well-attended event with high profile speakers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and inspiring young planners. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other planners from different sectors and areas of Scotland”.

Lucy adds: “Lessons and thoughts on topical planning issues shared by both speakers and professional peers are invaluable. Last year I volunteered to speak during a ‘Soapbox Slot’ which was exciting and took me out of my comfort zone. It’s great to keep in touch with other Scottish Young Planners in order to truly understand the matters facing our profession today”.

Check out the full programme and details of how to secure your place at the Scottish Young Planners’ Conference 2017 here.

The conference is kindly sponsored by:








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