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North West Event – Challenging Convention: The Future of Housing? – 28 June 2018 – Book Now!

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Join Women in Planning North West for an evening of interesting debate and discussion on ‘Challenging Convention: The Future of Housing?’  on the 28 June 2018 at Cushman & Wakefield. The event has been organised to coincide with the CIH Housing Conference 2018 in Manchester.

Hear from our expert panel of speakers:

Caroline Baker, Partner Cushman & Wakefield – Caroline Baker is a Partner and Head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester office and last year celebrated working for C&W/DTZ in Manchester for 20 years. She advises a range of clients in the North West, on all aspects of development issues ranging in scale from sub-regional to site specific. Caroline’s strength lies in her ability to draw upon the market advice provided from our property sector specialists and incorporate this into strategies that support development. She specialises in residential development advice including strategy and development advice to local authorities, as well as overseeing market analysis to support landowners and housebuilders to understand local markets, pricing products and target occupiers. She often advises on emerging markets including PRS and Town Centres.

Louise Wyman, Head of Strategy, Homes England – Louise is Head of Strategy at Homes England, responsible for increasing the supply of well-designed homes in great places across England. Louise is a Planning Committee Member for London Legacy Development Corporation and was previously an Executive Director of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. Louise is a Chartered Surveyor and a Landscape Architect experienced at working with the public and private sector to deliver award winning projects. Louise is an Ambassador for Harvard University’s Design School supporting the exchange of planning, design and development innovation between academia and industry.

Paul Jones, Development Manager Capital & Centric – Paul works for Capital and Centric, leading on the delivery of NOWHAUS, a design led suburban housing solution. Previously at Urban Splash, Paul has worked on a number of design led residential and commercial urban regeneration and property development projects in the North West of England. A chartered planning and development surveyor since 2004, Paul was also awarded a Professional Doctorate in the field of the Built Environment by the University of Salford in 2017.

For more details and to book please click here.

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London Event: Unlocking growth through infrastructure – 19 June 2018 – Book Now

Join Women in Planning London for the latest instalment in the When Women Plan London Event series – Unlocking growth through infrastructureon Tuesday 19 June 2018. The event is kindly sponsored and hosted by Dentons.

Cynthia Bowen, President of the American Planning Association, will deliver a keynote address on the American experience before the topic is discussed by all female expert panel including:

  1.  Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of the RTPI (and formerly CEO of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation)
  2. Caroline Taylor, Commercial Specialist, Delivery Unit of the Infrastructure & Projects Authority
  3. Caroline Foster , Senior Development Manager at Urban & Civic

Date: 19 June 2018

Location: Dentons, One Fleet Street, London, EC4M 7RA

Event format & Timings:

17:15 – Event registration and networking

18:00 – Keynote address by Cynthia Bowen, President of the American Planning Association

18:20 – Panel discussion

18:55 – Q&A with the audience

19:00 – 20:00 – Networking and drinks

20:00 – Close

For more information and to book your place, please follow this link to our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/when-women-plan-london-unlocking-growth-through-infrastructure-tickets-41419833838

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Thank you for joining Women in Planning London and Future Cities Catapult – 17 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. The theme for this breakfast event was ‘Digital Innovation and Technology’ and was well attended by students and professionals across the public and private sector. We are extremely grateful to Future Cities Catapult for hosting and sponsoring this event.

The theme aimed to explore the impact of data, digital innovation and technological advancements that have or will change the built environment sector. Our expert panel were asked to give a 7-minute presentation to showcase their work and what they’ve been involved in, whilst also providing an insight into where the future of the sector lies amidst the technological revolution.

The morning opened with an introduction to event by Women in Planning London Committee Member Nissa Shahid, followed by welcome address from Erin Walsh of Future Cities Catapult. Erin gave a presentation on how she moved from planning to Plantech and the journey that brought her here. She also gave an overview into the work the Future Cities Catapult have done. This was followed by our four panellists showcasing their work in planning and technology.

Michelle Warbis from Future Cities Catapult gave an overview of her journey from the Greater London Authority to the Future Cities Catapult, and how her work with digital planning notices has evolved into a working prototype while Fran Bennet from Mastadon C gave an overview of the work that her team have done in using data science to overcome and resolve civic problems.

Ekaterina Lichtenstein from Project Imagine relayed her journey from the Built Environment sector to fintech and gave us five lessons that she learnt from the move that could apply to using tech in the built environment. Kadine James from Hobs Studio gave us a case-study demo on how 3D could assist in consultation, demonstrating examples of augmented reality and virtual reality to the audience.

This was followed by a Q&A session where the importance of adopting technology was discussed.

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Solent Launch Party – 24 May 2018 @ Slug & Lettuce, Winchester

We are delighted to announce the launch of Women in Planning Solent. Join us on 24 May to hear Aaron Wright, Planning Manager for Barratt David Wilson Homes, talk about trip to India where she was involved in delivering housing.

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Date: 24 May 2018

Venue: Slug & Lettuce, 12-13 The Square, Winchester SO23 9ES

Agenda

18:00 -18:30 – Registration and networking

18:30 – 19:30 – Delivering housing in India, Aaron Wright, Planning Manager for Barratt David Wilson Homes

19:30 -21:00 – Networking, drinks and nibbles

It is free to attend but booking is essential. Click here to reserve your place.

This event is kindly sponsored by Barratt David Wilson Homes.

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London Event – When Women Plan London – Digital Innovation and Technology in Planning – 17 May 2018

The rise of data, digital innovation and technology have upturned and disrupted various industries, from finance to social services to healthcare, making them faster, more efficient and smarter. With innovation occurring in all these sectors, there is a presumption that planning, and the built environment is being left behind.

We have gathered some of the leading women in the planning and technology sector who are showing us that this is not the case. We will be hearing how digital disruption and innovation is occurring at all levels of planning and related sectors and how planning is fast catching up with embracing and utilising technology to help us plan better.

Date: Thursday, 17th May 2018

Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Location: Future City Catapult Urban Innovation Centre, Future Cities Catapult, 1 Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0BE.

Agenda

8.00 am – Registration  &  networking

8.30 am – Welcome address Stef Webb – Future Cities Catapult

8.40 am – Presentations and panel discussion, chaired by Nissa Shahid from Women in Planning London and Future Cities Catapult

9.20 am – Q&A

9.45 am – Networking

10:15 am – Finish

Speakers

Nissa Shahid, Women in Planning London and Futures Cities Catapult

Michelle Warbis – Future Cities Catapult

More to be announced!

Click here to book.

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Are networking events for everyone?

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.

After chatting with friends who work as planning officers within local authorities it is clear that networking events can carry a stigma as being just for ‘private planners’. I know from experience there is reluctance to attend networking events for fear of being targeted by consultants and the intimidation of not knowing anyone. Because of this, I used to avoid organised planning events or try and leave as soon as the ‘networking’ drinks began.

This led me to question what actually happens at planning networking events and whether these events can be beneficial to planners in all sectors.

When I first started as a junior planner working for a local authority, the thought of going to networking events after work seemed intimidating and uninteresting. There was the fear that I knew too little about the profession to join in with conversations or that nobody would be interested in what I had to say. Furthermore, I didn’t understand what benefits networking with other planners would give me.

I got dragged to my first networking event by a colleague, it was a summer social event and she persuaded me with the promise of free drinks and a chance to make some new friends. Upon arrival I realised that there was a real mix people, including public/private planners, urban designers, students and researchers. Of course there were people who knew each other, however, people seemed friendly, approachable and open to chat and meet new people.

Following this I began attending more planning events, where I made new friends and new contacts as a result. Personally, I used these events as an opportunity to informally chat with planners about their experiences and to learn more about the different opportunities in planning, not only to find out what planning consultants did on a daily basis!

I find that these events, particularly Women in Planning events, can also be a great way to chat in a relaxed environment with often inspirational and influential people in planning, of which you may not otherwise meet.

Having had a chat with two of my colleagues, it is clear that they also felt networking events were daunting but beneficial for different reasons. As an international planner from Australia, Analeise attended planning events in order to make friends in a new country and expand her knowledge of the UK planning system.

For my colleague Chris, who has worked in both the public and private planning sectors, he considers that attending organised planning events broadens his knowledge on how both sectors operate. Chris considers that often ‘insular attitudes’ in both sectors can prevent planners from understanding each other and these events help break barriers and can create a more positive relationship between sectors.

Among planning consultants networking events are generally acknowledged as being beneficial for expanding contacts and improving communication skills; however, I think they can certainly be beneficial for all sectors for different reasons.

For those who want to get involved, it’s important to know that these events are attended by a variety of professionals in all sectors, including students and people who just have an interest in planning. The majority of people there have no specific agenda other than to make new friends, learn new skills or even just to have a glass of wine and chat with interesting and like-minded people after a day at work.

For people, like myself, who would like to make use of networking events but feel intimated by them, why not drag a friend or colleague along for confidence, or grab a drink and introduce yourself to a couple of people following a talk, you never know what you might gain as a result.

By Tiffany Mallen, member of the Women in Planning London Committee.