Events, networking

NEW EVENT: Fixing the housing crisis. Is the Housing White Paper the answer?

Join Women in Planning at our first breakfast event on the 11th April in partnership with Dentons.

The much anticipated Housing White Paper was published in February and has been hotly debated ever since, with the Shadow Housing Minister John Healey even calling it “a white flag not a white paper“. What impact will the Housing White Paper have on residential developers, local authorities, housing associations, landowners, and investors?

Join us for breakfast and hear what our distinguished panel have to say about it:

Further panellists to be announced closer to the event.

Booking is recommended and can be done via our Eventbrite page.

Events, networking

New Event – Women: Paving the Way – How women are taking on leadership roles in the built environment – 31st March 2015

Each time another historic milestone is met by a woman it paves the way for future generations. We believe that having three women presidents across Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Royal Town Planning Institute at the same time is another important milestone to celebrate, presenting an opportunity to discuss and debate the state of play for women across the related professions.


Join Women in Planning to hear Jane Duncan (RIBA), Louise Brooke-Smith (RICS) and Janet Askew (RTPI) discuss their journeys to representing the built environment professions.



Janet Askew, President of the RTPI, Louise Brooke-Smith, President of the RICS and Jane Duncan, RIBA President Elect
Janet Askew, President of the RTPI, Louise Brooke-Smith, President of the RICS and Jane Duncan, RIBA President Elect

Date: 31st March 2015

Time: 18:30 – 21:30

Location: Colliers International, 50 George Street, London W1U 7GA

Price: FREE



  • 18:30: Registration and Drinks Reception
  • Welcome from Colliers International and Women in Planning
  • Jane Duncan, RIBA President Elect
  • Janet Askew, RTPI President
  • Louise Brooke-Smith, RICS President
  • Questions and discussion
  • Drinks Reception and Networking
  • 21:30: Close

For more details please see the Event Flyer.

Booking via

This event is kindly hosted and sponsored by Colliers International
This event is kindly hosted and sponsored by Colliers International

About the sponsor:


Colliers International’s Planning team provides commercially astute consultancy advice on the use and development of land and property to unlock development opportunities and secure planning permission. From concept to design and delivery, we advise various public and private sector clients on navigating the ever changing planning environment.


Our team has substantial experience of working on schemes requiring robust and innovative approaches to sensitive or potentially contentious issues. This may include strategic sites, commercial schemes, prime residential property, tall buildings or land use swaps.


The Planning team sits at the heart of the business, which is one of the world’s largest commercial real estate firms; employing over 15,800 professionals operating out of more than 485 offices in 63 countries. Colliers International provides a broad range of real estate consultancy services which includes planning alongside general practice surveying, fund management, destination consulting and property co-investment.



Regeneration is an open-entry short film festival dedicated to the theme of sustainable regeneration and construction. The aim of the festival is to provide an inclusive international show-case for all types of built environment professionals, film-makers, artists, students and school children to show their films/animations about sustainable development and construction. Films are particularly encouraged from the social perspective of development.

Entries are now invited and due in by the end of 31st December 2013.Please submit your film through Eventbrite – Regeneration Film Festival 2014 

Preference will be given to short film entries from 2 -30mins in length. The best film will be awarded the Gold Brick award by a celebrity at the Building Awards on 02 April 2014 and selected films will be shown at Ecobuild 2014

Queries can be directed through Eventbrite. Selected films will be shown at Ecobuild 2014.

For further details please visit

Supporters of the Regeneration Film Festival have said the following:

 ‘The NLA is pleased to support the Regeneration Film Festival – film/video is now so accessible to both makers and viewers that it is now by far the most effective medium for disseminating ideas and promoting change’.

Peter Murray: New London Architecture

I believe this will be an inspirational event that works to link different facets of the built environment design professions – I am really looking forward to the event and seeing the competition entries’

Stephen R Hodder MBE RIBA President 2013-2015


EVENT REVIEW – Proud of Women Event Series – Event 1

Event 1: A Career Travel Plan – Michèle Dix, Managing Director for Planning, Transport for London

On Monday 14th October 2013 Women in Planning launched their Proud of Women Series sponsored by KDH Associates. The first event saw Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Planning at Transport for London take the audience through her career thus far.

Charlotte Morphet, the Founder of Women in Planning, welcomed guests by introducing the inspiration and the aim of the event series which has come from the current Royal Town Planning Institutes’ President, Dr Peter Geraghty.

Michèle Dix then proceeded to give a snapshot of her career as an Engineer, Transport Planner and a Mother including the series of stepping stones which have lead to her current position, Managing Director of Planning at TfL (a position she has held since 2007). At TfL Michèle is responsible for strategic growth across London’s transport network. Michèle works with the wider planning team to assess the impact of growth on the transport network and to unlock economic growth in areas of London in need of regeneration through the development of the transport network. Michèle believes that flexibility, tolerating change and seeing projects to the end has been the key to her successful career.

Michèle was awarded a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds which provided her with the foundation for what Women in Planning believe is an inspirational career journey. Whilst at University Michèle found she was more interested in how places functioned rather than how buildings stood up, and realised Planning was the career for her.

Following the completion of her studies examining the relationship between land use and transport planning, Michèle joined the Greater London Council (GLC) as a Graduate. At the GLC Michèle worked on a variety of projects, including early research on the impact of a £5 congestion charge for Central London.

Due to the abolition of the GLC in 1986, Michele moved to Transport Planning consultants Halcrow Fox, (now Halcrow). At Halcrow Fox, Michèle worked on an array of transport projects. Her prerequestit for where she worked was that she always wanted to be back in time for tea! Whilst at Halcrow Fox, Michèle proved herself to be a confident and capable Transport Planner through her involvement in many challenging projects which included, conducting a study into a potential new river crossing in East London.

During her time at Halcrow Fox, Ken Livingston became the first elected Mayor of London. Eventually, under his leadership, London revisited the question of the congestion charge and in 2002, the opportunity arose for Michèle to join TfL as Director of Congestion Charging. Michèle decided to apply for this role as a job share with her friend and former colleague Malcolm Murray Clarke. Working on a part- time basis (Monday to Friday) allowed Michèle to maintain a work- life balance without feeling guilty about not responding to emails or phone calls at weekends, which she believes has been instrumental to the success of her career. Part of the satifaction from undertaking this role was that she was able to ‘finish’ which is something that she personally feels strongly about, as the congestion charge was implemented in Central London in 2003.

After this project was complete she decided to apply for the role to be Managing Director of Planning at TfL where more recently she has been part of planning and technical discussions for many significant infrastructure projects, including High Speed 2, the Northern Line Extension, Crossrail 1 and 2 and (once again) a new river crossing in east London. For more information on TfL’s current projects visit:

Michèle’s top 10 tips for Women in Planning;

  1. Do what you enjoy- if you’re not enjoying it then change!
  2. Work hard– if you want to get to the top hard work is necessary. Not always about putting in long hours, do your homework and be on top of your subject!
  3. Be honest– Honesty is often mistaken for being direct. People know what you mean when you say it.
  4. Trust people– giving responsibility and trusting that people will perform is a better approach to dealing with others.
  5. Show appreciation of your team– you are only ever as successful as your team, showing appreciation keeps people motivated and engaged.
  6. Share problems/ talk– a problem shared is a problem halved. Sharing problems help you stay sane!
  7. Don’t try to be what you’re not, be yourself– there are different ways to be successful, you don’t have to conform to be like everyone else. Lots of different characters make a team.
  8. Follow through/ don’t give up/ finish the job– finish everything you start and don’t give up. Michèle was determined to see the London Congestion Charging scheme implemented. She is now determined to get a river crossing!
  9. All work and no play, a recipe for failure– it is important to create friendships at work, you can work and play with your colleagues!
  10. Value your friends and family– they give you the support you need to perform professionally.

Women in Planning would like to thank all who attended, and were very pleased to see many new faces. Please find the presentations from this event below.

We would also like to thank our speaker Michele Dix and our sponsor KDH Associates.

The next event in the series will be in 2014.

If you have any question please email us at

“In Planning things take time, but don’t give up!”

“Get on, stay sane”

Michèle Dix, Managing Director for Planning, TfL, October 2013

Michele Dix, October 2013
Michele Dix, October 2013


Mary Fortune, Michele Dix and Charlotte Morphet, October 2013
Mary Fortune, Michele Dix and Charlotte Morphet, October 2013


Michele Dix, October 2013
Michele Dix, October 2013


October 2013
October 2013


October 2013
October 2013


Michele Dix, October 2013
Michele Dix, October 2013


October 2013
October 2013

Proud of Women Introduction Presentation

Michele Dix Presentation, Career Travel Plan


Powerful Women

On Friday 8th March 2013 Planning published an article called ‘The Power 100’ . The article listed the ‘100 most influential people in the sector’. These individuals who are said to shape policy and decision making were decided by 40 of the Planning senior contacts.

Within the list of 100 there were only 23 women.

  1. Roberta Blackman – Woods: MP – Shadow minster for Communities and Local Government.
  2. Baroness Hanham: Parliamentary under Secretary of State, DCLG.
  3. Shona Dunn: Director of Planning, DCLG.
  4. Jane Everton: Deputy Director, Development Plans, DCLG.
  5. Mary MacIntyre: Director of Strategic Planning Division, Department of Environment, Northern Ireland Executive.
  6. Fiona McCandless: Director of Local Planning Division, Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland Executive.
  7. Lindsey Nicoll: Chief Reporter and Director of Scotland Directorate of Planning Environmental Appeals (DEPA).
  8. Ruth Stanier: Deputy Director Planning, DCLG.
  9. Michele Dix: Managing Director, Transport for London.
  10. Rosemary Thomas: Head of Planning Division, the Welsh Government.
  11. Elaine Kinghan: Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Planning Appeals Commission.
  12. Rosemary Mcqueen : Strategic Built Environment Director, Westminster City Council.
  13. Trudi Elliot: Chief Executive of the RTPI.
  14. Kate Henderson: Chief Executive of the TCPA.
  15. Roisin Willmott: National Director for RTPI Wales and Northern Ireland.
  16. Emma Cariaga: Head of Strategic Projects and Development Director – London Portfolio, Land Security.
  17. Alison Nimmo: Chief Executive, Crown Estate.
  18. Liz Peace: Chief Executive, BPF.
  19. Nicola Walker: Head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)- Infrastructure and Environment Team.
  20. Sue Willcox: Head of Town Planning, Sainsbury’s.
  21. Claire Dutch: Chair of Joint Planning Law Conference Committee.
  22. Morag Ellis QC: Chair Planning and Environment Bar Association.
  23. Professor Janice Morphet: Visiting Professor at UCL.


If you think there are any individuals missing make your voice heard at this link click here or leave suggestions below in the comment box.


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

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

Henry’s café in Green Park provided the ideal ambiance for Christmas drinks. The event was well attended by Women across all sectors of planning in London and it was the perfect opportunity to make introductions and get into the spirit of the season!

Many thanks to KDH Associates for sponsoring the evening.

We hope that all who attended had an enjoyable evening and we look forward to many more in the New Year! For those of you who we’re unable to attend, watch this space for details of up and coming events.

Sara Sweeney, Graduate Planner, Persimmon Homes