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RTPI blogs round-up: Top tips on how to adjust to homeworking during lockdown

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A round-up of RTPI blogs: 1 March-3 April, 2020

Top tips on how to adjust to homeworking during lockdown

Before the RTPI opened our Cardiff office in 2019 (ironically a year to the week before the virus made us take on different arrangements), I worked from home for 12 years. I’m sure many of you have worked at home for the odd day, but for a longer period it can be quite different. Here are some hints and tips that I have used to help me in the past to help you make some adjustments...

By Roisin Willmott OBE FRTPI, director of RTP Cymru and RTPI Northern Ireland.

A day in the life of a chief planner

On Tuesday 25 March I had the pleasure of joining the planning team at Birmingham City Council (BCC) for the day, to shadow Ian MacLeod, Interim Director of Inclusive Growth. 

While I work in the private sector at DLP Planning, I am in the public sector team and provide support to local authorities and other public sector bodies across the country with plan-making, policy and evidence studies. Having worked many times with, but never directly for, a local authority, I saw the RTPI Chief Planners of Tomorrow programme as a fantastic opportunity to see and experience the planning profession from within...

By Molly Gallagher, from DLP Planning. She participated in the RTPI’s ‘Chief Planners of Tomorrow’ initiative. 

Putting members first

Putting our members at the heart of everything we do is a clear priority as we gear up for delivering our 2020-30 corporate strategy.

As part of that, the digital transformation of the RTPI has begun. Since joining the RTPI, one of my key aims has been to maximise the opportunities afforded to us by digital technologies, which enable us to engage with our members like never before.

I am really excited that the new website puts us on a strong footing for the start of our digital transformation and it ups our image...

By Victoria Hills MRTPI, FICE, chief executive of the RTPI.

My journey to becoming the female owner of a planning consultancy

I chose a joint town planning and geography degree following a careers’ evening at school where a young female planner talked to us about her work. I could relate to her, and it sounded an interesting job and a way to avoid a purely desk-based role.  She also said she had very sociable colleagues and there were beers after work! 

I was intrigued by towns and buildings, having moved home with my parents three times, from a seaside town in the New Forest, to Winchester and then to Metroland in the London suburbs. Very different housing typologies…mock Georgian new build, Victorian terrace, and 1930s semi...

By Helen Cuthbert, director of Planning Potential