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RTPI’s Members required to join the Conduct & Discipline Panel

Posted: 24th February 2014

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is celebrating its Centenary year in 2014 and is the largest body representing planning professionals working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors globally. The RTPI is a membership organisation and a Chartered Institute responsible for maintaining professional standards, accrediting world class planning courses nationally and internationally and advancing the art and science of planning for the benefit of the public.

Part of the work of the Institute involves ensuring that professional standards are met and that professional ethics are upheld. A key role for members as volunteers (and some related professionals as lay members of our Panel), lies in deliberating over complaints and allegations of breaches of our Code of Professional Conduct. This activity is very important and requires commitment and diligence.

Are you committed to the maintenance of high standards of professional conduct and do you have a wide range and an appropriate depth of experience to be able to contribute to the Institute’s Conduct and Discipline activities on a voluntary basis?

We are currently looking to recruit:

  • RTPI members (corporate or non-corporate members) including;
  • Legal or Legal Associate Members, plus;
  • Other professionals - to act as lay members and whose area of expertise has some link to town planning (e.g. architects, surveyors, highway engineers).

Appointed members of the Panel would normally serve three year terms with the possibility of a further three year term. The Panel meets four times a year in London, travel expenses are reimbursed. The RTPI is looking to recruit for members to start in 2014, plus reserve members to start in 2015, and 2016.

Applicants need to have an understanding of professional integrity, knowledge of the interface between the public and private sectors and a sense of social justice. It is important that the Panel is representative of a wide range of professional and independent views and that it reflects the membership profile of the Institute.

At present the Institute receives approximately 30 complaints a year against individual members in respect of alleged breaches of the Code of Professional Conduct. The main investigation is undertaken by the complaints investigator, the Panel determine whether there is evidence of a breach of the Code and must therefore be able to give the paperwork and the meetings high priority.

If you would like to be considered for the Panel please contact Sandra Whitehead, Complaints Investigator, for an application form or for an informal discussion e-mail: or Tel: 01503240815

Applications to be received by 7th April 2014