New branch of Women in Planning network to launch in Manchester

A new network aimed at supporting and empowering women working in the planning industry is launching in the Manchester.

The Women in Planning organisation was founded in London in 2012.

Now Jill Bell, Rhian Davitt-Jones, Sarah Reid and other planning professionals from a variety of backgrounds have formed the group, which is open to women working in planning across the North West in the private, public and third sectors.

Reid, a barrister from Kings Chambers in Manchester, said: “We’re excited to expand Women in Planning into the North West and build on the great work that’s already been undertaken during the five years the organisation has been in operation.

“Our group has been formed to recognise and support the achievement of women across all sectors of the industry in the North West. By sharing our collective knowledge and ideas, by celebrating our successes, by creating a supportive environment where experience can be shared, and by creating opportunities for professional development, we hope to promote equal opportunity and equal representation for women in our profession.

“Ensuring that talented women in the profession can fulfil their potential and personal goals is what we are all about, and we hope that our group will help promote those values in our region.”

The inaugural Women in Planning North West event, sponsored by Osborne Richardson and Kings Chambers, will take place at Artisan in Manchester on Thursday January 25 from 6pm.

There will be additional events throughout the year, the first of which is a ‘Planning Your Career’ event in March, with tips from inspirational speakers across the profession.

Reid added: “Our aim is to create an inclusive network of planning professionals within the North West. Whether you are a student or a director, or a professional in private or public practice or an academic, you are welcome to join us. It’s totally free to become a member.”

“We’re extremely excited about our launch event in January at Artisan. It will be an opportunity for us all to meet in an informal social environment (the drinks are on us) and for people to register their interest in joining our group. We’d love as many people as possible from across the North West’s planning sector to attend and to get involved.”

For more details visit womeninplanning.wordpress.com or follow on Twitter @WiPlanningNW.

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