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13th December 2019

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Laura's planning a bright future

IEMA Futures ambassador Laura Archer wins top award, and reveals what comes next on her road to success

IEMA member Laura Archer was presented with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South East Young Planner of the Year 2019 award at the South East Awards for Planning Excellence 2019, held at the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth on 21 November. Laura is a planner at Barton Willmore, as well as vice-chair of RTPI Planners and chair of the South Coast Young Planners Network. She is also a member of IEMA Futures and makes regular contributions to Transform.

We spoke to Laura to find out what winning meant to her. “After a busy year completing a masters full time while changing jobs and managing all my other activities, the award really is the icing on the cake! After moving to the South East region on my own a few years ago, the networks helped me to meet people, and I have so many to thank for supporting me. I think it's always good to take a step back and remind yourself of how far you have come!“ In 2020, Laura is keen to use the award and the networks she is involved with to continue to promote planning as a career for younger generations.

She is passionate about the environment and digital technologies, and will soon be hosting a webinar, Digital Environmental Impact Assessments, on behalf of IEMA Futures.

What is next for the South Coast Young Planners Network? “We hope to maintain the momentum, develop stronger relationships with universities and schools and plan joint events with other institutes such as IEMA and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. We are also organising Planning Sans Frontieres, a fun team challenge day, and a CPD day in Brighton. So there is lots on the agenda for 2020 already!“

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Exciting discussions on youth leadership to drive #sustainability, and fighting for #transformative change at @IEMAfutures event at @SalfordUni @iemanet

Fantastic day organised by @IEMAfutures Great to listen to young professionals discussing #youthleadership, #SustainableConsumption and fighting for #transformativechange Great ideas to take back to the IEMA board


Really enjoyed the first presentation Communicating #ClimateChange at @iemanet's #Sustainability and #ClimateChange theatre #EMEX @CraigLoveEnviro

Congratulations to all our #GreenImpact National Award Winners!


Excellent start to the Northumbria University MSC Safety Health & Environmental Management professional body social evening discussing @iemanet @IEMAfutures and IOSH.



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