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Co-opted Trustee - The Royal Town Planning Institute

Reach Volunteering
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10 May 2024

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The Royal Town Planning Institute is an international professional body for town planners with over 27,000 members in 88 countries. They are responsible for maintaining professional standards and accrediting world class planning courses both in the UK and internationally. They have offices in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff. They are the voice of the profession. They engage with governments, experts, advocates  and international bodies to promote good planning, lead on policy development and research, and promote planning in the long-term public interest. They support their members to deliver outstanding placemaking that creates inclusive, healthy, prosperous, sustainable and happy communities. 


What will you be doing?

The RTPI Board of Trustees (BOT) is responsible for making decisions in the following areas.  


  • Shaping the RTPI’s corporate planning processes – including the corporate strategy, the business plan, the annual budget and supporting documents such as committee work plans. 
  • Ensuring the RTPI has appropriate policies in place on key matters such as health and safety, risk management, data protection and financial management. 

 Statutory responsibilities 

  • Ensuring that the Institute is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit 
  • Complying with the Institute’s governing document and the law 
  • Acting in the Institute’s best interests 
  • Managing the Institute’s resources responsibly 
  • Acting with reasonable care and skill 


  • Approving the RTPI’s annual report and accounts. 
  • Reviewing the auditors’ report on the annual accounts. 
  • Agreeing the subscription structure for the following year, subject to consultation with the General Assembly. 

 Building relationships 

  • Receiving reports from the Institute’s standing committees, subcommittees, panels and groups (if any).. 
  • Receiving reports from the President, Chief Executive, volunteers and senior staff. 
  • Fostering and maintaining good relationships with Trustees, committee members, volunteers, and staff. 

What are we looking for?

This role will suit an individual with: 

  • An appropriate professional qualification  
  • An awareness of and commitment to principles of good governance 
  • The ability and willingness to work as part of a team and to act as a ‘critical friend’ to Senior Executive Team  
  • A commitment to equality and diversity as it applies to the Institute’s work and to how the organisation, including its Trustees, operates 
  • The ability to analyse complex information, question, probe and seek clarification so to come to an independent and unbiased view 
  • Experience in: 
  • Organisational development or  
  • Digital Transformation or  
  • Major project development. 
  • Experience in a similar voluntary role in the charity or not for profit sector would be an advantage 

What difference will you make?

The chance to be part of an enthusiastic team of professionals and make a real difference to the planning profession and communities in which we live and work.  


The opportunity to: 

  • Gain or further develop Trustee Board leadership experience and transferable skills in areas including strategy, business planning and risk management, digital transformation, climate action, EDI, development and steering corporate strategy. 
  • Help shape the future development of the RTPI and the planning profession. 
  • Access professional networking. 

Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week .Board meetings are held during office hours either in person or virtually. There are 6 annually.

The RTPI are headquartered in London, however given that board meetings can be attended online, there is not a requirement for applicants to be London based. 


Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities.

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