First ever Women in Planning Yorkshire event sells out

Women in Planning Yorkshire launched on 22 November to a sell-out crowd.

More than 100 planning professionals at all stages of their careers attended a networking event at Dirty Martini in Leeds to promote the newly formed network.

The launch event was co-sponsored by Kings Chambers and commercial property firm CBRE.

The group aims to champion diversity within the industry and promote gender equality. The Women in Planning network events are not exclusively for women. The network welcomes all involved in the profession—private, public sector, academics, third sector or students.

Alison Mackay, senior planner at CBRE Leeds, co-founder of Women in Planning and committee member for the Yorkshire branch, said: “We are overwhelmed by the positive response and interest from people all over the region in joining the network.”

Constanze Bell, planning barrister at Kings Chambers and committee member for the Yorkshire branch, said: “The Yorkshire branch is now up and running thanks to a fantastic launch event.”

Those interested in the work of Women in Planning can view the organisation’s website at, where they can also subscribe to the organisation’s mailing list, follow on Twitter @WiPlanningYORKS or join the Linkedin group, Women in Planning Yorkshire.

Pictured, from left to right: Gary Smith, Oliver Freer, Megan Bracha, Alison Mackay, Constanze Bell, Sarah Reid and Piers Riley-Smith