The group is to be called "Novus" (from the Latin meaning "New/Young") and limited to planners under 40.
Its initial terms of reference are as follows:
- To consider the future direction of the Society and make recommendations to Cabinet and Board (as appropriate) as to how the society should develop in the future.
- To consider the programme of activities that the Society should offer and to make recommendations to Cabinet on these matters
- To liaise with the Development Management and the Spatial Planning & Policy Committee (as appropriate) in contributing to the Society's response on consultation material from the DCLG, LGA, Environment Agency, English Heritage etc.
- To provide the opportunity for [junior][new] Society members to exchange information and ideas, to facilitate the spread of best practice, and deal with queries and concerns raised by members on matters relating to their professional responsibilities.
- To liaise with RTPI & RICS on a wide range of professional issues effecting the planning.
At its meeting In February 2013 Cabinet endorsed the proposal to establish POS NOVUS, and requested that they nominate a member to become a Director of POS Enterprises.
Early meeting of NOVUS in London 18th March 2013
PAPER PRESENTED TO POS CABINET MEETING ON 28.09.12
Proposal regarding the support and encouragement of younger members
1. Cabinet has previously recognised the need to engage better with younger members of the Society, and encourage them to be more active and better represented on Cabinet and in the various topic groups and committees.
2. The main reasons for this are:
- To give more support to younger members in order to assist them to become more effective in the workplace, and to improve their career opportunities
- To increase the number of people participating POS activities such as policy development and learning events, and to broaden the range of views
- To ensure that the membership of Cabinet reflects better the age, gender and ethnicity profile of planners in the public sector
- To improve succession planning for leadership roles within the organisation
3. Thought has been given as to whether this can be better achieved in partnership with other organisations involved in the development and training of planners. To this end, an exploratory meeting was held on 18 September between the SVP (MK), a VPE (ST) and Ben Harrison, Director of Future of London.
4. It was agreed that the opportunity to hold joint events should be explored with a focus group of younger planners, including some currently participating in the FoL Future Leaders programme. It would also be beneficial to hear from anyone active in the RTPI Young Planners to help determine what works well for them, and to avoid duplication. Another possible partner would be the RICS Planning & Development Division, given the interest the RICS has shown in the past few years in working together.
5. In developing a programme, the following might be considered:
- Workshops and seminars, with younger members setting the agenda and leading at events.
- Through POS, there is an opportunity to include local councillors at some events to introduce younger members to political objectives and points of view.
- Opportunities for younger members to take the lead on some areas of policy development and responses to consultation.
- Regionally based activity
6. It is recommended that:
- The support of FoL be welcomed to get this initiative started
- Cabinet offer names to the VPE for a small focus group of younger planners to give further consideration and create an outline programme for the presidential years 2012/13 and 2013/14. Encouragement should be given to participation outside London, especially the Midlands and North.
- That the RICS be approached by the SVP