I graduated with a degree in town planning from Strathclyde University, which provided me with a grounding in both the theory and practice of the planning system and the discipline to work under minimal supervision.
- What attracted you to planning?
An appreciation of the built surroundings in which we all live and a desire, in whatever way possible, to shape it for the better.
- What did you learn in your first job?
How to work as part of a large team and an understanding of the way in which local politics influences and shapes planning policies and decisions.
- What skills have you had to learn over your career?
The knowledge and confidence required to conduct efficient and effective negotiations on behalf of clients and the ability to see the bigger picture.
- What or who have been the biggest influences on your career?
Nick Cook and Sue Bridge for giving me my start in the house building industry and Philip Clarke for the role he has played in shaping my career at Barton Willmore.
- What is your career highlight?
Visiting China to help win Barton Willmore's first piece of work in the region.
- What have you learned outside work that has influenced you?
That with the right level of commitment and determination it is often possible to succeed no matter what obstacles you come up against.
- What further skills do you aim to obtain or develop?
A greater understanding of sustainable building technologies and to continue to develop my interest in improving the design quality of residential developments.
- How important is it to keep abreast of developments in allied professions?
Given the multidisciplinary nature of much of my work, keeping up to date with developments in allied professions is critical in terms of effective project delivery.