The Things I Know

Matthew Brewer - Senior planner, planning and environment team, Cushman & Wakefield.

- Where did you study planning?

I completed a part-time masters in town planning at the University of Westminster.

- What skills did you have when you graduated?

My course helped develop my general planning knowledge as well as presentation and analytical skills.

- What attracted you to planning?

My degree was in urban geography and I wanted to build on my interest in development. Planning brings together different fields and a range of challenging issues.

- What did you learn in your first job?

The practical implementation of planning and a lot about permitted development rights.

- What skills have you had to learn over your career?

Managing expectations to get a result that keeps all parties - or as many as possible - happy.

- What or who have been the biggest influences on your career?

Working in both the public and private sectors has provided a balanced understanding of the planning process. The major mixed-use schemes on which I work have ensured that my knowledge and skills have developed quickly.

- What is your career highlight?

Being involved in the Shard of Glass at London Bridge and the relocation of Portsmouth Football Club.

- What have you learnt outside work that has influenced your career?

Everyone has different perspectives and views that are important to them, so they need to be respected.

- What further skills do you aim to obtain or develop?

A wider understanding of the development industry and the drivers and constraints that affect us during this challenging time in the market.

- How important is it to keep abreast of developments in allied professions?

Essential. We are part of a much wider system and both the public and private sides of planning have to be aware of what is happening in other environmental, social or commercial fields.

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