- 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.