Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?
As a location, the capital city of Wales was an obvious choice for a youngster from West Wales. In terms of the course, I enjoyed studying geography at school and the BSc in City and Regional Planning provided an opportunity to develop a practical career in this field, whilst also providing good links with employers through the year out programme. I chose the MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy as it offered a convenient part-time route which allowed me to balance study with work commitments.
What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?
Meeting good friends through socialising and sporting activities who have remained good friends later in life.
What thing or person inspired you most whilst you were a Cardiff University student?
Professor Kevin Morgan’s lectures which were always passionate and inspiring whatever the topic!
What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff?
A degree from Cardiff University is highly regarded by employers across the UK.
How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?
Both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses provided me with a thorough grounding in spatial planning, particularly the theoretical side. Together with relevant practical experience, the undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications I gained were fundamental to successfully achieving full chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.
Working on the development of onshore wind farms in Wales for RWE npower renewables, I undertake a range of activities from an initial site assessment through to gaining planning consent. The role includes the negotiation and management of legal agreements with landowners; the management of the Environmental Impact Assessment process; and responsibility for making, managing and negotiating planning applications. Working as a planning officer for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority gave me a thorough grounding in the practicalities of the UK planning system. My subsequent role as a case manager for major infrastructure projects with the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) developed my interest in the renewable energy sector.
What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a student at the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography?
Cardiff University’s School of Planning and Geography has a great reputation in the planning sector and being able to include qualifications from this institution on my CV has no doubt assisted in progressing my career.
Tell us any interesting facts about yourself, hobbies or interests that you have.
In the past, I have represented the Cardiff Blues and Wales Development teams at rugby however I am now into less painful sporting pursuits including running, yoga and pilates.