Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?
Really liked the city when I came to visit, small enough to walk round and not need a car but big enough to have lots going on.
What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?
Meeting my housemates, joining the scuba diving club, making lots of friends generally having a good time!
What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff?
Very good school, but I got the feeling it was very research focused.
How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?
Gave me a bit of planning knowledge but also allowed me to continue studying geography which I loved. Gave me the chance to realise that planning is the practical implementation of geography.
Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.
I got into it from my degree, I currently do most the monitoring work as part of our LDF, also involved in regeneration and organising public meetings. I think I enjoy the opportunity to meet a wide range of people, get involved in some controversial issues that not everyone will agree with, get to see how an area is going to change and develop- even now driving around the district I see things that I have had an influence in. Also the fact that I'm not stuck in an office everyday!
What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a student at the School of Geography and Planning?
The opportunity to go into planning, although heading back to Uni next year to do a masters because I need to do that to become accredited.
Tell us any interesting facts about yourself, hobbies or interests that you have.
Interested in travel, outdoor sports, learnt to scuba dive whilst I was at Cardiff and was Chairman of the Sub-Aqua Club which taught me a huge amount of management skills. Generally enjoy anything that is a challenge.