Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?
The planning course was rated very highly and I am from Cardiff so was able to stay at home, keeping my study costs down.
What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?
I really enjoyed my Masters and whilst it was hard work, I found the year extremely rewarding.
What thing or person inspired you most whilst you were a Cardiff University student?
I always looked forward to John Punters lectures – he had a real passion for Urban Design which meant that his lectures were often inspiring.
What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of City & Regional Planning at Cardiff?
It’s a great place to study – the lecturers when I was there were all extremely approachable and the resources available to students are excellent.
How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?
My undergraduate degree has assisted me less than my masters although it was fundamental in gaining chartered status which allowed me to progress quickly up the job ladder. Planning is a very hands on career and you learn a lot once you actually start working.
Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.
I am currently employed as Pillgwenlly Regeneration Manager. Pillgwenlly is a very deprived area of Newport which has suffered from a number of social, economic and physical problems over the last decade, mainly due to the demise of the docks. Through the Pillgwenlly Regeneration Framework it is hoped that we will improve the area greatly over the next four years. My current job involves planning, project management, urban design, and community engagement, and whilst the project is in its infancy it is extremely rewarding.
What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a student at the Cardiff School of City & Regional Planning?
I wouldn’t say it has opened up opportunities as such, however I certainly would say that without the change in the system which brought in the Masters component of the course instead of the diploma, I would not have benefited in the same way that I have as a result of having a specialism in Urban Design.
Tell us any interesting facts about yourself, hobbies or interests that you have.
I spent most of my time in University juggling my studies with playing rugby, however after a number of broken legs (one of which I did playing in the University Varsity game whilst studying for my Masters) I decided to drop down the leagues and after a couple of seasons to stop playing. Since then I became involved with Touch Rugby and have been fortunate enough to be capped by Wales over twenty times and have had the honour of attending two European Championships. In the summer this year I will be pulling on my boots to compete against some of the best players in the world at the Touch Rugby World Cup.