Kayna Tregay

Studied: 
MSc Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy (2006)
Current Job: 
Policy Advisor (Planning), Environment Agency Wales

Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?

Cardiff University has a good reputation, and the MSc sounded inspiring.

What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?

Interesting topic, great people and the blossom in Cathays Park in the spring (OK, that’s three things).

What thing or person inspired you most whilst you were a Cardiff University student?

Working with the other students on my course.

What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff?

Great choice of different courses and modules.

How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?

I learnt how to analyse and critique planning and environmental policy documents, which is a key part of my current job.

Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.

I work as a policy advisor for Environment Agency Wales in Cardiff.  I am part of a team that works with the Welsh Assembly Government to ensure that the Environment Agency’s aims are incorporated into Welsh planning policy and guidance.  I also review and respond to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) consultations as part of the Environment Agency’s role as a consultee in the SEA process.  I’ve only been in the job a few weeks, but am enjoying the range of environmental topics I have worked on already:  the planning system, offshore energy, drought planning, flood risk, green infrastructure and the Water Framework Directive, to name but a few.

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?

Sustainable Development is the guiding principle of the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG).  My MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy has therefore been very useful in my job.

Tell us any interesting facts about yourself, hobbies or interests that you have.

I make the best strawberry ice cream in Cardiff (possibly in the world).