Tanya Davies

MSc City and Regional Planning (1997)
Current Job: 
Wales Development Manager, npower renewables

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

Good reputation for Planning. Nice city.

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

Great course.

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

Sue Essex, who worked at Cplan at the time.

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

Good, well respected course.

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

It gave me an excellent understanding of the Planning system.

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

I spent 6 years in Local Government dealing with minerals and waste and other big infrastructure planning applications. Then in 2003 I moved into the renewables industry where I currently lead a team of developers who develop wind farm projects across Wales. We take projects from inception, sign up the landowners, manage the EIA's and prepare the planning applications, take them through the planning process, public consultation, deal with any media queries, grid issues all the way through the consenting processes until the projects are handed over to be built. I thoroughly enjoy my role as it is very challenging and constantly presents new issues to resolve. It is also very varied, one moment I am drinking tea in a farm kitchen, the next I am on TV debate. It is also very rewarding to know that I am making a positive contribution towards the fight against climate change.

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

I enjoy walking and rugby. In 2004 I won the RTPI's George Pepler International Award and was invited to to study wind farms in Navarra, Spain.