I have worked for DTZ since 2003. My experience of working in an international, multi-disciplinary real estate business has reinforced my understanding of the importance and value that planning brings. I have had experience in a variety of planning work on a range of projects, working for both private and public sector clients providing planning advice to protect and enhance their assets.
I find working in planning a hugely stimulating environment, not least as a result of the continually evolving nature of the planning system, the breadth of issues it covers and continual challenges it brings. My becoming a member of the RTPI was always important to me as a way of not only reaffirming my professional capabilities, but also gaining a breadth of experience and understanding of the wider extent of the work of planning and planners, beyond my own professional role.
I find being a member of RTPI a valuable means of being more engaged in the profession and in doing so, furthering my own knowledge of planning issues and being a greater part in shaping the future of the profession. I am an active member of both the Young Planners network and the London Region (of which I am Chair for 2012) and an elected member of the General Assembly. These roles give an insight into the national and regional issues surrounding planning and also give me an opportunity to share skills, knowledge and experiences with other planners and in doing so, build a strong social as well as professional network.