24 October 2012
International multi-disciplinary consultancy, WYG is pleased to announce the new appointments and promotions within their Planning and Environment team based at various locations around the UK.
Catherine Phillips, Senior Planner; Martin Brown, Principal Archaeologist; Max Plotnek, Principal Planner; Matthew Allsopp, Planning and Design Assistant and Graeme Smart, Principal Ecologist all bring years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to the award-winning consultancy.
Catherine Phillips joins WYG as a Senior Planner based at the Wellington office and will be focusing on residential development for private sector clients in the South West.
Catherine’s previous role was at Roger Tym and Partners in London as a Senior Consultant where she co-ordinated planning applications for retail, residential and mixed use schemes.
Martin Brown joins WYG as a Principal Archaeologist and will be based at the Bristol office. Martin brings a wealth of experience including nine years as an Archaeologist within Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Defence Estates, within the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
He was part of the team that set up “Operation Nightingale”, which gives injured service personnel the opportunity to work on archaeological sites.
Martin said: “I had worked with WYG on projects previously at the MOD and had been impressed by the expertise on offer and the integrity that supported it. As a result, joining the company was a relatively straightforward decision to make.”
Max Plotnek graduated from Manchester University in 2005 with a masters degree in Town and Country Planning and spent the following six years working at Savills in their specialist retail planning team in Manchester before relocating to London. His role focussed on out of town retail development in both food and non-food sectors where his clients included a variety of landlords, developers, investors and retailers with a focus on asset management advice.
Max joined WYG earlier this year as a Principal Planner and has recently been promoted to Associate in October 2012.
Matthew has recently completed his postgraduate MA in Urban Design at Cardiff University, where he previously graduated with a 2:1 Honours from the school of City and Regional Planning (now the school of Planning and Geography) in 2011.
His past work experience includes working on a variety of projects to enhance the economic competitiveness of Newport and delivered projects for the 2010 Ryder Cup held in Celtic Manor, on the edge of the city.
Matthew joins WYG as Planning and Design Assistant, based at the Southampton office.
Graeme Smart joins WYG as a Principal Ecologist and will be based at the Newcastle office. With twelve years’ experience as an ecological consultant, having previously worked as a Senior Ecologist for a multi-disciplinary consultancy in Yorkshire, Graeme has been running his own successful ecological consultancy for the last 10 years.
His previous work on projects as diverse as Environment Agency flood relief schemes, Highways Authority road schemes, National Grid major infrastructure projects, housing development, and landfill means he brings a wealth of experience to the company.
Graeme Smart said: “After several years working in a purely ecological consultancy environment, I was looking for an opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team again. Joining WYG was an ideal opportunity to do that and to work on a wide variety of larger scale projects.”