5 July 2018
Our planning discipline continues to grow stronger as we welcome Stefano Smith to the team as our newest Planning Director. He will be based in our Edinburgh office.
A commercial and pragmatic development planner, Stefano brings a strong customer focus and will manage and expand our planning business in Scotland. With nearly 30 years of experience managing multidisciplinary teams in the UK, he has provided development planning and project management services in several markets. These include infrastructure, energy, environment, commercial, industrial, housing, and mixed-use.
Stefano joins us from Peter Brett Associates, where he shaped market sector plans and strategies in Scotland as Director of Planning. Among his other roles, he also fostered relationships with clients and spearheaded key bids and development opportunities. Prior to that, he led as Technical Director within planning and design at Amec Foster Wheeler.
As a Chartered Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Stefano holds additional experience in statutory planning, sustainability, regeneration, master planning and urban design, consultation and engagement strategies and tools, and development economics.
Sandra Manson, Planning Director at WYG, commented on the appointment:
“Stefano’s experience of providing commercially focussed, local knowledge and practical advice to meet client needs is perfectly aligned with WYG’s approach. His involvement will make a real and positive difference in addressing contemporary challenges, such as demographic change and the housing shortage.”
Stefano said: “It’s extremely exciting to be joining WYG during a period of such ambitious growth. Planning has been placed firmly at the heart of the biggest national debates, so I look forward to working with my new team to tackle these challenges together.”