Hayley Gavin

Municipal Urban Rural Planner

Personal statement

I relocated to Alberta from Birmingham in the UK to live with my partner and with the objective of finding my first graduate role in planning. Last fall, I graduated with First Class Honours in Planning, Environment and Development and as a Prize Fund winner for the most successful interdisciplinary real-life project. I am a very approachable individual , who is trustworthy and punctual. I value the opinion of others and I have the ability to communicate clearly to engage even the most sceptical client. I am driven by helping others; whether that be by educating, supporting or encouraging them to succeed - I want to be a part of it. Self-motivation, determination and a positive attitude are  some of my key strengths to working individually and I can be a great asset to any team.

employment History

Work History
Oct 2015 - Present

Municipal Urban Rural Planner


My planning interests very much centre around: community-led planning, local and national policy improvement, planning based qualitative and quantitative research and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), helping to create self-reliant sustainable communities and preserving natural and historic environments. This position has enabled me to become involved in a combination of planning matters including: planning and public policy, rural municipal and provincial legislation, residential development and agricultural capability. 

Apr 2009 - Jun 2015

Owner and Painter & Decorator

Hayley Gavin Sole Trader

Whilst practising painting and decorating I developed a number of different skills of applying decorative materials, communicating with clients and managing my employees and business' expenses. As a result I have the ability to work under pressure, whilst meeting all deadlines and without compromising on my attention to detail. I am an organised and trusted manager who gets the best out of my workforce with a high recommendation rate from my clients including local schools. 

Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Urban Planner Intern

GAAP Associates formally City Think Space 

I produced a 130-page research report, analysing the ideas and processes which South Africa should take note of from apt international examples. I was entrusted by the company to produce this research report in 4 weeks whilst I was in Calgary. I met their proposed deadline and my research report assisted City Think Space to produce their final report for the South African Government; which documented recommended amendments to be made to the national spatial planning legislation in South Africa.

Aug 2013 - Sep 2013

Land Development Intern

RLF Morgan & Devey

The 4 weeks that I spent at RLF broadened my skills and increased my confidence; I found myself liaising with a number of important clients and developers (on the phone and face-to-face) about potential new and refurbishment schemes - ranging from new housing developments to the preservation of Grade statutory listed buildings. I was also tasked with independently driving around and "ear-marking" sites for development potential, and producing site and viability/feasibility appraisals to present to land owners and developers. 


Sep 2012 - Jun 2015

BSC in Planning, Environment &  Development

Birmingham City University

The course was a combination of working individually, with other planning students and  interdisciplinary with other built environment disciplines - combining economic, social and environmental perspectives to address national and international planning challenges and opportunities in a more joined-up manner.

Sep 2011 - Jun 2012

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design 

Birmingham Metropolitan College

This course offered a platform for young art students to explore new or alternative methods of producing and displaying their work - through Visual Communications, Photography, Fine Art, 3D Workshop and Fashion. 

Feb 2011 - Jun 2011

GCSE in Biology

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Having not completed a Science GCSE at school I successfully completed a biology course to earn mandatory points required for entry to university. 

Sep 2006 - Dec 2007

City & Guilds and NVQ Level 2 in Painting and Decorating

South Birmingham College

The courses offered a combination of classroom based theory and shared cubicle learning and on-site experience. The NVQ Level 2 consisted of 2 days a week completing theory practising manual methods, and 3 days a week voluntarily painting community halls and churches in the local area. 


Report Writing
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Project Planning and Management
Urban and Rural Planning
Time Management