I'm an experienced planner with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in working with AutoCAD programs, ArcMap, Microsoft Office, rural and environmental planning, project management and report writing. A strong professional with a First Class Bachelor’s Degree with Honours focused in Planning, Environment and Development from Birmingham City University, UK. Also a Licentiate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) committed to professional development and held accountable by their Professional Code of Conduct.
I'm looking for a challenging, planning-related position that will continue to retain my interest in this profession and enable me to further my professional development; fulfilling all of the profession's key competencies.
I'm seeking a role with project management responsibilities, a huge environmental planning component, projects with long-term strategic goals, and meaningful opportunities to work with local and external stakeholders.
Working as a key component for an inter-municipal species at risk committee in Northwest Alberta has afforded me the opportunity to build on my professional ability, accountability and responsibility skills; with a huge stakeholder management component, primary research, communications and report writing responsibilities.
I am a very approachable individual, who is trustworthy and punctual. Self-motivation, determination and a positive attitude are some of my key personality strengths. I work competently as an individual with minimal supervision, and I can be a great asset to any team.
I was the primary author of the recently released "Recommendations for Boreal Woodland Caribou Population Recovery in Northwest Alberta" on behalf of Alberta's Northwest Species at Risk Committee. This report was completed May, 2017 Aug, 2017. The final report was released on Sept 1, 2017: PDF available below.
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
The research that fed the Northwest Species at Risk Committee Recommendations Report was predominantly completed by myself. I researched many leads provided to me; to discover the validity of such leads and the positioning of subject matter experts. A combination of quantitative and qualitative data was utilized to develop this report.
Rural and Environmental Planning
As the administrative research lead on a municipal Land Stewardship Committee, I was tasked with researching and verifying the viability of sustainable initiatives, holistic agricultural management practices and ecosystem conservation, enhancement and reclamation. I presented my key findings at committee meetings for further direction.
Project Planning and Management
From operating my own successful painting and decorating business for many years to project, communications, admin and stakeholder management at my most recent planner position; I've become very successful at this skill over time. I work very well under pressure and always strive to deliver, while never letting up on my attention to detail.
Stakeholder Management and Communictaions
For the past 12 months, I was tasked by the Northwest Species at Risk Committee to effectively manage all stakeholders who participated in the development of the committee's report. This included directors at provincial and national associations, representatives of large industry corporations, scientific and academic representatives, local businesses and citizens. I was also tasked with regularly updating all committee members on provincial government communications, external requests, administrative progress and providing copies of all communications I'd developed for external release.
As a competent business owner I'm confident at making decisions, even when faced with high pressure situations. In my most recent role, I was expected to make multiple tough decisions; particularly when developing letters, reports and updates to stakeholders.
I have excellent time management skills. I have the ability to adapt to fast-developing project timelines and changes in direction. The tasks bestowed upon me by the Northwest Species at Risk Committee continually developed this skill.
July 2016Sept 2017
This position enabled me to delve deep into a number of my planning interests and exercise a myriad of my creative and innovative thinking skills. I very much enjoyed researching and unlocking the complexities of northern rural Alberta land-use management. The challenge driven by the cumulative effects of multiple policies and environmental initiatives upon rural community development and sustainability enabled me to work with scientific and subject matter experts, as well as local stakeholders to develop local solutions to global issues.
Oct 2015June 2016
Planner and Researcher
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 voluntary position 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 2009Jun 2015
Owner and Painter & Decorator
Hayley Gavin Sole Trader
While 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, while 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 rating from clients, including local schools and contractors.
Jun 2014Jul 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 while in Calgary, Alberta. I met their proposed deadline and my research report assisted City Think Space (now GAAP Associates) 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 2013Sep 2013
Land Development Intern
RLF Morgan and 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 (heritage conservation). 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 2012June 2015
B.SC in Planning, Environment and Development
Birmingham City University| First Class Degree with Honours
Sep 2011June 2012
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Birmingham Metropolitan College| Distinction