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.
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.