Alongside my degree, I also gained some valuable work experience at a planning consultancy in the private sector. Following my work experience, I was offered a job there starting as an assistant planner and worked my way up to senior planning level.
When the opportunity arose to join Spitfire, I jumped at the chance to head up the planning team. I started as a planning manager, working closely with the land team. Since then, we have expanded significantly as a company, and I have been able to develop and grow the team.
Engaging with local planning authorities, members of the public, key stakeholders and on-site teams is a huge part of my job. A lot of the time, it involves educating a range of people on our brand, company ethos and, ultimately, what we always strive to achieve.
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In the planning team, we look at a range of new and upcoming sites as well as assisting on live sites, which we see all the way through from start to finish. I love being able to witness a project come to life and the nature of Spitfire’s product makes me really proud.
I would definitely recommend a career in the housebuilding industry to younger girls. The construction environment is predominantly male, however, I have definitely noticed more ladies branching into different roles within the industry. I personally work with Women in Property, a networking group involving women at various stages in their career, including many young female professionals, which is excellent to see. Ultimately, communication is key and everyone at Spitfire works together to strive towards the same end goal.