Meet Our People: Tony Selwyn Head of Environmental Planning
Tony is vastly experienced with more than 13 years working in the environmental planning sector, delivering sustainable development across the property and infrastructure sectors.
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- So, what exactly do you do then?
I head up Plowman Craven’s environmental planning team, working with stakeholders across the business and a wide variety of clients. My day to day is largely made up of advising clients on sustainable development to help them mitigate their environmental impact and achieve planning consent for a range of project types across a number of sectors.
- What does a typical day look like?
It's pretty varied with a mixture of project delivery, client meetings and business development. I also try to keep my hand in with some of the site work too, when time (and weather) permits! In terms of subject matter, I deal with a range of environmental impacts and topics, covering anything from bat surveys and archaeological digs to monitoring construction noise and air quality testing.
- What do you like most about your job?
I take great satisfaction from helping our clients to achieve their development goals in a sustainable manner with real regard to the environment and conservation. Sustainable development is one of the most important challenges of our lifetime and it's great to be in a position to influence things.
- Favourite project?
HS2 London to Birmingham route appraisal stages - sifting through numerous options and assessing the environmental impacts with a view to selecting the most sustainable route. It was one of the biggest projects in the UK at the time and it still is.
- What’s your proudest achievement?
I can’t choose one in particular but witnessing the construction and completion of a number of developments that I have worked on has been satisfying. Passing some of them on my commute through the Vauxhall area of London is also a regular reminder which makes me proud.
- Why did you choose this field of work?
With a degree in Biology and a Masters in Environmental Control, I have always had a passion for nature, conservation and the environment. My role allows me to get involved in these fields whilst supporting sustainable development.
- What are the most important attributes for your role?
An ability to work in a diverse team of designers, recognising each and every one of their opinions but still being able to give yours.
- Best thing about working for Plowman Craven?
Diversity. We have many different nationalities working here which makes for a great working environment.
- What advice would you give to somebody wanting to do the same job?
You definitely need a passion for the environment, integrity and the ability to achieve a good work-life balance.
- What are your passions outside work?
Running, cycling and fly fishing.
- Favourite quote or saying?
Don’t sweat the small stuff!
With a degree in Biology and a Masters in Environmental Control, I have always had a passion for nature, conservation and the environment. My role allows me to get involved in these fields whilst supporting sustainable development. Tony Selwyn, Head of Environmental Planning - Plowman Craven
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