PWA Planning has made two senior promotions and three new appointments.
Lydia Harper and Joshua Hellawell have both been promoted from the role of planner to senior planner at the Preston-based firm.
Gemma Newall has joined as senior planner after almost three years with WSP in Manchester. Gemma brings more than 10 years’ experience in town planning and environmental management to PWA Planning. Her other previous roles include Wardell Armstrong, Myriad CEG and Fairhurst.
Mike Sproston has joined as an assistant planner after completing his MSc in Planning at The University of Manchester. His experience includes planning and environmental roles with Wigan Council and the Wildlife Trust in Wigan and Greater Manchester.
Meanwhile, Samantha Ireland has joined as an administration assistant, bringing over 30 years’ experience in secretarial and administrative roles with organisations including the Ministry of Defence and Crown Prosecution Service.
Paul Walton, director at PWA Planning, said: “We continue to invest in the team at all levels to offer an efficient and effective planning service, helping our clients get their developments moving.
“Gemma brings an enormous amount of experience with her from some of the major planning consultancies and multi-disciplinary firms she’s worked with. Mike and Samantha’s appointments add further depth and capacity to our team.
“It’s also great to recognise Lydia and Joshua’s contribution to our growth and success with these well-deserved promotions.”
Lydia joined PWA Planning in October 2017 having spent more than 10 years in local authority planning roles. Joshua joined the firm in January 2016 as an assistant planner.
The latest appointments take staff numbers at PWA Planning to 15.