From left: Graham Hale, Helen Mansley, Matthew Grant and Heather Lindley-Clapp

WYG adds to regional offices

WYG has made six new appointments to its Manchester and Cumbria planning, architecture and urban design teams in response to a growing workload. The consultancy has also made promotions within its planning and engineering teams.

Helen Mansley and Heather Lindley-Clapp joined the Manchester team as a senior planner and an associate. Mansley, who was previously with Bilfinger GVA, brought with her seven years of retail planning experience across the UK. Lindley-Clapp, previously at Savills, has wide private retail planning experience, working for a number of investment portfolios and developers’ interests nationwide.

Kate Paterson joined as associate director in Manchester to lead WYG’s regional architectural team, bringing a portfolio of residential, commercial and leisure work. Rachel Kerr took up the role of urban designer, she has transport planning experience and placemaking expertise.

Graham Hale takes up the role of associate with WYG’s Cumbria team. Previously a team Leader of Cumbria County Council’s spatial planning team, he has considerable residential, infrastructure and energy-related experience. This will help deliver key WYG infrastructure projects within the Energy Coast, including North West Coast Connections and other related infrastructure linked to Moorside.

Matthew Grant joined from Cheshire East Council as a town planner and will be supporting WYG’s extensive work on the Energy Coast in Cumbria.

Richard Shepherd has been promoted to director after more than eight years with the company. He has extensive experience in retail planning, advising both public and private sector clients in the region and outside. Tony Fox has also been promoted to director, leading the civil engineering and infrastructure team in the North West. Fox has extensive experience across the UK and is seeing an increase in opportunities within the sector.

Paul Shuker, Manchester planning office head, said: “The appointments respond to our growing retail, energy and infrastructure work for both the private and public sectors. There is continued confidence linked in part to the buzz around the Northern Powerhouse mandate but also because of increased emphasis on infrastructure for the Energy Coast, which is increasing opportunities for WYG and its partners in the medium to long-term.”

Anthony Fuller, head of engineering, said: “We are experiencing growth in all sectors and disciplines, particularly as the commercial market picks up, and we are really pleased to make internal promotions to help us build our teams to share in our success.”

The moves, in addition to the recent acquisition of North Associates (Cumbria), strengthen the capabilities of the overall teams which now number 141 in Manchester and 79 in Cumbria.

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