Careers advice: company restructuring

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 3 Feb 2017

Jane HirstFor over 50 years, PBA has been supporting the promotion of development projects through the planning process, acting for a range of clients including land owners, developers and local authorities. This experience has resulted in rapid growth across a range of sectors and services, including the introduction of planning to PBA in 2011.

Over the last 18 months, PBA has been reviewing the changing needs of its clients and how best to respond to their challenges. The increasing urgency of the need to support the delivery of housing, infrastructure and economic growth has informed PBA’s plans for the future. Partners Bernard Greep and Jane Hirst (pictured) have led the review of how our planning team best responds to this challenge.

Responsible for leading and developing PBA’s planning teams in the south, Hirst said: "The strength of the PBA business is the fact that we have experienced teams who understand the development process from start to finish with a focus on developing schemes which make a difference, and can be delivered through a fast-changing policy framework. PBA Planning often provides input throughout that process and the value that understanding offers to our clients is invaluable.

Greep, who heads up PBA’s planning teams in the north, continued: “Over the last few months the planning offer at PBA has become more focused, away from some of our more peripheral services, and towards those where we offer real market knowledge and insight. Our ability to draw from the experience and expertise of our colleagues in other parts of the business to inform and shape our strategies, together with our increasing range of important strategic relationships with other consultants, has led to more clients regarding us as their ‘go to’ planning consultancy.”

One of PBA’s main aims throughout this process has been to place greater importance on working to the strengths of its staff, and the development of complementary teams which support professional and career development. The planning team’s new graduate recruitment programme, relationships with universities, and a recently launched graduate-development programme, are aimed at securing high-quality graduate entry and retention. 

Coupled with succession planning these initiatives have resulted in improved training programmes and promotion from within, which can only help with the sustainability of the PBA planning team moving forward. 

PBA’s re-organisation has led to a number of important recruitment opportunities as we move to a period of targeted growth. These include:

Director position in Bristol with a clear path to equity

Senior associate / associate with strong networking and work winning credentials, Bristol, London and  Manchester

Senior associate / associate transport planner, Manchester

Senior planner / planner opportunities across our network of planning offices.

Further details can be found at 

Bernard Greep and Jane Hirst are partners at Peter Brett Associates (PBA)


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