After graduating in geography from Durham University, Bell Cornwell LLP Partner Rebekah Jubb pursued her chosen career by undertaking a master’s degree in town planning part-time at Westminster University and working, first at Mid Sussex District Council and then Hertsmere Borough Council. She switched to the private sector in 2001 by joining Scott Wilson and three years later joined Bell Cornwell LLP as a senior planner before rising to partner in 2013.
Q. What are your objectives in your current role and how are you measured against them?
I'm an equity partner, having bought a share of the business, and we are in a transitional period seeking to grow the company and secure its future success. I still do planning work but also manage the business with my fellow partners. This can be a challenge but, like all the partners, I want to remain a planner, and we want to employ people who love planning. Measuring performance is fairly informal and we try and take a bespoke approach to each member of staff – there are no big sticks – but we have annual appraisals, in-house workshops and monthly team meetings to encourage people to develop their careers.
Q. What key lessons have you learned during your career that help you to fulfil those objectives?
A. Keep up to date. Planning is an ever-changing discipline and you must cover all the professional bases in order to give the best possible advice, which is both clear and realistic.
Nobody can ever know everything. So don't be afraid to ask someone else, be they a fellow partner or more junior member of staff - that’s the beauty of working in a business full of great planners.
Think outside the box to get the best result. Knowing all the rules and regulations is important, but planning is about people and needs a subtler, more imaginative way of thinking to smooth the process and ensure a personalised service.