Catherine Thornhill has joined consultancy Savills as an associate director, and will take charge of the firm’s planning department in its Aberdeen office.
Thornhill joins from consultancy Ryden, where she had recently been promoted from senior planning consultant to associate.
In her new role she will work on commercial and industrial developments, including the refurbishment and expansion of Aberdeen’s Union Square, as well as advising landowners on renewable schemes.
Alastair Wood, Savills head of planning, said: “We already have a strong client base in the North East of Scotland and the Highlands across the residential, commercial and rural sectors. Catherine will be key in further driving our planning business across the region.”
Thornhill is a former chair of Women in Property Northern Scotland and sits on the executive committee of networking group UKPP Aberdeen.
A chartered planner, she has also worked for architecture practice Archial Group and Aberdeenshire Council.
She gained a bachelor degree in land economy, urban surveying and planning from the University of Aberdeen in 2003.
A statement from Savills said she has experience in the redevelopment of surplus and under-used buildings, negotiating developer contributions, preparing development frameworks, masterplans and development briefs, along with progressing sites through strategic planning and development control processes.
Savills opened its Aberdeen office in November last year.
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