Consultancy Peter Brett Associates (PBA) has appointed Ella Gartland as a principal planner in its Manchester office.
Gartland leaves WYG, which acquired her previous employer Higham & Co last year.
Bernard Greep, who heads up PBA’s Manchester office, said Gartland had wide-ranging planning experience, dealing with residential, industrial and mixed-use developments on behalf of both private and public-sector clients.
He said 2014 had started of busily for the firm and that it had a "strong" pipeline of work.
"We are very pleased to welcome Ella to help us deliver these exciting projects and she brings a lot of experience in the sectors that we are increasingly active in," he said.
Prior to joining Higham & Co, Gartland worked at West Lancashire Council and at consultants GVA.