I established Arup's town planning capability in the late 1980s. I am also an Arup Fellow, an honour which provides the opportunity to champion technical excellence and spread knowledge and experience internally and externally. This links well with my experience in planning research, for which I was awarded an OBE in 2000.

I believe that planning should be seen as a creative not just a regulatory activity. Town planners should strive to recreate the passion for a better environment and living conditions that lies at the roots of our profession. Planners in Arup have fantastic opportunities to contribute to multidisciplinary teams on major project and infrastructure development, as well as negotiating consents and giving policy advice.

I joined Arup mid-career, and have undertaken a variety of external advisory roles. My motto is: always see the bigger picture.

Watch: Corinne Swain, Arup Fellow

See: Economics and planning