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  • Clyde Shanks

    Managing Director

    Clyde Shanks

    Managing Director

    Clyde has 20 years experience in planning consultancy having begun his career in London and Reading before returning to Northern Ireland in 1999.  He quickly rose to the position of Director at Turley Associates in Belfast before taking the decision to establish Clyde Shanks in 2011.

    Clyde has considerable experience in co-ordinating complex, infrastructure projects across all property sectors and in establishing strong relationships with decision makers.  He brings thoroughness and clarity of thinking to project direction and strategy and is constantly seeking to improve what we do and how we do it.

  • Thomas Bell

    Planning Director

    Thomas Bell

    Planning Director

    Thomas is a planning director with 12 years post qualification experience.  He leads on a range of development projects across Northern Ireland and has a well earned reputation for drive and determination to secure positive results.  Thomas manages a diverse workload across all sectors of development.

    Thomas also participates as a guest lecturer presenting to students enrolled in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE) course at Queens University Belfast (QUB).

  • Gavin Rolston

    Planning Director

    Gavin Rolston

    Planning Director

    Gavin is a chartered planner with 16 years experience gained initially with DoE and for the last 11 years in consultancy.  Now a Planning Director in Clyde Shanks, he has considerable knowledge in guiding development proposals through to permission across all property sectors with particular expertise in renewable energy and housing work.  He enjoys running and has completed a number of half marathons in the last few years.

  • Clare Jackson

    Associate

    Clare Jackson

    Associate

    Clare has been with Clyde Shanks for over five years and has secured considerable experience across a wide range of projects in that time.  She is popular with clients and brings a thorough and thoughtful approach to her work, quickly gaining client confidence and securing repeat work.  She is a keen hockey player and captains her local team.

  • Gavin McGill

    Senior Planner

    Gavin McGill

    Senior Planner

    Gavin is in his third year with Clyde Shanks and provides great support to our senior team.  He handles a diverse and busy application workload that includes management of a high volume of agrifood work for Moypark.  He is currently working towards securing chartered status in 2016 and plays hockey for South Antrim.

  • Rachel Graham

    Graphic Designer

    Rachel Graham

    Graphic Designer

    Rachel heads up our graphic design team and brings wonderful creativity and vitality to all of the documents that we produce.  This includes our diverse core planning work as well as expanding new opportunities in company branding, website design, events and festival advertisement and menus for restaurants, bars and hospitality venues.

  • Hayley Wilson

    Graduate Planner

    Hayley Wilson

    Graduate Planner

    Hayley joined us as a graduate planner in January 2019 having previously completed work experience with us.  She is responsible for monitoring a very extensive portfolio of submitted planning applications and ensuring that we have early awareness of consultee and objector issues and can respond quickly to resolve and address any issues that arise.  She provides strong support to our Senior Planners, Associates and Directors and is enjoying her early days in our busy office.

  • Gavyn Smyth

    Senior Planner

    Gavyn Smyth

    Senior Planner

    Pleasingly, our team continues to grow with the addition of Senior Planner, Gavyn Smyth to the office.  Gavyn returns to NI after eight years working in England and Wales and brings strong local authority experience that will enhance our growing planning application preparation work across the province.

  • Conor Cochrane

    Senior Planner

    Conor Cochrane

    Senior Planner