Hi I am Skyz, originally from Hong Kong. I completed my undergraduate degree in planning back in 2016 and have been working in the public sector ever since. I have previously worked as a Planning Officer at Northumberland County Council and I am now an Urban Design Officer at Newcastle City Council. As well as working full time within the local authority, I am studying this course part time.

Working in the public sector has provided me with a unique insight into learning and engaging with different aspects of the planning system and the importance of design quality. The role of the Local Planning Authority is essential as it ensures the development is in the public interest, by weighing against economic, environmental and social benefits and drawbacks. I have managed to gain a wide range of experiences and further develop my interest alongside expertise by working with various teams and people across the Councils.

Outside work, I like to be active with fitness and exercising. Also, I like exploring and observing areas surrounding me, as it is quite often you will find something interesting.