Vail Williams has made two senior appointments, both from local authorities.

Kathryn Banks (previously with Horsham District Council) and Oliver Galliford (from Hertsmere Borough Council) have been appointed as senior planners covering the Surrey and Gatwick regions and beyond.

Kathryn, who also spent six years at Arun District Council, is a chartered town planner with more than 14 years’ experience in local planning authorities in the South East. Mr Galliford, a professional town planner with five years experience, has been involved in the production of a new Local Plan and development strategy, as well as the development management process.

Kathryn said: “Having been involved in a variety of roles in the public sector including numerous consultation and engagement exercises for strategic sites to assist in shaping emerging local plans, I intend to use my know how to continue the second-to-none service for which Vail Williams is famed in the private sector.”

Mr Galliford said: “I have experience in co-ordinating the delivery of technical evidence including site assessments, green belt reviews, infrastructure delivery plans, sustainability appraisals and sustainable transport assessments – all of which I aim to utilise for the benefit of our clients.”

Image: Members of the planning team atVail Williams (l-r), Steven Pattie, Oliver Galliford, James Williams, Henry Bourne, Kathryn Banks, Chris Wilmshurst, Ben Christian, Suzanne Holloway, David Ramsay, James Lacey and Sarah Isherwood

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