George Bryant

Planning Consultant (SJM Planning)

George is SJM Planning’s longest serving employee having joined the company in 2016. Initially George’s role was to provide some basic drawing support using the skills that he had learned during his time as a topographical surveyor – I trade that he learned straight out of school and spent six years practising until he relocated to Wales in 2006.

George lives in Wales and has worked remotely for his entire time at SJM Planning however, with the advances of technology over that time many of our clients do not realise that he is not based in office. George has progressed from a drawing role within the company to become the company’s main agricultural and rural expert largely through his love for the countryside and the fact that he is active within the agricultural landscape in West Wales. George actively assists on both his fathers and his in-laws smallholdings and is an active member of The Farming Forum where he is the resident planning expert.

Georges route into planning has not been through academia or through local authority but through experience on the job. His willingness to learn has allowed him to experience all aspects of the business and in the next few years he will be eligible to seek formal recognition through the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Morwenna McKay

Senior Planning Consultant (SJM Planning)

The newest member to the SJM family, in a business sense, is Morwenna. She met Simon at University whilst carrying out their Batchelors Degrees, and soon became a family of their own.

Morwenna has more recently been working as Strategic Land Promoter for Croudace Homes, working in house to assist in the acquisition of new strategic sites and managing the submission of planning applications on major schemes. Prior to this, Morwenna held a number of positions at Local Planning Authorities, including at Maidstone Borough Council and Tandridge District Council, as Principal and Senior Planning Officer.

Morwenna brings with her a wealth of strategic planning knowledge and experience dealing with major housing schemes as well as working for and with Local Planning Authorities.  This boosts SJM Planning’s services by providing this type of analysis and understanding to private and commercial developers alike, as well as bolstering the capabilities to undertake further residential, agricultural, and commercial projects.

In her spare time, Morwenna enjoys travelling, gardening and spending time with her family.

Simon McKay

Director, Chartered Planning Consultant (SJM)

Simon has spent the last 20 years honing is knowledge primarily within the field of Planning. He began his career as a Local Authority Planning Officer; during his time in the Public Sector, he worked at Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and Epsom & Ewell Councils. His knowledge in Planning Policy, Strategy and Method makes him one of the experts in his field.

Acknowledging a gap in the level of advice, professionalism and knowledge with home owner and budding developers, he began the SJM journey in 2012. Working from home as a one man band, Simon quickly earned a name for himself as the local ‘go to’ Planning Consultant.

Simon graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc in Geography in 2005 and subsequently obtained his MSc in Town Planning from South Bank University in 2012 whist working as a Planning Officer at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Simon became professionally recognised by being inducted as a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2016.

Simon has a craving for travel and has been fortunate enough to have undertaken expeditions within the Arctic Circle, and to the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia. As well as holidaying with his wife to Vietnam and Thailand.

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