Insider insight: Putting empathy, objectivity and patience front and centre

Environmental planning is becoming increasingly collaborative, says WSP’s Barry Cowell. That’s why people skills matter as much as technical competence

Barry Cowell
Barry Cowell, head of environmental planning at WSP

What does your current role involve?

I am currently head of environmental planning for WSP UK, a highly diverse and extremely talented group of 10 discipline specific teams ranging from environmental impact assessment (EIA) to planning, landscape and ecology to air quality, acoustics and vibration. My team specialises in the process of gaining approvals, permitting, licensing, and planning support.

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