Temple’s People – Jenny Massingham, Technical Director – Planning
Jenny Massingham joined Temple as a Technical Director for Planning six months ago. Now that she’s settled in, we had a quick chat with her about what made her want to join Temple and her previous experience and future ambitions:
What first drew you to a career in Town Planning?
I have always been interested in the environment especially historic and iconic architecture, and understanding how cities work and gain their identity. After school I studied graphic design, law, geography and psychology at College – an unusual mix but they were all subjects I had thought about having a career in. Until I started looking through a university prospectus on undergraduate courses I had never heard of town planning but the description of the course contained elements of all the different subjects I enjoyed. After further research I decided that town planning was a subject I would like to pursue and thankfully, it has become an interesting and varied career and one which I enjoy.
What knowledge and experience are you most looking forward to applying to projects at Temple?
I look forward to applying my extensive experience in delivering applications for large scale and technically complex projects to my work at Temple by developing bespoke strategies for clients, providing well-informed technical advice and comprehensive solutions to problems to enable the efficient delivery of projects. I am also looking forward to using my knowledge and understanding of various planning, environmental and technical services I have developed through my work on niche projects with specialist multi-disciplined teams and enthusiastic clients, to my projects. I hope to use my experience and knowledge to help develop junior colleagues and promote Temple’s specialist consultancy services and innovative thinking.
What was the draw for you to want to work at Temple?
Not only was I drawn to the variety of projects in Temple’s impressive portfolio, from the iconic Shard building to the Illuminated River Project and their ongoing work for HS2, but I also felt aligned to their company values in being ethical, personable, innovative and committed. Temple’s multi-disciplined services including planning, environment, sustainability, noise and air quality combined with the working relationship with their sisters companies, the Ecology Consultancy and the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, meant that there were opportunities for greater collaboration, bespoke strategies and impartial advice to the benefit not only of clients but also for the development of my own professional understanding. Temple are committed to delivering leading expertise and insight, developing their staff and encouraging innovative thinking whilst also promoting a positive work/life balance. Temple is going from strength to strength and I was, and continue to be, excited to be joining during such an exciting period of growth.
What are your ambitions at Temple?
My ambitions at Temple are to help grow the planning team, develop our client base and raise the profile of Temple as an ethical, innovative and personable consultancy that is committed to delivering independent, impartial and objective planning, environmental and sustainability advice. At a time when gender equality in the workplace continues to rise on the political agenda, I know that I can say with confidence that Temple will continue to support me in my career progression as a professional and as a working mum, and I hope to be a positive role model to my Temple colleagues and support junior members of staff with their own ambitions.