Welcome to the team Jamie Hanna – an 80s rock enthusiast with a penchant for planning

November 21, 2016

Following the completion of his MSc in Planning and Development at Queen’s University, Belfast, Jamie Hanna has joined our property planning consultancy team in Southampton as a graduate planner.

We asked him a few questions to get to know him and why he wanted to join Vail Williams to give commercial planning advice.

Where are you joining Vail Williams from?
I joined Vail Williams after completing my MSc in Planning and Development at Queen’s University Belfast.

How long were you there and what do you specialise in?
I studied in Belfast for my MSc and my dissertation specialist subject was planning for contemporary design in historic urban areas.

What attracted you to your new post at Vail Williams?
I liked the multidisciplinary structure of the firm and the prospects that it offers through career progression. The staff were really personable and the firm has a strong reputation in the industry.

What are your ambitions in the role?
I aim to complete my APC and start to take on larger projects as I gain valuable experience.

What’s the best thing about working in property, and why?
For me, it’s about getting to see the physical end product to your work. I went into property consultancy over other professions as I like the idea of creating something tangible – like a building.

What was your first ever job?
This is my first job.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My dad has always told me to plan your work and work your plan.

If you had to recommend a good book, what would it be, and why?
Any of the books from Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series. They are a very well-written series of crime novels, based in Edinburgh.

Tell us a surprising fact about yourself
When I was at university I used to play guitar in an 80s-style rock band.

What’s your favourite band?
Tough question! I enjoy listening to lots of different bands from blues to rock so it is difficult to name one band I like over the rest. I’ve been listening to a lot of Van Halen at the moment, particularly their 1984 album.

If you could work in any other profession, what would it be and why?
If I had to choose another profession I would choose architecture as I have always had a keen interest in the design of buildings.