I have a head full of inventions and schemes and a drawer full of left-handed pens.

  • Oli Haydon
  • 18 May
  • Cambridge
  • oli.haydon@gmail.com
  • www.OliHaydon.com


  • Planning Officer2015 - Present

    East Cambridgeshire District Council

    On a day-to-day basis I manage upwards of 60 planning applications at a time. These applications include major residential and commercial developments, minor applications of great variety including agricultural and stud operations along with householders, pre-applications, changes of use and CLEs. Since late-2017 I have been working alongside one of ECDC's senior planners on the scheme at Kennett Garden Village which comprises 500 dwellings, a new primary school, commercial development and other strategic green infrastructure.

    I am pro-development in nature and actively seek to find solutions to overcome issues with applicants through clear communication and management of expectations. I undertook the largest caseload in the department alongside my part-time masters (completed 2017 - Merit), and have implemented a number of innovative projects at East Cambs. These include providing a Twitter page which tweets all validated and completed applications, and a Facebook interface. Both to improve transparency and communication with members of the public, and have been well received.

    I was awarded Employee of the Year in December 2016 following my nomination from the entire Planning Committee and I was nominated once again for the award in 2017. I was formally assessed as an 'outstanding' team member in my 2017 appraisal and again at my 2018 appraisal. At the request of the Planning Manager, I delivered 'Presentation Training' to the entire department in 2016. I have also designed a spreadsheet system for organising current planning applications which has been rolled-out to members of staff within the department.

  • Researcher/Presentation Assistant2013

    The Innovation Group

    During a short-term internship at IG I worked under the supervision of the Group Sustainability Manager. I was tasked with synthesising various reports and papers into a variety of formats; to be delivered to the Innovation Group management team. I produced a short presentation outlining the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to the company’s global operations and customer base. I compiled larger and more detailed climate change report for future distribution by the company.

  • Supervisor/Online ManagerMarch 2013 - March 2014

    The Lamb Inn

    After working at the Lamb Inn for a matter of weeks, I was offered a position as a supervisor. This involved taking charge of the responsibilities of waiting staff on certain shifts , communicating with the kitchen on a regular basis, dealing with complaints and opening/closing the premises. This position was especially rewarding since I initially applied for a waiting staff position but within weeks was handed a set of keys to the pub. Since leaving the Lamb Inn, I have taken up the responsibility of designing and maintaining the pub’s website which was in much need of a makeover. I regularly update the content along with provide the landlord with analytic reports from GA and various marketing materials for upcoming events.


  • International Planning and Sustainable Development MA (Merit)2015 - 2017

    University of Westminster

    This RTPI-accredited course was aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development. Through the course I examined the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks

  • Climate Change and Risk Management MSc (Merit)2012 - 2013

    University of Exeter

    The first of its kind in the UK this taught Masters at Russell Group university addressed some of the most important issues affecting society; namely, present and future climate changes and their economic and social impacts while also maintaining a solid climate science basis.

    With the guidance of module leaders Stephan Harrison and Kate Smith, I graduated with a Merit and completed a dissertation entitled 'The Impact of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Scottish Avalanche Risk'

Professional Skills

  • Microsoft Office

  • Windows

  • Adobe CS6

  • ArcGIS

  • QGIS

  • C

  • Python

  • GoogleEarth

  • Languages

    • English

    • German

    • French

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What I've been doing the past few years

Contact info

  • Email: oli.haydon@gmail.com
  • Website: www.OliHaydon.com

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