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John Woodruff, Head of Projects, Planning & Environment

September 28, 2016

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What does your day typically consist of?

Most of my time seems to be on the phone or, increasingly, on Starleaf. My work is a mix of project issues, dealing with clients and consultees, and management of the department. As part of a restructure in Natural Power I have moved from being part of the leadership team in a department of 15 people to one of 80 people in many locations, so I’ll have some new challenges and opportunities to deal with.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The variety, the people and making a difference. There are always fresh challenges and no two days are the same.

How did you get into the role in the first place?

My time in Natural Power goes way back to when it was a small company. Aberystwyth was the first office outside The Green House and I was recruited to spearhead development in Wales for a client.

What is your degree and /or professional qualification?

I studied Rural Estate Management at The Royal Agricultural College and then qualified as a land agent (or rural practice chartered surveyor). I’m also a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

What is the most interesting type of work you have done and why?

It’s very hard to pick out a single area of work given what I said about variety – but project development is never the same from one ite to the next, as each site throws up different constraints, opportunities and a different team to work with. A site visit on a sunny day is always a pleasure.

What is your biggest achievement at work?

In project terms it is leading the team that consented the 399MW Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm, in more general terms it is helping grow the business and create a better environment.

Any hidden talents?

I do enjoy a dance – whether there’s any talent there is for others to judge!

What is your favourite hobby?

Cooking, birdwatching, gardening, cycling, fishing – all things in moderation.

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