We recently announced the promotion of Matt Rhodes to Associate Director, reflecting a focus of the business on the professional development of our staff.
Having joined the Leeds office five years ago as a student Planner, Matt has made rapid progress in his career to achieve this new position.
Having already achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Architecture from Newcastle University, Matt secured a distinction in his MA in Town Planning from Leeds Becket University whilst working at DPP, and then became a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
During this time, Matt has successfully delivered a variety of projects to clients across a broad range of sectors and has been instrumental in growing DPP’s workstream within the Education sector on a nationwide basis. Current schemes include a student accommodation block in Leeds City Centre, a combined student and co-living development in Sheffield, a build to rent scheme in Birmingham and numerous school projects up and down the country.
Succession planning and developing its current workforce is key to our practice. This strategy is exemplified by the fact that the majority of the directors of DPP have worked their way up through the company and have progressed to senior management roles as the company continues to support its team in their career development.
Matt said: “The support and opportunity DPP offers its graduates is exceptional and has been instrumental in my career progression and becoming an Associate Director. This is a very dynamic and forward thinking business, which has established a national reputation as experts in its field and I am very proud to be part of the team that is continuing to take the business forward and support our clients.”
Michelle Davies, Director at DPP, said: “Matt is a great example of the high-quality graduates we are able to attract to DPP where we provide them with the opportunities to develop and expand their opportunities within the business. He is a very talented planner who has built excellent relationships with clients and local authorities and this new position is just reward for his dedication and commitment to the business.”