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Yussuf Mwanza BA(Hons) MRTPI

Managing Director

Yussuf has drawn on his experience with the planning departments of the London Boroughs of Brent and subsequently Hounslow to take the step into private practice. He founded MZA in 1997 and has never looked back. His planning skills, tenacity and integrity of his work are widely admired. His planning work for Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, London Borough of Camden, London Borough of Enfield, London Borough of Redbridge and Elmbridge Borough Council especially at appeal hearings and Public Inquiries defending the Council’s decisions, was highly praised. Yussuf has gone onto work on Major projects including Channel Tunnel Rail Link, West London Tram Project and Reading Station Redevelopment. Yussuf has also worked as a consultant Inspector for the Planning Inspectorate handling a wide range of appeal cases. Yussuf has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1994.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Without a doubt Time Travel. Imagine being able to traverse continents in a fraction of the time it normally takes.

What are two things still left on your bucket list?
Get fit and stay fit, go to the gym more often – This is a work in progress. My excuse is that my wife is an amazing chef…
Go Scuba diving

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching the Alien Movies. The first 2 movies were the best.

What was your nickname growing up?
Megastar – My school friends thought that my hairstyle at the time resembled that of the King of Pop!!

What is your favourite place in the world?
After my bed which I don’t see enough it would have to be the Volta Lake, Akosmobo, Ghana with its breathtaking views


Jorge Nash

Senior Planner


Jorge is a dynamic professional with 4 years’ experience working as a Town Planner. His experience has been gained both within the public sector working as a Planning Officer at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Richmond Council and the private sector. Jorge has an eye for details and has an outstanding knowledge of the Town Planning system. Jorge’s specific areas of expertise lie in project management, management of external consultants, feasibility studies for new proposals, Pre-application submissions and planning applications. Jorge has worked on a range of mixed-use, commercial and leisure schemes.

 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Invisibility

What are two things still left on your bucket list?
Travel to South America
Pilot a Helicopter

What is your guilty pleasure?
Sorbet

What was your nickname growing up?
I didn’t have one!

What is your favourite place in the world?
Miami


Paul King

Planning Consultant

Paul has several years experience in client facing work and is retraining into a career in Planning. Currently, he is a student of the University of Westminster studying a BSc in Property and Planning. After completing his Bachelors degree, he aims to complete a Masters in Urban Planning/Design. He has also recently been voted onto the Property Society Committee at Westminster. He is enthusiastic about working closely with his clients and coworkers, taking a considered approach and viewing a problem from all possible angles to find the best solution.

 

 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Learning skills instantly, kind of like Matrix!

What are two things still left on your bucket list?
A visit to the Galapagos Islands
Learning to surf

What is your guilty pleasure?
Lego, I just love it! I even have a Lego Mini Cooper on my desk…

What was your nickname growing up?
Paulsky… I used to watch a show called Noah’s Island when I was a kid and one of the characters had a saying ‘Oysky Poysky’.. Confusing but that’s all you need to know!

What is your favourite place in the world?
Peru, it’s just such an amazing place! It’s where my love for travel started…


Anita Amissah

Practice Manager

Anita has past experience in client facing positions, and brings a flexible approach to client liaison within the office. As the Practice Manager she oversees general administration, ensures projects are running within timescales thus the smooth running of the office. Anita assists all members of the team and offers support to the Consultants at MZA. With a BA in English, she prides herself in clear and effective communication. Anita enjoys travelling in her spare time.

 

 

 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Time control – I feel like there’s never enough time for certain things like being on holiday, time just flies by when you’re having fun. So pausing and rewinding time at my leisure would definitely be my superpower!

What are two things still left on your bucket list?
Skydiving
Running the London Marathon

What is your guilty pleasure?
Binge watching series on Netflix

What was your nickname growing up?
Ants, people still call me that today!

What is your favourite place in the world?
Dubai, it’s almost like a different world! It’s so extravagant!


Rana Kanso

Administrative Assistant

Rana has a background in marketing and social media. In addition to assisting the Practice Manager with the overall office administration, she uses her experience to manage the company’s social media accounts as well as its marketing activity. She enjoys creating promotional material and uses her creativity to reach existing and potential clients. Rana graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Management, and has recently completed a Master’s Degree in International Media Business from the University of Westminster.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Instant weight loss with the click of a finger! I love my desserts and I’ve been called a chocoholic before…

What are two things still left on your bucket list?
A visit to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Learning Spanish and actually using it!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Reality shows… They’re just so addictive!

What was your nickname growing up?
Rannoush, Rayray – yes our nicknames are sometimes longer than our actual names…

What is your favourite place in the world?
Beirut, it’s home.


Jeff Sadler

Planning Consultant

Jeff’s wide experience in planning is a dynamic force in dealing with the fundamentals and the finest detail of planning issues today. He has worked in a range of capacities with several local planning authorities, including Recar & East Cleveland BC as a senior planning officer and has held posts as a consultant town planner involved with development control with Reigate & Banstead BC and Royal Tunbridge Wells BC and as a conservation officer at Epsom & Ewell BC. His 20 years experience in the construction industry covers planning, conservation, building design, project management, surveying, listed & historic buildings.


Bhoseok Nam BA(Hons) MA MRTPI

Planning Consultant

Bho has worked on a wide range of planning applications and appeals for householders and businesses. Bho graduated with a first class honours degree and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Westminster. He is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

 


Chris Veasey BSc DipTransP CMILT MIHT

Highway Consultant / Transport and Traffic Consultancy

chrisv-mugshotChris had extensive experience in all aspects of transport and traffic engineering and planning work with the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham and Haringey, latterly as Transport Planning Team Leader, and in consultancy before founding Transport and Traffic Consultancy in 1994. His work in project managing the development of the Red Routes Local Plan for Southwark from start to finish straddled that event, and was highly praised by the client, Southwark Council. Since then he has been responsible for many varied tasks for both the public and private sectors, from feasibility and design work to lengthy highway corridor accident reduction and traffic improvement studies to the transport, access and parking aspects of development schemes of all sizes, including appearing as expert witness at numerous planning appeals, his considerable success rate being greatly appreciated by clients. Chris is also fully certificated to run bus, coach and road haulage operations and thereby has a greater knowledge and understanding of such operations than is usual in his core professional field.


Antonio Di Pierro

Architectural Consultant

We also have a network of consultants that form part of our core team including Tree consultants, Code Assessors, Daylight/ Sunlight Consultants, Noise Consultants, Surveyors…

Interested in joining MZA? Go to our careers page for details.
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