Maria joined Place Services in 2017 with an undergraduate degree from the University of Liverpool.
Since joining Place Services Maria has provided support for a number of local authority planning policy teams across Essex. This has ranged from creation of evidence base documents to drafting policies for Local Plans. In addition Maria has been involved in the Essex coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy, firstly as part of the project delivery side, and then to support a local authority implementing the strategy. Most recently Maria has been on a secondment for a local authority in south Essex acting as an in-house planning policy officer.
Maria is also studying part time for a Masters degree in Town Planning at Anglia Ruskin University and is a student member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.