About Us

As Planning & Property Consultancy, RW Nowlan & Associates work in partnership with our clients, gaining a thorough understanding of their needs and by helping them achieve their objectives and goals for each of their assets.

Our core competencies of Town Planning, Land Use Management and Property Surveying provides us with an inherent understanding of the competencies and the interactions and influences that planning & property restrictions, land use regulations have on asset values and development potential. The above skill set allows us to identify and manage financial and non-financial regulatory risk to existing and future asset values.



An experienced Chartered Planning Consultant & Property Advisor, Robert Nowlan commenced his property career with Palmer McCormack Chartered Surveyors where he worked across a wide spectrum of roles. During his time with Palmer McCormack, he worked in the Office, Valuations and Retail Departments. Upon Palmer McCormack’s transition to HWBC Chartered Surveyors, Robert advanced to Senior Retail Surveyor and was responsible for analysis and development appraisals of various development sites in and around Dublin city centre. His role was to provide expert advice to existing and retained clients in HWBC with regards to existing and future retail developments.

Upon completion of a Masters Degree in Planning at University College Dublin in 2005, he was employed by John Spain & Associates. Duties included the preparation of retail impact assessments, development plan submissions and the preparation of large mixed use development planning applications. Clients included: The Dublin Docklands Development Authority, Aldi Ireland, and Treasury Holdings Ltd. Robert joined Declan Brassil & Company in 2007 where he was primarily involved in retail planning and economic assessment work for large retail multiples and developers. Clients included: Tesco Ireland, McGarrell/Reilly Group, Firestone Ltd.

In 2010, Robert set up Ryan Nowlan Consulting Ltd, a planning, economic, and environmental planning practice which he was a Director/Owner of up until 2016. The practice provided strategic planning and planning asset management services to primarily Receivers and Banking Sectors. Clients included: Green Property Ventures, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Deloitte, AIB, Kepak, Lloyds Bank, Ulster Bank, Edward Holdings, Alliance Insurance, and the National Roads Authority. Robert is currently a member of the Irish Planning Institute, The Society of Chartered Surveyors, Royal Town Planning Institute and The Urban Land Institute of Ireland.



Liam is a Non-Executive Director of RW Nowlan & Associates. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years’ experience as an accountant in practice.

He was the Founding Partner of Ryan Glennon and spent 20 years as its Managing Partner.

In practice, Liam specialised in corporate finance, and has wide experience in business planning and company development issues. He is a non-executive director of a number of private companies.

During his career he has been a Director/Chairman/Advisor to international companies, large SMEs, professional bodies and public sector entities.



After graduating in 1978 from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, Hendrik W van der Kamp was appointed planning research officer in Bunnik Municipality, Netherlands. He moved to Ireland in 1982 and worked first as Assistant Planner for Cork County Council. In 1985 he became Senior Research Officer in An Foras Forbartha (National Institute for Construction and Planning Research). Following its abolition in 1987 he became Senior Planning Inspector with An Bord Pleanála. In that capacity he dealt with a wide range of development projects throughout Ireland and carried out oral hearings. In 1995 he joined the lecturing staff of the planning school in UCD. He joined Dublin Institute of Technology in 1999 where he became responsible for the development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in spatial planning. From 2003 to 2017 he was Head of School in DIT (School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning) and as such was responsible for the delivery of a wide range of programmes. Since 2017 he acts as a planning consultant advising clients in both public and private sector as well as community groups. He was appointed in 2017 to the part time position of Director of Department Architecture and Environment in Gengdan Institute of Beijing University of Technology, China, where he continues to teach students and advise academic staff.

As well as providing planning advice to community groups, architects, consultants and private developers, he has given advice and acted as an expert evaluator to a range of public sector bodies incl. Government Departments and the European Commission. In addition, he has acted in the role as facilitator for meetings and is frequently invited to chair sessions at the annual Environmental Ireland conference.

He is a Past-President of the Irish Planning Institute and was President of the European Council of Spatial Planners from 2013 to 2015. He completed in 2013 an independent review of recommendations relating to planning policy and practice in Ireland. He was member of the expert advisory group for the National Spatial Strategy and of the advisory group for the National Planning Framework.

He has recently taken up the honorary position of Secretary-General of the ECTP (European Council of Spatial Planners).



Kirsty has a primary degree in Geography and English from NUI Maynooth and a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning from University College Dublin.

During her time working with the Irish Planning Institute, Kirsty had responsibility for key institute Committees such as the Membership and Professional Practice Committee, the Technical and Education Committee, and the Policy and Research Committee. She was also responsible for the provision of Continued Professional Development for Irish planners. Her interests lie in Irish Planning Policy which she developed through drafting IPI Policy Submissions and editing the Institute’s annual planning journal Pleanáil.

Kirsty has also implemented a Mentoring Scheme for young planners in Ireland and the UK during her time with the IPI. She is a current member of the Irish Planning Institute.

Niamh Carbery


Niamh possess over 20 years’ experience in client facing and management roles, developing, and building excellent long-term client relationships. She has engaged with large and small investors and her knowledge in customer and personal services is extensive.

She is our Project, Property, and Accounts Manager and a qualified chartered accountant.

Her extensive knowledge of the planning system combined with her understanding of client requirements enables her to deliver a balanced and practical approach for private clients, commercial developers, and local and national authorities. After graduating in 1993 at Institute of Technology Carlow, she started her career whereby she worked closely with SMEs and well know brand names both in Ireland and abroad.

Rachel Dowd

Planning Intern

Rachel completed her Internship at RW Nowlan & Associates. After completing her initial Bachelor of Arts at the National University of Ireland Galway, Rachel will start her master's program in planning and development at Queens University Belfast this coming September 2022.

While studying at the National University of Galway in Ireland, Rachel participated in several planning projects, including one with Queens University Belfast and the Galway County Council. During her time there, she also received an award for her dissertation on spatial planning.

Deirdre Dunne

Graduate Planner

Deirdre holds a Primary degree in Spatial Planning, Geography, and Environmental Policy, as well as a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning from University College Dublin. During her time at University College Dublin, Deirdre was an active member of the Planning and Environmental Policy Society. This experience allowed her to gain valuable insights into the intricacies of planning and policy making and provided her with a platform to collaborate with peers, faculty, and the broader community. Deirdre played a key role in the revitalisation of housing projects on the UCD campus. Her responsibilities included conducting comprehensive consultations with students, ensuring their perspectives were actively considered and incorporated into the re-development process.

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