Emrys is a qualified Town Planner and Urban Designer. He is now retired but, until recently, he was a freelance Planning Consultant. Prior to that he was the Chief Planning Officer at Birmingham City Council and played a key role in the delivery of many major developments in Birmingham. Whilst in that role he also chaired the Regional Planning Officers Group for the West Midlands Local Government Association and was a member of several government working groups. For a number of years he was also a member of the Birmingham Design Initiative's Steering Group.