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Planning Panel Boundaries and Members

Alternate State members

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Aboriginal Planning Experts

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Blake Cansdale

Blake is a proud Anaiwan man. He was born on Tharawal Country and has spent most of his life on Darkinjung land on the Central Coast of NSW. Blake brings a complex understanding of Country to all his work in the NSW planning system.

Blake has a diverse range of educational and professional achievements, including significant senior-level experience in Aboriginal land planning in NSW. He has qualifications in psychology, law, public policy and management.

Blake’s multi-disciplinary career includes experience working as a criminal solicitor, child protection policy practitioner, policy lawyer and as a chief operating officer. In his current role as chief operating officer at Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, Blake is responsible for Darkinjung’s extensive portfolios for acquiring, managing and developing land.

Dr Danièle Hromek

Dr Danièle Hromek is a Saltwater woman of the Budawang tribe of the Yuin nation, with French and Czech heritage. Danièle is a spatial designer and Country-centred designer.

Danièle is the first Indigenous person in Australia to achieve a PhD in spatial disciplines. Her research and experience contributed to the Connecting with Country framework and Designing with Country discussion piece by Government Architect NSW.

As director of Djinjama, Danièle’s methods lead its approach to working with Country. Her work as a researcher, educator and cultural advisor brings Country, culture and community to the built environment by creating spaces to substantially affect Indigenous rights and culture. Clients include state and local government, museums and galleries, as well as industry including architects, planners, designers, heritage and engineering firms.

Yvonne Weldon

Yvonne is a proud Wiradjuri woman who maintains strong ties to her homelands of Cowra and the Riverina areas of NSW. Yvonne follows in the footsteps of a proud tradition of activists and change-makers.

Yvonne is the deputy chair of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and is an independent councillor for the City of Sydney. She is the first Aboriginal councillor in the City of Sydney's 180-year history.

Yvonne has 30 years' experience driving positive reform in health, human services, child care services, child protection, housing, disability and heritage. She has held senior positions in key government and Aboriginal organisations. Yvonne currently serves as deputy chair of the NSW Australia Day Council and as a board member of Domestic Violence NSW.

In 2022, Yvonne was recognised as the NSW Aboriginal Woman and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the Aboriginal community of NSW.

Carol Vale

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Alternate State members 

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John Brockhoff

John Brockhoff is National Policy Manager with the Planning Institute of Australia and a Registered Planner.

John previously led the technical development and delivery of Sydney’s Metropolitan Strategy. He contributed to NSW Government policy for urban renewal, employment lands and the integration of land use and transport.

In private practice, John led the project development and EIA of major infrastructure proposals.

He has 30 years’ experience in city and regional strategic planning, environment, infrastructure and economic development in NSW. He has qualifications in environmental science and Master’s degrees in planning and public administration. John is currently an expert panellist on the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel and the Sydney and NSW Regional Planning Panels

Renata Brooks

Renata Brooks has been a member of the NSW Southern Regional Planning Panel since 2016. She has more than 30 years’ experience in government and public administration with a focus on policy, regulation and delivering services to meet rural and regional priorities. As a senior executive in the NSW Department of Primary Industries, her responsibilities included crown land and natural resource management, agriculture, biosecurity and science and research programs, all involving significant interaction with the planning system.

Renata recently completed terms as Deputy Chairperson of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and as an Australian Fisheries Management Authority Commissioner. She is currently a member of the board of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, Deputy Chair of Suncare Community Services and undertakes consulting projects.

Renata holds an honours degree in veterinary science, a graduate certificate in bioethics and is a graduate and fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Graham Brown

Graham Brown

Graham Brown is a retired Commissioner and Acting Senior Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court of NSW having served a total of three seven-year appointments.  During his time at the Court, Graham heard over 2000 appeals on a wide range of planning and related issues across NSW.  He currently sits as Chair, Alternate Chair or Expert on six local planning panels and is a delegate of Northern Beaches Council on the Sydney North Regional panel.

Prior to his appointment to the Court,  Graham was the Director of Planning Services at Baulkham Hills Shire Council (now The Hills Shire Council) where he oversaw the urbanisation of large parts of the local government area, including the Rouse Hill Release Area, in addition to subdivision, development control, building, health and waste and recycling services.

Graham has a Degree in Environmental Planning, a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies and a master’s degree in Business Administration.

He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and is a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Susan Budd

Susan Budd has more than three decades’ experience working with planning law. During her career, Susan has worked for the NSW Department of Planning, Local Government NSW and in the private sector. As well as her extensive knowledge of legal issues arising in the context of the NSW planning system, Susan has strong experience in public sector corporate governance, including corruption prevention.

Susan has a Master of Environmental Law, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, all from the University of Sydney. Susan is a member of the Law Society of NSW and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.

Louise Camenzuli

Louise Camenzuli is a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers with a speciality in planning and environment issues. Louise has provided advice to government agencies and private sector clients on significant projects in NSW and has a particular interest in re-zonings, infrastructure and environmental issues.

Louise has a degree in Economics (Social Science), a degree in Law, with Honours, and a doctorate in Judicial Studies, all from the University of Sydney. Louise is an elected member of the Planning Committee of the Property Council of Australia.

Stephen Davies

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Marcia Doheny

Marcia Doheny has worked as a lawyer for more than 30 years, with much of that time spent advising NSW government agencies, councils and companies on environment and planning law. Her most recent roles have included General Counsel at the City of Sydney Council and Special Planning Counsel with Allens Lawyers. Marcia is also experienced in governance, fraud and corruption prevention and public administration having worked in those areas as a senior executive in State and local government.
Marcia has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, is a member of the Law Society of NSW and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. Marcia is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tim Fletcher

Tim Fletcher is a registered Town Planner with over 35 years’ experience in local government planning and management. He holds tertiary qualifications in regional economic development, local planning and has a master’s degree in business administration. He has extensive experience in statutory planning, development assessment, strategic planning and senior public management.

Prior to establishing his planning and management consultancy in 2017, Tim held the position of Director of Planning and Development at Shoalhaven City Council. Over 25 years he held various director and management roles in local government.

Tim has also held a number of honorary positions on State Government Advisory Committees and was a guest lecturer at the Local Government Centre (UTS) for many years. He has particular interests in planning to mitigate bushfire impacts, building resilient communities as well as urban design approaches to revitalise town centres. He also has a keen interest in facilitating appropriate scale development in coastal locations.

Sue Francis

Sue Francis has had more than 38 years' experience as a planner in both local government and in the private sector. She has held executive positions at Woollahra, North Sydney and Warringah Councils and is currently the Executive Director of City Plan Strategy and Development where she provides consultancy services for both private clients and government agencies on State and local government levels.

Sue has a Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning, both from the UK. Sue is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a CPP member of the Planning Institute of Australia, a member of the Planning Committee of the Property Council of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue is Chair of the Wollongong Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (Wollongong IHAP) and a member of the Mosman Development Assessment Panel.

Stephen Gow

Stephen Gow has 34 years’ experience in planning, working for local government and in private practise. Having lived and worked in Northern NSW for more than 25 years, Stephen has considerable experience working with significant developments and has a particular interest in heritage matters.

Stephen has a Master’s degree in Environmental and Local Government Law from Macquarie University in 2000, a Graduate Diploma (Applied Science) Environmental Health from the University of Western Sydney in 1994 and an Honours degree in Town Planning from the Polytechnic of the South Bank in London in 1977. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Stephen has served on the Northern Regional Planning Panel since 2016.

Juliet Grant

Juliet Grant is a respected and experienced planner with 28 years’ strategic and statutory experience in local and state government and the consulting environment. She has a deep knowledge of the political, policy and legislative environment and an in-depth understanding of government processes and how to apply them. 

Juliet is a Registered Planner, Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and is currently PIA NSW Division President. Juliet is recognised for her ability to deliver quality planning outcomes that are robust and defensible.  She is an innovative leader able to engage,  inspire and lead teams to achieve organisational goals and deliver business outcomes.

Nicole Gurran

Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney. Nicole has led and collaborated on numerous research projects, with a focus on affordable housing, and has worked with local and State government in several roles related to planning and housing issues. Nicole directs the University’s Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) node.

Nicole lives in Sydney and has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and an Executive Member of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association. Nicole also has a Doctorate of Philosophy, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Bachelor of Arts, all from the University of Sydney.

Penny Holloway

Penny Holloway holds urban planning, public policy and board director qualifications. She has over 30 years’ experience and expertise in government administration, strategic planning and program delivery at senior executive levels in state and local government in Victoria and New South Wales. Over the past two decades she has held the positions of Chief Executive Officer of the Lord Howe Island Board; General Manager, North Sydney Council and Chief Executive Officer, Latrobe City Council (Victoria).

Penny has served as Alternate Chair of Local Planning Panels at Willoughby, Burwood and Camden Councils, and Independent Expert on the Local Planning Panel of The Hills Shire Council. Penny’s extensive Board experience includes her current role as a Board member of Local Government Procurement Pty Ltd and the Australian and NZ College of Paramedicine. She is also an independent member of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board Audit and Risk Committee.

Penny holds the qualifications of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Monash University; Bachelor of Social Work, University of Melbourne; Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, University of Melbourne; Masters of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne and Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew Hutton

Andrew Hutton is a Natural Resource & Environmental Management professional with 25 years' experience in the agriculture, renewable energy, mining and extractive industry sectors. He holds a degree in Natural Resource Management with a Masters in Environmental and Business Management. Andrew is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors also holding formal accreditation as an Lead Environmental Auditor and facilitator in Risk Management.

After 7 years in operations working in the mining sector in Qld and NSW as environmental manager, Andrew held the position of General Manager of a small multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy based in Newcastle, prior to it being acquired by SLR Consulting Pty Ltd in 2012. He was then appointed Technical Director and Executive on the Asia Pacific Management Team responsible for the Mining and Extractive Industry sector. Andrew is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Integrated Environmental Management Australia, a multi-disciplinary Environmental Management and Advisory consulting firm based in the Newcastle, NSW.

Andrew was appointed to the former Planning Assessment Commission in 2015 and is a current Commissioner with the Independent Planning Commission of NSW until June 2021.

Andrew’s experience in planning and environmental management is wide ranging with expertise in major project environmental impact assessment, environmental licensing and permitting, mine closure planning and rehabilitation, stakeholder engagement and consultation, risk assessment and risk management, environmental management systems and environmental compliance and transactional due diligence and auditing.

Sandra Hutton

Sandra Hutton has 22 years’ experience as a statutory urban planning professional and holds a degree in Urban and Regional Development and is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.  After growing up in Regional NSW and an early career in Central Qld, Sandra moved to a multi-disciplinary planning consultancy based in Lake Macquarie in the Lower Hunter.

Sandra’s vast statutory urban planning experience incorporates a wide-ranging skillset that includes understanding sites and their capabilities, interpreting objectives and outcomes of planning controls, integration and resolution of multi-disciplinary issues and merits assessment.  

Sandra was selected as an inaugural Board member of the Lake Macquarie Economic Development Company in its foundation year and continued in that role until September 2020.  She also formerly served for six years as the local member for Lake Macquarie City Council on the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel, and as state member for the Hunter and Central Coast and Western Regional Panels.

Brian Kirk

Brian Kirk has post-graduate qualifications in both town planning and land economics and is a member of Planning Institute Australia and the Australian Property Institute.  He held various senior positions in local government and the NSW Public Service before starting his own consultancy more than 20 years ago.

Brian’s experience in planning and property is wide ranging, with particular expertise in statutory and strategic planning.  He continues to provide considered advice to local and State government, industry and the wider community on major projects, environmental impact assessment and land use planning matters.  Brian also has a depth of experience as an expert witness in litigation and dispute resolution in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Brian is a current member of a number of Local Planning Panels including his appointment to the Sydney North Planning Panel in January 2020.

Stephen Leathley

Stephen Leathley is a town planner with 33 years’ experience having worked in senior management roles in local government and the private sector including as founder and Planning Director of Insite Planning Services. A degree qualified and registered town planner, Stephen also holds a Master of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and was the founding chair of the Planning Institutes Local Government Planning chapter at the national and divisional levels. Stephen was also the editor of the Planning Institutes journal New Planner for five years. In addition he served on the NSW Divisional Committee of PIA for seven years.

Stephen has led a number of significant strategic projects including NSW’s first Koala Management Plan at Port Stephens, a specialist planning team providing a planning framework for the urban areas of the Blue Mountains as part of its listing as a World Heritage area, and award-winning projects including the Hawkesbury Wildlife Corridor Plan and the Muswellbrook LEP Review.

Stephen has significant experience in environmental assessment in the resource, tourism and commercial sectors and was responsible for masterplanning numerous urban release areas across NSW. He is currently a panel member for the Blue Mountains and Central Coast LPP’s, and is a representative for Cessnock and Central Coast Councils on their RPP’s.

Ken McBryde

Ken McBryde is a multi-award winning independent consulting architect. As a thought-leader in the construction industry he is regularly called upon to speak and conferences and contribute to research projects. He has extensive international experience in the design of highly innovative public and cultural places, hospitality, retail, commercial, residential and infrastructure projects. In 2013, Ken founded the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in NSW and sits on the Australian Board of the organisation. He founded Architectural Physics in 2018 to respond to architectural and urban design invitations that demand innovative placemaking ideas.

A natural affinity with construction methodology and materials underpin his approach. In addition to a series of large-scale international projects, he is collaborating with The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University, the CSIRO and FWPA on a major Research Project studying improved durability and broader applications of Australian Hardwoods. Ken was appointed Adjunct Professor of Architecture at The University of Sydney in 2016.

Tony McBurney

Tony McBurney is an architect who has worked in government, corporate and academic roles for more than three decades. Tony lives in Bathurst and has a strong interest in regional development and affordable housing.

Tony’s work takes him all over the world and one country he has travelled to extensively is Uganda, where he has designed 5 school and health campuses, including the exemplar Amazima Secondary School near Jinja.

Tony has and continues to serve on various advisory panels and committees including: Camden Council Design Advisory Panel;  Charles Sturt University Regional Consultative Committee; a range of specific project Design Review Panels; and the Australian Network for Universal Housing Design. He has recently joined the Board of EMI Uganda.

Stuart McDonald

Stuart McDonald is a Director of consultancy SJB Planning who brings more than 30 years’ experience in planning and development to the Panel having worked with local and State government and commercial clients since commencing private practice in 2005. Stuart has held the positions of Director Strategic and Transport Planning at the City of Sydney Council as well as Planning Director positions at South Sydney City and the former Leichhardt Council.

Stuart is the Chair of the Camden Local Planning Panel and alternate chair and member of Campbelltown, Cumberland and Strathfield Local Planning Panels.  Stuart has previously been a member of the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) Local Government Delegated Tribunal for several years until 2019. Stuart is a recognised planning expert at the Land and Environment Court of NSW.

Holding a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Hons) from the University of New England, Stuart is also an accredited Mediator, a Certified Practising Planner and a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Gabrielle Morrish

Gabrielle Morrish has over 30 years urban design and architectural experience, both at executive levels in State and Local Government and within private practice as principal and managing director of GMU. She specialises in urban design both on a city and precinct level.

Gabrielle is a member of Waverley, Woollahra and Strathfield Local Planning Panels and is also a member of a number of design review panels for both Local and State Government across Sydney and NSW.

She has held the positions of Vice President UDIA and has been a Councillor of the AIA. She is also a life fellow of the AIA. She won the inaugural UDIA Women in Development Leadership award 2010. She has also held the role of the Director of the Urban Design Advisory Service, a business unit within the Department of Planning. She has been a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee and the Urban Design Advisory Committee to the NSW State Government.

Gabrielle holds an honours degree in Architecture from UNSW and is a registered architect both in NSW and the United Kingdom. She is a recognised Urban Design Expert in Land and Environment Court matters.

Jan Murrell

As a town planner Jan Murrell has extensive and wide experience with a major focus of her career in the assessment of development applications throughout the State.

Jan served as a Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court for 14 years before her retirement, and since that time has been appointed as either chair or expert member to several local planning panels.

Jan’s former roles include Corporate Manager of planning and development at Liverpool City Council and in the Department of Planning: Deputy Manager for the Southern Sydney Region; and Executive planner to the Coastal Committee.

David Ryan

David Ryan has over 35 years’ planning, legal and management experience, primarily at executive levels in private practice and local government. He is a former NSW President and Vice President of the Planning Institute of Australia and Convener of its Planning Law Group.  He has been a member of various District and Local Planning Panels and Design Review Panels. He has extensive expertise in strategic and statutory planning, policy and process reviews, due diligence and strategic development advice, the preparation and assessment of major development proposals, environmental assessments and Court expert witness services.

David holds a Bachelor of Town Planning (UNSW), Diploma in Law (SAB), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (UTS) and has been admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW (currently non-practicing). David is a Fellow (Registered Planner) of the Planning Institute of Australia, an Associate Member of the Law Society of NSW and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie Savet Ward

Julie Savet Ward brings more than 30 years’ of planning, environment and communications expertise to the role through her experience as a consultant, regulator, company director and determining authority. As a consultant, Julie was acknowledged as an expert in achieving sustainable outcomes for large scale development projects.

Julie is a respected professional with over 20 years' experience on company boards in the property, infrastructure and professional services sectors. She is Chairperson of SGS Economics and Planning and is a Director of the NSW Environmental Protection Authority, Link Housing and LawOnline. Julie was formerly a Director of Manidis Roberts, a leading planning consultancy practice.

A Sydney resident, Julie holds a Bachelor of Science (Applied Physical Geography) (Hons) and a Master of Landscape Planning, both through the University of NSW. She is currently a Director of the NSW Environment Protection Authority and Morrison Low, an Australasian management consultancy.

Heather Warton

Heather Warton is a planner with over 35 years’ experience in State and local government.  She holds a Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons 1) from UNSW, a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is qualified in Horticulture (TAFE Medal).  Heather is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia. 

At present she is a self-employed consultant, providing services to both councils and State Government in development assessment, strategic planning and government administration.  She regularly acts as a Planning Expert in the Land and Environment Court.  Former roles include a local government Director of Planning and Director in Major Project Assessment in then NSW Department of Planning. Heather is a Community Member of the Inner West Local Planning Panel, and an Expert Member of the Randwick City and The Hills Shire Council Local Planning Panels.

Chris Wilson

After 26 years of professional experience in the NSW public sector, including 10 years at the senior executive level, Chris Wilson established his own planning consultancy in 2015. 

Chris is an experienced planner with strong project management skills and a sound record for delivering high-level strategic advice on major projects and land use planning matters to Government, industry and the wider community.

In 2018 Chris was appointed as a Commissioner to the NSW Independent Planning Commission. He has also held several senior positions within the NSW Government including the Olympic Co-ordination Authority, the NSW Premier’s Department and the Department of Planning and its predecessors.

Between 2005 and 2015 Chris was responsible for implementing the State’s major projects legislation including the environmental impact assessment of State significant infrastructure and industrial developments. 

Chris holds an Honours degree in Economic Geography and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

Coastal Experts

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Greg Britton

Greg has 42 years’ experience in the investigation, design, documentation, planning, environmental assessment, and project management of coastal, estuary and maritime projects.  He is the Technical Director of Royal Haskoning DHV in Australia.  He has provided expert advice on coastal, maritime and environmental engineering to the NSW Land and Environment Court, NSW Supreme Court, Queensland Supreme Court, Federal Court of Australia and several Commissions of Inquiry.  He has fulfilled the role of a Court Appointed Expert in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Greg received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (First Class Honours, University Medal) from the University of New South Wales in 1976 and a Master of Engineering Science (Coastal Engineering) from the University of New South Wales in 1981.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Douglas Lord

Douglas Lord has 40 years experience as a coastal engineer within State Government and as a private consultant in NSW and around Australia. For 10 years from 2000 to 2010 he was the Manager Coastal in OEH with state-wide responsibility for the coastal, estuary and entrance management programs in NSW. He has represented the NSW Government on the Intergovernmental Coastal Advisory Group and has been a member and Chair of the Engineers Australia, National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering and a member of the Engineers Australia, NSW Coast Ocean and Port Engineering Panel.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Engineering (civil) and a Master of Engineering Science (coastal) from the University of NSW and a Master of Business Administration (technology mgmt.) from La Trobe University. He is a Member of Engineers Australia, on the National Engineers Register (Civil) and is a registered APEC Engineer in Australia. He received a Ruth Readford Award for Lifetime Achievement from the NSW Coastal Conference and is currently Director and Principal of Coastal Environment Pty Ltd.

Angus Gordon

Angus has 50 years coastal engineering/management experience in all states of Australia, Brunei, Dubai, Kuwait, Indonesia and Hong Kong. He has published 70 papers, established the NSW Beach Improvement Program (1976) and the NSW Coastal Protection Act (1979). In 1986 he was appointed Manager of the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory and then a Director of Australian Water and Coastal Studies Pty Ltd.

In 1996 he took on the role of GM (CEO) of his local council at Pittwater until his “retirement” 2005. He was Chair of the NSW Coastal Panel and a member of the expert Panel that developed the 2016 NSW Coastal Management Act to replace the Coastal Protection Act, and was subsequently appointed to the NSW Coastal Council, a position he currently holds. In 2018 he was awarded an OAM for services to the community, planning and the environment.

Hannah Power

Dr Hannah Power has over ten years of experience working as a coastal scientist and is a senior lecturer in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle. Hannah has expertise in the processes and landforms of coastal environments and conducts research into waves, tides, and currents on coastlines. Her research also investigates how landforms, such as beaches, estuaries, and coral reefs, change through time. Hannah also conducts research into coastal hazards such tsunamis and wave overtopping of rock platforms. Hannah holds a PhD (Coastal Engineering) from the University of Queensland and a B Sc (Marine Science) (Honours I) from the University of Sydney.

Ian Turner

Ian is Professor of Coastal Engineering in the UNSW School of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director of the UNSW Water Research Laboratory located and the UNSW Northern Beaches Campus in Manly Vale.  As the Director of Australia’s largest fundamental and applied coastal research laboratory, he leads a team of approximately 60 coastal, hydraulic and environmental engineering researchers, compromising academics, professional engineers, research associates and postgraduate research students. Established in 1959, the UNSW Water Research Laboratory ( is regarded both nationally and internationally as the ‘birth place’ of coastal engineering research and practice in Australia. Ian is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and in 2020 is Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 37th International Conference on Coastal Engineering to be held in Sydney. He is a corresponding Member of the Engineers Australia National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering (NCCOE) and a member of the Sydney Institute for Marine Science (SIMS) Science Advisory Committee.

Strategic Planning Experts

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Ann-Maree Carruthers

Ann-Maree has more than 20 years’ extensive state government and private sector experience in program and project management, urban renewal, strategic and statutory planning, infrastructure planning, environmental impact assessment, development assessment and environmental management.

Ann-Maree is a self-employed consultant, providing services to the state government in various aspects of land use and infrastructure planning and policy. Before establishing her consultancy, Ann-Maree held various roles in state government including executive director of precincts and partnerships at NSW Health, as well as director of the Sydney region west and director of urban renewal at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. 

Ann-Maree has qualifications in science, environmental forensics, and planning.

Gail Connolly Gail has more than 25 years’ experience in local government and 5 years’ experience in the NSW public sector. She has held senior executive positions in local government, including director and general manager roles in both NSW and Queensland, and senior executive roles in the NSW public sector.

Gail has led the preparation of whole-of-government strategies for the NSW Government including the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy, the Metropolitan Transport Plan, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 and many others.

She has also worked on federal government taskforces and infrastructure projects as a representative of the NSW Government. Gail has been a director on numerous public and private sector boards including the Central Sydney Planning Committee and the Western Sydney Parklands Board and has been a member of ministerial taskforces.

Barbara Crossley Barbara has more than 30 years’ experience in leading the delivery of environmental impact assessment and development approvals. She continues to provide strategic direction and peer review for environmental impact assessments for major projects, as well as delivering strategic advice to government and for corporations across a range of sectors.

As the managing director of Umwelt, Barbara leads a multi-disciplinary team providing environmental and social consultancy services across the nation.
Barbara has a qualification in natural resources and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

From 2004 to 2013, Barbara was a non-executive director of Hunter Water Corporation. She is a current non-executive director of the University of Newcastle Research Association.

Glennys James Glennys (Glennis) is a qualified town planner and worked at Blacktown City Council from 1976 until 2021, starting as a cadet town planner. She was promoted to deputy department head, and then contributed as a director of planning, development and other council services for 31 years. Glennys also served as assistant general manager for 15 years over this period.

Glennys is a recognised expert in contributions policy and has been a member of numerous state government advisory committees over her career. She is the recipient of 2 Planning Institute of Australia (NSW Division) awards for Planning Excellence.

Glennys was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2019 for ‘her outstanding public service to local government administration, and to town planning, in New South Wales’. She was awarded the Key to Blacktown City in October 2021 for her contribution to the growth and development of Blacktown City.

Steve O’Connor Steve was appointed as a member of the NSW Natural Resource Advisory Council by the then NSW Minister for the Environment in 2010. He was appointed as a member of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (which later became the NSW Independent Planning Commission) by the NSW Minister for Planning in 2015, a position he held for 6 years.

Steve is a registered planner and a fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). He is the immediate past national president of PIA and served as a director of PIA between 2013 and 2020. He has qualifications in planning and environmental science.

Steve is currently the chair of the Parramatta Local Planning Panel and an alternate chair of Ryde Local Planning Panel, as well as an alternate member of all 9 of the Sydney District and Regional Planning Panels.

Donna Rygate Donna is an experienced independent chair and director, business leader and consultant.

From 2014 to 2018, Donna was chief executive of Local Government NSW. Donna previously worked in executive, policy, communications, governance and operational roles in the NSW public sector for more than 25 years. She was chief executive of the NSW Office of Communities.

Donna also headed corporate governance and policy in the then NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure, and was the deputy director general of strategy, communication and governance with the then NSW Department of Community Services.

Donna has qualifications in economics, public administration and planning. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and currently enrolled in a Juris Doctor program.

She was made a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration in 2012.

Annelise Tuor Annelise is currently a member of the NSW Independent Planning Commission and chair of the Coastal Council of NSW. She is the chair of Woollahra and Randwick Local Planning Panels and an alternate chair/expert member on several planning panels.

Annelise was a commissioner of the Land and Environment Court of NSW from 2002 to October 2016.

Before her appointment as a commissioner, Annelise had worked at the Council of the City of Sydney in various senior roles. She managed the assessment of major development proposals and the preparation of planning policies. This included the implementation and comprehensive review of the City Plan, for which she was jointly awarded the Planning Institute of Australia President’s Award (1999) and the Australian Planning Ministers’ National Award for Planning Excellence (2000).

Annelise has also worked in various branches of the NSW Department of Planning and as a policy advisor. She has qualifications in architecture, planning and mediation and is a fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. 

Greg Woodhams Greg has more than 35 years’ experience as a town planner. He has expertise in strategic planning, development assessment, urban design and government administration.

Greg was executive director at the Greater Sydney Commission before his retirement. His other previous roles included director of planning at Woollahra Council and at Willoughby Council, planning manager at a major property development company and urban planner at a planning consultancy in Sydney.

He is a fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and has qualifications in town and country planning. Greg has been a member of many committees providing advice on planning matters to state government and local councils.