Alison McCabe Director, Planning, Sydney

Has over 30 years’ experience in statutory and strategic planning for government and private practice. Worked at Cessnock, Rockdale, Woollahra and North Sydney Councils and Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. Before establishing SJB Planning NSW in 2005, with Stuart McDonald, was Director, Environmental and Community Management, Leichhardt Council. Experienced in all facets of urban and regional planning: local government administration, statutory planning processes, policy development, public participation, conflict resolution; expert witness to NSW Land and Environment Court. Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of New England; Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law, Sydney University. Has lectured on planning at Sydney’s University of Technology.

Amanda Ring Director, Planning, Melbourne

1986 graduated from University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning. Occupied planning positions in public and private sectors, gaining considerable experience of strategic and statutory planning. 1987 joined the former Ministry of Planning and worked in Central City Group advising the minister on central city developments; worked in its heritage branch and Historic Buildings Council, managing regional heritage. Since 1991 in the private sector, much of it with SJB Planning, helping public and private clients to meet land use and development objectives. An expert witness in planning approval review. Interested in cultural heritage. Has tutored at University of Melbourne.

Cathy Pearl Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Over 20 years in the Melbourne property industry. Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies) and Graduate Diploma (Environment and Planning). Following work in the legal industry, was a planning consultant in private practice. Has experience of land use planning, playing a lead role in facilitating development approvals for industrial, commercial and residential proposals. Assists clients throughout the statutory planning processes, including planning permit applications, technical and strategic advice to developers, architects and consultants about site and neighbourhood character assessment, planning scheme policies, Rescode objectives, standards and decision guidelines, design review, advocacy and presentations at VCAT. Experience of the Greater Dandenong Priority Paid certification process.

Claire Murray Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Joined SJB Planning as a Senior Planner in January 2011; has over eight years’ experience in the private sector. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Planning and Environment Studies) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) at the University of Melbourne, began her career as an economic and planning consultant with SGS in Melbourne before completing a Master of Science (Spatial Planning) at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. 2005 returned to Australia, taking up a position in Perth and gained significant experience in statutory and strategic planning. 2010 returned to Melbourne and has worked on commercial, residential and mixed-use developments.

David Hickey Associate, Planning, Melbourne

David joined SJB Planning in 2008 and brings with him 11 years’ experience. David began his career with an Urban Planning degree at the University of Melbourne. Previously a Ministerial Adviser within the Victorian Government, David’s professional planning career commenced at the City of Kingston as both a strategic and statutory planner, gaining extensive local government experience in both disciplines. Since commencing with SJB Planning, David has worked on a variety of residential, commercial and public sector projects and often represents clients at public consultation forums as well as being an advocate at VCAT.

Henry Wood Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Henry has more than 12 years planning experience gained in both consulting and government environments in Australia and the United Kingdom. In addition to a strong network of client and stakeholder relationships, his professionalism gives him valuable insights into the systems and approach adopted by local Councils, which equip him to provide accurate, expert advice on development options and add substantial value to his clients. Henry is a ‘big picture’ thinker who takes time to understand his clients’ vision. He is skilled at guiding planning choices that achieve the best possible result for clients, councils and communities.

Hugh Smyth Director, Planning, Melbourne

Joined SJB Planning in 2004. His professional skills cover statutory and strategic planning requirements including formulating and obtaining major development approvals, policy formulation for land use and development, public presentations, community consultation and preparation of urban and regional strategic plans. Hugh’s portfolio of major projects includes redevelopment of the Richmond Plaza shopping centre and former Honeywell site on the Yarra River. He frequently appears before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s Planning and Environment List and Planning Panels Victoria as an advocate and expert witness. He joins SJB Planning’s directors Phil Borelli, Amanda Ring, Kel Twite and Peter Doyle.

James Goulding Director, Planning, Melbourne

For the past 15 years, James has worked in the planning and development profession, within both government and private practices.  He obtained a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning with Honours from the University of South Australia before commencing his first role with the City of Mount Gambier.  James is an experienced advisor who has worked on a broad range of statutory and strategic planning projects throughout South Australia, United Kingdom and Victoria. James has an excellent understanding of the technical, political and commercial factors influencing planning and development and, in turn, provides effective leadership and advice to clients to enable the timely and cost effective delivery of approvals for projects. James represents clients at council meetings, public consultation forums, Panel hearings and VCAT proceedings.

Joanne McGuinness
Joanne McGuinness Associate, Planning, Sydney

Joanne McGuinness has 20 years’ planning experience in government and private practice. Prior to joining SJB, Joanne worked in consultancy as well as in state and local government. She is experienced in all facets of urban and regional planning including: statutory processes,  strategic planning and policy development; social planning and public participation; and master planning and rezoning proposals. Joanne’s experience ranges from small scale domestic residential proposals, to the project management and coordination of large scape urban renewal projects involving multi-disciplinary teams. She also provides statutory planning reviews, planning advice and due diligence, and has assessed major development applications, masterplans and rezoning proposals.

Kel Twite Director, Planning, Melbourne

Kel has more than 20 years’ experience working in the planning and development industry, having worked across local government and private consulting sectors. Kel has developed an industry leading reputation for successfully managing planning approvals processes for some of Melbourne’s most challenging and complex redevelopment sites. He is an excellent negotiator and communicator with an intimate comprehension of key land-use and development planning issues. With extensive experience across a diverse range of planning proposals, Kel maintains a proven track record in providing sound planning advice in relation to a range of statutory and strategic planning matters. Kel also is a respected expert witness and regularly appears before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Kellie Burns Senior Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Kellie completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning) at RMIT. She is an associate at SJB Planning. Kellie has worked with both local government and the private sector, and moved to SJB Planning from a senior position at the Melbourne City Council. Kellie has experience in both statutory and strategic planning, including policy formulation, and her work has involved urban and regional projects. Kellie has appeared before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as an expert witness and also has extensive experience as an advocate in this forum.

Marc Ellenbroek Director, Planning, Melbourne

January 2010 joined SJB Planning as a Senior Planner, bringing 11 years’ experience gained in public and private sectors in Australia and UK. Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, Honours, University of South Australia. Started his career in local government; moved to the UK where he held public sector planning roles, increasing in seniority with experience. 2004 returned to Australia and has worked as a planning consultant since. On a variety of complex schemes, has assisted facilitation of large-scale projects from residential, retail and mixed-use developments to strategic road and infrastructure schemes. Represents clients at council meetings, public consultation forums and VCAT proceedings.

Marjorie Kennedy Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Marjorie began her career at the City of Boroondara in 2007 working in both the Statutory and Strategic Planning Departments as part of her Applied Science (Planning) degree at RMIT in which she graduated with first class honours, before joining the SJB Planning Team as a Senior Planner in 2012. Marjorie is an experienced planner with excellent communication and negotiation skills, which has resulted in positive working relationships with Council, State Government and consultants as demonstrated in the successful realisation of a wide range of planning projects including mixed use development, Major Projects within the CBD and large scale industrial subdivision. Marjorie is also experienced in the Planning Appeals process and Planning Scheme Amendment process, regularly appearing at the Tribunal and Planning Panels Victoria and managing applications through these processes.

Michael Baker Associate Director, Planning, Sydney

Michael Baker has worked for over 16 years in local and state government and in private practice in Australia and the UK and is versed in statutory and strategic planning disciplines. He has been involved in small inner-city residential projects as well as large-scale urban land release subdivisions, and in mixed-residential developments, large-scale seniors’ living complexes and commercial and industrial projects. Michael has an eye for detail and passion for solving problems. He has prepared strategic planning instruments and strategic studies for government and private clients, and also provides expert evidence in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Peter Doyle Director, Planning, Melbourne

1994 graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University with Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning). Began in planning at the City of Frankston before moving to the private sector. Worked for local and international consulting practices before joining SJB Planning 2008. 2009 appointed a Director. Skills cover statutory and strategic planning, master planning of new communities, development facilitation across residential, commercial and industrial land projects, planning feasibility and property advice. An effective project director, negotiating and consulting with private and public sector clients in facilitating complex projects. Appears before Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as an expert witness and has experience as an advocate.

Phillip Borelli Director, Planning, Melbourne

Is a founding director of SJB Planning. Studied at RMIT and completed a Diploma of Applied Science (Town Planning) (Hons) in 1981. His planning career began at the former metropolitan planning authority (the MMBW) and the state government, where he ultimately managed both the Southbank and Central City Planning Areas. Began working in the private sector in 1989 and, since then, has assisted a wide range of public sector and private clients in meeting their land use and development objectives. Is a regular expert planning witness and an experienced adviser on planning and property issues. Recently celebrated his 21st year with SJB Planning.

Scott Barwick Associate Director, Planning, Sydney

Scott Barwick has more than 20 years’ planning experience in government and private practice. Before joining SJB Planning NSW, Scott had worked in consultancy before establishing his own practice. He is experienced in preparing strategic planning instruments and advising on their interpretation and implementation for government and private clients. His development experience ranges from single residential proposals to large-scale urban land release, mixed residential and industrial projects. He also provides expert evidence to the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Stuart Gordon Associate, Planning, Sydney

Stuart Gordon became an associate of SJB Planning in 2011. He gained a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of New England in 2002. He has worked in the public and private sectors and has experience of local government administration and statutory processes, policy development, conservation, land use planning, land subdivision, planning proposals and appeals, and community consultation. He prepared rural resource lands strategy plans for Baulkham Hills, Campbelltown, Gosford, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Penrith and Wollondilly Councils and the Department of Planning. Stuart has acted as an expert witness for the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Stuart McDonald Director, Planning, Sydney

For more than 25 years, Stuart McDonald has worked in the planning, development and building professions, both in government and private practice. Before starting SJB Planning NSW, Stuart held senior planning positions in NSW local government: as director of planning at the City of Sydney and South Sydney City, and director of environmental management at Leichhardt Council. Stuart is experienced in statutory and strategic planning. He frequently provides senior level policy and strategic advice to the NSW Department of Planning, the Central Sydney Planning Committee and local authorities, as well as expert evidence to the NSW Land and Environment Court.

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