Adam Haines Senior Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Adam prides himself on a client first approach in hisleadership role with SJB. His experience spans a diverserange of town planning project typologies includingsmall, medium and large scale residential development,mixed use development, major projects within theMelbourne CBD and inner metropolitan areas, as wellas greenfield and urban growth area sites. Adam is alsohighly experienced in managing applications throughthe Planning Appeals processes and has extensiveexperience in representation at hearings, includingcomplex medium density developments, both froma local government perspective and private sectorrepresentation.

Alison McCabe Director, Planning, Sydney

Alison has over 35 years of experience in statutory and strategic planning for state and local government and private practice. In conjunction with Stuart McDonald, Alison started SJB Planning NSW in 2005. Prior to this, she was Director of Environmental and Community Management for Leichhardt Council. Alison is experienced in all facets of urban and regional planning, including local government administration and statutory processes, policy development, public participation, appeals and conflict resolution. She holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of New England; and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law, Sydney University and has lectured on planning at Sydney’s University of Technology.

Amanda Ring Director, Planning, Melbourne

Amanda is a director of SJB Planning and has occupied planning positions in both public and private sectors, providing her with considerable experience in both strategic and statutory planning. In 1987 Amanda joined the Department of Planning, and worked with both the Department’s heritage branch and the Historic Buildings Council, managing regional heritage issues. Since 1991 Amanda has been working in the private sector, and has assisted a wide range of public and private clients in meeting their land use and development objectives. Amanda also maintains an ongoing interest in cultural heritage matters and has tutored at the University of Melbourne.

Andrea Zohar Senior Associate, Melbourne Planning

Andrea has more than 12 years’ experience in strategic and statutory planning in Melbourne, where she has worked on many high-profile and complex development projects. Her strength lies in her detailed knowledge across the approvals process and excellent communication skills. Andrea is highly organised which gives her the tools to effectively project manage complex planning applications and keep clients well informed of their project. Andrea has positive working relationships with Council, State Government and consultants as demonstrated in the successful realisation of a wide range of planning projects.

Anna Kennedy Associate, Planning, Melbourne

With ten plus years’ experience, Anna is a highly qualified and adaptable Town Planner with an excellent understanding and application of Victorian State and Local Planning Policy. Anna’s strength in liaising with clients, consultants and decision makers has allowed her to manage and successfully coordinate approvals for a range of project typologies including mixed-use developments, residential subdivisions (Greenfield and infill), industrial development and a broad range of medium to high-density developments across Victoria. Anna also has experience in undertaking planning feasibilities and preparation of Planning Scheme Amendments/Requests and Panel Submissions. Anna is results driven and prides herself on achieving excellent outcomes for clients efficiently and in an expeditious manner.

Claire Murray Principal, Planning, Perth, Melbourne

Claire joined SJB Planning in January 2011 and has over 12 years’ town planning experience. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Planning and Environment Studies) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) at the University of Melbourne, Claire 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. Claire relocated to Perth in 2005, taking up a consultancy position and gaining significant statutory and strategic planning experience. In 2010, Claire returned to Melbourne working on an extensive range of commercial, residential and mixed-use developments, including the Polaris Estate in Bundoora which comprises large-scale commercial, residential and heritage precincts in Melbourne's north. Now based in Perth again, Claire is combining her Melbourne and Perth based town planning experiences, working across both planning systems on a range of projects.

David Hickey Senior Associate, Planning, Melbourne

David joined SJB Planning in 2008 and has 11 years town planning 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.

Felicity O’Sullivan
Felicity O’Sullivan Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Felicity completed a Bachelor of Social Science: Planning (Honours) at RMIT and has a strong foundation in statutory planning. Her experience working on a range of development project types has fostered a clear understanding of the interplay between strategic policy development and statutory planning decisions and the influence of the political sphere on decision making within Victoria. Felicity provides advice on development proposals for a diverse range of clients, as well as being responsible for project managing a range of land use and development applications, undertaking analysis of land use and development potential, acting as an advocate at VCAT and Planning Panels.

Henry Wood Director, Planning, Melbourne

Henry has more than 14 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.

Holly McFall Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Holly excels in collaborating with project teams and other stakeholders to deliver positive planning outcomes. Holly’s experience includes residential subdivisions, mixed use developments, industrial developments and a broad range of medium and high density residential developments across Victoria. Holly also manages applications through the Planning Appeals and Planning Scheme Amendment processes. In addition, Holly brings Urban Design experience, having worked for SJB's Urban team whilst completing her undergraduate Bachelor of Environments, majoring in Urban Design and Planning Studies.

Hugh Smyth Director, Planning, Melbourne

Hugh 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 the award-winning redevelopment of the former Honeywell site, on the banks of the Yarra River. He frequently appears before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s Planning and Environment List and Planning Panels Victoria as an expert witness.

James Goulding Director, Planning, Melbourne

James 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. Since then, he has worked in the planning and development profession within both government and private practices. As 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 gained an excellent understanding of the technical, political and commercial factors influencing planning and development. He provides effective leadership and advice to clients to enable the timely and cost-effective delivery of approvals for projects and continues to represent clients at council meetings, public consultation forums, Panel hearings and VCAT proceedings.

Joanna Jackson Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Joanna has been a practising planner for more 18 years, moving from a specialist position at the City of Sydney. Joanna has extensive experience with Victorian State and Local Planning Policy, liaising with clients, Councils and consultants on a daily basis and co-ordination of planning projects to ensure timely and efficient delivery from conception through to development. Since joining SJB in 2007 Joanna has been involved in projects ranging from single dwellings to large scale residential and commercial developments.

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.

Kate Foldi Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Kate specialises in all planning aspects of residential, commercial and industrial developments, with a particular focus on statutory planning projects. Kate has over 15 years’ of planning experience working for local Government and private consultancies. Kate facilitates approvals for a wide variety of projects including multi-tower CBD developments, Planning Scheme Amendments, State Government projects, Greenfield and infill developments as well as heritage projects. She uses her knowledge to shape practical advice with project management, statutory planning controls, strategic plans, due-diligence, analysis of land-use and development potential, VCAT advocacy and assisting with the preparation of Expert Witness Statements for VCAT.

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 joined SJB Planning in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning). Kellie has worked in the private and public sectors (City of Melbourne) and has experience in both statutory and strategic planning. Kellie has extensive consulting experience across commercial, industrial, retail, institutional and residential projects in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Kellie has proven abilities in negotiation and dispute resolution and the management of complex planning projects for major clients of the firm and has also appeared before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as an expert witness and 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.

Michael Baker 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 Consultant, 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.

Sarah Thomas Senior Associate, Planning, Melbourne

With over 15 years’ experience, Sarah’s diverse expertise is in the planning process, including the preparation of statutory planning policy for local councils, preparation and review of planning assessment documentation, VCAT advocacy experience and preparation of statutory planning permit applications. Her strength lies in her efficient and highly organised work practices, well-developed project management and documentation experience and as a studio leader in project coordination and management.

Scott Barwick 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.

Simon Smith Associate, Planning, Sydney

Simon has over 14 years experience in development planning for state and local governments and private practice in Australia and the United Kingdom. He is experienced in a wide range of urban and regional planning assessment including local government administration, statutory processes, public participation, appeals and conflict resolution. His development experience ranges from single residential proposals to large scale mixed-use projects.

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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