Planning for the future

July 2017
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SJB is delighted to announce four new appointments in our Melbourne Planning office. We believe that these promotions continue to strengthen our practice and further establish our reputation as a significant consulting service. Many factors were considered in the making of these promotions including professionalism, valuable insights into the planning system, experience and track record in expert advice on development options. We are very proud of David, Henry, Andrea and Anna and believe that this elevation will not only benefit our practice but continue to further a strong network of client and stakeholder relationships and add substantial value to our clients.

The Directors
Amanda Ring, James Goulding, Hugh Smyth, Kel Twite, Marc Ellenbroek, Peter Doyle, Phil Borelli 

Please join us in congratulating the following appointments:

David Hickey, Senior Associate
Previously a Ministerial Adviser within the Victorian Government, David began an Urban Planning degree at the University of Melbourne as part of a change in career. David has worked on a variety of residential, commercial and public sector projects including multi-storey CBD developments, land re-zoning and office developments. David commonly represents clients at Council meetings, public consultation forums and as an advocate at VCAT.  The communication and negotiation skills David possess allow him to competently manage major projects and project teams.

Henry Wood, Senior Associate
Henry has more than 12 years planning experience gained in both consulting and government environments in Australia and the United Kingdom. Henry’s appointment further strengthens SJB Planning as he will manage major development proposals through the planning approval process for some of the firm's major 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.

Andrea Zohar, Associate
Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Urban Planning with Dean Honours from the University of Melbourne in 2006, before commencing work as planning consultant. Andrea also holds a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University in 2011. Andrea 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 greenfield subdivision. 

Anna Thang, Senior Planner
Anna has experience in a variety of statutory planning tasks, such as the investigation and review of planning controls and policies, preparation of planning reports, and the lodgement of planning applications for a number of projects - including single dwellings, multi-unit developments and signage applications. Prior to commencing at SJB Planning, Anna conducted research using market and economic data to inform strategic planning policy, and has produced reports to summarise development feasibility.