Adam Haines Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Adam has been a practising planner for more than 15 years and has extensive professional experience spanning private consultancy as well as various local government statutory planning systems, both here in Australia and abroad in the United Kingdom. Adam prides himself on a client first approach in his leadership role with SJB Planning Melbourne, and his experience spans a diverse range of town planning project typologies as demonstrated in the successful realisation of a wide range of complex planning projects. ahaines@sjbplanning.com.au

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. amccabe@sjb.com.au

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. aring@sjbplanning.com.au

Andrea Zohar Associate, Melbourne Planning

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. Andrea is also experienced in managing applications through the Planning Appeals and Planning Scheme Amendment processes. azohar@sjbplanning.com.au

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.   cmurray@sjbplanning.com.au

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. dhickey@sjbplanning.com.au

Elle Harrington Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Since joining SJB, Elle has been involved in projects ranging from single dwellings to large-scale residential and commercial developments. She has extensive experience with Victorian State and Local Planning Policy, liaising with clients, Councils and consultants on a daily basis and coordination of planning projects to ensure timely and efficient delivery from conception through to development. Elle is also experienced in managing applications through the Planning Appeals and Planning Scheme Amendment processes. eharrington@sjbplanning.com.au

Henry Wood Senior Associate, 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. hwood@sjbplanning.com.au

Hew Gerrard Associate, Planning, Melbourne

Hew has more than 10 years' planning experience gained in both consulting, government and council environments in Australia and the United Kingdom. His experience crosses a range of project typologies and scales including greenfield subdivisions, commercial and industrial developments and a broad range of medium to high-density residential developments across Victoria. Hew strongly believes that planners and policy leaders are crucial to shaping our cities. HGerrard@sjbplanning.com.au

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.  hsmyth@sjbplanning.com.au

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. jgoulding@sjbplanning.com.au

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.  jmcguinness@sjb.com.au

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. ktwite@sjbplanning.com.au

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. kburns@sjbplanning.com.au

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. mellenbroek@sjbplanning.com.au

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. mbaker@sjb.com.au

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. pdoyle@sjbplanning.com.au

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. pborelli@sjbplanning.com.au

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. sbarwick@sjb.com.au

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. sgordon@sjb.com.au

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. smcdonald@sjb.com.au

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