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. amccabe@sjb.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

Julia Warren Planner, Sydney

Julia takes a pragmatic approach to statutory planning. She has worked on complex multi-residential and commercial projects preparing and managing development applications, as well as delivering independent assessments to achieve fair and balanced built outcomes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in City Planning from the University of New South Wales and has undertaken research for strategic planning and Land and Environment Court matters. Julia was recently elected as a member of the Planning Institute of Australia’s NSW Young Planners Committee. jwarren@sjb.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

Michael Tully Senior Planner, Sydney

Michael has planning experience in both local government and the private sector. His experience extends to across managing a range of projects including medium-high density residential, mixed use development, commercial premises - particularly hotels and clubs, and disseminating statutory planning documents at strategic and technical levels. mtully@sjb.com.au

Paul Manning Senior Planner, Sydney

Paul Manning has almost 20 years’ experience in planning for State and Local Governments, as well as private practice in Australia and the UK. Degree qualified in Town Planning and Project Management, Paul’s experience extends across a broad range of stakeholders within the planning process to successfully disseminate, guide and facilitate land use planning, assessment, policy and built form outcomes.   He is experienced in a wide range of urban and regional planning outcomes, including strategic and statutory assessments, local government administration, policy development, community engagement, appeals and conflict resolution. This has led to the successful delivery of a number of civic, commercial, mixed-use, hotel, conference and community facilities as well as residential projects.   Paul’s diverse experiences allows him to draw on a range of technical experience, ensuring projects and clients realise their full potential. pmanning@sjb.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

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. ssmith@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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