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Planning Panel Boundaries and Members

Alternate State members

For State members, a pool of alternates is available across all panels.

Alternate State members 

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John Brockhoff

John is National Policy Manager with the Planning Institute of Australia and a Registered Planner.

John previously led the technical development and delivery of Sydney’s Metropolitan Strategy. He contributed

to NSW Government policy for urban renewal, employment lands and the integration of land use and transport.

In private practice, John led the project development and EIA of major infrastructure proposals.

He has 30 years experience in city and regional strategic planning, environment, infrastructure and economic development in NSW. He has qualifications in environmental science and Masters degrees in planning and public administration. John is currently an expert panelist on the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel and the Sydney and NSW Regional Planning Panels

Renata Brooks

Renata Brooks has been a member of the NSW Southern Regional Planning Panel since 2016. She has more than 30 years’ experience in government and public administration with a focus on policy, regulation and delivering services to meet rural and regional priorities. As a senior executive in the NSW Department of Primary Industries, her responsibilities included crown land and natural resource management, agriculture, biosecurity and science and research programs involving significant interaction with the planning system.

Renata recently completed terms as Deputy

Chairperson of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and as an Australian Fisheries Management Authority Commissioner. She is currently a member of the board of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, Deputy Chair of Suncare Community Services and undertakes consulting projects.

Renata holds an honours degree in veterinary science, a graduate certificate in bioethics and is a graduate and fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Susan Budd

Susan Budd has worked with planning law for more than three decades. During her career, Susan has worked for the NSW Department of Planning, Local Government NSW and in the private sector. As well as her extensive knowledge of legal issues arising in the context of the NSW planning system, Susan has strong experience in public sector corporate governance, including corruption prevention.

Susan has a Master of Environmental Law, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, all from the University of Sydney. Susan is a member of the Law Society of NSW and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.

Louise Camenzuli

Louise Camenzuli is a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers with a speciality in planning and environment issues. Louise has provided advice to government agencies and private sector clients on significant projects in NSW and has a particular interest in rezonings, infrastructure and environmental issues.

Louise has a degree in Economics (Social Science), a degree in Law, with Honours, and a doctorate in Judicial Studies, all from the University of Sydney. Louise is an elected member of the Planning Committee of the Property Council of Australia.

Stephen Davies


Marcia Doheny

Marcia Doheny has worked as a lawyer for more than 30 years, with much of that time spent advising NSW government agencies, councils and companies on environment and planning law. Her most recent roles have included General Counsel at the City of Sydney Council and Special Planning Counsel with Allens Lawyers. Marcia is also experienced in governance, fraud and corruption prevention and public administration having worked in those areas as a senior executive in State and local government.
Marcia has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, is a member of the Law Society of NSW and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. Marcia is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Garry Fielding

Garry Fielding is a Town Planner with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. He was formerly Director of Planning & Development with Newcastle & Woollahra Councils; Executive Director with the NSW Department of Planning; and Chair, Hunter & Central Coast JRPP. He is currently Chair, Hornsby LPP; alternate Chair, The Hills LPP; expert member, North Sydney LPP; & member, Sydney Olympic Park DRP. He is a Life Member of PIA.

Tim Fletcher

Tim is a registered Town Planner with over 35 years’ experience in local government planning and management. He holds tertiary qualifications in regional economic development, local planning and has a master’s degree in business administration. He has extensive experience in statutory planning, development assessment, strategic planning and senior public management.

Prior to establishing his planning and management consultancy in 2017, Tim held the position of Director of Planning and Development at Shoalhaven City Council. Over 25 years he held various Director’s positions, Divisional Manager and other senior level managements positions in local government.

Tim has also held a number of honorary positions on State Government Advisory Committees and was a guest lecturer at the Local Government Centre (UTS) for many years. He has particular interests in planning to mitigate bushfire impacts, building resilient communities as well as urban design approaches to revitalise town centres. He also has a keen interest in facilitating appropriate scale development in coastal locations.

Sue Francis

Sue Francis has had in excess of 38 years' extensive experience as a planner in both local government and in the private sector. She has held executive positions at Woollahra, North Sydney and Warringah Councils and is currently the Executive Director of City Plan Strategy and Development where she provides consultancy services for both private clients and government agencies on State and local government levels.

Sue has a Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning, both from the UK. Sue is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a CPP member of the Planning Institute of Australia, a member of the Planning Committee of the Property Council of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue is Chair of the Wollongong Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (Wollongong IHAP) and a member of the Mosman Development Assessment Panel.

Stephen Gow

Stephen Gow has 34 years of experience in planning, working for local government and in private practise. Stephen has lived and worked in Northern NSW for over 25 years. Stephen has considerable experience working with significant developments and has a particular interest in heritage matters.

Stephen has a Masters degree in Environmental & Local Government Law from Macquarie University in 2000, a Graduate Diploma (Applied Science) Environmental Health from the University of Western Sydney in 1994 and an Honours degree in Town Planning from the Polytechnic of the South Bank in London in 1977. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Stephen has served on the Northern Regional Planning Panel since 2016

Juliet Grant

Juliet Grant is a respected and experienced planner with 28 years strategic and statutory experience in local and state government and the consulting environment. She has a deep knowledge of the political, policy and legislative environment and an in depth understanding of government processes and how to apply them. 

Juliet is a Registered Planner, Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and is currently PIA NSW Division President. Juliet is recognised for her ability to deliver quality planning outcomes that are robust and defensible.  She is an innovative leader able to inspire, engage with and motivate teams to achieve organisational goals and deliver business outcomes.

Nicole Gurran

Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney. Nicole has led and collaborated on numerous research projects, with a focus on affordable housing, and has worked with local and State government in several roles related to planning and housing issues. Nicole directs the University’s Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) node.

Nicole lives in Sydney and has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and an Executive Member of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association. Nicole also has a Doctorate of Philosophy, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Bachelor of Arts, all from the University of Sydney.

Penny Holloway

Penny holds urban planning, public policy and board director qualifications. She has over 30 years’ experience and expertise in government administration, strategic planning and program delivery at senior executive levels in state and local government in Victoria and New South Wales. In the last two decades she has held the positions of Chief Executive Officer of the Lord Howe Island Board; General Manager, North Sydney Council and Chief Executive Officer, Latrobe City Council (Victoria).

Penny has local planning panel experience being the Alternate Chair of Local Planning Panels at Willoughby, Burwood and Camden Councils, and Independent Expert on the Local Planning Panel of The Hills Shire Council. Penny has extensive Board experience and is currently a Board member of Local Government Procurement Pty Ltd and the Australian and NZ College of Paramedicine. She is also an independent member of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board Audit and Risk Committee.

Penny holds the qualifications of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Monash University; Bachelor of Social Work, University of Melbourne; Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, University of Melbourne; Masters of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne and Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew Hutton

Andrew is a Natural Resource Management professional with 25 years' experience in the agriculture, mining and extractive industry sectors. He holds a degree in Natural Resource Management with a Masters in Environmental and Business Management. Andrew is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) also holding formal accreditation as an Environmental Auditor and facilitator in Risk Management.

After 7 years in operations working in the mining sector in Qld and NSW, Andrew held the position of General Manager of a small multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy based in Newcastle, prior to it being acquired by SLR Consulting Pty Ltd in 2012. He was then appointed to the position of Technical Director and Executive on the Asia Pacific Management Team responsible for the Mining and Extractive Industry sector.   

Andrew was appointed to the former Planning Assessment Commission in 2015 and is a current member of the Independent Planning Commission.

Andrew’s experience in planning and environmental management is wide ranging with expertise in major project Environmental Impact Assessment, environmental licensing and permitting, mine closure planning and rehabilitation, stakeholder engagement and consultation, risk assessment and risk management, Environmental Management Systems and environmental compliance and due diligence auditing.

Sandra Hutton

Sandra has 22 years’ experience as a statutory urban planning professional and holds a degree in Urban and Regional Development and is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.  After growing up in Regional NSW and an early career in Central Qld, Sandra moved to a multi-disciplinary consultancy based in Lake Macquarie in the Lower Hunter where she has provided consulting planning services, primarily to the urban development sector. 

Sandra’s experience is dominated by her statutory urban planning base, expanded practically and pragmatically with skills in understanding sites and their capabilities, interpreting objectives and outcomes of planning controls, integration and resolution of multi-disciplinary issues and merits assessment.   

Sandra was selected as an inaugural Board member of the Lake Macquarie Economic Development Company in its foundation year and currently continues in that role.  She was appointed as the local member for Lake Macquarie City Council on the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel, a role which she undertook for six years. 

Brian Kirk

Brian has post-graduate qualifications in both town planning and land economics and is a member of Planning Institute Australia and the Australian Property Institute.  He held various senior positions in local government and the NSW Public Service before starting his own consultancy over 20 years ago.

Brian’s experience in planning and property is wide ranging, with particular expertise in statutory and strategic planning.  He continues to provide considered advice to local and State government, industry and the wider community on major projects, environmental impact assessment and land use planning matters.  Brian also has a depth of experience as an expert witness in litigation and dispute resolution in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Brian is a current member of a number of Local Planning Panels and was appointed as a member of the Sydney North Planning Panel in January 2020.

Ken McBryde

Ken McBryde is a multi-award winning independent consulting architect. As a thought-leader in the construction industry he is regularly called upon to speak and conferences and contribute to research projects. He has extensive international experience in the design of highly innovative public & cultural places, hospitality, retail, commercial, residential and infrastructure projects. In 2013, Ken founded the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in NSW, and is on the Australian Board. He founded Architectural Physics in 2018 to respond to architectural and urban design invitations that demand innovative placemaking ideas.

A natural affinity with construction methodology and materials underpin his approach. In addition to a series of large-scale international projects, he is collaborating with The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University, the CSIRO and FWPA on a major Research Project studying improved durability and broader applications of Australian Hardwoods. Ken was appointed Adjunct Professor of Architecture at The University of Sydney in 2016.

Stuart McDonald

Stuart McDonald, a Director of consultancy SJB Planning, brings more than 30 years of experience in planning and development to the Panel, gained in local government roles as well as working with local government, State government and commercial clients since commencing private practice in 2005. Stuart has held the positions of Director Strategic and Transport Planning at the City of Sydney Council as well as the Planning Director positions at South Sydney City and the former Leichhardt Council.

Stuart is the Chair of the Camden Local Planning Panel and alternate chair and member of Campbelltown, Cumberland and Strathfield Local Planning Panels.  Stuart has previously been a member of the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) Local Government Delegated Tribunal for several years until 2019. Stuart is a recognised planning expert at the Land and Environment Court of NSW.

Holding a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Hons) from the University of New England, Stuart is also an accredited Mediator, a Certified Practising Planner and a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Gabrielle Morrish


Jan Murrell

As a town planner Jan has extensive and wide experience with a major focus of her career in the assessment of development applications throughout the State.

Jan served as a Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court for 14 years before her retirement, and since that time has been appointed as chair and or expert member to several local planning panels.

Other previous senior roles include Corporate Manager of planning and development at Liverpool City Council and in the Department of Planning: Deputy Manager for the Southern Sydney Region; and Executive planner to the Coastal Committee.

Noni Ruker

Noni is an experienced and dynamic lead planner, manager and city shaping strategic urban designer with education in Urban Design, Project Management, Architecture and Visual Arts.

Noni has over 20 years’ experience working within the NSW planning industry on an extensive range of urban projects and she is appointed to the State Design Review Panel for the Willoughby City area.

Noni has provided leadership on major infrastructure projects, city wide planning strategies, growth area precinct plans, Development Control Plans and Local Environmental Plans. She has extensive experience in development assessment providing expert advice in urban design and architecture to local and state government.

She has delivered quality outcomes for the communities, businesses and government areas of Canterbury-Bankstown, Strathfield, Homebush, Sydney Olympic Park, Bondi Junction, Ryde City Council Area, Willoughby City Council Area and numerous places along the NSW coast from Eden to Tweed Heads.

Her key strength is to drive strategic direction on complex planning and land use projects to achieve innovative, fit for purpose outcomes the benefit all and realise the potential of urban places.

David Ryan

David has over 35 years’ planning, legal and management experience, primarily at executive levels in private practice and local government. He is a former NSW President and Vice President of the Planning Institute of Australia and Convener of its Planning Law Group.  He has been a member of various District and Local Planning Panels and Design Review Panels. He has extensive expertise in strategic and statutory planning, policy and process reviews, due diligence and strategic development advice, the preparation and assessment of major development proposals, environmental assessments and Court expert witness services.

David holds qualifications of a Bachelor of Town Planning (UNSW), Diploma in Law (SAB), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (UTS) and has been admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW (currently non-practicing). David is a Fellow (Registered Planner) of the Planning Institute of Australia, an Associate Member of the Law Society of NSW and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Roberta Ryan

Roberta Ryan has expertise in urban governance, strategic land use planning, and comparative planning systems, which have been the focus of her career for more than 30 years. Through leadership positions in academia, the private and public sectors, Roberta has covered many aspects of planning systems including strategic land use planning, development assessment, statutory approvals and appeals, and major project delivery. 

 Roberta specialises in integrating multi-displinary approaches to deliver successful land use planning solutions within  government, the built and natural environments, and the community. Her ability to mediate and facilitate shared outcomes that deliver both the government and stakeholder’s shared objectives is widely recognised.  Roberta understands that there are both challenges and opportunities in balancing competing interests through strategic planning and development assessment and she is renowned for engaging and bringing together diverse views in sensitive stakeholder environments. 

Julie Savet Ward

Julie Savet Ward brings over 30 years of planning, environment and communications expertise to the role through her experience as a consultant, regulator, company director and determining authority. As a consultant, Julie was acknowledged as an expert in achieving sustainable outcomes for large scale development projects.

Julie is a respected professional with over 20 years' experience on company boards in the property, infrastructure and professional services sectors. She is Chairperson of SGS Economics and Planning and is a Director of the NSW Environmental Protection Authority, Link Housing and LawOnline. Julie was a Director of Manidis Roberts, a leading planning consultancy practice.

A Sydney resident, Julie holds a Bachelor of Science (Applied Physical Geography) (Hons) and a Master of Landscape Planning, both through the University of NSW. She is currently a Director of the NSW Environment Protection Authority and Morrison Low, an Australiasian management consultancy.

Heather Warton

Heather Warton is a planner with over 35 years experience in State and local government.  She holds a Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons 1) from UNSW, a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is qualified in Horticulture (TAFE Medal).  Heather is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia. 

At present she is as a self-employed consultant, providing services to both councils and State Government in development assessment, strategic planning and government administration.  She regularly acts as a Planning Expert in the Land and Environment Court.  Prior to her consultancy, recent roles were as a local government Director of Planning and as a Director in Major Project Assessment in then NSW Department of Planning.  Heather is a Community Member of the Inner West Local Planning Panel, and an Expert Member of the Randwick City and The Hills Shire Council Local Planning Panels.

Coastal Experts

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Greg Britton

Greg has 42 years’ experience in the investigation, design, documentation, planning, environmental assessment, and project management of coastal, estuary and maritime projects.  He is the Technical Director of Royal Haskoning DHV in Australia.  He has provided expert advice on coastal, maritime and environmental engineering to the NSW Land and Environment Court, NSW Supreme Court, Queensland Supreme Court, Federal Court of Australia and several Commissions of Inquiry.  He has fulfilled the role of a Court Appointed Expert in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Greg received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (First Class Honours, University Medal) from the University of New South Wales in 1976 and a Master of Engineering Science (Coastal Engineering) from the University of New South Wales in 1981.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Douglas Lord

Douglas Lord has 40 years experience as a coastal engineer within State Government and as a private consultant in NSW and around Australia. For 10 years from 2000 to 2010 he was the Manager Coastal in OEH with state-wide responsibility for the coastal, estuary and entrance management programs in NSW. He has represented the NSW Government on the Intergovernmental Coastal Advisory Group and has been a member and Chair of the Engineers Australia, National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering and a member of the Engineers Australia, NSW Coast Ocean and Port Engineering Panel.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Engineering (civil) and a Master of Engineering Science (coastal) from the University of NSW and a Master of Business Administration (technology mgmt.) from La Trobe University. He is a Member of Engineers Australia, on the National Engineers Register (Civil) and is a registered APEC Engineer in Australia. He received a Ruth Readford Award for Lifetime Achievement from the NSW Coastal Conference and is currently Director and Principal of Coastal Environment Pty Ltd.

Angus Gordon

Angus has 50 years coastal engineering/management experience in all states of Australia, Brunei, Dubai, Kuwait, Indonesia and Hong Kong. He has published 70 papers, established the NSW Beach Improvement Program (1976) and the NSW Coastal Protection Act (1979). In 1986 he was appointed Manager of the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory and then a Director of Australian Water and Coastal Studies Pty Ltd.

In 1996 he took on the role of GM (CEO) of his local council at Pittwater until his “retirement” 2005. He was Chair of the NSW Coastal Panel and a member of the expert Panel that developed the 2016 NSW Coastal Management Act to replace the Coastal Protection Act, and was subsequently appointed to the NSW Coastal Council, a position he currently holds. In 2018 he was awarded an OAM for services to the community, planning and the environment.

Bruce Thom


Hannah Power

Dr Hannah Power has over ten years of experience working as a coastal scientist and is a senior lecturer in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle. Hannah has expertise in the processes and landforms of coastal environments and conducts research into waves, tides, and currents on coastlines. Her research also investigates how landforms, such as beaches, estuaries, and coral reefs, change through time. Hannah also conducts research into coastal hazards such tsunamis and wave overtopping of rock platforms. Hannah holds a PhD (Coastal Engineering) from the University of Queensland and a B Sc (Marine Science) (Honours I) from the University of Sydney.

Ian Turner

Ian is Professor of Coastal Engineering in the UNSW School of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director of the UNSW Water Research Laboratory located and the UNSW Northern Beaches Campus in Manly Vale.  As the Director of Australia’s largest fundamental and applied coastal research laboratory, he leads a team of approximately 60 coastal, hydraulic and environmental engineering researchers, compromising academics, professional engineers, research associates and postgraduate research students. Established in 1959, the UNSW Water Research Laboratory ( is regarded both nationally and internationally as the ‘birth place’ of coastal engineering research and practice in Australia. Ian is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and in 2020 is Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 37th International Conference on Coastal Engineering to be held in Sydney. He is a corresponding Member of the Engineers Australia National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering (NCCOE) and a member of the Sydney Institute for Marine Science (SIMS) Science Advisory C