State members

Each of the six regional panels consists of five members; three members appointed by the Minister and two members nominated by the local council of each Local Government Area. 
 
The appointment of an independent chairperson from one of the members appointed by the government requires the concurrence of the Local Government and Shires Association.

The three state-appointed independent members must have expertise in one or more of the following fields: planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, land economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering, tourism or government and public administration.

Of the two council appointed members, one member must have expertise in one or more of the following fields: planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, land economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering or tourism.

Appointments for all state nominated members expired on 30 June 2012.  All panel members have been re-appointed for a period of 12 months, from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.

The state-appointed panellists are:

Sydney East: John Roseth (Chair), David Furlong and Sue Francis, with Julie Savet Ward, Timothy Moore, Bob McCotter, Bruce Clarke, Kara Krason, Jason Perica and Mary-Lynne Taylor as the alternates.
Sydney West: Mary-Lynne Taylor (Chair), Bruce McDonald and Paul Mitchell, with Stuart McDonald, Lindsay Fletcher, Bob McCotter, Bruce Clarke, Kara Krason and Jason Perica as alternates.
Hunter and Central Coast: Garry Fielding (Chair), Jason Perica and Kara Krason, with John Colvin and Bob McCotter as alternates.
Northern Region: Garry West (Chair), Pamela Westing and John Griffin, with Bruce Clarke as an alternate.
Southern Region: Pam Allan (Chair), Alison McCabe and Allen Grimwood, with Terri O'Brien and Mark Grayson as alternates.
Western Region: Gabrielle Kibble (Chair), Ruth Fagan and Gordon Kirkby, with Mark Grayson as an alternate.
 

BIOGRAPHIES: SYDNEY EAST REGIONAL PANEL
 
JOHN ROSETH (CHAIR)
John Roseth brings more than four decades of planning expertise to the role, including within the commercial and the government sectors. He was a key policy adviser and senior executive with the NSW Department of Planning, with significant achievements over many years. In 2002 John was appointed Senior Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court, retiring in 2009.
 
A Sydney resident, John holds a degree in Architecture from the University of NSW, a diploma in Town Planning from the University of Sydney and a Doctorate in Planning from the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.
 
DAVID FURLONG
David Furlong has over 25 years' experience in planning and development in local government and the private sector.  As the principal of Plan Urban Services, David provides consultancy services on strategic and statutory planning and local government matters to both government and industry.  Previously, David was Director Planning and Environment for the City of Canada Bay Council and has held senior roles Ashfield and Blacktown City and Drummoyne Councils.
 
David resides in Sydney and is a graduate of the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Town Planning.
 
SUE FRANCIS
Sue Francis has had in excess of 30 years' extensive experience in 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, both local and state.
 
ALTERNATE MEMBERS
 
JULIE SAVET WARD
Julie Savet Ward brings 25 years of planning, environmental and communications expertise to the role. Julie is Chairperson of SGS Economics and Planning Pty Ltd and of Link Housing Ltd. She is also Director of the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Julie was a Director of the Manidis Roberts Pty Ltd, a leading planning consultancy practice.
 
Julie is a respected professional with 19 years' experience on company and project boards in the property, infrastructure and professional services sectors. She brings commercial acumen, practical governance knowledge, project management experience and a collaborative working style.
 
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 a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
 
TIMOTHY MOORE
Timothy Moore has 18 years’ NSW planning experience which covers rural, suburban, inner city and CBD settings. Timothy is currently Technical Director for RPS, a leading development consultancy focused on urban growth, energy and infrastructure.
 
Timothy has had extensive experience consulting to a wide range of clients and working in local government development assessment, including with the City of Sydney and Leichhardt Municipal Council.
 
Timothy resides in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New England and a Graduate Diploma in Urban Design from the University of Sydney.
 
BOB MCCOTTER
Refer to biography in HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL PANEL section.
 
BRUCE CLARKE
Refer to biography in NORTHERN REGIONAL PANEL section.
 
KARA KRASON
Refer to biography in HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL PANEL section.
 
JASON PERICA
Refer to biography in HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL PANEL section.
 
MARY-LYNNE TAYLOR
Refer to the biography in SYDNEY WEST REGIONAL PANEL section.
 
 
BIOGRAPHIES: SYDNEY WEST REGIONAL PANEL 
 
MARY-LYNNE TAYLOR (CHAIR)
Mary-Lynne Taylor, a Sydney resident, is a practicing Solicitor with the firm of Bartier Perry.  She is a graduate of Sydney University with an Arts/Law degree.  She is an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute.
 
Mary-Lynne is a lecturer in Planning Law at Sydney University and an Adjunct Professor in Urban and Regional Planning at Sydney University’s Faculty of Architecture. In addition to academia, Mary-Lynne has undertaken extensive work as a member or chair of a range of planning panels in areas as diverse as Liverpool, Fairfield, Waverley, Warringah, Ryde and Port Macquarie. Mary-Lynne has also served as a member of the Heritage Council, chairing the Approvals Panel.
 
BRUCE MCDONALD
Bruce McDonald has extensive experience in local government and planning, having served with Penrith City Council in a range of planning roles for 35 years, culminating in an appointment as Deputy General Manager.
 
While now retired from full time employment Bruce maintains a keen interest in planning and local government issues.
 
Bruce is a director on the board of Affordable Community Housing Limited, a not-for-profit company concerned with the provision of social housing and relief of housing stress.
 
PAUL MITCHELL
Paul Mitchell is a town planner and environmental scientist. He has over 25 years of diverse planning experience mostly in NSW but also in other Australian states and internationally. In previous roles he has served on advisory boards for both the World Bank and the United Nations.
 
Paul is currently managing director of EMGA Mitchell McLennan (EMM) a national planning and environmental services company.
 
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Environmental Studies) from Macquarie University, a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Applied Science from the University of NSW.
 
ALTERNATE MEMBERS
STUART MCDONALD
Stuart McDonald, a Director of consultancy SJB Planning, brings 25 years of experience in planning and development to the Panel, gained in local government roles with the City of Sydney, South Sydney City Council and Leichhardt Council, as well as a mix of commercial clients. Stuart is also a member of both Waverley Shire and Sutherland Council Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels.
 
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.
 
LINDSAY FLETCHER
Lindsay Fletcher is an experienced planner, having served with local and state government agencies, including as City Planner and Director Environmental Services for Fairfield Council and in other roles for Kogarah, Woollahra and Warringah Councils. Lindsay is a Director of the environmental planning consultancy Planning Ingenuity and has been called upon to provide planning evidence in court, including numerous direct appointments by the Land and Environment Court as the Court’s Town Planning expert.
 
A Sydney resident, Lindsay holds a Master of Environmental Planning from Macquarie University and is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.
 
BOB MCCOTTER
Refer to biography in HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL PANEL section.
 
BRUCE CLARKE
Refer to biography in NORTHERN REGIONAL PANEL section.
 
KARA KRASON
Refer to biography in HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL PANEL section.
 
JASON PERICA
Refer to biography in HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL PANEL section.
 
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BIOGRAPHIES: HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL PANEL
 
GARRY FIELDING (Chair)
Garry Fielding has more than 35 years of experience in local and state government, including senior planning roles with Maitland City Council, Newcastle City Council, Woollahra Council, the NSW Department of Planning and as Managing Director of Planning Workshop Australia. He is currently Regional Director with City Plan Strategy and Development in Newcastle.
 
Garry is a resident of Newcastle and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Urban Geography and Sociology) from the University of Newcastle, a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New England and a graduate Diploma in Local Government from the Mitchell College of Advanced Education (now Charles Sturt University). He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a former NSW President of the Institute.
 
JASON PERICA
Jason Perica brings over 25 years of expertise in planning matters, gained across local, state government and the private sector, including as Director of City Planning at the City of Sydney. He has held senior positions within the City of Sydney, Mosman and South Sydney Councils and has had strategic and statutory roles with Rockdale and Woollahra Councils. In addition, Jason was Executive Director of Strategic Sites and Urban Renewal with the NSW Department of Planning.
 
Jason holds a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) from the University of NSW and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney. Residing in Sydney, he is currently Director of Perica and Associates Urban Planning Pty Ltd.
 
KARA KRASON
Kara Krason has 19 years' experience as a town planner in local government, private practice and property development. She holds a Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons) from the University of NSW and is the Director of a town planning consultancy providing planning expertise to government and the private sector.
 
Kara has held planning roles in the local government areas of Hornsby, Pittwater and North Sydney and in the private sector, where she was responsible for development applications, environmental assessment, town planning and project management.
 
Kara is a Certified Practising Planner and a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia.
 
ALTERNATE MEMBERS
JOHN COLVIN
John Colvin has extensive experience, particularly as a community leader in local government, including seven years as Deputy Mayor and nine years as Mayor of Muswellbrook Shire Council, retiring in 2008. During this time John was instrumental in dealing with the many competing and complex demands of the mining, agriculture, wine and equine industries throughout the region. John is also a qualified teacher, having taught at Muswellbrook High School for 35 years, concluding in 1996.
 
A resident of the Upper Hunter, John, in addition to serving in local government, has served with the Australian Army Reserves, rising to the rank of Brigadier. He was awarded an AM in the Military Division of the 1988 Australia Day Honours list.
 
BOB MCCOTTER
Bob McCotter is a Director of McCotter Investment Company, advising on venture capital and property investment and was previously a Director of Mitchell McCotter (1984-1994) and Deputy Chairman of Environmental Resources Management Australia (1994-2003), both of which were environmental and planning consultancies. He is well recognised as a leading practitioner in environmental impact assessment and strategic planning.
 
Bob holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Civil and Structural) and a Diploma of Building Science from Sydney University, is a guest lecturer in environmental engineering at the Universities of Newcastle, Wollongong, UTS and NSW and is a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.
 
 
BIOGRAPHIES: NORTHERN REGIONAL PANEL
 
GARRY WEST (Chair)
Garry West is a former member of the NSW Parliament (1976-1996) and held various Ministerial portfolios including the Tourism, Lands and Forests, Conservation and Land Management, Energy, Local Government, Police and Emergency Services. Retiring in 1996, Garry now provides strategic advice to a number of clients and is the independent Chair of the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel, a part-time member of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission as well as being active in the community. Garry is also Director of the Tablelands Livestock Health Pest Authority.
 
Garry’s past consultancies and appointments include Chair of the Central West Rural Land Panel, where he was instrumental in conducting the State’s Inquiry into rural land use planning, and Management Review of the Northern New England RLPB. Garry was the Administrator of the Molong and Northern New England RLPB and acting General Manager for the Hume and Mid Coast Livestock Health & Pest Authorities. Garry is a resident of Orange.
 
PAMELA WESTING
Pamela Westing brings more than 25 years of experience in planning and Local Government in NSW. Currently running her own town planning and business management consultancy, Pamela’s Local Government experience includes five years as General Manager, Byron Shire Council, plus roles with Port Stephens Council and Eurobodalla Shire Council in a variety of planning, development and environmental roles.
 
A resident of the NSW North Coast, Pamela holds a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Hons) from the University of California, Berkeley and is a fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia
 
JOHN GRIFFIN
John Griffin has 43 years of experience working for state and local governments throughout Australia, culminating in fifteen years as General Manager of Tweed Shire Council. Some of John’s previous roles include City Manager Keilor City Council, Chief Operating Officer of the Northern Territory Electricity Commission and senior roles within the State Electricity Commission of Victoria.
 
A resident of Tweed Heads, John holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Diplomas in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, a Master of Engineering, a Master of Jurisprudence, a Doctorate in Management, a Company Directors Diploma and is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institution of Engineers, Australia.
 
ALTERNATE MEMBERS
BRUCE CLARKE
Bruce Clarke is a lawyer and Managing Director of Allygroup, a legal and consultancy firm providing high level advice to Federal and State Governments. Bruce has a long experience as an environmental and local government lawyer, and as Executive Director in the Government advisory practices of leading consultancy firms, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young where Bruce developed leading expertise in public private partnership and working at Ministerial level on major infrastructure development throughout Australia.
 
A resident of both Sydney and Byron Bay Shire, Bruce is an alternative member on the Panels of Northern Region, Sydney East and Sydney West and continues as a practicing Barrister and Solicitor of the ACT Supreme Court and a Solicitor of the NSW Supreme Court and continues to practice.
 
BOB MCCOTTER
Refer to biography in HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL PANEL section.
 
 
BIOGRAPHIES: SOUTHERN REGIONAL PANEL
 
PAM ALLAN (Chair)
Pam Allan is a former member of the NSW Parliament (1988-2007) and held the role of Minister for the Environment from 1995-1999. Since leaving politics Pam has been a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of Environment at Macquarie University and chairs a number of community and consultative committees serving the communities of South-Western NSW, including the Wagga Wagga City Council Planning Panel and the Ministerial working party on Liverpool Plains Water study.
 
Pam holds an Arts Degree with Honours in Government and a Diploma in Education, both from the University of Sydney and is a Director of the ASX listed company Phoslock Water Solutions.
 
ALISON MCCABE
Alison McCabe brings to the role 28 years' expertise in the fields of planning and consulting, and working within State and Local Government. Roles with Rockdale, Cessnock, Woollahra and North Sydney Councils culminated in the position of Director, Environmental and Community Management with Leichhardt Council. Alison has also held positions with the then Department of Urban Affairs and Planning and private consultancies BSD Consultants and SJB Planning.
 
Alison holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New England, a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law from Sydney University and has lectured on planning-related matters at Sydney’s University of Technology and the University of New South Wales.
 
ALLEN GRIMWOOD
Allen Grimwood is a consultant planner with Zenith Town Planning based in Moruya. He has over 20 years' experience in planning in the private sector, in research positions and with local government as a planning manager for Eurobodalla Shire Council. Allen has specialist skills in heritage management, sustainable design, social and economic evaluation, and strategic land use planning.
 
Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Geography) from the University of NSW and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney. He is a Certified Practising Planner and registered heritage consultant, and is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.
 
ALTERNATE MEMBERS
TERRI O'BRIEN
 
Terri O’Brien is a qualified town planner, mediator and business consultant with over 20 years' experience in local and State government, and as a planning consultant and heritage adviser. Terri served on the Wagga Wagga Planning Panel from November 2007 - November 2011 and the Wagga Wagga Interim Joint Planning Panel from September 2009 - November 2011.
 
Based in Albury, Terri has recently established her own business, Write on – Business writing for Busy People, and is a casual Senior Planner with Habitat Planning in Albury. Terri is a former Albury Council Team Leader in both strategic & statutory planning overseeing planning, traffic management, heritage management and environmental planning functions. She was responsible for a number of strategic, heritage, environmental, land use, infrastructure and transport planning projects.
 
MARK GRAYSON
Refer to biography in WESTERN REGION REGIONAL PANEL section. 

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BIOGRAPHIES: WESTERN REGIONAL PANEL
 
GABRIELLE KIBBLE AO (Chair)
Gabrielle Kibble is Chair of the Planning Assessment Commission and was recently Chair of the Heritage Council of NSW and one of the Administrators of Wollongong City Council.
 
Gabrielle has extensive experience in the public sector, particularly in urban planning and infrastructure development. Between 1987 and 1997 she was the Director General of the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, and from 1992 until 1994, Gabrielle was Director General of the NSW Department of Housing.
 
Gabrielle has a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Town and Country Planning from the University of Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Planning Institute.
 
In 2008 Gabrielle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Sydney, and the University of NSW conferred on Gabrielle the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa in 1999. In 1997 she received the Sidney Luker Memorial medal of the Royal Australian Planning Institute for an outstanding contribution to urban planning in NSW. Gabrielle became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1994.
 
RUTH FAGAN
Ruth Fagan has extensive state and local Government advisory board experience, overseeing NSW and the Western region. She has a wide-ranging knowledge of communities across the west of NSW and of the extensive range of industries within the region, including tourism, agriculture, small business and cultural planning. Ruth has served on the board of Tourism NSW and was a member of the NSW Regional Flagship Events panel.
 
As a resident of Cowra for 32 years, Ruth has held a number of regional leadership roles, including Chairman of the Cowra Tourism Corporation and serving as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor on Cowra Shire Council. Ruth has also been Director of the Central West Community College (now VERTO) since March 2006 and the Regional Manager for the NSW Cancer Council.
 
Ruth holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Charles Sturt University and is also a Justice of the Peace.
 
GORDON KIRKBY
Gordon Kirkby has 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors as an urban and regional planning expert. Gordon is currently a Director at JBA Planning, a leading independent expert planning consultancy in NSW, where he has managed a broad range of major urban renewal, greenfield and industrial projects.
 
He has held a number of senior positions at the NSW Department of Planning from 1992 to 2006, including as Director of Strategic Assessments and Director of Urban Assessments. During this time, Gordon worked as part of the Western Region team on a number of major manufacturing and rural industry projects.
 
Gordon holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney.
 
ALTERNATE MEMBER
MARK GRAYSON
Mark Grayson has held a number of senior roles in both local and State Government planning across rural NSW, including as a senior planner at Shoalhaven City, Penrith City, Yass Valley, and Wollongong City Councils.
 
Mark also has six years’ experience with the NSW Department of Planning, as Acting Director of Regional Coordination and as Manager of Local and Regional Planning for the Southern Region. Here Mark played a key role in managing the regional plan making process for 37 regional councils in the south west of NSW, including the whole of the Murray, and led interstate Murray planning initiatives as well as regional planning forums. 

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Last Updated 27-Aug-2012