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Local Planning Panel

LPP panel members


The Hon. David Lloyd QC (Chair)

David is a former judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW (1997–2010), former acting judge of the Supreme Court of NSW (2005–2006), and an acting judge of the Land and Environment Court (since 2012).

He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1971, and later admitted to practice in the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Victoria. Practicing widely, but mostly in administrative law, local government, planning and environmental law. He was appointed a Queens Counsel in New South Wales in 1991, and in the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Victoria in 1992.

David has been engaged for many years in judicial training and professional development in the capacity of a member of the New South Wales Judicial Commission’s Standing Advisory Committee on Judicial Education (1997 to 2010), Chair of the Steering Committee for the National Judicial Orientation Program, National Judicial College of Australia (2000 to 2010), and member of the Consultative Committee, National Judicial College of Australia (2004‐2008). He has been appointed as member of the Conduct Division of the New South Wales Judicial Commission on two occasions, as a Visiting Fellow at the College of Law, Australian National University (2010‐2012) and is the Chair of the Trustee of an Industry Superannuation Fund.

Mary-Lynne Taylor (Alternate Chair)

Mary-Lynne is a practising solicitor with Bartier Perry. She is a University of Sydney Arts/Law degree graduate as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute.

Mary-Lynne is an adjunct professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney in Urban and Regional Planning and has taught Planning and Heritage Law for many years. In addition, she has initiated and chaired a diverse range of planning panels in areas such as Liverpool, Fairfield, Waverley, Warringah, Ryde, Port Macquarie and Wollongong.

Mary-Lynne was a member of the NSW Heritage Council for eight years, rising to Deputy Chair and the Chair of the approvals committee. She was previously Chair of Sydney West JRPP and is a current member of the Sydney Central City Planning Panels. She is also a member of local planning panels Blue Mountains and Fairfield City Councils.

Stephen O’Connor (Alternate Chair)

Steve holds professional qualifications in planning and environmental science. He has been responsible for undertaking a wide range of major planning studies and environmental assessments and has worked as a professional planner and environmental manager at senior levels in the public and private sectors.

He has been the principal in charge of assessments for major infrastructure projects including the provision of water pipelines, railway lines, electricity transmission lines, sewerage schemes, gas pipelines and major arterial roads. He has also been in charge of assessments and ongoing monitoring associated with significant new developments in the fields of mining, extractive industries, chemical industries, construction, commercial, retail, tourism, industrial and residential estates, recreational infrastructure and waste management projects.

Steve was appointed as a member of the NSW Natural Resource Advisory Council by the NSW Minister for the Environment in 2010. He was appointed as a member of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission by the NSW Minister for Planning in 2015. Steve is a Registered Planner, a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), is currently a Director of PIA, Chair of PIA’s Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and a national Vice President of PIA. He has participated as an Expert in the NSW Land and Environment Court and the NSW Supreme Court in relation to over fifty appeals/ disputes.

Independent experts

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Paul Berkemeier

Paul has worked on a diverse range of projects including public, residential and commercial buildings, major urban design schemes, as well as many highly detailed International Expo pavilions, art galleries and museums.

He has won numerous architectural competitions and has been actively involved in architectural education for over 30 years. Paul won a post graduate scholarship to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Design and was awarded Master in Architecture in 1983.

He worked with the Australian Government until 1985, then joined Denton Corker Marshall to start the firm's new Sydney office with Richard Johnson prior to establishing his own practice in 1988.

Paul has taught senior design studios at Sydney University, UNSW and UTS and has been a regular guest critic, as well as chair of numerous national accreditation panels to universities around Australia.

He served over seven years on the National Council of the Australian Institute of Architects including a term as National President and board chair. He chaired the Venice Architecture Biennale organizing committee for 2016 and recently chaired the Architects Selection Committee for the Art Gallery of NSW’s Sydney Modern project.

Helen Deegan

Helen has over 25 years of professional experience in strategic and urban planning stemming from a background in property development within NSW.

She has both private and public sector experience, and has worked for state government, large development focused businesses and private planning consultancies.

In her current role, Helen leads a diverse team of planners, urban designers and environmental specialists to achieve outcomes that will add value to both clients and the community.

Helen is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and currently chairs a philanthropic, independent girls school board.

Jane Fielding

Jane is an Urban Planner with 18 years’ experience working in the planning profession.

She has 10 years’ experience working in the private sector in NSW.

Jane is a currently a Senior Associate Planner at Architectus, and has also worked as a planning consultant at WorleyParsons and Planning Workshop Australia (2008 – 2012).

Earlier in her career she worked as a Strategic Planner at various London & UK Councils (2006-2007), and at the ACT Planning and Land Authority (1999-2005).

Jane has specialist capabilities in statutory planning, strategic planning, development facilitation, environmental assessment and project management.

Her post graduate Master’s degree is an accredited planning degree of the Planning Institute of Australia. Her undergraduate tertiary education in Landscape Architecture has provided her with design knowledge that underpins her planning work, and led to her interest in quality urban outcomes.

Lindsay Fletcher

Lindsay has over 30 years’ experience at senior levels in local government and private practice (planning and law). He has worked at a senior level at Fairfield and Kogarah Councils. As consultant town planner Lindsay has been involved in many large and medium scale assessments for Councils throughout NSW involving both development applications and rezoning matters.

Lindsay holds a Masters in Environmental Planning and is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. Lindsay has been an alternate member of Joint Regional Planning Panel and Sydney Planning Panels since 2009. He is also an alternate chair of local planning panel for Blacktown and Randwick City Councils.

Sue Francis

Sue has had in excess of 39 years’ extensive experience in local government in NSW and the United Kingdom. She has worked at executive levels at Woollahra, North Sydney and Warringah Councils where her expertise in planning policy, statutory planning, regulatory, structural and organisational reform has seen her appointed to several significant State Government advisory panels.

Sue is a Certified Practicing Planner and Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Sue has been the Chair of the Wollongong IHAP since 2008 and a member of Planning Panels since 2011.

Robert Hussey

Robert is a former commissioner of the Land and Environment Court, completing three terms (serving a total of 21 years).

He has qualifications in engineering and planning and is an accredited mediator. Robert has worked in senior planning and engineering roles in both the private and public sector.

He is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.

David Johnson

David is an independent environment consultant with over 30 years experience in the field. He has qualifications in environmental science, geography and geology.

David is currently a member of NSW Planning and Assessment Commission and is a member of the Lane Cove IHAP and a former commissioner of the Land and Environment Court.

Alf Lester

Alf holds qualifications in architecture and town planning and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Alf has worked internationally with the Scottish Development Department and was involved in research, regional and town expansion studies.

In 1970 he joined the National Capital Development Commission and led a number of architectural and planning studies including the initial design of Gungahlin New Town.

In 1974 her joined Yuncken Freeman Architects as an Associate in charge of urban planning and was responsible for a wide range of urban projects throughout Australia and the development of offices in Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Project work included a wide array of major urban design studies as well as a number of World Bank and Asian Development Bank submissions.

Alf was invited to become Deputy Town Planner following Cyclone Tracey, and prepared guidelines for the redevelopment of Darwin. The task also involved consultation with the Darwin community as well as continuing contact with Darwin residents who had migrated southwards.

Tony Reed

Tony is a highly qualified public sector engineer and senior manager with extensive experience in local government in both metropolitan and regional NSW. Tony has also held senior positions in State Government and State Utilities.

During his career, Tony has been responsible for the design, construction and operation of some significant infrastructure projects. He is also a member of the Management Committee of the NSW Roads and Transport Directorate.

Tony is a Member of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia.

David Ryan

David has over 30 years’ experience at senior levels in local government and private practice (planning and law) and offers extensive experience and expertise in strategic and statutory planning, due diligence and strategic development advice, the management and assessment of major developments and expert evidence in Court matters.

David holds qualifications in both town planning and law and is a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia and Associate Member of the Law Society of NSW. He is also an alternate chair of local planning panel for Hawkesbury and Liverpool City Councils.

Deborah Sutherland

Deborah is a highly experienced strategic land use planner with over 30 years of successful planning experience in Sydney. Deborah has run her own planning and urban design company and worked in a number of senior leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. She is also highly experienced and qualified in community engagement.

Deborah holds a B. Town Planning with Honours and is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Urban Design Institute of Australia.

Richard Thorp

Richard has both experience as a member of NSW Planning Panels and over 50 years’ experience as an architect. He has been the leader of teams undertaking some of the most significant and secure Government buildings constructed in Australia.

Richard has particular skills in both the management & design, as well as the Planning Assessments of complex Public projects, and has been involved in development and resolution of numerous Architectural Briefs for Government Clients.

Richard holds a B. Architecture and has been a Registered Architect since 1972. He also served on the NSW Planning Assessment Commission from 2008 until 2014.

Stella Whittaker

Stella has over 30 years experience working across sustainability strategy development, liveable cities, environmental planning, infrastructure sustainability and sustainability reporting. She is the Asia Pacific Practice Leader for Climate Resilience in Ramboll Environ and is currently Team Leader for an ADB project on Financing Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Infrastructure in Asian and Pacific Cities (ADB TA8865).

As Senior Executive for Sustainability and Climate Change, Stella has led the delivery of strategic advisory work for both public and private sector clients in sustainability, low carbon and climate risk and resilience. Stella was the Vice Chair of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Stakeholder Council and Chair of the Australian GRI Focal Point 2008-2014 and is a leading CSR specialist.

Community representatives

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Sabrina Beresford

Sabrina currently lives and works in the City of Parramatta LGA and has resided in Western Sydney for all of her life.

She has a long history of engagement with a diverse range of communities in Western Sydney and has pursued this interest both personally and in her professional life.

Sabrina is a qualified social worker, is currently completing her law degree, and works as a social policy consultant.

Warrick Mclean

Warrick is a long-term Epping resident and he is CEO and Principal of Western Sydney’s largest commercial law firm based in Parramatta.

Warrick is an active member of the Riverside Theatre Advisory Board; Western Sydney

First Chair and a NSW Business Chamber Councillor.

Warrick holds an MBA from Western Sydney University.

Anne Smith

Anne is an educator with qualifications in special education.

Anne was a long-term resident of NSW country towns and villages before returning to Sydney in 2007.

An advocate for disabilities, public education, future generations and connected communities, Anne is an explorer of Sydney by foot, kayak and public transport.