Heading our Newcastle office, Amanda is a qualified urban and regional planer with over 9 years’ experience working as a private consultant in Europe and the Middle East, and at senior levels in both State & Local Government within Australia. She has a background in urban design and environmental planning, specialising in policy development, strategic planning and management, community and stakeholder engagement and project management.
Amanda has demonstrated an ability to translate broader economic, environmental and social issues into land use policies, strategies and plans and, more importantly, put these into action. This has included the development and application of bespoke approaches and decision-making frameworks. Early in her career, she co-authored a planning policy toolkit to support planning practitioners in small towns across Europe that has since been adapted and applied in regional Australia. As a consultant in the UK, she assisted in the development of a new collaborative approach to engaging stakeholders that is specifically tailored to develop and test land use plans and policies.
In her previous role as the NSW Department of Planning’s Regional Planning Manager for the Hunter & Central Coast, Amanda managed the preparation of the Government’s draft Regional Plans and provided strategic advice to State agencies and Local Governments about regional planning issues. Through this experience, she has gained valuable insights into the specific planning challenges and opportunities for the Hunter and Central Coast and, more broadly, regional NSW.