Planning Panels Victoria
Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) comprises the Chief Panel Member, the Deputy Chief Panel Member and five Senior Panel Members.
The office of PPV is supported by approximately 65 Sessional Members, of whom eight are Senior Sessional Members.
PPV members have expertise in:
- strategic, statutory and social planning
- architecture and urban design
- landscape architecture
- civil and structural engineering
- environment and environmental assessment
- economics and development contributions
- cultural, built form and aboriginal heritage
- property development
- traffic and transport
- coastal management
- waste management and contamination
- geomorphology and hydrology
- noise, acoustics and vibration
- air quality/emissions
- native vegetation
- land capability and agriculture
- regional/rural land use
- bushfire planning
- open space/recreation planning
- and flora and fauna.
Full-time panel members
Chief Panel Member - Kathy Mitchell AM
Kathy was appointed as the Chief Panel Member in 2004 and has undergraduate qualifications in town planning and post graduate qualifications in urban sociology and a Master of Arts in Research by major thesis. She has significant expertise in social and strategic planning, activity and precinct structure plans, retail development, environmental effects inquiries and built form. She has previously worked in the private sector, local government and as an academic.
Kathy is a Life Fellow of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association and an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Kathy was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List in recognition of her significant service to urban planning and to professional associations.
Deputy Chief Panel Member - Con Tsotsoros
Con Tsotsoros was appointed as a full time senior panel member at Planning Panels Victoria in July 2013.
Con has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Planning, with 14 years’ experience in the private sector and stints in local government, and has been with state government planning since 2006. Con was formerly Assistant Director Statutory Systems in the former Department of Planning and Community Development, where he led major planning reform agenda initiatives. He specialises in retail, economic and strategic planning and heritage.
Con has been involved in significant planning scheme amendments involving residential zones, building heights, mandatory provisions, solar energy facilities, master and strategic planning.
Con is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
Senior Panel Member - Sarah Carlisle
Sarah was appointed as a Senior Panel Member in July 2018 after three years as a Senior Sessional Member. Sarah has qualifications in Law and Arts. She has significant expertise in planning, environmental and administrative law, and social housing and strategic planning. Sarah has previously worked as a practicing lawyer in private practice in Melbourne and the United Kingdom, as well as in the public sector in Victoria.
Sarah is a Member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
Senior Panel Member - Lester Townsend
Lester was appointed as Senior Panel Member in 2005, following several years as a sessional member. He has under graduate qualifications in town and regional planning and post graduate qualifications in sociology. Lester has significant expertise in strategic and statutory planning, project implementation and plain English communication and drafting. He has previously worked in the Local Government and private sectors.
Lester is a Fellow of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
Senior Panel Member - Tim Hellsten
Tim was appointed as Senior Panel Member in August 2018. He has qualifications in Planning, Management and Project Management. He has significant expertise in statutory and strategic planning, including heritage and urban design, activity and settlement planning, rural and coastal area planning. Tim has previously worked in Local Government in regional Victoria and in the private sector.
Tim is a Member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association and a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Senior Panel Member - Lisa Kendal
Lisa Kendal was appointed as a full-time senior panel member at Planning Panels Victoria in October 2020.
Lisa has a Masters Environmental Science and a Master of Social Science (Environment and Planning) and has expertise in environment, strategic, rural and regional planning, sustainable development, climate change, community engagement and governance. Lisa has previously worked in local government, private practice and the not for profit sector, and was a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria from 2015 – 2017.
Lisa is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
Senior Panel Member - Sarah Y Raso
Sarah was appointed a Senior Panel Member in December 2021.
She holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts, and has previously been a privately practicing lawyer. Sarah has over 14 years’ experience in complex planning and environmental law associated with property development, planning scheme amendments and environment effects inquiries.
Sarah has extensive expertise in the retail and residential space, social and strategic planning, built form, renewable energy, land management issues and land use classification.
Sarah is a Member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
Senior Panel Member - Alison McFarlane
Alison was appointed as Senior Panel Member in 2022. She has undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in planning. Alison has significant expertise in regional strategic and statutory planning having previously worked in Local and State Government.
Alison is a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
Sessional panel members provide a source of expertise on planning, architecture, urban design, engineering, environment and social planning.
They are appointed to a panel as required depending upon the nature and complexity of the proposal being considered.
Membership of the list of sessional panel members is reviewed on a regular basis.
- Rodger Eade
- Mandy Elliott
- Michael Kirsch
- David Merrett
- Jenny Moles
- Bill O'Neil
- Geoff Underwood
- Nick Wimbush
- Annabel Paul
- Michael Ballock
- Craig Barker
- Elissa Bell
- Steve Blackley
- Trevor Blake
- Pete Boyle
- Sandra Brizga
- Tanya Burdett
- Debra Butcher
- Geoffrey Carruthers
- Sally Conway
- Amanda Cornwall
- Phillipa Crone
- Elke Cummins
- Shannon Davies
- Lyn Denison
- Noelene Duff PSM
- Peter Edwards
- Bill Forrest
- Meredith Gibbs
- Ian Gibson
- John Ginivan
- Jaquelle Gorski
- Jonathan Halaliku
- Ian Hamm
- John Hartigan
- Timothy Hubbard
- Elizabeth Hui
- Andrew Hutson
- Ken Joyner
- Michael Malouf AM
- Prue Mansfield
- Peter Marshall
- Shelley McGuinness
- Colin McIntosh
- Elizabeth McIntosh
- Gabby McMillan
- Lorina Nervegna
- Rachael O'Neill
- Kate Partenio
- Lucinda Peterson
- Cazz Redding
- Natasha Reifschneider
- John Roney
- Greg Sharpley
- Deanne Smith
- Lynn Sweeney
- Adam Terrill
- Ray Tonkin PSM
- Nicola Ward
- Phil West
- Michael Wheelahan
- Catherine Wilson
The office of PPV is supported by Project and Business Support Teams, all of who support and interact with key stakeholders.
The Project Team work closely with Chief Panel Member, Deputy Chief Panel Member and Panel Chairs to manage and co-ordinate all facets of major Panel, Advisory Committee, Environmental Effects Statement and Permit call-in processes. The Project Team act as a conduit between Panels and interested parties to ensure an independent and transparent process is upheld.
Hayley Becker is the Manager, Major Projects. She holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Hons).
Amy Selvaraj is a Senior Project Officer and holds a Bachelor in Science (Geography and Biology) and Master of Science in Physical Geography (Hydrology).
Kimberly Martin is a Senior Project Officer and holds a Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons) and a Bachelor of Design.
Chris Brennan is a Project Officer and holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Hons).
Georgia Thomas is a Project Officer and holds a Bachelor of Arts (History and Sociology).
Sarah Vojinovic is the Administration Officer and holds a Bachelor of Business.
Business Support Team
The Business Support Team is responsible for the provision of high level financial and administrative services including:
- management of the hearing process from the pre-set exhibition stage right through to the submission of the Panel Report to the Planning Authority
- budget and human resource management for PPV
- management of corporate issues including business planning, freedom of information and information technology
- web page maintenance
- payment of sessional member claims
- sessional member support
Adrian Williams – Senior Business Coordinator
Sharon Walker – Accounts Manager
Laura Travis – Senior Executive Assistant and Project Support
Laura Agius - Panel Coordinator
Rashid Afsar - Administration Officer
Stefanie Wilson – Business Services Officer
☎ Phone: (03) 8624 5719
✉ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post: GPO Box 2392, Melbourne, 3001
Planning Panels Victoria is located at 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Page last updated: 13/05/22