Lester Townsend was appointed as a senior panel member with Planning Panels Victoria in October 2005.
Lester has considerable experience in strategic and statutory planning, and project implementation. He has qualifications in town planning and sociology, holding a Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning (University of Melbourne) and a Graduate Diploma of Sociology (LaTrobe University).
Before becoming a senior panel member, Lester was a sessional member, commencing in 1997. Additionally, he has provided strategic and statutory planning advice for a range of local and state government organisations, and private companies. He has a particular interest in integrated planning and has been involved in a number of transport and urban design projects.
Lester has expertise in plain-English communication and drafting. He is a Fellow of VPELA and has previously served on its board. He is also the former president of the Australia Institute of Urban Studies.