James is an urban and regional planning professional with a commitment to achieving planning and urban design outcomes that enhance sense of place, liveability, resilience and equity.
He views planning as playing a crucial role in predicting, shaping and communicating about change. Adopting an inquisitive and consultative approach to all of his projects, he seeks to develop visions that inspire, processes that involve the right people, and strategies that are effective and achievable.
At Planisphere, James manages a wide variety of strategic, corporate and community planning projects. In doing so he draws on over 25 years of experience, gained both as a consultant and as a senior manager in local government. He leads multi-disciplinary teams on a diverse range of projects including structure plans, development plans, urban design frameworks, planning scheme reviews, planning applications, gambling and liquor policy, regional planning, community and economic development, and community engagement.
James has a strong reputation for professional leadership and advocacy. He plays a prominent role in the profession as the Planning Institute of Australia’s immediate past President in Victoria; and is a regular speaker and commentator on planning issues. He was a founding board member of 3000acres, a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates the establishment of productive gardens. Throughout his career he has been involved in a variety of community and civic organisations, including serving as a board member of the Victorian Local Governance Association.
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