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Bachelor Science (Economic Geography – Honours), Masters of Environmental Planning, Member Planning Institute of Australia, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors

Alison is passionate about how places provide opportunities for people to participate in community life and live their best.

She believes that working collaboratively in teams, and with our clients, will lead to great ideas and improve policy decision making.

Alison has provided public policy and strategic urban and transport planning advice to governments in Australia, New Zealand and North America. She has led the preparation of long term integrated planning strategies with cross-disciplinary teams.

Alison leads research and development of major metropolitan planning and urban policy projects and works with her team across housing, transport, infrastructure and open space planning at the local, subregional and metropolitan scales.

She is passionate about education and continuous learning. Alison designed, coordinated and delivered an undergraduate planning subject at the University of Melbourne on implementation of strategic urban planning for capital cities.

She has provided advice to Infrastructure Australia on the infrastructure priority list, strategic research on corridor planning, the future of cities and key challenges for future infrastructure investment to inform the national audit. At the local level, Alison has worked with local government on long term visions that are based on evidence, emerging trends and informed by stakeholder engagement. Her work challenges business as usual approaches to create new ideas for a more sustainable future.

In addition to her technical expertise, Alison has successfully led teams at the project, practice and company scale. At SGS, Alison has led both the Sydney and Melbourne Practices and was a Director of the Company for two years before being appointed as CEO.

Alison Chairs the UNSW City Futures Research Centre Advisory Panel, which guides the Centre’s priorities and activities. She is a Director of the Business Council of Co-ops and Mutuals (BCCM), the peak body for member-owned businesses that trade surplus to fulfil their purpose, and put people at the centre of the enterprise.

Alison enjoys getting things done with happy teams.