Meet our Land Redevelopment Committee members

Armadale Land Redevelopment Committee

Mr Eric Lumsden, Chair

Mr Eric Lumsden is a member of the MRA Audit and Risk Committee and is currently the Chairperson of the Western Australian Planning Commission with his previous position being Director General of the Department of Planning. With more than 30 years’ experience in local government, Mr Lumsden has previously held positions as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Melville and City of Swan, Commissioner of the City of South Perth and Chairperson of the Council of Swan TAFE and Eastern Metropolitan Regional Councils CEO Group. Mr Lumsden is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Fellow and past President of the Local Government Managers Association (WA Division) and a Fellow of the IPAAWA. In 2005, Mr Lumsden was awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to Local Government and a place on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Mr Clayton Higham, Deputy Chair

Mr Clayton Higham has previously worked for the City of Perth, the City of Joondalup, and in the UK in a senior Planning and Development capacity and Acting CEO role. Mr Higham has recentlretired from the Shire of Kalamunda as the Director Development & Infrastructure after 40 years in local government. Mr Higham is a member of the Planning Institute for Australia and Local Government Managers Australia, and deputy presiding member of Metro West and Pilbara Joint Development Assessment Panels, as well as a member of the Kimberley Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Cr Matthew Handcock

Cr Matthew Handcock was a Councillor for the Town of East Fremantle from 1992 until 1995 and again from June 2014. He was a previous member of the Armadale Redevelopment Authority Board. Cr Handcock has practiced law in the fields of insurance, local government and general commercial and property law and has extensive advocacy experience. Cr Handcock was the Manager Professional Risks at the Local Government Insurance Service from 2009 – 2011, and then the Finance, Risk, Insurance & Commercial Manager in the Allmine Group (ASX) until mid 2013. He returned to full time legal practice in July 2013, and is currently a director of Effective Legal.

Ms Diana Wearing-Smith

Ms Diana Wearing-Smith has 18 years’ experience in product and services marketing management and branding across a range of industries, allowing a broad perspective of strategic marketing, market research, brand creation and marketing communication. Currently the General Manager, Marketing & Communications for ATCO Australia, Ms Wearing-Smith was previously based in Shanghai working in a marketing capacity, most notably leading the Marketing & Communications function for the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Ms Wearing-Smith was born and raised in the Armadale area and lived there for 30 years, and attained her Bachelor of Business and Master of Commerce qualifications from Curtin University of Technology.

Cr Donna Shaw

Cr Donna Shaw was first elected as Councillor for the City of Armadale in 2009, where she is currently the Chairperson for Planning and Development Services. Cr Shaw has been working for the City of Rockingham as a Senior Planning Officer since 2007 after completing a diploma in Project Management and before that a Bachelor of Art degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University.

Central Perth Redevelopment Committee

Mr Charles Johnson, Chair

Mr Charles Johnson was formerly the Chairman of the Armadale Redevelopment Authority. Mr Johnson has a background in urban geography and town planning, and has almost 30 years’ experience working at local and state government levels and a period in private consultancy. He is currently the principal of a planning consultancy, President of the Planning Institute of Australia (WA division) and formerly the Executive Director of Strategic Policy and Research at the Department of Planning. 

Mr Lino Iacomella, Deputy Chair

Mr Lino Iacomella is an industry representative and real estate economist with extensive experience in advocacy, public affairs and research. Gaining a Degree in Economics at the University of WA, and having worked for the Real Estate Institute of WA and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Mr Iacomella has been employed by the Property Council of Australia as a Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Executive since 2005. His external representations include being on the Committee for the Department of Planning Stakeholder Reference, Western Power Stakeholder Reference Committee and a Board member of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.

Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi

The Hon. Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi was elected as Lord Mayor of the City of Perth in October 2007, and re-elected in October 2015. The Lord Mayor presides over Committee and Council meetings, is currently a member of the Capital City Council of Lord Mayors (Chairperson in 2012), and is an immediate Past President of the World Energy Cities Partnership.

W. Professor Geoffrey London

Professor Geoffrey London is the Winthrop Professor of Architecture and the Interim Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre at The University of Western Australia. Prof. London is also the Government Architect in Victoria, having previously been the Government Architect in Western Australia, and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Prof. London has been involved in advising the State Governments of Western Australia and Victoria on a wide range of projects, from the scale of individual houses to major new tertiary hospitals. He has advised on issues such as design quality, project procurement, heritage, master planning, sustainability, and development strategies, established design review processes and panels for both State Governments across a variety of projects, and has advised local authorities in both States about processes that will enable better outcomes for buildings and spaces.

Midland Land Redevelopment Committee

Mr Nick Bruining, Chair

Mr Nick Bruining operates his own financial planning firm, N.C. Bruining and Associates in Midland. His other roles include Deputy Chair of the Forrestfield and Districts Community Bank Limited and personal finance writer and commentator for The West Australian newspaper and various radio outlets. Mr Bruining is a former Director of the Financial Planning Association of Australia, Northam’s Avon Descent Association, Mazenod College Limited and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. 

Mr Clayton Higham, Deputy Chair

Mr Clayton Higham has previously worked for the City of Perth, the City of Joondalup, and in the UK in a senior Planning and Development capacity and Acting CEO role. Mr Higham has recentlretired from the Shire of Kalamunda as the Director Development & Infrastructure after 40 years in local government. Mr Higham is a member of the Planning Institute for Australia and Local Government Managers Australia, and deputy presiding member of Metro West and Pilbara Joint Development Assessment Panels, as well as a member of the Kimberley Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Mr Brian Hunt

Mr Brian Hunt has experience in property development, project management, administration, Government, private industry and not-for-profit Boards and management committees. He was previously the Principal of a town planning and land surveying consultancy in Midland. Mr Hunt has served two terms as a Councillor for the Shire of Mundaring, and was named as a Joint Citizen of the Year in 1988. During the 1990s, he served for several years on the North Metropolitan Regional Development Council. He is a founding and continuing member of the Swan Valley Planning Committee established under the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995 to provide advice to Government. Mr Hunt is a member of the Swan Chamber of Commerce and the Planning Committee which provides advice to the Chamber’s Board.

Ms Justine Colyer

Ms Justine Colyer has extensive experience across government, private and non-profit sectors, particularly in the area of strategic planning, asset management, project and risk management, and community development. The CEO of Rise Network since August 2011, Ms Colyer is also a Distinguished Fellow of Leadership WA and involved in a voluntary capacity on a number of Boards and a mentor for emerging leaders.

Cr Daniel Parasiliti

Cr Daniel Parasiliti is currently a Midland Guildford Ward Councillor for the City of Swan. In 2012 Cr Parasiliti was a Liberal Candidate for Midland in the State Election, running and organising a campaign, liaising with State and Federal Members of Parliament, the Premier and relevant Ministers regarding local issues, policies and campaign promises.Cr Parasiliti is a local physiotherapist and business director/owner at Midland clinic. Cr Parasiliti has strong affiliations in both the business and local community, where he is a current board member of the Swan Chamber of Commerce, the Midland PCYC, and a member of numerous associations including Swan Districts Rotary Club and the Swan Italian Club. Cr Parasiliti is also in the process of completing his post graduate law degree at Murdoch University.

Subiaco Land Redevelopment Committee

Mr Jeff Dowling, Chair

Mr Jeff Dowling, retired managing partner, Ernst & Young Western Region, is a highly experienced corporate leader with 36 years’ experience in professional consultancy. Mr Dowling has held numerous leadership positions at Ernst & Young and his expertise centres around audit, risk and financial transactions. Mr Dowling is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He also holds board positions for the WA Symphony Orchestra and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. 

Ms Karen Hyde, Deputy Chair

A Senior Associate at Taylor Burrell Barnett, Ms Hyde has 30 years of diverse experience in urban and regional planning at a senior level in both the public and private sectors in the UK and Western Australia. Karen has particular expertise in the planning and implementation of major urban regeneration projects. Ms Hyde’s Western Australian public service appointments have included Senior Projects Officer, Office of Minister of Planning and Heritage, Special advisor to CEO, Department of Planning and Urban Development, Principal Policy Officer, Department of Planning and Manager Planning and Development, Subiaco Redevelopment Authority. Ms Hyde is currently a Presiding Board Member for the Development Assessment Panel (NW Metro) and was previously a Secretariat for the Planning Officials Group of Australia. Ms Hyde is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK) and the Planning Institute of Australia.

Mr Loren White

Mr Loren White was the inaugural Deputy President of the Western Metropolitan Regional Organisation of councils and a former Board member of the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority. He served as a Councillor on the City of Subiaco for 19 years, providing valuable input to the strategic planning of the City’s long-term financial vision. Mr White has made a significant contribution to the development of the Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4, and is committed to the development of policies and procedures which support orderly planning within the City of Subiaco.

Mr David Hartree

Mr David Hartree formed Hartree+Associates Architects (H+AA) in 1992. As winner of multiple state and national awards, H+AA have established a reputation for delivery of innovative and thoughtfully crafted architecture. Current projects are diverse and include; affordable workers accommodation modules, private homes testing innovative construction systems, a 75 bed Aged Care Facility that reinvents an established building type, and collaboration on a planning submission for the Perth Entertainment Centre site. H+AA have previously completed seven homes within the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority precincts, and supported by an in-house scale model workshop have produced master plan and precinct models for East Perth, Subi Centro, Australian Fine China, Perth City Link and Perth Arena.

Cr Mark Burns, Member

A current Councillor for the City of Subiaco and having previously been elected to Council in 1988, Cr Burns was appointed in 1989 by the City Council as its delegate to the original intergovernmental working group that eventually transitioned into the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority. Cr Burns is the Chairperson of the City’s Property and Investment Assets Committee. Originally working as a Development Manager for the Pivot Group, Cr Burns has been self-employed in the commercial property industry since 1986 and has extensive experience throughout Western Australia and for many years in the United States. Cr Burns currently sits on the Boards of Community and Charitable organisations, as well as Governmental Committees.

Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee

Mayor Jo Dawkins, Chair

Mayor Jo Dawkins is Chairperson of the MRA’s Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee and Mayor of the Town of Cottesloe. Mayor Dawkins has extensive experience in commercial and retail property management, with 30 years’ experience managing several large commercial and retail centres in CBD and suburban areas. Mayor Dawkins managed prominent retail and commercial CBD centres for Baillieu Knight Frank and Jones Lang La Salle, and oversaw major Centre refurbishments. Mayor Dawkins also has experience in residential management.

Ms Stephanie Buckland, Deputy Chair

Ms Stephanie Buckland is a marketing and product development professional. As CEO of Tourism WA, she has been involved in a range of tourism development projects and brings knowledge of the needs and expectations of interstate and international visitors. Ms Buckland has been involved in the Elizabeth Quay project, the redevelopment of the former Fire and Emergency Services headquarters, and the proposed redevelopment of the Busselton Regional Airport. She also holds Board positions with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, Murdoch College and the Swan Bells Foundation. Prior to joining Tourism Western Australia, Ms Buckland was head of retail marketing for Bankwest.

Cr David Boothman

Councillor David Boothman has been a Councillor with the City of Stirling since 1994 and held the position of City of Stirling Mayor between October 2007 – October 2013. Currently on the Stirling Alliance Board and having sat on the Scarborough Environs Area and Mirrabooka Regional Centre Steering Committees, Cr. Boothman has had extensive involvement in the local community with area planning and development, crime prevention and community development. Key achievements include lobbying and securing funding for the revitalization of the Mirrabooka Bus Station and overseeing the New North Redevelopment of Balga/Westminster.

Mr James Hewitt

Mr James Hewitt worked for Tourism WA from 2004 in planning, infrastructure and investment management roles with key functions including securing investment and managing strategic tourism industry initiatives. In 2012 he took on the position of General Manager Tourism Assets at RAC WA, where he is responsible for the establishment of a new tourist accommodation business for the RAC. Mr Hewitt’s qualifications include a Master’s Degree Urban and Regional Planning and Bsc. Honors Geography and board experience as a Member of the Kimberley Regional Planning Committee and a Member of the Coastal Planning & Co-ordination Council.

Mr David Thomson

Mr David Thomson has been a lifelong Scarborough resident and is passionate about progressing the potential of the areas urban design and development to encourage residents and visitors to maximise what the iconic beachfront and community has to offer. Mr Thomson is a Senior Cartographic Systems Officer within the Planning and Community Development, Planning Services, Urban Design and Policy area for the City of Joondalup with the majority of his work being special projects.