Meet our Land Redevelopment Committee members

Armadale Land Redevelopment Committee

Ms Dale Page, Chair

As Director of Planning and Community Development at the City of Joondalup since 2010, Dale’s experience in delivering land development projects throughout Western Australia is considerable. She is currently responsible for statutory and strategic urban planning, building approvals, environmental health, planning and building compliance and community development activities with the City of Joondalup. Dale is a member of the MRA and LandCorp Board. 

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 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.

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.

Cr Ruth Butterfield

Cr Ruth Butterfield is currently serving as Deputy Mayor of the City of Armadale and has been a Councillor for the past 13 years, including six years as Deputy Mayor. Cr Butterfield is also Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia, Perth Committee Inc.

Central Perth Redevelopment Committee

Ms Jane Bennett, Chair

Jane is a member of the MRA and LandCorp Board and is the director and owner of CLE Town Planning + Design with over 14 years experience in local government and the private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning, a Masters in Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Jane was appointed a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission in 2016. Jane is also actively involved in the industry working with WA Division of the Urban Development Institute of Australia UDIA WA Councillor and chair of the UDIA Planning Committee and as a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.   

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 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.

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.

Mr Eric Lumsden

Mr Eric Lumsden currently holds the position of Chair Commissioner to the City of Perth. Mr Lumsden served as Chairperson of the Western Australian Planning Commission with his previous position being Director General of the Department of Planning. With more than 45 years’ experience in government and 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, Life Member, Fellow and past President of the Local Government Managers Association (WA Division), and a Fellow of the IPAA (WA). In 2005, Mr Lumsden was awarded the Public Service Medal, for his contribution to Local Government and Regional Development in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Midland Land Redevelopment Committee

Ms Kylee Schoonens, Chair

As an experienced Architect, Kylee has led the design and delivery of many aged care, multi-residential, retirement and community projects across Western Australia. She was the recipient of the 2015 Australian Institute of Architects WA Emerging Architect Award and the 2014 40under40 Award for her work within the architectural profession. Kylee is also a Non-Executive Director for Bethanie, WA’s largest not-for-profit aged care provider and a council member for a number of industry boards and committees including the Property Council of Australia (WA Division) Divisional Council and the Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Council. Kylee is a director of the Fratelle Group, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the MRA and LandCorp Board.  

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 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.

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.

Cr Mark Elliott

Cr Mark Elliot is currently a Councillor for the Midland-Guildford Ward of the City of Swan, a position he has held since 2011. Cr Elliot has held a number of positions on Committees including: Chairperson of Tender Review Committee; Audit Committee; Governance Committee; Sean Development Committee; and Deputy Chairperson of WALGA East Metropolitan Zone Committee. Cr Elliot currently holds the position of Organiser to the Independent Education Union of Australia, WA Branch. Since November 2016, Cr Elliot has held the position of Board Member for the Koolkuna — Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services.

Subiaco Land Redevelopment Committee

Ms Dale Page, Chair

As Director of Planning and Community Development at the City of Joondalup since 2010, Dale’s experience in delivering land development projects throughout Western Australia is considerable. She is currently responsible for statutory and strategic urban planning, building approvals, environmental health, planning and building compliance and community development activities with the City of Joondalup. Dale is a member of the MRA and LandCorp Board.  

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 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.

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.

Cr Murray Rowe

Cr Murray Rowe has been a City of Subiaco Councillor since 2005 and is a self-employed pharmacist currently working at Friendlies Subiaco. Cr Rowe held the position of Deputy Mayor of the City of Subiaco for a two year term and has significant experience in local government as well as having a strong exposure to the planning process. He is the Council representative dealing with SAT and West Joint Development Assessment Panels approvals. Cr Rowe is the previous Chair and current member of the City of Subiaco Development Services Committee, Corporate, Community and Technical Services Committee. Cr Rowe is also the Deputy Member of the Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils and has been has actively been engaged in the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA). Cr Rowe has held the position of past Chair and member of the Economic Business and Sustainability Committee and is the past member of the City of Subiaco CEO employment and review committee. 

Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee

Ms Kylee Schoonens, Chair

As an experienced Architect, Kylee has led the design and delivery of many aged care, multi-residential, retirement and community projects across Western Australia. She was the recipient of the 2015 Australian Institute of Architects WA Emerging Architect Award and the 2014 40under40 Award for her work within the architectural profession. Kylee is also a Non-Executive Director for Bethanie, WA’s largest not-for-profit aged care provider and a council member for a number of industry boards and committees including the Property Council of Australia (WA Division) Divisional Council and the Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Council. Kylee is a director of the Fratelle Group, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the MRA and LandCorp Board.

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 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.

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.

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.