Advisory Board

The advisory board
A number of established professionals and academics specialising in urban and regional planning form the advisory board of the Henry Halloran Trust to keep our activities aligned with our vision of scholarly discussion and the promotion of innovative planning initiatives.

Dr Gary Cox

Dr Gary COX

Dr Gary Cox is a public sector expert with wide experience in the UK and Australia. He is an economist, policy analyst as well as a chartered urban and regional planner. He is a creative thinker and excels at managing complex policy negotiations with multiple government and non-government stakeholders. Dr Cox has a broad academic background encompassing environmental policy, economics, international development, urban regional planning and international environmental law. He brings a rigorous approach to policy analysis and research that complements his fresh and original thinking.

Prior to returning to Elton Consulting in 2011 Dr Cox managed his own consulting practice in London. Most recently he delivered a series of sustainability assurance reports for the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 regarding the sustainability of the London 2012 Olympics. He has worked for the London Development Agency as a strategy development advisor on transport and urban regeneration. He has worked for the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit on the UK Government’s whole-of-government communities’ policy statement. He was the first head of the National Health Service London Healthy Urban Development Unit and has a keen interest in health policy.


Dr Deborah Dearing

Dr Deborah DEARING

Dr Deborah Dearing has over 25 years experience across all planning and design aspects of Urban Development including the delivery of large-scale urban communities. Her experience spans an extensive engagement across both the private and public sectors in Australia and overseas. Deborah’s previous positions include the National Manager of Strategic Urban Planning for Stockland, President of the Institute of Architects NSW, Executive Director with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and a recent appointment with Greater Sydney Commission.



Professor Roland Fletcher

Prof RolandF LETCHER

Roland Fletcher completed his undergraduatedegree and his PhD at Cambridge University (UK) in the 1970s. He joined thestaff of the University of Sydney in 1976 and is a member of the Department of Archaeology in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. In 2007 he was a Distinguished Fellow in Durham University at the Institute of Advanced Study. He became Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology at the University of Sydney in 2008.

His fields of expertise are the theory and philosophy of archaeology, the study of settlement growth and decline and the analysis of large-scale cultural phenomena over time. In 1995 he published The Limits of Settlement Growth: a theoretical outline - an analysis of the past 15,000 years - with Cambridge University Press. He has an international reputation as a global theorist, has established new teaching programs, created substantial new research teams and infrastructure, and has promoted scholarly collaboration both within the University of Sydney and internationally. Currently he is one of the directors of the Tropical Forest Urbanism program which has already brought Central American researchers to Angkor and has taken SE Asianists to Belize and Guatemala to visit the great Maya cities.

Roland Fletcher is the instigator of a major, international, collaborative research program at Angkor in Cambodia on the form, operation and demise of pre-industrial, low-density urbanism. He is the Director of the University of Sydney Angkor Research Program, which includes the Greater Angkor Project which studies the extent of Angkor and its history as part of an analysis of the limits of low-density, urban settlement growth. The program operates in collaboration with APSARA (Cambodia), EFEO (France) and UNESCO. The Australian Research Council (ARC) has provided over $5 million since 2002 for research on Angkor, including the development of an information management system for Angkor to serve the global heritage industry and Cambodia.

With Christophe Pottier of EFEO, Roland is currently writing a book on Angkor at the invitation of Cambridge University Press.


Mr Glenn Grimshaw


NSW Treasury -currently seconded to the NSW Department of Planning
Bachelor of Economics (Honours) - Macquarie University (1997)
Master of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) - Sydney University – 2006

Currently Principal Advisor - Planning - Transport and Planning Branch Secondment to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure - Part of the Planning Reform White Paper project team. Previous positions include Senior Analyst at Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Glen’s key areas of expertise are the economics of planning, housing supply and planning reform.


Ms Jill Hannaford


Jill is a social scientist who is passionate about diversity. She has worked in the area of community and stakeholder engagement and social sustainability for over 25 years. She was a founding member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). Jill has been a key driver in GHD’s award winning approach to diversity and has a deep understanding of diversity issues in the workplace.

Jill is a founding partner of CareerTrackers, an indigenous internship program that promotes and enables diversity at GHD and in the industry sectors in which we work.


Mr Martin Payne

Martin PAYNE

Martin Payne is now an Hon Senior Lecturer in the Faculty. He teaches in the graduate planning and the undergraduate architecture programmes. Martin has extensive consulting experience on matters relating urban development. Urban policy analysis, and related argumentation, are central to his research interests.


Hon Assoc Prof John Toon


Honorary Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning John Toon, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University from 1960-2005, has been an adviser to Warren Halloran for many years, working on a number of projects for his company Realty Realizations. These projects included the master plan for Jerrabomberra, a suburb of Queanbeyan, and plans for Vincentia and other settlements in the Jervis Bay region.


Emeritus Professor Tong Wu

Prof Tong WU

Professor Wu is an urban planner with specialities in regional development strategies, urban dynamics and impacts of migration on urban development. His work includes collaborations in China, South Korea and other South-East Asian countries. He was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development and International) at UWS. Previous appointments include Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales and various academic appointments at QUT, University of Sydney, University of Hawaii and the University of Singapore. His current research is on shrinking cities, urban dynamics and urban revival strategies.