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Meet the team
We're dedicated to the promotion of scholarship, innovation and research in town planning, urban development and land management. Meet the team of established professionals and academics who are making it happen.

Executive team

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Peter Phibbs
Trust Director

Peter Phibbs is a geographer, planner and social economist with extensive experience in program evaluation, financial analysis and cost benefit analysis. He has over twenty years’ experience undertaking housing research. Currently, he is the Chair of Urban and Regional Planning and Policy at the University of Sydney and also Director of the Henry Halloran Trust at the same University.


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Michael Bounds
Project Manager of Research Grants

Professor Bounds is an Urban Sociologist and author of Urban Social Theory. His research over the past 10 years has concentrated on the study of the social impacts of urban development, with a particular focus on urban consolidation and gentrification. He also reviews for a number of academic publishers and urban, planning and sociological journals. Michael is the Trust's Project Manager of Research Grants and Co-ordinator of the Practitioner-in-Residence Program.


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Professor Ann Forsyth
Academic Advisor to the Trust

Professor Ann Forsyth, the Academic Advisor to the Trust, is the Director of; the Urban Planning Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is also a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. 

She has won over fifty awards, citations, and fellowships for individual and collaborative professional and research work. 


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Professor John Landis
Visiting Scholar

Professor Landis is Crossways Professor and chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of housing and urban development policy and practice.  He is currently on sabbatical at the University of Sydney working on a book on "35 Global Planning Success Stories". Professor Landis holds a Bachelor's Degree from MIT and a PhD in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.  He previously held faculty positions at the University of Rhode Island, Georgia Tech, and UC Berkeley.

Advisory board

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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 and a chartered urban and regional planner. He 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.


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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. She has extensive experience across both 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.


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Professor Roland Fletcher

Roland Fletcher completed his undergraduate degree and his PhD at Cambridge University (UK) in the 1970s. He joined the staff 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.


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Glenn Grimshaw
Currently seconded to the NSW Department of Planning

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.


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Ms Jill Hannford

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


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Martin Payne

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


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Honorary Associate Professor 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.


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Emeritus Professor 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.