GPEAN Steering Committee
Congress Program
Travel & Accommodation

WPSC2011 Organisation and Management

Local Organising Committee

Shahed Khan
Professor Jenny Gregory Professor Neil Foley Diana MacCallum

Professor David Caddy, TPG Town Planning & Urban Design & The University of Western Australia

David is Managing Director of The Planning Group Pty Ltd (TPG) and is a Professor (Urban & Regional Planning) in the University of Western Australia’s School of Earth and Environment.  David has had more than 35 years in the industry gaining early experience as a statutory planner in the Northern Territory and Western Australian state governments and in local government in Western Australia. David has managed overseas aid projects in The Philippines and Thailand and in 1989 established The Planning Group, now one of the foremost Town Planning and Urban Design consultancies in Western Australia. David is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and has served Western Australia as Division and has served as a National Vice President. David was a member of the national Planning Education and Employment Review Taskforce and is currently a member of the National Education Committee.

Mr Charles Johnson, Executive Director, Department of Planning

Charles Johnson is the Executive Director, Strategic Government Planning Studies with the Department of Planning. 

Charles has a background in urban geography and town planning, with nearly 30 years experience working at local and State Government levels, as well as a period in private consultancy. In August 2001 he was appointed CEO of the City of Wanneroo, one of the fastest growing local governments in Australia. He held this position until August 2008 when he joined the Department of Planning.

From 1988 to 1994 Charles was the Planning Manager on the 150 hectare East Perth Redevelopment Project and in 1995 he was the Principal Planning Consultant on the Subiaco Redevelopment Project in Perth. He has also held executive planning and development positions with the City of Subiaco, and the City of Wanneroo.

In 1991 Charles won a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study urban renewal projects in North America and Great Britain. He has a Master of Environmental Studies (Urban Land Planning) from York University in Toronto; Master of Arts (Urban Geography) University of Western Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Deakin University in Melbourne. He is an Adjunct Associated Professor at the University of Western Australia where he lectures and Chairs an Advisory Board for the Urban and Regional Planning Program.

He is currently directing the preparation of the new metropolitan planning strategy for the Perth and Peel regions. By 2031 it is anticipated that Perth & Peel will have grown from the current population of 1.65 million to more than 2.2 million. Scenarios are also being prepared for the longer term development of these regions to accommodate 3.5 million people. 

Dr Paul J. Maginn, The University of Western Australia

Paul Maginn PhD, MPIA is Associate Professor and Program Co-ordinator for Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Western Australia. Since emigrating to Australia in 2003 Paul has held positions at the University of South Australia (2005-2007) and Edith Cowan University (2003-2005). Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he obtained his BSc, Regional Analysis and Development, from the University of Ulster (Coleraine) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning at Queen’s University of Belfast before obtaining his PhD from London South Bank University. Paul’s primary areas of research expertise/interest are in urban regeneration, community participation, race/ethnic issues and the role of qualitative research methods in urban studies and planning. He is the author of Urban Regeneration Community Power and the (In)Significance of ‘Race’ (2004); lead co-editor (and contributor) on 2 books - Qualitative Urban Analysis: An International Perspective and Qualitative Housing Analysis: An International Perspective - both published in 2008 and with Associate Professor Susan Thompson (UNSW) and Professor Matthew Tonts (UWA). Paul was lead Co-Chair of the 2009 State of Australian Cities Conference held in Perth and is the Practice Reviews Editor for Urban Policy and Research, Australasia’s leading urban policy journal.

Associate Professor Shahed Khan, Curtin University 

Associate Professor Shahed Khan holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Hawaii and a PhD from AIT. He has worked in the industry as well as academia for a number of years both in Australia and overseas. He served as the Head of Program (Planning/ Environmental Planning) at the University of Western Sydney before joining the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University. Shahed began his career overseas as an Architect in the private sector and later taught architecture and planning at the tertiary level while running a private consultancy. He has worked on some major planning projects dealing with urban redevelopment/ physical improvement of squatter settlements. Shahed's PhD was in the area of housing, focusing on informal settlements in Asian cities. With a background in architecture and planning, Shahed has an active interest in the areas of community and transport planning, (informal) affordable housing and urban governance. He has produced a number of publications including book chapters, journal articles and refereed conference papers. His current research focuses on issues related to transport and planning, local agenda 21 and planning theory and education.

Peter Monks

Peter Monks is the Director of Planning and Development at the City of Perth where he has worked for the last 10 years, five as Director.

Peter was raised in Port Hedland in the northwest of Western Australia and developed his initial interest in towns and cities by observing the development of South Hedland, a masterplanned radburn style community in the tropics that was simply not appropriate for the local environment.
Peter has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in urban and regional planning from Curtin University. Peter lived and worked in Berlin and southern Sudan before retuning to Perth to commence a career in local government town planning ranging from dealing withthe conservation challenges in historic Fremantle, to the outer suburban major growth challenges at the Rockingham through to the intense scale of development and issues associated with the central city environment at Perth.

Tim Perkins, Edith Cowan University

Tim gained his MA (Hons) Geography at the University of Aberdeen in 1983. This was followed by a Graduate Diploma in Urban Design and Regional Planning in 1985 and a M.Sc (Geographical Information Systems - GIS) in 1986, both from the University of Edinburgh. Tim started his working life in 1986, and was employed by the Scottish Agricultural College to investigate the socio-economic and environmental outcomes of the Breadalbane Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA). He was subsequently invited to teach units in rural planning and GIS as well as develop a B.Sc in Rural Resource Management.

Following a six-month sabbatical at the Muresk Institute of Agriculture, Curtin University in 1996, Tim was offered a lecturing position at the University of Wollongong to teach units on rural geography and environmental management. In 1999, Tim began at ECU in the School of Natural Sciences teaching the GIS units. He was appointed as Course Coordinator of the Environmental Management degree in 2003 and also taught the environmental planning and environmental management units within that degree. In 2006 Tim was invited to move to the Faculty of Business and Law to develop and coordinate the new planning degrees. Tim is currently Program Director within the Centre for Planning and is completing his Ph.D which focuses on travel behaviors within the Southern Suburban rail corridor in Perth.


Professor Jenny Gregory AM , University of Western Australia

Jenny is Professor of History, Head of the School of Humanities and Acting Head of the School of Music at The University of Western Australia. Author of a number of award-winning histories, her most recent book is City of Light: a history of Perth since the fifties (2003) and she is Editor-in-Chief of the Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia (2009).

Current projects include an international study on the work of British town planner Gordon Stephenson, Australian Research Council funded projects on town planning, and city electrification. She is also working the impact of resource industries on Perth, as part of an international team researching the history of ‘Energy Capitals’.

She is currently Chair of the National Trust (WA) and Deputy Chair of the Australian Council of National Trusts. In 2001 she was awarded a Centenary Medal for her services to heritage and in 2004 a Champion Award by the National Year of the Built Environment. In 2010 she was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for her services to history and the community. She was inaugural President of the History Council of WA (2001-06) and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London.


Mr Neil Foley, Planning Consultants Australia & The University of Western Australia

Neil is the Director (and sole employee!) of Planning Consultants Australia Pty Ltd, a consultancy he established upon leaving the Western Australian Government's Department of Planning in 2009 after almost 30 years service in the State's planning agencies. He commenced working as a planner in local government in 1976 at the Shire (now City) of Wanneroo in Perth’s northern suburbs. During his career Neil has worked in a wide range of planning areas, including design and heritage, environment and regional park planning, rural planning, strategic planning, land development and infrastructure co-ordination, statutory planning, urban policy and urban place planning.

Apart from being qualified in urban and regional planning, Neil also holds qualifications in property, real estate, information management and archives administration. He served on the Board of the Western Australian Government’s Swan River Trust between 2003 and 2007 as nominee of the State's Minister for Planning and Infrastructure.

Neil also teaches final year planning students in the University of Western Australia’s School of Earth and Environment.


Dr Diana MacCallum
Diana has a postgraduate diploma and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Curtin University of Technology, where she now works as a lecturer. Her principal research interests include governance practices, politics, grass-roots action and community development. She also has a keen interest in methodological issues in planning research, both and policy- and scholarship-oriented.
Before returning to university life in 2000, Diana had worked in a range of public sector and NGO positions concerned with Indigenous cultural and linguistic heritage; Indigenous affairs administration and regional economic development. Since then, she has worked in WA, Queensland and the UK, the latter as part of a European research network on social innovation. Publications include Discourse Dynamics in Participatory Planning: Opening up the Bureaucracy (Ashgate 2009) and Social Innovation and Territorial Development (2009, co-edited with Frank Moulaert, Jean Hillier and Serena Vicari).

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