Alison is an Economic Geographer with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning. She has extensive professional experience providing public policy and strategic urban and transport planning advice to governments in Australia, New Zealand and North America. Alison’s career has seen her lead the preparation of long term integrated planning strategies with cross disciplinary teams. These strategies, for state and local governments, are founded on a rigorous process informed by evidence to ensure they are relevant, place specific and have an eye on implementation.
Alison has a specialisation in metropolitan strategic planning having had a lead role in the research and development of three projects across Sydney and Melbourne. She was part of a high profile team at the forefront of urban policy developing the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy within the NSW Department of Planning. She was seconded into the Department of Planning and Community Development to manage the development of a new Metropolitan Planning Strategy for Melbourne. Alison framed and managed the preparation of background research to inform strategy development, managing complex issues across a diverse project team and stakeholder group.
Alison was the SGS project manager of the Sustainable Sydney 2030 project. In this role, she managed a team of Australia's top consultants in urban strategy across planning, transport, environmental, economic and cultural disciplines, to work closely with the City of Sydney to prepare a Vision and implementation plan. The project received an award for Urban Planning Achievement in the NSW Planning Institute of Australian 2008 Awards for Excellence in Planning. The project was presented by Alison at the World Class Sustainable Cities Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2009.
Alison continues to lead major urban strategic studies - across housing, transport, infrastructure and open space planning at the local, subregional and metropolitan scales.
Alison designed, co-ordinated and delivered an undergraduate planning subject at the University of Melbourne on implementation of strategic urban planning for capital cities, with a focus on the lessons from the Sustainable Sydney 2030 project. She has also provided advice to the COAG Reform Council and the NSW Government on National Criteria for Capital Cities Strategic Planning Systems, and provided an initial review of state infrastructure projects to inform Infrastructure Australia priorities.
In addition to her technical expertise, Alison has experience in consulting operations and corporate governance. Alison has led both the Sydney and Melbourne Practices, and was a Director of the Company for two years. Alison has recently been appointed to the UNSW City Futures Research Centre Advisory Panel to guide the Centre’s activities.