Karen is an urban planner with 20 years' experience working across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in urban planning, transport, policy, energy efficiency and development projects.
Karen’s professional experience in statutory and strategic planning, public policy and project management enables her to operate efficiently across a range of projects. She is recognised for her skills in strategic planning analysis, client and stakeholder engagement, planning approval pathways and producing high-quality reports that support better planning outcomes.
Her recent work includes policy analysis and review, resulting in comprehensive updates to Canberra’s two main statutory planning documents: the National Capital Plan (2016) and the Territory Plan (2017). She also has an ongoing interest in sustainability, climate resilience, public transport and active transport. Her work in this area includes Canberra’s light rail stages 1 and 2, active transport policy and research together with planning advice for projects such as the ANU Master Plan.
Karen is the past President of the ACT Division of the Planning Institute of Australia and has been a member of the Accreditation Panel for the University of Canberra’s undergraduate and postgraduate Urban and Regional Planning courses.