Brendan is the National President of the Planning Institute of Australia and Deputy Secretary – Growth, Design and Programs with the NSW Department for Planning & Environment. Prior to this, Brendan was Director – Asia Pacific at Hawksley Consulting, General Manager – Land Use Planning at Queensland Reconstruction Authority and Executive Director – Planning Services at the Department of Infrastructure and Planning Growth Management, Queensland.
Brendan has more than 20 years’ national and international experience in the private and public sector and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Griffith University) and Graduate Diploma of Urban and Regional Planning (with Distinction) from QUT. Brendan’s management of significant resilience projects saw him named Queensland Planner of the Year in 2011 and the inaugural Australian Planner of the Year in 2012 by PIA. He is a member of the American Planning Association and Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland.
Brendan is motivated by shaping strategic thinking in urban planning practice and has a proven ability to undertake complex planning projects with a focus on achieving and devising practical solutions. He is well known for his strong commitment to advancing and enhancing the quality of communities through clear, logical and participatory planning and stakeholder engagement. Brendan is a leading advocate for the importance of planning nationally