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Philip Brown
BTP | MNZPI | Director
Michael Campbell
BREP (hons) | MNZPI | Director
Ila Daniels
MPlan Prac, BA, BSci | Int. NZPI | Principal Planner
Mark Thode
BA, MPlanPrac (Hons) | MNZPI | Principal Planner
Jono Payne
BPlan | Int. NZPI | Principal Planner
Michelle Kemp
BSocSC (Hons) | MEP | MNZPI | Principal Planner
Fiona Stephenson
BREP (hons) | Int. NZPI | Senior Planner
Lee Boyt
BRP (Hons) | Senior Planner
Robyn Challenger
BREP (Hons) | Senior Planner
Kate Morrissey
BRS | MEnvSci | Assoc. NZPI | Senior Planner
Sarah Evans
BEM | Assoc. NZPI | Senior Planner
Yujie Gao
BUrbPlan (hons) | Int. NZPI | Senior Planner
Shenan Stanton
MPlan (Distinction) | BSc | Int.NZPI | Senior Planner
Mitchell Heaven
BUrbPlan(Hons) | Grad. NZPI | Planner
Lisa Watson
Office Manager
Director
Philip Brown
Philip has over 30 years of experience in planning and resource management, as a consultant over the last decade, and formerly as a senior manager in the public sector. His broad experience covers all aspects of planning work, including resource consent applications, preparation of district plans and private plan changes, and preparation of notices of requirement for designations. Philip is an experienced expert witness, and regularly appears to present evidence at Council planning hearings and appeal hearings in the Environment Court. He also acts as an independent hearing commissioner. When he’s not working, Philip enjoys playing football, travelling, experiencing the great outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

DDI: 09 394 1694

Email: philip@campbellbrown.co.nz

Mobile: 021 845 327

Director
Michael Campbell
Michael began his career in planning and resource management in 1995. He achieved a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning (Honours) from Massey University and is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. In July 2011 Michael achieved certification (with excellence) as a commissioner under the Ministry for the Environment’s Good Decisions programme, and was recently appointed a member of the Auckland Urban Design Panel. He has significant experience in both the public and private sectors in preparing and assessing a wide range of resource consent applications and District Plan changes. This allows him to provide sound expertise on a variety of complex development proposals and to prepare comprehensive and thorough environmental assessment reports. Michael has extensive experience in oral and written communication through his senior management roles, his attendance at Council hearings and through the preparation of evidence to the Environment Court. With experience in policy development, his work includes plan changes for a Research Integration Campus in Tāmaki and relocating the Metropolitan Urban Limit within the Northern Strategic Growth Area. He has acted in senior management and leadership roles in local government with accountabilities for managing the effective and efficient processing of resource consent applications. Michael also advises on a wide range of matters including advice on development contributions, governance, organisational design and process and procedures. Married with two sons, Michael enjoys cycling and running in his spare time.

DDI: 09 394 1696

Email: michael@campbellbrown.co.nz

Mobile: 021 278 9018

Principal Planner
Ila Daniels

Ila is a consultant town planner, with 18 years of experience in planning and resource management. Her broad experience covers a wide range of planning work including: resource consent lodgement and assessment, outline plan of works, hearings, privately initiated plan changes, local government policy and plan formulation, community engagement and public consultation.

She has held management positions in private and public organisations within both New Zealand and the United Kingdom and is a member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. Ila is known for her strategic, considered and outcome focussed approach.

Away from the office, Ila likes to spend time with her young family and enjoys open water swimming.

DDI: 09 394 1695

Email: ila@campbellbrown.co.nz

Principal Planner
Mark Thode

Mark is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and has over 14 years of experience in planning and resource management. Before moving to the private sector, Mark held senior positions at Auckland Council as a Principal Planner and Senior Project Manager.

His broad experience covers the full spectrum of resource consents, including complex notified and non-notified consent processes. He has extensive experience managing large urban development areas, both in terms of consenting, and as a delegated decision maker. This puts him in an ideal position to navigate and lead development proposals through the consent process. He has also been involved in the preparation of Private Plan Change requests and submissions on both private and public plan changes, and proposed District Plans.

Mark is particularly passionate about higher density urban development and place-making, coupled with best-practice urban design that reflects an innovative approach.

Married, with a daughter and young son, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, listening to music and anything involving the beach and sun.

DDI: 09 394 1698

Email: mark@campbellbrown.co.nz

Principal Planner
Jono Payne
Jono studied in Auckland and has over 10 years’ planning and resource management experience both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. His experience has been within local government, including various London boroughs, as well as within the private sector, covering a range of planning work that includes involvement in high density residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, urban regeneration, urban and rural subdivision, heritage and infrastructure projects. When Jono isn’t working, he enjoys running, football and cycling, along with spending time with family and friends. When recovering from these, travel occupies his mind.

DDI: 09 394 1692

Email: jono@campbellbrown.co.nz

Principal Planner
Michelle Kemp

Michelle has over 15 years of planning experience, a Masters of Resource and Environmental Planning (with distinction), and is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. She has extensive national and international experience, having worked in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. While her broad knowledge in resource management means she is skilled at identifying and addressing key obstacles to a project, she is also adept at providing solutions to ensure projects succeed.

Michelle’s expertise lies in the preparation of resource consents, including complex notified and non-notified consent processes, providing strategic and consent or plan change strategy advice, consultation and iwi engagement. She also has significant experience in presenting reports and expert evidence at Council hearings, and Environment Court, and reviewing and making submissions on planning policy at national, regional, and district levels.

She is passionate about development, working with clients in shaping projects to achieve the best possible results for them, and the environment.

An outdoors enthusiast, when she’s not in the office, Michelle loves spending time with her two children, particularly at the beach, surfing, swimming, and fishing.

DDI: 09 220 4462

Email: michelle@campbellbrown.co.nz

Senior Planner
Fiona Stephenson
Fiona has over seven years’ experience in planning and resource management within a New Zealand local government context. This experience involves the lodgement, processing and project management of a broad range of resource consent planning applications; reporting planner within a hearing’s forum; provision of pre-application advice, along with customer support and guidance on a wide range of resource consent applications. Her planning experience in relation to the processing of resource consent applications included development proposals for high density urban environments, rural-residential, heritage developments and a wide range of commercial projects. She has also held positions within both local government and the private sector within the United Kingdom, managing a high value land acquisition portfolio for a heavy-duty London rail service and later as a planning officer for a local government body processing planning applications. When she is not in the office, Fiona enjoys spending time with her young family, playing sport and travelling.

DDI: 09 394 1699

Email: fiona@campbellbrown.co.nz

Senior Planner
Lee Boyt

Lee has over 25 years of experience in planning and resource management and has held senior and management positions within the private and public sector.

Her experience covers a wide range of planning work both within NZ and overseas and includes team leadership/management of a local authority resource consents team, assessment and preparation of the full spectrum of resource consents, both notified and non-notified, experience in Council hearings and Environment Court mediation processes, strategic planning and structure planning, policy formulation and community engagement and public consultation projects.

Lee worked extensively in the United Kingdom including a senior role reporting to the Mayor of London on strategic planning applications, including a number of high-profile schemes such as: the Tottenham Hotspur First Team and Youth Academy training facility, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the Tate Modern II.

With extensive experience within local government, Lee is ideally positioned to navigate and lead development proposals through the consenting process. She is particularly passionate about projects involving built or natural heritage, community infrastructure projects and development which delivers positive ecological/environmental outcomes.

Lee is married with three children and loves to spend her down-time with family and friends, whenever possible, getting away to the beach or out into nature.

DDI: 09 394 1690

Email: lee@campbellbrown.co.nz

Senior Planner
Robyn Challenger

Robyn has held planning positions in both the public and private sector and is a senior planner with 14 years’ experience.

Covering a wide range of planning work, she has managed resource consent lodgement and assessment, outline plans of work, district plan changes, appearances as an Environment Court planning witness, hearings, community engagement and public consultation and processing of resource consent applications on behalf of local councils.

Robyn’s experience in relation to resource consent applications includes proposals in sensitive natural environments and coastal locations.

Away from work, Robyn spends time with her family, reading and keeping her sour dough starter alive!

DDI: 09 394 1691

Email: robyn@campbellbrown.co.nz

Senior Planner
Kate Morrissey

Kate has worked in the planning and resource management sector for over 16 years. Her experience covers a range of planning work both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Kate’s primary area of expertise is in resource management planning but she also has experience in parks planning within local government.

She has been with Campbell Brown since 2013 and when she isn’t working, Kate can be found jogging around a park, sipping a hot chocolate, playing with her young daughter or relaxing on the couch.

DDI: 09 394 1693

Email: kate@campbellbrown.co.nz

Senior Planner
Sarah Evans

Sarah has over 14 years’ experience in planning and resource management within local government and at Campbell Brown. Her experience includes the lodgement and processing of a broad range of resource consent and outline plan of works applications, including: high density residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, urban and rural subdivision, school developments, heritage buildings and infrastructure projects.

She has experience in project managing small scale land use and subdivision development through to significant green and brownfield subdivisions, including Karaka Lakes, Sunderland CDP for Hobsonville Point and Northcote, Mangere West and Mount Roskill Development areas.

Sarah has extensive knowledge of local government management, systems and processes and has been involved in the preparation of templates and procedures manuals and facilitation of staff training for local government regulatory planners and building consent officers; providing input on and testing of Council plan changes.

She lives in Ōhope with her husband and two children where she likes to spend time at the beach and being active.

Senior Planner
Yujie Gao

Yujie has over five years of experience in planning and resource management within a New Zealand context.

Her experience covers a range of planning work including residential, commercial and subdivision in both urban and rural areas.

When not at work, Yujie enjoys cooking and spending time with her dog. She has recently taken up gardening as a hobby.

DDI: 09 394 1697

Email: yujie@campbellbrown.co.nz

Senior Planner
Shenan Stanton

Shenan returns to the consulting sector after working as a Senior Planner at Auckland Council. During her six year planning career, she has worked with local government, the Department of Conservation and multidisciplinary consultancies, whilst also gaining experience overseas.

She is a subject specialist when it comes to urban development and subdivision, major industrial and civil engineering projects, ecological issues, earthworks and hazard management, outstanding natural features and landscapes, Māori issues, and coastal management.

Shenan has supported second generation plan development and appeals processes for different councils and has worked on a private plan change for overlay and zoning issues that involved significant mana whenua engagement.

Having spent several months working with the University of Hawai’i, Shenan is particularly passionate about coastal management and climate change adaptation.

She and her partner have recently purchased a section and are excited to be building a house this year. In her spare time, she can be found doing lengths at the pool, weights at the gym, or out exploring with her beloved dog.

DDI: 09 394 7887

Email: shenan@campbellbrown.co.nz

Planner
Mitchell Heaven

A graduate town planner, Mitchell is also a graduate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. His experience includes resource consent preparation and lodgement for a variety of activities and developments, as well as in-depth site and development appraisals.

Mitchell endeavours to emphasise the amenity of developments during preparation of resource consent applications and enjoys working with clients and Council to create amenable outcomes. He strongly believes that sustainable development should be a responsibility of all parties in development.

Outside of planning, he likes to stay active by picking up a different sport every few years; past disciplines include long-distance swimming, long-distance running, rock-climbing and powerlifting.

DDI: 09 220 4432

Email: mitchell@campbellbrown.co.nz

Office Manager
Lisa Watson

Lisa joined the Campbell Brown team in September 2020 and comes from a strong organisational background having worked in various travel roles and for two America’s Cup campaigns.

On a day-to-day basis, Lisa ensures that the office runs smoothly and she’s willing to tackle any project, big or small.

Away from work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and reading. She can also be easily talked into running the occasional half marathon.

DDI: 09 220 4431

Email: lisa@campbellbrown.co.nz