Simon has over 18 years’ experience in the public and private sectors of planning. He has significant Auckland wide and international experience as a principal planner at Auckland Council and its predecessors in both the policy and regulatory divisions. He also worked for the largest independent planning consultancy in the United Kingdom and held a principal planner role within the major projects team in London’s third largest borough personally being responsible for projects well in excess of $100 million which included commercial high rises, national distribution centres, shopping malls and apartment complexes often in excess of 100 residential units.
Simon's broad range of experience across all facets of planning has resulted in him recently being involved in the creation of the Auckland Plan, Unitary Plan and leading the first ever area plan for the Hibiscus and Bays area all for the Auckland Council.
Simon's particular passion is in the regeneration and land development fields and is an active property developer having personally undertaken his own subdivisions, residential new builds and residential conversion projects. Having been a developer, planning consultant and Council planning officer in the development process, Simon has the unique ability to guide you through that process in minimal time and expense. Simon can recommend other specialists with the skills and cost effective practices which result in the maximum return for any development.
Mark first commenced employment with North Shore City Council approximately 18 years ago, where he was responsible for processing a wide range of resource consent applications. He then travelled to the United Kingdom where he was employed by a number of local authorities in contract planning roles, processing applications from single story rear extensions to multi-million-dollar commercial and residential developments. Upon returning to New Zealand, he joined Auckland Council’s newly formed Major Infrastructure Team and was involved with a variety of infrastructure projects, which included the Western Ring Route motorway connection and all related consenting work. Mark then took up an opportunity with a private planning consultancy where he put his knowledge of the inner workings of Council to use and assisted clients in obtaining maximum potential and value for their proposed developments. In mid-2015, Mark was offered the opportunity to work at Sentinel Planning and has put his skills to use in helping Simon to grow the company and secure excellent outcomes for their expanding client base.
Mark enjoys all facets of planning, having been involved in almost every aspect, but his primary focus is on obtaining the end outcome desired by his clients, whatever that may be.
Outside of work, Mark enjoys ‘relaxing’ with his five girls, dining at ‘El Humero’ and playing darts, with a varying degree of success!
Douglas is a qualified Planner and Urban Designer with expertise in resource consenting, spatial planning, statutory planning and urban design. This has been exemplified in his roles in local government and planning consultancy over a 26-year period.
As a Senior Associate of Sentinel Planning he will be leading our West Auckland team based in our new premises at 13/228 Edmonton Road, Te Atatu South.
In his past 10-year role at Auckland Council, Douglas has been involved in the following work:
Planning evidence for the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan as heard by the Independent Hearing Panel. This included all business zones for West and South Auckland; additional height overlays; all proposed residential zones for the Henderson Massey Local Board area; West Precincts (Babich, Corban Estate and Lincoln); and supporting work in the Coastal Management Area.
Whenuapai Structure Plan (2016) and Draft Whenuapai Plan Change (2017) – principal planner.
Notice of Requirement Lincoln Road (2016-2017), project lead and principal planner.
Henderson Implementation Plan 2014, project lead, principal planner and urban design support.
Planning and economic input into the Mangere Otahuhu (2013), Hibiscus and Bays (2014) and Devonport – Takapuna Area (2014) Plans.
Ranui Urban Concept Plan implementation (2011-2012)
Albany Centre – Principal Planner (2007-2010)
Northcote Town Centre Plan (2007-2008), principal planner
Douglas is looking forward to working with his Sentinel Planning colleagues in delivering quality planning outcomes for all our customers.
Gerard has 18 years’ planning experience in both the public and private sectors of New Zealand and England. For six years he managed resource consent appeals and objections as a Principal Planner for the northern part of Auckland Council, as well as providing technical planning support for independent hearing commissioners, including reviewing draft decisions. Gerard has a strong understanding of the Resource Management Act 1991 and is an expert in all aspects of the resource consenting, hearings and appeals processes. He is comfortable dealing with any sort of development, from large scale, mixed-use developments, to early childhood education centres, to rural subdivision and development issues. He also has experience handling proposals for a wide range of small, complex and/or sensitive developments.
During his time in the UK, Gerard worked as a senior planner for a private planning and architecture firm as well as time consulting to local authorities in and around London. Projects ranged from high-density residential development in Canary Wharf, residential and commercial mixed-use development in central London and the West End, redevelopment of Leicester Square, innovative privately-funded affordable housing development, and redevelopment of heritage listed buildings. Gerard was also involved in planning appeals, including at public enquiry level.
Gerard currently holds a certificate for Making Good Decisions (with Chairing Endorsement) and is a full member of the New Zealand Planning institute.
Rebecca has 12 years’ experience in both public and private planning sectors. She has worked for North Shore City Council, Auckland Council and in multiple private sector practices in a range of consulting, strategic and statutory planning roles. This includes the preparation and assessment of resource consents from single site development to large infrastructure projects, assessment of plan changes, the preparation of notices of requirement, spatial plans and undertaking public consultation.
One of Rebecca’s highlights was working as a consultant to New Zealand Transport Agency as part of a team that obtained 50 resource consents and seven notices of requirement for the Waterview Connection Project – a $1.4-billion-dollar road upgrade and New Zealand’s largest roading project. Rebecca also has extensive experience in applications involving new dwellings / alterations and the subdivision of land.
Rebecca has an Honours Degree in Resource and Environmental Planning from Massey University and is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.
Philippa (Pip) has over 14 years’ experience, mainly in the public sector in Queenstown and following that the North Shore, when she moved to Auckland in 2011 to take a Senior Planner position at Auckland Council.
While at Auckland Council she gained extensive knowledge of Auckland Unitary Plan standards, represented at notified hearings and the Urban Design Panel, wrote planning evidence for the Environment Court, and was a Delegated Officer in the Takapuna office. She was also Acting Team Leader for the Albany and Upper Harbour team.
Pip has experience with a wide range of projects including urban renewal with both residential and commercial developments; rural subdivision and development including ONL and VAL areas; heritage and cultural sites and buildings; tourism operations including air, land and water based activities and operations; sporting and music events; and the upgrade of local infrastructure and amenities.
Memorable projects she has been involved with include; negotiations leading to the approval of a whisky distillery in Gibbston Valley, subdivision and building platforms in Closeburn, the Crown Range, and ’The Triangle’, Wakatipu Basin; the first non-complying minor residential unit above the Okura Estuary; a retail centre in Rosedale; a hotel, apartment and retail complex in the Business zone in Albany Metropolitan Centre; and a high-end apartment and commercial development in Long Bay, with her notified planner’s report being adopted by Independent Planning Commissioners.
Outside of work, Pip enjoys travelling both in NZ and abroad, getting outdoors, going for a run, and catching up with friends. Being a southern girl she supports the Highlanders and has a taste for cheese rolls!
Tim has more than 10 years’ town planning experience working both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is also a fully Chartered Town Planner being a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK).
Tim has more than 4 years planning experience in New Zealand working for Sentinel Planning on numerous subdivisions, housing developments and commercial schemes for private clients and on behalf of Auckland Council. In the UK, Tim has more than 4 years’ experience working for local authorities in and around London and also spent time working for a large international architectural and town planning consulting company. During this time, Tim had a diverse workload which included projects for residential apartments of over 200 units, housing, industrial uses and commercial schemes. He was also involved in the writing of local planning policy documents for London boroughs.
Outside of work Tim makes the most of the outdoor lifestyle in New Zealand and enjoys tennis, golf and hiking.
Emma first started off as a student planner in Auckland Council for a year in 2013, before securing her first planning job the following year. Having been based in the Auckland Council Takapuna office, Emma has been involved in both Resource Consenting and Monitoring & Compliance teams, with two years working within the Devonport-Takapuna Resource Consents team and has earned her intermediate planner title in March 2016. Emma has now accumulated over 5 years of planning experience within both the public and private sectors and started as a consultant planner in Sentinel Planning since August 2016.
Since then, Emma has significantly gained more experience in a wide range of resource consent projects be it in the public or private sector. This includes projects involving residential apartments, stormwater infrastructure upgrades, residential and commercial development, and intensive residential subdivisions. Not only that, she has also been responsible for larger scale projects such as the major upgrade of Auckland’s most popular water park, Waiwera Thermal Resort as well as the super lot subdivision to implement Special Housing Area Development in accordance with the Plan Change on Bellfield Road and a recently approved apartment complex in Mission Bay.
When she is not working, Emma loves the outdoors and takes every opportunity she gets to go water skiing during the summer or snowboarding in the winter. She also enjoys her downtime relaxing with her loved ones.
Brendan has over 6 years’ experience with Auckland Council beginning as a Graduate Planner in September 2013 working his way up to an Intermediate Planner in March 2016. Brendan graduated from University College Dublin where he studied Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy. Brendan worked in the Takapuna Office and in the Resource Consenting and Monitoring & Compliance team, spending the past two years largely working within Albany, Long Bay and East Coast Bays. Brendan has been involved in a wide range of resource consent projects whilst at Auckland Council, including projects for large scale residential apartments, childcare facilities, office blocks, subdivisions and a variety of residential, rural and commercial developments.
Brendan joined Sentinel Planning at the start of 2017 and has been involved in a number of large intensive residential developments, mostly of the 10 to 30 unit scale.
Outside of work, Brendan enjoys fishing, going to the beach and visiting Ireland when he can.
Anna graduated with Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Environmental Management from the University of Otago and is an associate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).
Anna has over 6 years of planning experience in both public and private sectors. Anna has worked for Auckland Council Isthmus area, in both Pollution Response and Incidents Investigation teams for over a year and a half. This involved working with consent holders to ensure sediment control and containment methods are in placed ensuring they meet the RMA and identifying District Plan breaches, as well as responding to discharge incidents by implementing appropriate emergency contamination methods. Investigation of district, regional and discharges to air, land and water was also required to achieve compliance with statutory requirements, and determine areas of non-compliance to assess environmental effects.
Anna has also gained over 4 years of experience in resource consenting, also secured a role as a consultant planner in Sentinel Planning as of August 2017. Anna has been involved various resource consenting projects which include the preparation and assessment of resource consents for residential developments, subdivisions, billboard and signage applications, utility structures, and regional consents including stream remediation works and restoration of public walkways.
Outside of work, Anna enjoys being at the beach with her dog Sarge and genuinely enjoys chatting about the weather.
Jared has 5 years’ experience working as a professional planner, mainly within the private sector and is an Intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.
Jared’s planning career commenced in 2014 at a surveying consultancy up in Red Beach, where he acquired experience on a range of rural and residential land development projects.
After obtaining three-years of experience in Auckland, Jared decided to return to his roots and assumed the role of an Intermediate Planner at a larger multidisciplinary consultancy in the Bay of Plenty. Whilst working in the Bay of Plenty Region, Jared worked on land development projects in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Northland regions. Jared worked on multiple rural and residential subdivisions and developments (from 2 allotments to large-scale greenfield developments), Regional earthworks and discharge consents and a variety of unique land use resource consents including sea walls; papakāinga housing; wedding venues; accommodation facilities; packhouse and coolstorage expansion; additions to retirement villages; industrial developments and a tourism adventure park.
Jared is also experienced in preparing land development feasibility studies and iwi consultation.
Following his wedding in May 2019, Jared joined the Sentinel Planning team and is enjoying the transition from working in the Bay of Plenty to working back up in Auckland.
Outside of work, Jared enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the drums and hitting the gym.
Mandy graduated with Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) from the University of Auckland.
Mandy has gained over a year of planning experience in Sentinel Planning. During this time, she has been involved in various resource consenting projects which include small to mid-scale residential developments, urban and rural subdivisions, residential new-builds in the Whangarei and Waikato districts as well as preparation of feasibility reports.
Other than English, Mandy is also proficient in several languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay.
In her own free time, Mandy loves to take the opportunity to travel as she enjoys experiencing different kinds of culture, art and lifestyles.