Mike loves working with people to create great places and plans that get delivered. He has developed a range of innovative tools and initiatives to support government, the private sector and communities to work together to make it happen. As well as skills and experience in project development, project delivery, facilitation and collaborative design, Mike is able to motivate, train and equip people so they can lead long-term change.
Mike is a highly experienced practitioner and leader who has worked for over 19 years in placemaking, strategic planning and urban regeneration projects across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is currently the General Manager of Riverside Market in Christchurch and other recent roles outside of UrbanTacticians were the acting Manager of City Planning & Development and Placemaking Coordinator at the Adelaide City Council and the Team Leader of City planning at the Christchurch City Council.
Mike has works on various scales of projects, from local placemaking initiatives to city-wide planning strategies. Mike’s work also includes district plans, transport and land use integration projects, place revitalisation plans, residential development projects, the preparation of planning policy, town centre and mainstreet plans, natural resource management, development assessment, sustainable development projects, and the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings. He also has experience in natural disaster recovery planning having led the Urban Regeneration team at the Christchurch City Council in New Zealand after the earthquakes of 2010 & 2011.
Mike has qualifications in Sustainable Development from Imperial College London and planning from Massey University in New Zealand. He is a member of the Planning Institute Australia, the international Placemaking Leadership Council, and the New Zealand Urban Design Forum. He has served on various boards and committees and is currently the chair of Te Pūtahi - The Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City Making. He was also recently on the Property Council (South Australia) Mainstreets Committee. Mike also lectures undergraduate and post-graduate students on placemaking, urban regeneration and planning.