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 planner and leader who has worked for over 18 years in strategy, policy, placemaking, resource management, development and urban regeneration projects across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. His most recent role outside of UrbanTacticians was the acting Manager of City Planning & Development and Placemaking Coordinator at the Adelaide City Council .
Mike has worked on various projects including growth strategies, transport and land use integration projects, strategic plans, place revitalisation plans, residential development, placemaking, the preparation of planning policy, city and town centre masterplans, 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 Planning and Sustainable Development from Massey University in New Zealand and Imperial College London. 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.