Teams need a broad range of backgrounds, experience and training to offer a high level of expertise and advice.

Our team of urban planning professionals boasts a broad range of complementary skills and expertise. Our cross- disciplinary approach allows us to meet all your project’s needs and work closely with you to deliver effective solutions.

Our team is involved in various industry and professional associations, as well as a number of community organisations. This enables us to contribute to the evolution of Canberra and the community spaces we all inhabit. We have received recognition of this contribution through a number of awards from industry and professional bodies.

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KRISTI JØRGENSEN

Chief Executive Officer

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Rob purdon

Rob Purdon

Director

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Trevor fitzpatrick

Trevor Fitzpatrick

Associate Director

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Richard

Richard Nash

Senior Urban Planner

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Lydia Stone

Urban Planner & Office Manager

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Emily

Emily Leemhuis

Urban Planner

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Brad Maxwell

Urban Planning Assistant

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Jini

Jini Ranaraja

Urban Planning Assistant

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KRISTI JØRGENSEN

Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development, University of Melbourne

Specialisations: Strategic planning, master planning, feasibility, stakeholder engagement, development.

Kristi is a driven professional with a passion for leadership, business management and shaping the city she calls home. She commenced her career in the private sector, gaining practical experience by working on major master planning projects both in Australia and overseas.

She has worked on several major development proposals including the Canberra Brickworks and Environs Planning and Development Strategy, Southquay Greenway, local and major projects in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain. Kristi has had a range of experience working for local and State Governments within Australia and in the Middle East.

Kristi has extensive experience in community engagement and established relationships with a majority of key interest groups. This includes appointment to the Tuggeranong Arts Centre board and membership with numerous planning and development committees in the ACT for a variety of peak industry bodies.

Kristi continues to bring a fresh outlook to Purdon Planning, with the drive and passion to bring this established consultancy into a new era.

Kristi believes strongly in negotiating with key players for optimal site outcomes, and reducing road blocks to development for a range of interested stakeholders.

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Rob Purdon

Director

Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours), University of Newcastle

Master of Town and Country Planning, University of Sydney

Specialisations: Strategic and local area planning, community consultation, government liaison, environmental assessment, project management.

Rob has a wealth of experience in urban planning, having spent over 40 years working in the profession. He has worked on a wide range of projects including the Canberra Centre Redevelopment, ANU Exchange, student housing, high rise residential projects, Capital Business Park, Tuggeranong Town Centre and Gungahlin Drive Extension. He has also undertaken a number of projects for Government and private clients internationally; including the Changsha Estate Subdivision (China), Moon Lake and Orange Island (China), the Cagayan Master Plan (Philippines) and a residential accommodation strategy for Australian Government employees. Rob’s experience and expertise now sees him contributing to policy advice, master plans, development approvals, presentations to Government agencies and politicians, and media advice.

His passion for the industry stems from his interest in cities as a major construct of societies, and as places that connect the economy, environment and people. He believes town planners can make a difference to living standards, amenity, efficient land use and sound economic development.

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Trevor Fitzpatrick

Associate Director

Associate Diploma in Environmental Control (Graduated with Distinction), Charles Sturt University

Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Environmental Planning), Charles Sturt University

Certificate as Town & Country Planner, Local Government Association

Specialisations: Statutory planning and policy, site analysis, development capacity (yield assessment), strategic planning research, land use surveys, community consultation, environmental assessment, land capability assessment, rural planning and demographics.

Trevor is a corporate member of the Planning Institute of Australia and has over 30 years of experience working in private practice and local Government planning both in the ACT and throughout country NSW. He has worked on a diverse range of projects including subdivision concept plans, environmental impact assessments, strategic planning studies and statutory planning, and continues to pursue innovative solutions to projects.

Trevor believes that each individual should contribute more to their community than they take from it, and it is this ethos that guides his passion for his work. As an active contributor to numerous community projects and the leader of various community groups, he strives to make places more liveable, more sustainable or simply better places to be.

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Richard Nash

Senior Urban Planner

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra

Bachelor of Applied Science - Earth and Land Science, University of Canberra

Specialisations: Site analysis, planning research, strategic planning, statutory planning and policy, community consultation, project management, Geographic Information Systems and 3D visualisation.

Richard has 7 years experience in urban and strategic planning at the National Capital Authority and over a decades experience in Project Management of Civil, planning and ICT projects. Richard also has extensive experience with CAD and Geographic Information Systems spanning over 13 years. Richard has gained a broad range of skills during his career working on major projects throughout NSW and the ACT. Over the last 7 years Richard has worked on a wide variety of planning and civil works projects assisting the development of the nation’s capital.

Richard’s strong ability to liaise with Government, community and industry representatives on planning and development related matters is invaluable in facilitating development outcomes for our clients. He also has experience in public consultation and community engagement working closely with key interest groups in Canberra.

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Lydia Stone

Urban Planner & Office Manager

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra.

Strengths: Research, Report writing, project and planning administration

Lydia joined the Purdon team in mid 2017, as a recent graduate, and currently has a dual role as an entry-level Urban Planner, while also fulfilling an office management role. In both roles Lydia looks after various planning administration responsibilities and provides assistance to the team across a range of projects.

Lydia has keen interest in the connection between public health and place. Within Canberra; how our city can encourage and nurture healthy citizens, and ensure planning initiatives will support and enhance life and well-being for future generations.

Lydia is a born and breed local and is passionate about showcasing Canberra as a calm and beautiful city.

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Emily Leemhuis

Urban Planner

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra

Specialisations: statutory planning due diligence, DA documentation, issues identification and resolution.

Emily has recently competed her Bachelor in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Canberra. Since joining the team in 2016, Emily has worked across a broad range of projects involving community consultation, due diligence, lease variations, heritage impact assessments, economic impact assessments and Territory Plan variations.

Emily envisions Canberra to be a lively, social and sustainable city and hopes to use this vision to influence her work at Purdon Planning.

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Brad Maxwell

Urban Planning Assistant

Specialisations: Statutory planning research, analytical thinking and written communication.

Brad is currently in his final year of his Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Canberra. Since joining Purdon Planning this year, Brad has been involved in a range of projects including residential, commercial and mixed use proposals. He has been assisting in the development of due diligence reports, development applications and research reports

Brad hopes to ensure the environmental durability of our cities by shaping sustainable, diverse and vibrant spaces.

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Jini Ranaraja

Urban Planning Assistant

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra

Bachelor of Environmental Science, University of Canberra

Jini is a recent graduate with sound knowledge of urban planning principles, and is relishing the opportunity to put these into practice with Purdon Planning. Jini has been involved in development applications, lease variations and due diligence reports for a range of projects of varying scales within Canberra. Jini has also assisted with statutory planning, environmental impact assessments, redevelopment projects and demographic research.

Jini’s primary interest is to use her skills to create built environments that support sustainable communities.

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