Our People

Mark Sheppard
Principal

Rob Milner
Principal

Jonathan Halaliku
Principal

Nicole Donnison
Principal

Julia Bell
Associate

Alison Milner
Associate

Kyle O’Brien
Associate

Annette Toussas
General Manager

Tim Nichols
Senior Consultant

Vincent Pham
Senior Consultant

Amy Ikhayanti
Consultant

Danielle Cull
Consultant

Jane Witham
Consultant

Krishna Keerthi
Consultant

Michael Mattner
Consultant

Sam Palma
Consultant

Jacky Cashman
PA to Mark Sheppard and Rob Milner

Tanya WIlliams
Administrative Assistant

Mark Sheppard
Principal

MPIA

I am an urban designer with 30 years’ consultancy experience. I specialise in leading large-scale master planning and urban renewal projects, and providing urban design advice. My expertise is recognised by frequent engagements to give evidence in relation to development proposals and planning scheme amendments.

My passion is improving the liveability, sustainability and resilience of urban areas.

I am the author of Essentials of Urban Design (CSIRO Publishing, 2015) and a contributor to Urban Design Practice – An International Review (RIBA Publishing, 2012). The Urban Design Group (UK)  has awarded me Recognised Urban Design Practitioner status.

 

Specialties: Large-scale spatial planning and urban renewal, urban design review and expert evidence

Rob Milner
Principal

LFPIA FVPELA

I am a strategic and statutory planner with more than 40 years’ experience in providing advice on most matters that come under the umbrella of urban and regional planning.

I thrive on complex and new challenges including specialisations such as strategic studies and justifications, highest and best use, policy development, acquisitions and compensation, covenants and gaming.

My work satisfaction results from originality of thought, adding of value, clarity of communication, persuading others and passing my knowledge and experience on to the generations that follow.

As a result of my extensive experience and expertise, I am regularly called upon to provide expert evidence on the diverse fields of planning in which I am particularly proficient.

Specialities: Expertise and evidence on complex planning challenges where a strategic and historical perspective is a major advantage

Jonathan Halaliku
Principal

MVPELA (Board Member) MPIA

I am an urban and regional planner with more than 12 years’ experience. I act for public and private interests in a range of approval and policy advice settings.

My specialisms are assembling strategy and leading planning approvals for land use and renewal projects in urban and regional areas. My passion is improving the lived experience of our cities and towns for today and tomorrow.

I am regularly appointed to provide expert planning advice and evidence in relation to development proposals.

Specialties: Planning and urban renewal, urban planning review and expert evidence

Nicole Donnison
Principal

MPIA

I am a strategic planning and community activation specialist with 20 years’ experience in the private and public sector.

My specialisms are co-design, engagement and place activation of emerging communities in greenfield and renewal areas, and strategic planning for Precinct Structure Plans and Urban Design Frameworks. I am an expert in creating ‘developer led’ community development processes and programs across the life of large masterplanned community projects.

My passion is improving the lived experience and resilience of residents and workers in the places that we plan and design.

I developed the innovative ‘Sprout Hub’ temporary community activation model for Lendlease—the biggest step change in delivery of social infrastructure in Greenfields for the past decade.

Specialties: Large-scale spatial planning and community activation, co-design and placemaking, social infrastructure planning

Julia Bell
Associate

MPIA

I am an urban designer and strategic planner with more than 12 years’ experience in private and public practice in Melbourne and Sydney. I specialise in preparing built form frameworks, urban design frameworks, structure plans, master plans and urban design guidelines for activity centres, transport infrastructure and urban renewal precincts.

As a recognised expert, I regularly provide independent urban design advice and evidence in relation to planning scheme amendments and site-specific development proposals.

I am driven by a desire to create interesting and engaging streets and cities that are inclusive and resilient in the face of a changing climate.

Specialties: built form frameworks, urban design frameworks, structure plans, master plans, urban design review and expert evidence

Alison Milner
Associate

I am a statutory and strategic town planner with more than 15 years’ planning experience, principally as a consultant but also benefitting from a history in local government.

My skills and particularly strong competencies are in development approvals and the specialised and challenging areas of planning practice, establishing highest and best use outcomes for the purposes of valuation and compensation and the removal and/or modification of restrictive covenants.

My expertise results in regular engagements to provide considered advice, pragmatic solutions and big picture thinking in relation to a wide range of complex planning issues and proposals.

Specialties: Development approvals, valuation and compensation matters, restrictive covenants and expert evidence

Kyle O’Brien
Associate

MPIA

I am an urban and regional planner. I have broad experience in providing advice and professional services to a wide range of clients, both private and public, in a statutory and strategic planning capacity.

My specialisms are securing land use and development approvals, providing due diligence advice, assembling effective project teams, and providing well considered and pragmatic solutions to complex planning problems.

I am passionate about facilitating sustainable land use and built form outcomes, and exploring the interplay and tensions between the planning framework and the wants and needs of the community.

My professional focus has been as a consultant, and I regularly appear as an advocate before VCAT and Planning Panels Victoria.  

Specialties: Land use and built form approvals, urban planning review, due diligence advice, advocacy and representation

Annette Toussas

General Manager

MAICD IML

I have over 20 years general management and finance experience in professional services which has allowed me to build and grow the kinetica business model.

Having full oversight of the internal operations and a strong focus on change management, I am passionate and committed to future proofing the business by exceeding client expectations and retaining the best industry professionals.

A key role is working closely with the Principals and Board in setting the strategic plan, directing the implementation and confirming alignment with our values resulting in a relevant and successful business.

Tim Nichols
Senior Consultant

I am an experienced strategic and statutory planner with more than fourteen years of specialised experience working for the private sector across a broad spectrum of projects.

My skill set is further enhanced as an urban designer and my diverse knowledge and experience means I can manage complex multi-disciplinary projects within professional spheres to provide innovative solutions and advice.

My professional focus traverses the planning lifecycle of urban and regional projects, from policy and strategic planning, through statutory and tribunal processes, to completed built urban design outcomes.

Vincent Pham
Senior Consultant

I am an urban designer and planner with experience in both public and private sectors. My skillset is benefited from my prior practice in architecture and possessing qualifications in all three fields, enabling me to bring pragmatic solutions across a diversity of developments of varying scales.

I specialise in providing planning and urban design advice for infill developments across metropolitan Melbourne, undertaking development due diligence, and navigating clients through planning processes.

I am particularly passionate towards finding the right balance between expectations of planning frameworks and policies, facilitating high quality urban places and promoting architectural statements.

Amy Ikhayanti
Consultant

I am an urban designer, and I am experienced in both masterplanning and strategic projects.

I have practised urban design and architecture in Australia, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Singapore, increasing my international perspective on trends.

This extensive background in architecture and graphic design allows me to deliver projects with strong focus on the built form with an emphasis on visual presentation. Most notably, I am part of the team who delivers Bridge Road – Victoria Street Built Form Framework, Postcode 3081 Urban Design Framework, and Glen Huntly Built Form Framework.

Danielle Cull
Consultant

I am an urban designer with a background in cartography and graphic design. I have broad experience in the private sector, providing advice and professional services to both private and public clients in a statutory and strategic urban design capacity.

My specialisations include preparing VCAT evidence and providing urban design guidance to create better public realm outcomes.

I am passionate about influencing cities to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Jane Witham
Consultant

I am an urban planner with a strong background in local government planning. My experience stems from development assessment which has led to a strong understanding in the field.

My skill set is proficient across all business streams at Kinetica, including statutory urban design, statutory planning, strategic urban design and strategic planning.

The creative side of my role has led to a keen interest in urban design, whereby my ability for creative thinking coupled with extensive statutory planning experience provides for high quality development outcomes.

I hold a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (hons) from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Art in Public Spaces from RMIT, Melbourne.

Krishna Keerthi
Consultant

I am an urban designer with a background in architecture.

Urban Design is of keen focus for me, especially on how it impacts large-scale change in cities, spaces, and communities.

I specialise in providing technical, creative and graphics support to the broader Urban Design team at kinetica in preparing master plans, structure plans, 3D modelling and visual assessments, built form frameworks, urban design frameworks and urban design guidelines. I have strong computer aided and analytical mapping skills.

Michael Mattner
Consultant

I am an urban designer and planner with experience in both private and public practice. I specialise in providing urban design advice and have worked on a variety of projects for both private and public clients, contributing to a wide range of developments, built form frameworks and structure plans throughout Victoria.

I am driven by a desire to create unique, inclusive and engaging places, which are resilient to climate change.

Sam Palma
Consultant

I am an urban planner with a wide range of experience within the property development industry. Having previously worked within Local Government, my experience encompasses projects both within the Statutory and Strategic Planning disciplines.

As an experienced advocate, I have represented both Council and private clients at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

My diverse experience in urban planning and property development means I have a thorough understanding of the practical application of the Victorian Planning Provisions and its impacts on the statutory planning process. My advice is conscientious and balanced with the aim of a pre-eminent outcome.

Jacky Cashman
PA to Mark Sheppard and
Rob Milner

I am the PA to Mark Sheppard and Rob Milner – Principals of Kinetica.

My key responsibility is to manage two busy schedules with an efficiency and thoroughness which enables the Principals  maximum time with clients and driving the strategy of Kinetica.

Having been with Kinetica for 9 years, I have an excellent understanding of the business, its objectives and the loyal client base.

Liaising with clients and stakeholders, on behalf of Mark and Rob,  is enjoyable for me and I deal with a myriad of issues with a calm and professional manner.

Tanya WIlliams
Administrative Assistant

I am one of the key administrative staff at Kinetica and I bring a vast knowledge of office experience with me having worked across many industries.

It is likely you hear my voice when you call Kinetica and I also assist in the day to day office duties for our busy team.

My role  involves booking and preparing meeting rooms, as well as helping team member setting up projects and making clients feel welcome when they first visit our office

Why have we changed our name?

kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.

Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.

Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.

This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.

Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change.  We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.

kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.