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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Rob Purdon

Director

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Trevor Fitzpatrick

Associate Director

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Richard

Richard Nash

General Manager

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Emily

Emily Leemhuis

Urban Planner

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Emma conant

Emma Conant

Office Manager

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George Hibbard

Urban Planning Assistant

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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

General Manager

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 recently been appointed General Manager after several years as a Senior Urban Planner with Purdon Planning. With his technical experience and leadership guidance, Purdon's is excited about Richard leading our team of dedicated and passionate professionals to deliver a variety of projects and engage with the broader Canberra community.

Richard has over 10 years’ experience in urban and strategic planning with the National Capital Authority and Purdon Planning and over a decades experience in Project Management of Civil, planning and ICT projects. He has extensive experience with Spatial and Planning Systems spanning over 15 years and has gained a broad range of skills during his career working on major projects throughout NSW and the ACT. Over the last decade, 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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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 completed 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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Emma Conant

Office Manager

Certificate IV in Project Management Wisdom Learning

Currently undertaking Certificate IV in Writing and Editing Open Colleges

Specialisations: editorial assistance, project management and written communication

Emma has over 15 years’ experience in office management and executive level support with a range of not for profit, private and member based organisations focussed on working with multi-disciplinary teams for regional based projects and initiatives. In addition to managing the coordination of the Purdon office, Emma also provides support to the team with development applications, design collateral and high level administrative support.

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George Hibbard

Urban Planning Assistant

Currently undertaking Bachelor of Arts/Science at ANU, majoring in History and Environmental Science Australian National University

Specialisations: spatial analysis, plan preparation and other mapping

George plays a vital role in supporting the senior team in community consultation, graphic design, development applications and site due diligence tasks. Prior to joining the team, George interned with the ACT Planning Minister and in the planning department of the City of El Paso, Texas. In his work George is interested in bringing a collaborative and conscientious approach to planning to create inviting, inclusive spaces with unique identities. He also cares deeply about the environment and heritage.

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