Management Team

The Victorian Planning Authority is staffed by a dedicated, highly professional team with a broad range of experience in planning, urban development and government policy.

You can download a copy of the VPA’s executive structure here.

Our executive team includes the following:

Stuart Moseley, Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Moseley has more than 30 years of experience in planning, urban management and project delivery in the public and private sectors across five Australian State/Territory jurisdictions.

He has a strong track record of leading organisational change and planning reform encompassing strategy, policy, culture and project delivery. He has been responsible for, or played a significant role in, metropolitan planning strategies for Greater Adelaide, South East Queensland and Greater Sydney, and has been responsible for legislative reform of the South Australian and Queensland planning systems.

Prior to taking up the role of CEO of the VPA in June 2017, Stuart served as the Deputy Director General (Planning Group) in the Queensland Government. He is a former Chief Executive of the Adelaide City Council and has held executive roles in the South Australian and New South Wales Governments and in the consulting sector.

He is a Fellow and Registered Planner of the Planning Institute of Australia, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former National Vice President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

Stuart is a reformer and a passionate advocate for outstanding urban environments.

Corporate Services

The Corporate Service’s team focuses on strengthening the capability, performance, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of our people and our organisation. Key functions include Board Secretariat, risk, finance, information technology, people, governance and organizational policy.  This team also coordinates the VPA’s role in collecting the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) and other infrastructure charges.

Ed Small, Executive Director, Corporate Services/Board Secretary


Ed is chartered accountant with a Master of Urban Policy and Planning. Ed has a background in senior management in local government, where he was responsible, at varying times, for the corporate service and finance functions in a number of Melbourne’s inner and middle-ring councils.

Ed is responsible for leading the governance of the organisation and is the VPA’s Board Secretary.

Kylie MacKinnon, Director, People and Culture

Kylie has 15 years’ experience across a broad range of HR disciplines gained through working with the Department of Transport, Worksafe Vitoria and the Victorian Building Authority. She has a passion for working with people at all levels to unlock potential and boost the effectiveness of organisations. She is a people professional with an outstanding reputation and track record.

Strategy, Engagement and Futures

The Strategy, Engagement and Futures team is tasked with crafting and shaping the VPA’s message to inspire action and trust/

Through evidence-based and multi-disciplinary design, policy and analysis, this team enables the organisation to plan, visualise and communicate great places for Victoria’s current and future communities.

Rachel Dapiran, Executive Director, Strategy, Engagement & Futures 


Rachel has a keen understanding of government and public policy, derived from years spent working at a senior level in state government. She has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and her recent work experience has included managing complex and controversial strategic planning projects for two local councils. A strategic thinker with a proven track record of stakeholder management, effective advocacy and implementing complex policies.

Tess Pickering, Director, Strategy, Engagement and Futures 

Tess joins us from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning in Queensland Government, where she holds the position of Director, SEQ Regional Plan Implementation. With a background in planning specialising in land use planning, Tess brings extensive experience across public and private sectors.

Planning, Infrastructure and Technical

The Planning, Infrastructure and Technical team’s focus is on improving the quality, timeliness, evidence base, and post approval implementation of planning projects. The team will have a particular emphasis on driving infrastructure coordination solutions across government to support implementation of Precinct Structure Plans (PSP’s) and other plans, including negotiation of Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) works-in-kind agreements.

Paul Byrne, Executive Director, Planning Infrastructure and Technical

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Paul is managing the preparation of the East Werribee Employment Precinct. Paul was heavily involved in the development of the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution fund, as well as the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Logical Inclusions Review Process. Paul has an extensive background in urban planning, applied research, business management and urban economic development.

Mark Knudsen, Director, Infrastructure


Mark is a civil engineer with an extensive background in infrastructure planning and delivery. His career covers 18 years in a variety of roles with VicRoads, five years in private consulting and six years working on public transport planning and project development with the then Victorian Department of Infrastructure.

Mark joined the VPA in 2007.  Mark and his team support the VPA’s planners to ensure a coordinated approach to infrastructure planning is embedded in the VPA’s land use planning.

Dean Rochfort, Director, Streamlining 

Dean has over 10 years executive management experience at local government level that includes planning and economic development at metropolitan growth, regional city and interface councils.

Dean manages Streamlining for Growth – the state government’s capacity-building program for councils across regional and metropolitan Victoria. He coordinates the grants and application process for this program and facilitates projects that speeds up the delivery of land for employment and housing.

Inner Melbourne

The Inner Melbourne team leads the planning for the transformation of state significant precincts and major sites in inner Melbourne into well designed vibrant and resilient places that support high value jobs, build new communities and enhance Melbourne’s reputation as a global city. These precincts will be planned and developed hand in hand with state and local government, industry and the community.

The Inner City areas include:

  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Port Phillip
  • City of Yarra
  • City of Darebin (south of Bell Street)
  • City of Moreland (south of Bell Street)
  • City of Maribyrnong

Emily Mottram, Executive Director, Inner Melbourne 

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Emily is passionate about urban renewal and has worked extensively in strategic planning and place-based partnerships. She holds a Master of Urban Regeneration and has delivered major renewal projects in the UK and Australia. Prior to joining the VPA Emily worked for the Department of Planning (DPCD, DTPLI and now DELWP) and was involved in the development of Plan Melbourne.

As a consultant in the UK, Emily provided advice to councils about public housing estate redevelopment and community infrastructure delivery. Emily’s focus at the VPA is on supporting the evolution of inner Melbourne.

Emily currently leads the Inner Melbourne planning team in projects in Melbourne’s inner municipalities below:

Middle Melbourne

Planning for urban renewal of strategic sites and precincts in partnership with councils and stakeholders, to increase the percentage of new housing and grow employment opportunities in established areas. This implements government policy by delivering housing choice and jobs to meet population growth and create 20-minute neighbourhoods close to existing services and public transport.

These areas include:

  • City of Banyule
  • City of Moonee Valley
  • City of Boroondara
  • City of Knox
  • City of Darebin (north of Bell Street)
  • City of Moreland (north of Bell Street)
  • City of Manningham
  • City of Maroondah
  • City of Whitehorse
  • Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • City of Bayside
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • City of Frankston
  • City of Glen Eira
  • City of Kingston
  • Hobsons Bay City Council

Steve Dunn, Executive Director, Middle Melbourne


Steve is responsible for managing the urban renewal projects in Melbourne’s middle ring, including the planning of the National Employment and Innovation clusters.

Steve has been at the VPA for nine years and was previously the director responsible for overseeing structure planning in the eastern and southern regions of Melbourne. Prior to joining the VPA, Steve enjoyed a long career as a director in local government and holds qualifications in urban and regional planning, geography and business administration. Steve sits on the national board of the Planning Institute of Australia and the board of Port Phillip Housing Association.

Emily Hillebrand, Director, Middle Melbourne (currently on leave)

With a background in urban design and planning, Emily honed her skills in urban renewal while working at a senior level in local government and private consultancy.

Emily brings a depth of understanding in effective activity centres structure planning, housing and employment policy formulation, brownfield renewal and facilitating the development of knowledge and employment clusters through her work here and in Vietnam.

Emily is adept at managing the complexities of stakeholder relationships to deliver high quality place-based outcomes and has broad experience in the delivery of community engagement.

While on leave Bruce Hunter is Acting for Emily in this role.

Bruce Hunter, Acting Director, Middle Melbourne 

Bruce brings a large amount of experience to the VPA, especially in planning for urban renewal sites in Melbourne’s middle ring. Currently, he is focusing on the Altona North Strategic Site, East Village and the Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster and associated projects.

Steve, Emily and Bruce will lead the Middle Melbourne team on planning projects in the following areas:

Outer Melbourne

The Outer Melbourne planning team, previously the Greenfields team, focusses on unlocking innovative and timely development outcomes in the greenfield areas and strategic site and NEICs of outer Melbourne.  This is achieved by planning in partnership with local councils and state agencies to create high quality and liveable communities that integrate transport, jobs, housing, town centres, open space, community facilities, biodiversity and heritage values.

These areas include:

  • City of Casey
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Hume City Council (except for Broadmeadows)
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Melton City Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • City of Whittlesea
  • Wyndham City Council
  • Yarra Ranges Council

Alix Rhodes, Executive Director, Outer Melbourne

Alix is moving across from the Property Council of Australia in WA where she is the Deputy Executive Director. Alix has extensive experience spanning across both Government and industry, and has also held senior positions in the WA Department of Planning as the Director of Metropolitan Strategic Planning, WA Housing Authority, Victorian Arts Centre, Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy and Creative Partnerships Australia.

Alix is supported by Paul Cassidy and Martina Johnson as Directors Outer Melbourne.

Paul Cassidy, Director, Outer Melbourne 

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Paul is a registered landscape architect with more than 20 years’ experience working in private consulting and for local and state governments. For the past eight years Paul has worked for the Victorian Planning Authority on a wide range of structure planning projects in Melbourne’s west and south-east, and was most recently the VPA’s Open Space Planning Executive.

In his current role, Paul is focusing on outer Melbourne growth areas. He brings strong overall strategic planning, design and place-making skills to the role.

Martina Johnson, Director, Outer Melbourne 


Martina is responsible for the VPA’s work program in the western outer areas of Melbourne and is currently leading the Kororoit and Plumpton PSPs and the Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains PSP.

Martina has qualifications in architecture and regional and urban planning, and is keen to deliver high-quality design outcomes in Melbourne’s growing greenfield areas. Martina previously worked on active centre planning and place-management at DELWP, and prior to that in the private and local government sectors in architecture.

Alix, Martina and Paul and their team will be focusing on planning for the following areas:


Supporting the growth of regional cities, centres and towns by partnering with councils to deliver customised spatial planning solutions that reflect the diversity, strengths and aspirations of regional communities.

Brett Davis, Executive Director, Regional

Brett Davis is a qualified town planner with over 25 years’ experience in project management, urban and regional planning, property, development management and facilitation. Most recently, Brett was a Senior Member at Planning Panels Victoria, and has also served on the Building Appeals Board. He has held a number of senior planning and leadership roles in the public and private sectors including Davis Planning Solutions and UGL Limited as well as extensive experience in local Government and industry as a planner and project manager. Brett is a Fellow and past State President of the Planning Institute of Australia and has worked throughout Australia on numerous large-scale projects and led multi-disciplinary teams for public and private organisations.

Damien Kennedy, Director, Regional 

Damien brings many years of planning experience to the VPA’s regional team. Having previously worked at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Damien has held leadership roles in many projects in regional areas, including the eight Regional Growth Plans.

Damien is currently focused on delivering outcomes of the VPA’s Streamlining for Growth program.