Leadership 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. To read about the VPA’s organisational structure, click here.

The VPA’s executive team is outlined below:

Stuart Moseley, Chief Executive Officer

Stuart 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. Stuart is a reformer and a strong advocate for outstanding urban environments and practical planning solutions.

Peter Sagar, Executive Director Inner Melbourne & Middle Melbourne (acting)

Peter has worked on many urban renewal place-based initiatives in Australia, and has been at the centre of metropolitan planning strategies for both Melbourne and Sydney. Peter believes in drawing upon the expertise and wisdom of a range of stakeholders and communities to achieve better outcomes. Before joining the Victorian Planning Authority, Peter worked at the Greater Sydney Commission, City of Port Phillip and Victorian planning departments.

Alix Rhodes, Executive Director, Outer Melbourne

Alix has extensive experience in metropolitan strategic planning and developing and implementing public policy, most recently as Deputy Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, WA Division and at the WA Department of Planning.

Brett Davis, Executive Director, Regional Victoria

Brett has senior experience in project management, urban and regional planning, and most recently was a Senior Member at Planning Panels Victoria. Brett is a Fellow and past State President of the Planning Institute of Australia and has worked throughout Australia on numerous large-scale projects.

Tess Pickering, Executive Director, Strategy, Engagement and Futures (Acting)

Tess is an experienced land use planner. She has worked in both the private and public planning sectors across Australia. She has particular interest in strategic planning, government policy development and building strong stakeholder relationships. These interests complement Tess’ passion for achieving good urban planning outcomes for Victoria’s communities.

Rachel Dapiran, Executive Director, Planning, Infrastructure and Planning

Rachel has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and experience working in government and public policy at a senior level. Rachel is a strategic thinker with a proven track record of stakeholder management, effective advocacy and implementing complex policies.

Ed Small, Board Secretary and Executive Director, Corporate Services

Ed is a Chartered Accountant of many years standing with additional post graduate qualifications in Business Administration and Urban Policy and Planning. Ed has a background in senior management in local government.

Paul Byrne, currently on secondment to Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Paul has an extensive background in urban planning, applied research, business management and urban development. He brings to the VPA over 30 years of broad experience across both the public and private sectors.

Steve Dunn, currently on secondment to the Department of Health and Human Services

Steve is passionate about working with councils, communities and land owners in planning for liveable neighbourhoods. Steve enjoyed a long career in local government before joining the VPA 9 years ago. He sits on the national board of the Planning Institute of Australia.