Director, Capital Region



Mel’s interest in planning dates back to her high school days. She was always interested in the concept of sustainable development and the relationship between the built environment and its context. She vividly remembers the discussions with her career advisor where it became very apparent that her studies would lead her to becoming a town planner.

Mel completed an undergraduate degree in liberal studies’, majoring in history, geoscience, and French, and then progressed to her Masters’ degree in planning. During the final 6 months of her Masters’ degree, in 2009, Mel was given the opportunity by Sue and David to take on a graduate placement at City Plan. They took her under their wings and provided her with the support and “tools” to forge her path within the world of planning. Over the past 12 years, she has emerged as a dynamic planner, who consistently strives to achieve positive and innovative outcomes for Clients. Whilst she carries abroad spectrum of both statutory and strategic planning knowledge across a very diverse range of project types and scales, she is a statutory planner at heart with a particular interest in larger scale, more complex development proposals, and particularly those within the aged care/seniors living and social infrastructure (schools, hospitals, community facilities etc) sphere. She thrives on navigating her clients (both public and private) through the ridiculously complex planning systems we are faced with Australia-wide. She also thoroughly enjoys project managing the approvals process and design competitions, noting that she thrives on being efficient, organised and hitting milestones.

Mel loves being a planner and working within the Gyde team of like-minded professionals. Being a part of the leadership team reflects Gyde’s approach to “growing their own” and she feels privileged to now be able to assist in “growing” the next generation of bright and passionate young planners within the Gyde team.

Mel is an active member of both the Property Council Planning Committee (NSW) and the Planning Institute of Australia ACT Division Committee.

Mel is a Registered Planner with accreditation under the NSW Government's Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner (REAP) Scheme.

  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Sydney University
  • Master of Planning, University of New South Wales
  • Corporate Member, Property Council of Australia
  • Corporate Member, Urban Development Institute of Australia
  • Corporate Member, Urban Taskforce
  • Member, Planning Institute of Australia
  • Member, Planning Committee, Property Council of Australia
Capital Region

PO Box 320,

Jerrabomberra NSW 2619

+61 2 9071 1842