The idea for IMPA emerged from a series of discussions between founding members Gerry McLoughlin and Dr Darragh O'Brien about the potential of an organized, funded group to represent community interests in the planning process. The idea quickly grew and was widely embraced by community groups from all over Melbourne's inner suburbs. IMPA was incorporated in January 2104 and is now led by an elected, voluntary Executive Group.

2017-18 Executive Group

   President     Dr Ian Woodcock   Ian Woodcock is an architect and urban designer with over 30 years’ experience encompassing practice, research and teaching, across government, private, community and university sectors. His research focuses on urban change, sense of place, and the use of design as a research method. He is an associate lecturer at RMIT, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and has led graduate studios at the Melbourne School of Design since 2005.

President
Dr Ian Woodcock

Ian Woodcock is an architect and urban designer with over 30 years’ experience encompassing practice, research and teaching, across government, private, community and university sectors. His research focuses on urban change, sense of place, and the use of design as a research method. He is an associate lecturer at RMIT, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and has led graduate studios at the Melbourne School of Design since 2005.

   Vice President     Marianne Richards   Recently retiring after 38 years in the public service as a town planner in Victoria and South Australia, Marianne has extensive knowledge and experience in port, airport and freight network planning and development issues. In the late 1990s, Marianne was part of the Victorian Government team that negotiated the basis for airport master planning processes for federally privatised airports and later other Victorian airports. Marianne’s interests include application of transport land use planning policy and development frameworks, processes and initiatives to economic, social and environmental issues; and implementing practical outcomes in land use planning policy frameworks for the long term sustainability of airports, ports and freight networks. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Monash University), a Graduate Diploma of Town Planning (South Australian Institute of Technology) and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (Mt Eliza Business School).

Vice President
Marianne Richards

Recently retiring after 38 years in the public service as a town planner in Victoria and South Australia, Marianne has extensive knowledge and experience in port, airport and freight network planning and development issues. In the late 1990s, Marianne was part of the Victorian Government team that negotiated the basis for airport master planning processes for federally privatised airports and later other Victorian airports. Marianne’s interests include application of transport land use planning policy and development frameworks, processes and initiatives to economic, social and environmental issues; and implementing practical outcomes in land use planning policy frameworks for the long term sustainability of airports, ports and freight networks. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Monash University), a Graduate Diploma of Town Planning (South Australian Institute of Technology) and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (Mt Eliza Business School).

   Secretary     Gerry McLoughlin   Gerry is a resident of Balaclava with over 20 years’ experience as a registered architect and urban designer, both in private practice and as a senior Urban Designer/Project Manager with Local Government Authorities and a range of State Government Departments. Her experience includes Urban Design Visioning for Sydney Road and Footscray’s Urban Design Framework which is still the blueprint for urban renewal in Melbourne’s western suburbs.Gerry also co-authored the Urban Design Forum  CABE Down Under  (renamed  AUDI   Australian Cities and Towns  document. As an executive member of the Community Alliance of Port Phillip (CAPP), in 2013 she organised the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA) Community forum.

Secretary
Gerry McLoughlin

Gerry is a resident of Balaclava with over 20 years’ experience as a registered architect and urban designer, both in private practice and as a senior Urban Designer/Project Manager with Local Government Authorities and a range of State Government Departments. Her experience includes Urban Design Visioning for Sydney Road and Footscray’s Urban Design Framework which is still the blueprint for urban renewal in Melbourne’s western suburbs.Gerry also co-authored the Urban Design Forum CABE Down Under (renamed AUDI Australian Cities and Towns document. As an executive member of the Community Alliance of Port Phillip (CAPP), in 2013 she organised the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA) Community forum.

   Treasurer     Tim Naismith

Treasurer
Tim Naismith

   Policy     Rosa McKenna

Policy
Rosa McKenna

   Planning    Ian Wood   Ian was involved in planning and environmental issues with the City of Yarra from the late 90s until only a few years ago. He was a member of three Yarra Council Advisory Committees for six years (on planning, the environment and City Link) and stood for Yarra Council in 1999 & 2002. He has a background in science and teaching and then worked as a radio journalist/producer/presenter in the 80s and 90s, mainly with ABC Radio Australia. He's been a member of SOS since shortly after it was formed in 1998 in response to the deregulation of town planning laws by the Kennett Govt. during the 90s. He joined the SOS Committee in 2003. At the end of 2004 he was elected Vice President, and has been SOS President since November 2008. As a Community Planning Consultant, he has been acting professionally as an advocate for residents at the council level and at VCAT since 2001. He focuses on improved statutory and strategic planning controls and local government processes, including reform of VCAT, better and more integrated public transport and maintaining and improving the amenity and sustainability of metro Melbourne.

Planning
Ian Wood

Ian was involved in planning and environmental issues with the City of Yarra from the late 90s until only a few years ago. He was a member of three Yarra Council Advisory Committees for six years (on planning, the environment and City Link) and stood for Yarra Council in 1999 & 2002. He has a background in science and teaching and then worked as a radio journalist/producer/presenter in the 80s and 90s, mainly with ABC Radio Australia. He's been a member of SOS since shortly after it was formed in 1998 in response to the deregulation of town planning laws by the Kennett Govt. during the 90s. He joined the SOS Committee in 2003. At the end of 2004 he was elected Vice President, and has been SOS President since November 2008. As a Community Planning Consultant, he has been acting professionally as an advocate for residents at the council level and at VCAT since 2001. He focuses on improved statutory and strategic planning controls and local government processes, including reform of VCAT, better and more integrated public transport and maintaining and improving the amenity and sustainability of metro Melbourne.

   Research  Dr Darragh O'Brien   Darragh is a resident and business owner from the suburb of Kensington. He established the Architectural Research Consultancy (ARC) in 2010, having previously spent 5 years as founding director of the Spatial Research Group at Monash University. Darragh has extensive research and design experience, working with communities in Europe, the US and Australia. He holds a PhD on the evidence-based design of architectural and urban environments and is particularly interested in how communities can become the primary source of that evidence, using new technologies to gather data and inform the design of socially, environmentally and commercially sustainable cities.

Research
Dr Darragh O'Brien

Darragh is a resident and business owner from the suburb of Kensington. He established the Architectural Research Consultancy (ARC) in 2010, having previously spent 5 years as founding director of the Spatial Research Group at Monash University. Darragh has extensive research and design experience, working with communities in Europe, the US and Australia. He holds a PhD on the evidence-based design of architectural and urban environments and is particularly interested in how communities can become the primary source of that evidence, using new technologies to gather data and inform the design of socially, environmentally and commercially sustainable cities.

   Transport     Tina Sheldon

Transport
Tina Sheldon


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