Team Bios

Richard Nash

Managing Director

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra

Bachelor of Applied Science – Earth and Land Science, University of Canberra

Richard was appointed Managing Director of Purdon Planning after several years as General Manager and Senior Urban Planner prior to that. With his technical experience and leadership guidance, Richard leads a team of dedicated and passionate professionals to deliver a variety of projects and engage with the broader Canberra community and surrounding region.

Richard has over 15 years’ experience in urban and strategic planning with both the National Capital Authority and Purdon Planning. With a keen focus on strategic planning, Civil, Master Planning and redevelopment projects he also manages a wide variety of planning and community engagement 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 positive development outcomes for our clients. He also has extensive experience in public consultation and community engagement working closely with key interest groups in Canberra.

Angela Jones

Lead Planning Practitioner

Post Graduate Certificate in Town Planning – South Bank University, London, United Kingdom

Master of Science – Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Angela is an experienced Planner, with 20 years’ experience managing a variety of projects including development applications, works approvals, estate development plans, due diligence, lease variations, territory plan variations and community consultation.

She has extensive experience in managing complex projects and providing sound advice on strategic and statutory planning issues in the ACT.

Angela has a strong ability to build relationships with clients, government entities and the community, to achieve the best outcomes for the future planning of Canberra.

Dan Stewart - Purdon Planning Pty Ltd

Dan stewart


Master of Management, Australian National University

Bachelor of Economics, Australian National University

Bachelor of Science, Australian National University

Dan Stewart is a Director of Purdon Planning and has extensive experience in economic and financial analysis, policy and business case development, urban and regional development policy, project management, feasibility studies and community consultation and facilitation. This has been gained through more than 25 years in both public and private sector roles.

Before joining Purdon Planning Dan ran his own business for 12 months and was also Director, Planning and Development at Geocon for almost two years. Reporting to the General Manager, Dan led the planning and delivery of some of Canberra’s most significant residential and mixed-use development projects, including the Kingston Arts Precinct, the Republic Precinct at Belconnen (incorporating Canberra’s largest residential tower) and Geocon’s new luxury hotel on Northbourne Avenue.

From 2015 to 2018, Dan was Director ACT for Elton Consulting where he took a lead role in a broad range of major developments that will shape the look and feel of Canberra into the future. This included landmark buildings, urban renewal projects and greenfield developments. Dan advised on project feasibilities, developed business cases and undertook stakeholder consultation to ensure that the developments were commercially viable and would meet community and government expectations.

Prior to joining Elton, Dan held multiple senior executive roles over 14 years in the ACT Government, including Coordinator-General, Urban Renewal; Deputy Director-General, Land Development and Corporate; and Deputy Chief Executive, Land Development Agency. Dan had responsibility for coordinating key projects including redevelopment of Canberra’s CBD (City to the Lake) and the Capital Metro (light rail) corridor.

David Dawes - Purdon Planning Pty Ltd

david dawes

Strategic Advisor

David served for six years as the Head of the ACT Government’s Land Development Agency and Director-General for Economic Development. He also served as the ACT Government’s Coordinator-General for Major Projects.

These roles followed other senior ACT Government roles including Director-General of Land and Property Services and before that, Deputy Chief Executive of the Chief Minister’s Department.

In these roles David administered the Government’s land release and development program, innovation, trade and investment policies, CBR brand development, the ACT’s arts and cultural facilities and the ACT Government’s property portfolio, including all its sporting and recreation facilities. David was also instrumental in developing policies that attracted international flights to Canberra.

David’s government work followed a long and distinguished career as head of the ACT Master Builders Association and various roles in the property sector before that.

David brings to Purdon Planning a deep understanding of the ACT property sector with an unparalleled network of contacts across the public and private sectors.

Naina Argawal

Senior Urban Planner and Design Lead

Master of Urban Planning, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Bachelor of Architecture, Manipal University, India 

With a background in Urban Planning from Singapore, Naina brings Purdon an international outlook to projects. She is highly skilled in preparing planning visuals for sites or masterplans led by the planning policies of the region. She is involved in a range of major projects including development applications, due diligence and development feasibility, site research, lease variations, social impact assessment, Estate Development Plans and Territory Plan variations.

Through her education and professional journey, Naina has developed skills in integrating design-led and multi-disciplinary research projects. She is committed to social change through urban interventions and strives to find pathways to achieve sustainable developments through her work.

trevor fitzpatrick

Senior Associate

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

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 regional NSW. He has managed a diverse range of projects including subdivision concept plans, environmental impact assessments, strategic planning studies and statutory planning, and continues to provide innovative solutions to client projects.

Trevor believes that individuals can contribute more to their community than they take from it and this ethos guides his passion for his work. As an active contributor to numerous projects and the leader of various community groups, he strives to make spaces more sustainable, liveable and engaging.

Pierre Huetter - Purdon Planning Pty Ltd

pierre huetter

Associate Director Operations and Policy

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Wollongong

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, Australian National University

Diploma in Project Management, Canberra Institute of Technology

Pierre comes to Purdon after having held various roles in the public and private sectors in policy and major project facilitation roles. Those roles have included work facilitating major projects within government, major bid preparation and coordination outside government, tender writing, project management, policy and business case preparation.

Pierre has an in-depth knowledge of statutory and strategic planning requirements for the ACT, enabling him to provide sound and practical advice on related issues.

Pierre is a qualified project manager. He is also a Member of Australian Institute of Project Management and the Planning Institute of Australia (ACT). Pierre is also a board member of the Molonglo Financial Services Limited

bradley yates

Urban Planning Practitioner

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra

Bradley Yates is a qualified Urban Planner with three years’ experience in the profession. With a background in Strata Management, Bradley is comfortable working in various land tenure situations and changing locations.

Bradley has experience in the preparation of planning assessments and management/delivery of development approval for projects of Multi-Unit residential, mixed-use, industrial, commercial and public facilities across the ACT and NSW.

Bradley has delivered successful Environment Significance Opinion applications, Unit Title amendments and Lease Variations, in addition to strategic planning analysis for private, public and community sector projects across the ACT.

jenny jones

Wellbeing and Engagement Manager

Diploma in Marketing and Event Management

Jenny is an an experienced engagement and events professional with over fiftteen years’ experience in various industries. Adept at quickly assessing needs, developing plans and implementing effective solutions, her management ensures a highly regarded and seamless client experience, delivered within a set budget and timeline.

Jenny’s engaging and enthusiastic manner attracts and retains stakeholder engagement. She has the ability to positively influence a broad spectrum of stakeholders with clear written and verbal communication to ensure collaboration and understanding.

With a background in marketing, Jenny has the ability to bring together the creative and logistical components of projects to deliver a unified engagement activity.

ginn zhang

Urban Planning Practitioner 城市规划师

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra

Bachelor of Arts, Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication

Ginn is a qualified Urban Planner who won a commendation for Planning Institute of Australia ACT Young Planner of the Year 2021.

She has worked in the field for three years after graduating from her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning.

Her experience includes involvement in various Canberra Hospital projects providing strategic advice for planning approvals. Ginn is also experienced in preparing planning assessment for development approval and analysis for both private and public sectors.

maggie li

Urban Planner 城市规划师

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology

Maggie is a qualified town planner with three years’ experience in the industry. After graduating from her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, she spent one year in a construction company in Canberra and then worked for Yass Valley Council in the Development Controls Team for two years.

Her experience with Yass Valley Council includes Development Application assessment of small-scale residential dwellings to rural subdivision, the assessment of rural/urban subdivision certificate and response to the dwelling entitlement enquiries. The experience enables her to look at a project from assessment point of view.