UDIA's EnviroDevelopment Board of Directors represent a cross section of experienced leaders in the sustainable development space. We thank them for volunteering their time and expertise for the benefit of both the industry and the community.


Lyndsey.jpgLyndsay Neilson
Neilson Associates
Lyndsay Neilson is Managing Director of Neilson Associates Pty Limited and provides consultancy services internationally in urban strategic planning, metropolitan strategies, urban futures and urban governance; public policy formulation in the water sector, housing, corrections, disability services, and related areas; corporate and business strategic plans; and leadership mentoring in the public sector.
He aspires to continue to contribute to public policy, urban strategic planning and management and capacity building in Australia and internationally as an adviser and consultant. He was awarded the Sidney Luker Memorial Medal in 2005 for an outstanding contribution to Australian Urban and Regional Planning.He has been responsible for the metropolitan strategies for Riyadh in Saudi Arabia (MEDSTAR); Melbourne (Melbourne 2030) and has contributed to the Dubai Urban Development Framework. He has advised on urban and infrastructure planning in Riyadh for more than 25 years and contributed to a wide range of urban strategic planning projects. He has also led strategic plans in the                                                          water sector, corrections, disability services, sustainability, and other sectors.

Alex Fearnside

Urban Coup


Alex Fearnside has worked for over 20 years on urban environmental issues, covering area such as designing large scale building retrofits programs, design for the environment and triple bottom line reporting publications, and resource efficiency initiatives. He was the inaugural CEO of the Yarra Energy Foundation, the Executive Director of the Dahl Trust, and has worked for the Australian Federal Government, the City of Melbourne, The Climate Group, and as a product designer for Philips. 

Steve Dunn
Victorian Planning Authority

Steve Dunn is Lead Director - Urban Renewal at the Victorian Planning Authority, responsible for the overall urban renewal program, including the planning of key urban renewal sites and national employment and innovation clusters within Melbourne’s established suburbs.
Steve has been a Director at the VPA (formerly Metropolitan Planning Authority) for nine years and was previously responsible for structure planning in the eastern and southern regions of Melbourne.
Prior to joining the VPA, Steve was 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 the Port Phillip Housing Association. 


Nick Glasson



Nick is a highly respected leader in Cardno’s civil engineering discipline with an impressive track record in the planning and delivery of urban development projects, drawing on over 25 years’ experience from a wide variety of civil projects.  Nick oversees the operations of Cardno’s Victorian Land Development Group, covering residential and industrial/commercial subdivisional developments of both greenfield and infill sites ranging from small boutique developments to large scale new master planned communities. 

Nicks particular area of expertise is in the assessment and planning of new developments.  His ability to appreciate the project vision and concisely assess the infrastructure requirements, coupled with a strong appreciation of the requirements of other disciplines ensures that infrastructure is integrated efficiently and economically within developments. 

With a record of numerous successfully planned and delivered projects, Nick has shown a gift for developing strong relationships with clients, authority officers and fellow consultants based on his appreciation of their requirements and ability to provide practical and inclusive solutions.


Amanda Cornwall

Amanda Cornwall & Associates


Amanda is a public policy and strategy consultant providing advice to governments and leading not-for-profits. She’s a great communicator with particular expertise in environment, water, climate change and health care policy.

She has over 15 years experience in senior management roles with the Victorian and NSW governments and with public interest advocacy groups. In her early career she practiced as a banking and finance solicitor and she was a political adviser to the Hawke federal government.
Amanda has over 10 years experience in the environment, climate change and water sectors and 10 years in health and consumer affairs. She’s an expert in modern regulation to drive business innovation and program design with a focus on outcomes.

She is a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria and on the board of the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority.

Amanda has postgraduate qualifications in administrative law and public policy and a certificate in Governance Practice. She’s a full member the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and was a director and President of National Environmental Law Association from 2009 to 2015.

Her voluntary activities include student activities at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School, organising for the Merri Corner Community Garden and mentoring with the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Stepping Stones program for refugee and migrant women.     

Professor Ray Green

University of Melbourne


Ray Green is professor in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne where he teaches and conducts research that focuses on various aspects of sustainable land development. He is the author of the book Coastal Towns in Transition (2010) and co-author of Design for Change (1985), The Green City: Sustainable Homes, Sustainable Suburbs (2005) and Towards Low Carbon Cities in China (2015).

Prior to his academic pursues he spent 12 years in professional land planning and design practice, and is credited with a wide range of development projects in the United States, Mexico, South East Asia and Australia.

Ray has been a board member of UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment program since 2014.


Aaron Organ

Ecology and Heritage Partners

Aaron Organ has over 21 years’ experience in the environmental field.  He has previously worked as a field ecologist in East Gippsland Victoria, and has worked as a ranger in Queensland and Victoria, having extensive experience in National Park and Reserve management throughout Australia.

Aaron has experience relating to the ecology and management of flora and fauna species, and ecological communities throughout eastern Australia.  He has provided ecological advice to a range of clients for Panel Enquiries, proposed residential and industrial subdivisions, and large infrastructure projects such as wind farms in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.  Aaron has also played an integral role in a long-term flora and fauna monitoring project along the Illawarra escarpment New South Wales, and provided pre and post approval advice to clients for road and pipeline developments throughout Victoria.  He has also authored/co –authored over 400 environmental reports for a range of clients, including private companies, all levels of government, and non-government organisations.

He is an expert in his respective field and regularly represents clients at Appeals Tribunal (VCAT and Planning Panels).  He currently holds a board positon on the UDIA EnviroDevelopment certification scheme, he is a non-executive Director of EarthWatch Institute, and he has been a judge of the Banksia Awards (Natural Capital category) for the past five years.


Chris Chesterfield

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Director Strategic Engagement at Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.
Chris has a background in biology and philosophy and has worked for the last 25 years in technical and management roles in the Department of Water Resources, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water. At Melbourne Water he was General Manager of the Waterways Group for over six years with responsibility for storm water, floodplain and waterway management across a region of 13,000 km2 and over four million people. Chris is recognised nationally for the transformational impact of his leadership on Melbourne Water and significant aspects of the Victorian water industry that has led to international recognition of Melbourne as a world leader in water sensitive urban design. Chris has a Bachelor of Science with Honors and is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mark Bartley

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

For more information on UDIA's EnviroDevelopment program, please contact UDIA Sustainability and EnviroDevelopment Manager, Ricki Hersburgh: ricki@udiavic.com.au