Alison McCabe is a Director of SJB Planning (NSW) and is one of NSW’s eminent planners with over 35 years of experience in statutory and strategic planning for State, local and private sectors. For the past 12 years she has built and grown the NSW planning division of SJB into a leading planning consultancy. She is a state appointed member for the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel, a member of the SEPP65 Panel for Lake Macquarie City Council and sits on multiple Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels. Alison also teaches at UTS and holds the honorary appointment of Associate with the UTS Centre for Local Government. Very much a hands-on leader, she continues to work closely with clients on high-level projects across NSW, while also guiding and mentoring the team at SJB.
Co-founder, Utopia Goods
Together with Bruce Slorach, Sophie Tatlow founded Deuce Design (since 2000), a leading multi-disciplinary design studio in Sydney. In 2012, they created Utopia Goods, a unique textile and home furnishings company producing crafted and screen printed fabrics celebrating botanical beauty and craftsmanship. For the past five years, Sophie has creatively guided Utopia Goods to become one of the best known, textile brands in Australia, currently circumnavigating their way into US interior design and textile shores.
She frequently travels to India to manage print and production and is no stranger to taking the collection to the UK and USA for sales, promotion and greater brand awareness. Sophie is a keen champion of Australian design and has ambitions to put Australian native plants and most importantly, Australian textiles on the international map. Her past and current experience as a researcher, copywriter, art director and experience as a heritage interpretation consultant are behind the Utopia Goods aesthetic and philosophy.
Landscape architect, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture
Jane Irwin is recognized as a leader in the field of Landscape Architecture in NSW. Jane takes a vital interest in the public domain, and participates in competitions and urban design programs that foster innovative thinking about its structure and future.
Her design practice - Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture (JILA) has a distinguished portfolio of projects that have been recognized through state and national awards. With work ranging from garden courtyards to city making the practice has great enthusiasm for the possibilities of urban design. The small, multidisciplinary team at JILA draws, analyzes and understands. It has cultivated an informed and specific design language that speaks to the authenticity of place and its rich cultural associations. A practice style that could stymie this intuitive and iterative approach is eschewed.
Jane is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and recent past President. She is also a member of the Heritage Council of NSW.