About the family – Who we are


We take an entrepreneurial approach to creating better cities and are passionate about delivering authentic and meaningful project outcomes.

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John O'Callaghan

John is an urban planner and expert place maker, facilitator and engagement specialist. He is passionate about positive behaviour change and making our cities more liveable through creativity and innovation. John is also the founder of Trending City, a collaborative blogging platform capturing great ideas from across the globe, and co-founder of Idea Bombing Sydney, a creative meetup focused on turning ideas into action.

John  has co-designed a course at the University of New South Wales teaching contemporary issues in urbanism and is a former Chair of Brand X, an arts organisation that fills vacant spaces with independent artists.

Associate Director

Adan Davis

Adan is an experienced planner, leading projects across public and private sectors with a demonstrated history of motivating teams and working with stakeholders to achieve quality outcomes and places where people want to live and work. Adan has previously held senior and managerial positions at Holroyd, Liverpool and Cumberland Councils.

Adan is well regarded for his sound advice, engaging approach, strategic solutions and ability to deliver. He is motivated by the challenges facing Sydney and recognises the importance of integrated strategic planning for development and infrastructure in growing cities.


Mette Kirk​

Mette is a strategy and engagement professional with a diverse background in social science, business administration, strategic planning, environmental management, engagement and facilitation. Mette brings together community views, stakeholder considerations and expert perspectives to create holistic strategies, policies and plans. This approach allows Mette to work effectively within politically or culturally sensitive environments in delivering projects that are well tailored to meet client needs and have broad buy-in and support beyond the organisation.

“JOC Consulting is able to harness other people’s creativity and unite them even if they have varied opinions and ideas.”

Claire McCaughan,
Co-Director Archrival and
Director Custom Made

Creative Engagement Officer

Beatrice Tan

Bea is passionate about connecting people and creating safe, equitable communities. At JOC, Bea helps realise urban planning outcomes that embody community aspirations and spirit. Recent experience has seen her work across Sydney on a variety of engagement and place-led strategy work. She is fascinated by the relationship communities have with their built and natural environments and has spent time observing these connections in Germany and the Philippines.

Communications Officer

Jordan Kelly

Jordan is an experienced communications strategist, passionate about progressing community desires into ideal solutions. Jordan’s varied experience in the arts and private sector, allows him to offer a unique perspective on the mutually beneficial relationship between creativity and commercial interests, to help build more diverse, thriving communities. 

Sam Austin - Website Photo
Senior Urban Planner

Samuel Austin

Sam is an experienced Urban Planner with an extensive professional background working within Local Government and various private consultancies. His interests in placemaking and creating smart and vibrant cities is shown in his ongoing advocacy for innovative and creative uses of our urban areas.

With a solid foundation in strategic and statutory planning, Sam is well positioned to help facilitate practical solutions to complex urban planning problems. His experience working on various large-scale masterplans and planning proposals across NSW, provides a holistic understanding and context to new projects. His work has seen him simplifying planning jargon to engage with residents, and translating their values and visions into actionable strategic plans.

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We’re always up for a chat – reach out, let’s grab a coffee.

Email: [email protected]
Phone John on: +61400 471 469