WHO WE ARE

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

JOHN O’CALLAGHAN

JOHN O’CALLAGHAN

DIRECTOR

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.

METTE KIRK

METTE KIRK

ENGAGEMENT AND STRATEGY MANAGER

Mette is a strategy and engagement professional with more than 18 years’ project management experience in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. With a diverse background in social science, business administration, strategic planning, environmental management, engagement and facilitation, she enjoys bringing together community views, stakeholder considerations and expert perspectives in creating holistic strategies, policies and plans.

LAUREN GRAM

LAUREN GRAM

SENIOR URBAN PLANNER

Lauren is an experienced urban planner with an interest in creating compassionate cities. Her background in working with local government in both Australia and New Zealand allows Lauren to bring diverse perspectives and an international outlook to her work. . Lauren’s attention to detail in urban planning, as well as her big-picture problem solving capacity, allows her to offer a grounded and human-focused approach to developing better neighbourhoods and inspired communities.

CONNIE STEERS

CONNIE STEERS

CREATIVE URBAN PLANNER

Connie is currently studying a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Sydney. With a creative background in design and project management, Connie believes innovative communication methods are key in engaging communities with their environment. She is interested in urban sustainability, environmentally-minded design and combining public art with place.
ANNIKA USSEL

ANNIKA USSEL

PLACE MAKER

Annika enjoys being challenged to think in creative ways when working with the natural and built environment. Her passion lies in promoting a healthy relationship between people and places. With a special interest in permaculture, public art, mapping and community engagement, she enjoys connecting the dots in planning projects of varying scales.

Growing up in chaotic Mexico City, within a complex yet organic urban setting Annika is interested in finding ways in which to bring nature, spontaneity and excitement into our daily urban lives.

MATTHEW SALAMONE

MATTHEW SALAMONE

STUDENT PLANNER

Matthew is a passionate student planner with an interest in making our cities more equitable for all. He has experience with engaging communities and has undertaken demographic analysis for numerous projects in and outside of Sydney.

The team

Our diverse work output reflects the awesome experience of our team and their backgrounds having been lucky to travel, or work with, other cultures around the world. We are open and collaborative and acknowledge past and current colleagues as friends and a continuous source of inspiration.

Want to collaborate or join the JOC Consulting team? We’d love to grab coffee! Get in touch [email protected]

Some of our clients

City of Sydney Council

Penrith City Council

Department of Planning and Environment, New South Wales, State Government

Transport for New South Wales

Cultural Infrastructure Management Office (CIMPO)

Department of Communities, Western Australia State Government

Green Building Council Indonesia

Conclave Wijaya, Jakarta

MidCoast Council

Dungog Shire Council

Sydney Metro Delivery Office

Parramatta City Council

Lendlease Group

Lewis Land Group

“John is an inspiring and creative leader. We have worked together on projects for the Australian Design Centre, Australian Institute of Architects and Transport for NSW. JOC Consulting is able to harness other people’s creativity and unite them even if they have varied opinions and ideas. As a result, John and the team are both professional and a warm collaborator” 

~ Claire McCaughan,
Co-Director Archrival and Director Custom Mad