WHO WE ARE
We take an entrepreneurial approach to creating better cities and are passionate about delivering authentic and meaningful project outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
CREATIVE URBAN PLANNER
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 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.
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
Dungog Shire Council
Sydney Metro Delivery Office
Parramatta City Council
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