PIA Management

PIA is managed by a team of staff in a range of locations across the country. Our team work collaboratively to deliver member services and to run PIA efficiently and effectively.

David Williams

Chief Executive Officer
David Williams

David has been CEO of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) since December 2016, naturally stepping into the role after five years as Chief Operating Officer, working in close partnership with then CEO, Kirsty Kelly RPIA.

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Michelle Reipsamen

Executive Officer (New South Wales and Education)
Michelle Riepsamen

Michelle manages the delivery of services to members throughout New South Wales as well as assisting PIA’s National Education Committee with ensuring members have access to high quality planning education. This includes running the accreditation process PIA provides for planning education courses.

Executive Officer (Queensland and Northern Territory)
Richard Moore

Richard manages the delivery of services and representation for PIA in Queensland and Northern Territory. He has a strong focus to continue the great work of PIA in these regions. Richard has over 25 years experience at a senior level in general management both here and overseas, and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

Executive Officer (Victoria & Tasmania)
Carmel McCormack

Carmel is the Executive Officer for Victoria and Tasmania. Carmel’s role is both externally and internally focused, and includes member services and programs, publications, policy, advocacy, professional development, communications, marketing, sponsorship, finance, administration and business development. Delivery of these activities is through collaboration and coordination with Committees, contractors, members and industry stakeholders. Carmel previously worked as a General Manager at AIA and AILA.

Executive Officer (Western Australia & South Australia)
Emma de Jager, RPIA

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Western Australian and South Australian divisions. Emma is a Registered Planner and has worked for government and as a consultant planner.

Sponsor Relationship Manager
Karen Lock

Karen manages sponsorship opportunities for National Congress and looks forward to discussing national partnership agreements with you.

Online Services Manager
Jemima Fowler

Jemima manages the membership team and is also responsible for the website & online system. Jemima has been with PIA since 2008.

Finance Manager
Jenny Street

Lauren Kneebone

Membership Marketing Manager
Lauren Kneebone

Lauren is responsible for developing, implementation and maintenance of marketing strategies to meet the Institute's membership objectives.

Board Secretariat and Executive Assistant
Brenda Payne

​Brenda is the Executive Assistant to the CEO, and provides secretarial support to the Board and Committees.

PIA's Former CEO

Kirsty Kelly served as PIA’s CEO from February 2011 to December 2016. During that time, Kirsty was a strong advocate for the role planning plays in creating sustainable, healthy and productive communities of lasting value.

Her passion about the contribution of planning and eagerness to give back to others led her to serve the Planning Institute of Australia in various capacities throughout her career with the Institute.

PIA’s membership, influence and financial position grew significantly under her leadership, and a previously loosely-knit set of divisions came together under the OnePIA banner to form what is now a well-oiled, tight-knit national industry body.

Kirsty personally reflected on her time at PIA in an article for our 2015-16 Annual Report.

PIA wishes Kirsty all the best for her future endeavours.

  • Contact PIA today
  • membership@planning.org.au
  • 02 6262 5933
  • 02 6292 9970
  • PO Box 5427 Kingston ACT 2604