Our People

At B&A we employ a small but dynamic team who have a huge amount of experience and specialist knowledge in all planning services.

Directors

Karl Cook

Director

Karl began his planning career in 1992 with stints at Auckland City Council and North Shore City Council before joining Connell Wagner in 1994. Karl joined Barker & Associates in 2001 and became a director in 2002. Karl has a Master of Planning from Auckland University and has been a full member of the NZ Planning Institute since 1995.

DDI: 09 375 0970
Mobile: 029 638 7970
karlc@barker.co.nz



Matt Norwell

Director

Matt completed his Bachelor of Planning degree (Auckland) in 1992 and took up positions with Rodney District Council and the Auckland Regional Council. In 1995 he moved to Connell Wagner before joining Barker & Associates in 1997. Matt has been a director since 2002 and has been a full member of the NZ Planning Institute since 1998.

DDI: 09 375 0909
Mobile: 029 850 2780
mattn@barker.co.nz



Nick Roberts

Director

Following completion of his Bachelor of Planning degree (Auckland) in 1992, Nick took up a position with Bloxham Burnett and Oliver in Hamilton. In 1994 Nick joined Connell Wagner as a senior planner before leaving in 1997 to form Barker & Associates as a founding director. Nick is a member of Auckland’s Urban Design Panel and is also a member of the working group development Auckland’s new unitary plan representing council as lead planner on the city centre zone and residential zone sections of the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

DDI: 09 375 0999
Mobile: 029 666 8330
nickr@barker.co.nz

Gerard Thompson

Principal

Following completion of a Master of Science in Geography degree (Canterbury) in 1994, Gerard worked in the telecommunications industry for a number of years. In 2002 he completed a Master of Resource and Environmental Planning degree (Massey) and worked for North Shore City Council before joining Barker & Associates in 2003. Gerard has been a principal since 2013 and is a full member of the NZ Planning Institute.

DDI: 09 375 0903
Mobile: 029 474 6660
gerardt@barker.co.nz

Our Team

Burnette O’Connor

Senior Associate

Burnette is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and has a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning with Honours from Massey University.

Burnette has over 23 years of planning work experience in a range of roles including work for local authorities and private practice. The range of work that Burnette has been involved in includes small and large scale development projects involving greenfield development, land use, subdivision and coastal consents, policy advice to local authorities (most recently Kaipara District Council and Whangarei District Council) and the presentation of evidence to both Council and the Environment Court for private and local authority clients. Burnette is also an accredited Hearings Commissioner and has sat on resource management hearings for Kaipara District Council and Whangarei District Council.  She also mentors planning students.

Mobile: 021 422 346
burnetteo@barker.co.nz



Rachel Morgan

Associate

Rachel began working at Auckland City Council in the Central Area Planning team in 2006. During that time Rachel completed the Masters of Planning Practice (Auckland University). Since then, Rachel has worked at Haines Planning in Auckland and has more recently worked for Auckland Council in the Unitary Plan team. Rachel joined Barker & Associates in February 2014. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University.

DDI: 09 375 0936
Mobile: 021 638 797
rachelm@barker.co.nz



Catherine Reaburn

Associate

Catherine began her planning career at Rodney District Council in 2005 and worked mainly in multi-disciplinary companies before joining Barker & Associates in 2013. She has a post graduate qualification in Environmental Management and has been a full member of the NZ Planning Institute since 2012. Catherine has a wide range of experience including in regional consenting; residential and commercial developments; policy development; and matters relating to mana whenua.

Mobile: 027 556 6988
catheriner@barker.co.nz



Karyn Kurzeja

Associate

Karyn began her planning career in 2000 at Manukau City Council after completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Resources and Environmental Planning and Masters degree in Town Planning at Waikato University. In 2003, Karyn moved to Harrison Grierson, where she spent 11 years before joining Barker & Associates in 2014 as an Associate. Karyn has been a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute since 2005 and is an Accredited Certificate Holder of the Making Good Decisions Programme. Karyn has specialist expertise in land development, subdivision, plan changes and securing resource consents.

DDI: 09 375 0910
Mobile: 029 930 6026
karynk@barker.co.nz



Evita Key

Associate

Evita has worked across a variety of residential, commercial, mixed use and industrial projects in three metropolitan cities, commencing in Auckland in 2000 and then gaining 10 years of experience in various senior planning roles in London and Sydney. After returning to Auckland in 2012 she worked in the resource consent and policy departments at Auckland Council including managing qualifying developments and plan variations within identified Special Housing Areas. Evita joined Barker & Associates in January 2016. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Resource Studies from Lincoln University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Canterbury University.

DDI: 09 375 0911
Mobile: 027 498 2205
evitak@barker.co.nz



Matt Riley

Associate/Urban Designer

Matt completed a Master of Planning Practice degree (Auckland) in 2000, after working in law and spending time overseas. He worked as a planning consultant at Barry Rae Transurban for five years while studying for a Master of Architecture (Urban Design). After graduating in 2005, Matt moved to Auckland City Council as an urban designer. Matt’s work at council involved urban design input to development proposals and secondments to the Unitary Plan team and Housing Project Office. Matt joined Barker & Associates as a Senior Urban Designer in 2014.

DDI: 09 375 0914
Mobile: 021 201 7781
mattr@barker.co.nz



Kathryn Akozu

Senior Planner

Following completion of a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning degree (Massey) in 2006, Kathryn took up a position with MWH (Dunedin) before moving to Burton Consultants (Auckland) in 2008. Kathryn joined Barker & Associates as a Senior Planner in November 2014. Kathryn is a Grad+ Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

DDI: 09 375 0916
Mobile: 027 688 7951
kathryna@barker.co.nz



Jeremy Talbot

Senior Planner

Since 2006 Jeremy has worked in consultancy and local government with roles based in Queenstown, London and Auckland. Jeremy’s experience and strengths include resource consent application project management, policy analysis and implementation, environmental effects assessment and involvement in a wide variety of land development, subdivision and infrastructure projects. Jeremy has an open and collaborative approach with clients, project advisors and local authorities, with a focus on the ‘big picture’ to ensure project goals are achieved. Jeremy has a Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Planning and is a Full Member of the NZ Planning Institute.

DDI: 09 375 0919
Mobile: 027 200 7677
JeremyT@barker.co.nz



Devon Rollo

Senior Planner

Following completion of a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning degree (Massey) in 2001, Devon took up a position with Manukau City Council in 2002 before moving to Waitakere City Council in 2003. In 2006 Devon moved to the UK where he worked for London Borough of Hounslow, London Borough of Southwark and London Borough of Tower Hamlets before returning to New Zealand at the end of 2011. Devon then spent one year at Auckland Council before joining Barker & Associates as a Senior Planner in 2013.

DDI: 09 375 0907
Mobile: 029 638 0789
devonr@barker.co.nz



David Badham

Senior Planner

David manages our Whangarei office which opened in August 2016. Following completion of a Bachelor of Planning Degree (1st class Honours) at the University of Auckland in 2010, David took up a position with Whangarei District Council (WDC) as a resource consent planner for two years. In early 2013 David left WDC to take up a consultant role with the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Resource Management Unit whilst looking for work in Australia. A 9 month stint working as an Environmental Advisor in the Queensland mining industry followed. David returned to New Zealand in January 2014 and took on another position with the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Resource Management Unit before returning to WDC in mid 2014 as a policy planner. David joined Barker & Associates in late 2015. He has been a Full Member of the NZPI since April 2015.

Mobile: 021 203 1034
davidb@barker.co.nz



Kerstin Ghisel

Senior Planner

Kerstin began her planning career in Scotland, where she worked for Planning Aid for Scotland on a project funded by the Scottish Government that sought to remove the barriers to engagement for ethnic minority and Gypsy/Travellers within the planning system. She has a MA (Hons) in Geography and Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and a Postgraduate Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Heriot Watt University. She moved to New Zealand in 2008, where she spent 8 years with Harrison Grierson in their Christchurch Office, and latterly as their Planning Manager, before joining Barker and Associates in 2016. Kerstin completed a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration in 2016 and is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, as well as an Associate Member of the NZ Planning Institute. She has a wide range of planning experience, including land development, subdivision, telecommunications and securing resource consents.

Mobile: 027 203 0901
kersting@barker.co.nz



Lara Clarke

Senior Planner

Lara completed her Bachelor of Planning Degree at the University of Auckland in 2010, from here she worked with an architectural practice for several months before joining Auckland Council as a Planner and Compliance and Monitoring officer. In 2014 Lara joined a multidisciplinary consultancy where she gained further experience with ‘regional’ consenting, land development and subdivision. More recently Lara has been working with Auckland Council on the Auckland Unitary Plan. Involving an intensive hearings process, mediation and presentation of expert evidence across a range of specialist areas. As a result Lara has also been involved with inputting into national policy direction in the area of coastal hazards and climate change. She is an intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and member of the New Zealand Coastal Society.

DDI: 09 375 0920
Mobile: 027 203 0888
larac@barker.co.nz



Ruth Evans

Senior Planner

Ruth has worked as a planning consultant in Christchurch, Queenstown and Brisbane, and as a graduate for Transit New Zealand (now NZTA). Prior to joining Barker and Associates in July 2017 Ruth worked for multidisciplinary consultancy Harrison Grierson for more than nine years. Ruth has experience in policy planning (including as a reporting officer for Christchurch City Council and Queenstown Lakes District Council on various topics including natural hazards, noise, resort zone and rezonings), resource management plan drafting and resource consent preparation. Ruth holds a Master of Regional and Resource Planning and Bachelor of Arts from Otago University and is an intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.  

Mobile: 027 570 3966
ruthe@barker.co.nz



Helen Pickles

Senior Planner

Helen has over ten years’ experience in planning and resource management in New Zealand, Australia, England and Scotland.  Helen gained her Masters in Town Planning (Hons) from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. After shifting to New Zealand in 2008, Helen worked as an Environmental Consents Planner at Taupo District Council. She was then employed as an Airport Planner at Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) in 2009 for over five years. Helen’s experience has been broad ranging from resource consent applications and submissions on plan changes, master planning and noise management plans. In 2015, Helen joined a multidisciplinary consultancy in Christchurch, where she worked on development projects involving regional consents often  dealing with contaminated sites. Helen was also acting as office manager during this time.  Helen is an associate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. 

Mobile: 021 708 737
helenp@barker.co.nz



Raheel Khan

Intermediate Planner

Following completion of a Bachelor of Planning with Honours from the University of Auckland, Raheel spent three years in Auckland Council’s resource consents team. During this time she processed a range of residential and commercial applications in both urban and rural contexts. Raheel joined Barker & Associates in 2016 and is an Intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

DDI: 09 375 0908
Mobile: 021 0230 1509
raheelk@barker.co.nz



Jessica Parulian

Intermediate Planner

Following completion of a Bachelor of Planning with Honours from the University of Auckland, Jessica spent four years at a planning consultancy working on various residential developments and community projects. Jessica has also processed on behalf of Auckland Council and completed a secondment in the resource consents team. During this time she processed a range of residential and commercial applications in both urban and rural contexts. Jessica joined Barker & Associates in 2017 and is a Grad+ member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Mobile: 027 581 3455
jessicap@barker.co.nz



Mary Wong

Intermediate Planner

Mary joined Barker & Associates in late 2015 after four years in the resource consents team at Auckland Council. During that time she has consented a range of residential and commercial developments. Mary completed her Bachelor of Planning degree at Auckland University in 2011 and is a Grad+ member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

DDI: 09 375 0916
Mobile: 0210310291
maryw@barker.co.nz



Heather Shannon

Intermediate Planner

Heather completed her Masters in Resource and Environmental Planning through Massey University in 2012, while working in the resources consents team at Whangarei District Council. During her three and a half years working on resource consents, Heather processed a range of land use and subdivision applications, including representing the Council at consent hearings. Heather subsequently spent two and a half years in a strategic planning role in the Council’s policy team, doing structure and community planning work, before joining Barker & Associates in 2017. Heather is an Intermediate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute, and an NZPI Branch Committee member representing the Northland area.

DDI: 09 438 5373
Mobile: 021 036 4930
heathers@barker.co.nz



Ailish Collins

Intermediate Planner

Ailish began working at Barker & Associates as a student during her final year of study in 2013. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Planning degree with Honours from the University of Auckland, Ailish has taken up a position as a planner in the firm, working on various commercial and residential developments

DDI: 09 375 0932
Mobile: 021 964 040
ailishc@barker.co.nz



Sarah Burgess

Intermediate Planner

Following completion of a Bachelor of Planning Honours degree at the University of Auckland, Sarah took up a full time position with Barker & Associates in November 2015 after working part-time for a year and a half. She has served as a member of the Auckland Young Planners’ Committee since 2013, and was the recipient of the New Zealand Planning Institute Reginald Hammond Scholarship in 2015.

DDI: 09 375 0930
Mobile: 021 185 8014
sarahb@barker.co.nz



Pip Beachen

Planner

Pip completed her Master of Urban Planning degree in 2016. During her studies she joined Barker & Associates as a planning assistant before taking up a full time roll in November 2016. Pip has worked on various residential projects.

DDI: 09 375 0918
Mobile: 027 572 6100
pipb@barker.co.nz



Shannon Joyce

Planner

Shannon completed her Master of Environmental Planning degree at Queen’s University Belfast in 2010. Shannon worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a couple of years before moving to Auckland in 2013, taking up a position with Barker & Associates in August 2015, working on various commercial and residential developments.

DDI: 09 375 0913
Mobile: 022 121 5127
shannonj@barker.co.nz



Sarah Grive

Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant to Karl Cook, Matt Norwell, Nick Roberts, Gerard Thompson

Mobile: 027 570 9460
sarahg@barker.co.nz



Wendy Williams

Accounts

DDI: 09 375 0951
accounts@barker.co.nz



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