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 B&A 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 B&A 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 B&A 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 B&A 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

Senior 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 B&A in February 2014. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University.

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



Evita Key

Senior 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 B&A 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

Senior Associate

Matt has worked as an urban designer since 2005 when he completed a Master of Architecture (Urban Design) (Hons 1st Class) at Auckland University.

Matt worked for Auckland City Council and then Auckland Council for nine years in a range of urban design roles focused on urban design strategy, input to Council and private sector development projects, and brown and greenfield masterplans. Since joining B&A in 2014 Matt’s work has included providing urban design expertise to multi-unit residential and mixed use schemes, masterplanning and greenfield subdivision, and giving urban design evidence at resource consent, plan change and district plan hearings. Matt is a member of the Auckland Council Urban Design Panel and an Independent Commissioner for Auckland Council.

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



David Badham

Associate

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 nine 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 B&A in late 2015. He has been a Full Member of the NZPI since April 2015.

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



Ruth Evans

Associate

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 B&A 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



Briar Belgrave

Associate

Following completion of her Masters of Resource and Environmental Planning degree (Massey University), Briar has worked as a planner in both the public and private sector in New Zealand and Australia. Briar began her planning career in central government working for the Ministry for the Environment. She then went on to work for a multidisciplinary consultancy and most recently in local government as a Senior Planner in Melbourne. Briar has an extensive range of planning experience including policy planning and implementation, environmental planning, resource consenting and stakeholder engagement and consultation. 

Mobile: 027 238 6456
briarb@barker.co.nz



Cam Wallace

Associate

Since 2008, Cam has worked as an urban designer and planner across the public and private sectors in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining B&A in November 2018, Cam spent over three years working as a Planner and then Principal Planner for Transport for London and provided planning advice on schemes including the proposed Bakerloo Line and Dockland’s Light Railway extensions along with numerous large scale private residential and commercial schemes across East London. Prior to his time in London, Cam worked as a planner and urban designer at a large multi-disciplinary consultancy in Auckland providing advice to a range of institutional and public sector organisations. Cam holds a Master of Urban Design (Hons 1st Class) and Bachelor of Planning (Hons 1st Class) from the University of Auckland and has been a Full Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute since 2014.

Mobile: 027 255 1141
camw@barker.co.nz



Jeremy Talbot

Associate

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



Rebecca Sanders

Associate

Rebecca began her planning career at Auckland City Council in 2009 where she was selected for the Graduate Planning Programme. On completion of the programme, Rebecca joined the Auckland Council Planning & Policy Department. Her work has seen her provide specialist planning input on a variety of spatial and resource management planning projects across the Auckland Region, with a particular focus on the urban development and residential provisions of the Auckland Unitary Plan. More recently Rebecca has been utilising her knowledge of the Unitary Plan to work on a number of strategic projects focused on quality intensification. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Planning from the University of Auckland.

Mobile: +64 27 306 3033
rebeccas@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 B&A 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: +64 27 203 0901
kersting@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, and then as an Airport Planner at Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) for 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 a range of development projects often requiring regional consents. Helen is an associate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute. 

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



Mary Wong

Senior Planner

Mary joined B&A 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



Pamela Santos

Senior Planner

Pamela began her planning career in 2010 as a part-time planning assistant at Barker & Associates. Following her completion of a Bachelor of Planning Honours degree at the University of Auckland in 2011, she took on a full-time planning role. In that time she has worked on a wide variety of residential projects ranging from Ponsonby villa renovations, apartment developments at Stonefields and has also been involved in a number of Special Housing Area projects. In 2016, Pamela moved to Canada where she worked for the City of Toronto on a number of infill housing projects, high-rise apartment developments and re-zoning projects across the North York district before returning to New Zealand at the end of 2018. Pamela is an Intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Mobile: 021 306 026
pamelas@barker.co.nz



Kathryn Akozu

Senior Planner

Kathryn has over 10 years’ experience in Planning and Resource Management in New Zealand. 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. In November 2014 Kathryn Joined Barker and Associates as a Senior Planner in November 2014. Kathryn’s experience has been broad ranging from resource consent applications and submissions on plan changes and resource consent applications to preparation of Evidence and Presentation in Hearings. Kathryn is an Intermediate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Mobile: +64 27 688 7951
kathyrna@barker.co.nz



Sarah Burgess

Senior Planner

Following completion of a Bachelor of Planning (First Class Honours) degree at the University of Auckland, Sarah took up a full time position with B&A in November 2015 after working part-time for a year and a half. She served as a member of the Auckland Emerging Planners’ Committee between 2013 and 2017, and was the recipient of the New Zealand Planning Institute Reginald Hammond Scholarship in 2015. She has worked on a wide variety of projects in resource consents and policy.

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



Jessica Parulian

Senior 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 B&A in 2017 and is a Grad+ member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

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



Shannon Fallon

Senior 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 B&A in August 2015, working on various commercial and residential developments.

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



Elizabeth Molloy

Resource Management Consultant

Elizabeth works in our Warkworth office across a broad range of resource consent and policy planning, including work in the rural and coastal environment. Elizabeth holds a BA in Geography and a Law degree with honours from the University of Otago. Elizabeth has a background in Resource Management law as well as experience as a policy analyst and project leader within the previous Auckland Regional Council. Elizabeth joined Barker and Associates in a planning role at the start of 2018.

Mobile: 027 601 7922
elizabethm@barker.co.nz



Danielle Ter Huurne

Intermediate Planner

Danielle graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geography, after her studies she travelled around Europe for 16 months. On her return she took up a position with Watercare as a sampling technician working predominantly in the field sampling from Auckland’s dams, rivers and reticulated water supply.

In early 2016 she started with Auckland Council in the resource consents team as a planner processing residential and commercial applications in both the rural and urban contexts. She is now also studying part time for her Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Science, which she will complete in July 2019.

Mobile: 021 339 696
danielleh@barker.co.nz



Alisa Neal

Intermediate Planner

Alisa completed a Bachelor of Urban Planning degree with Honours at the University of Auckland in 2013, before spending 5 years in the Hamilton City Council consents team. During her time at HCC Alisa processed a wide range of residential and commercial applications. Alisa joined B&A in 2019 and is an Intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Mobile: 027 726 4333
alisan@barker.co.nz



Georgia Brown

Intermediate Planner

Following completion of a Bachelor of Planning with Honours from the University of Auckland, Georgia spent two and a half years in Christchurch City Council’s resource consents team, before moving to the UK for her OE where she spent two years as a planning officer for the London Borough of Wandsworth. During her time in Local Government, Georgia has processed a variety of residential and commercial applications. Georgia returned to New Zealand in 2018 and worked for a multi-disciplinary consultancy in Christchurch, gaining experience in preparing resource consent applications for residential, rural and subdivision activities. Georgia joined B&A in 2019, and she is an Intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Mobile: +64 27 208 8635
georgiab@barker.co.nz



Fern Beck

Intermediate Planner

In 2017 Fern completed her Bachelor of Urban Planning (hons) degree at the University of Auckland where she was awarded the Auckland Town Planning Association Prize in Planning for her honours dissertation. During her studies she joined B&A as a planning assistant before taking up a full time role in November 2017. Fern has worked on a variety of rural, residential and commercial projects and is a Graduate member of the NZPI.

Mobile: 021 147 7122
fernb@barker.co.nz



Alice Hosted

Intermediate Planner

Alice joins Barkers & Associates having spent five years working in the resource management space; two years with the Department of Conservation as a consents and concessions advisor and the following three years at Far North District Council. During her time at Council, Alice spent two years processing a wide range of subdivision and landuse consents, and a year as a Policy Planner where she contributed to a consolidated plan review and project led the mapping of Northlands Significant Natural Areas. Alice has a Bachelors of Environmental Management and Planning (honours) from Lincoln University (2014) and is an Intermediate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Mobile: +64 27 311 3093
aliceh@barker.co.nz



Nick Mitchell

Planner & Urban Designer

Nick joined Barker & Associates in July 2016 whilst completing a Masters in Urban Planning (Prof) and Urban Design at the University of Auckland. Nick has worked on a variety of planning and urban design projects, including residential and commercial developments, and also large scale spatial plans and plan changes. Nick also has a Bachelor of Science (Geography) degree from the University of Otago.

Mobile: 021 186 8138
nickm@barker.co.nz



Stacey Sharp

Planner

Since completing her undergraduate studies at Victoria University in Wellington in 2013, Stacey joins B&A after spending time working with the Far North District Council and for a planning consultancy based in Hamilton. During this time she processed and prepared a range of residential, industrial and commercial applications in both rural and urban settings. Stacey is due to complete her postgraduate studies in 2018 and is an Associate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Mobile: 027 207 8297
staceys@barker.co.nz



Eleanor Monk

Planner

While studying towards a Bachelor of Environmental Planning at Massey University, Eleanor worked part-time at Horizons Regional Council, mainly answering public enquiries regarding resource consenting. Eleanor interned at B&A in the Warkworth office between her third and fourth years of study, and joined the team full-time as a graduate planner in November 2018.

Mobile: 027 263 4638
eleanorm@barker.co.nz



Phoebe Watson

Planner

Phoebe joined the B&A team in November 2018 after completing a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning with First Class Honours at Massey University. During her time at university Phoebe gained experience on both small scale residential projects and large scale infrastructure projects, such as the M2PP expressway in Wellington. Phoebe is also a Graduate member of the NZPI.

Mobile: 021 158 1159
phoebew@barker.co.nz



Wendy Williams

Accounts

DDI: 09 375 0951
Mobile: 021 247 9303
accounts@barker.co.nz



Sarah Grive

Executive Assistant

Sarah joined the Barker & Associates team in June 2017 after taking some time out to have a baby. Prior to that she has worked for nearly 20 years in the property industry, mainly in London then here in New Zealand. Sarah is executive assistant to Karl, Matt, Nick and Gerard and is responsible for all marketing and communications, she also provides overall support the team.

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



Michelle Carden

Administrative Assistant Warkworth Office

Administrative Assistant to Burnette O’Connor and the Warkworth Team

DDI: 09 422 3336
Mobile: 021 422 681
warkworth@barker.co.nz



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