Small Team. Huge Talent.

Like characters in a musical, we spring into work each Monday with a joy in our heart and a song on our lips. To be completely honest, the random singing is a little off-putting, but you get the idea, we love our work.

We’re so outside the square,
we’ve forgotten what it looks like

It's how we work

A small but mighty team with a diverse background in urban planning, design and creative problem solving. Not to mention dab hands at keeping one of the three office succulents alive, despite all the odds.


If you were to see us in the field, taking notes, assessing the site, you’d never know that underneath those layers of practical clothing and sensible shoes is an urban designer who can flex like a gymnast, who’s light on their feet and sharp as a tack, but being part of a small team lets us all be exactly that. Without the need for intense stretching.

And it’s that rare ability to approach each project from a new perspective and an open mind that is inherent in working as part of a small team on a diverse range of projects. We can’t afford to get stuck in our ways and we refuse to let our results be governed by our process, instead, we let the desired results inform how we approach each project.

It's not about the paycheck,
though it does help.

It's why we work

We’re a team of people who truly care for what we do, with a shared belief that quality, bespoke urban planning is imperative to successful communities.


As urban planners and designers, Mesh has the unique responsibility of ensuring our work has a significant and important impact on the lives of those who will inhabit the final product. That's why we’re a little obsessed with breaking down the big issues into bite-size chunks, solving problems and planning a positive experience that delivers something truly meaningful.

As a team, we're driven by our ability to coherently collaborate and bring a balanced and equal mix of talent and effort to each job. We love the sense of exhaustion as the project is completed, knowing that, just like Cliffy Young, in our own way, we have achieved something incredible and important - for our client, the community and ourselves.

Chris De Silva

Chris De Silva

Executive Director | Zen Mystic
Applied Science (Planning)

Chris De Silva is a town planner with over 30 years of growth area experience gained primarily at the City of Whittlesea where he occupied the positions of Manager Strategic Planning and Director Planning and Development.

Just like a yoga swami or other deity, Chris is the humble, visionary leader of the Mesh studio.

Highly respected in the planning industry for his ability to conceptualise the strategic merits of any given project, Chris’ talents are well respected in his positions as expert witness for many planning panels, Council education workshops and appointment on the Minister for Planning’s Standard Development Contributions Advisory Committee.

In further testimony to his fourth dimensional understanding of planning, his ability to appreciate and anticipate planned outcomes is supported by his philosophy of rigorously ‘testing’ each site, especially those with a nearby golf course.

Chris specialises in shared infrastructure costing implementation, Section 173 negotiations, Expert Evidence, high level strategic plans including PSPs, growth strategies & framework level plans and strategies and the ability to perfectly match shorts with a business shirt - but only ever on Fridays.

Click here to view Chris’ CV


TRIVIAL FACT

He is omnipresent - in a good way.

Chris De Silva
Chris De Silva
Chris De Silva
Chris De Silva
Leah Wittingslow

Leah Wittingslow

Managing Director | Strategic Planning | Tome of All Knowledge
Social Science (Planning)(Hons), Masters Business Administration (Executive)

With a unique ability to efficiently summarise all known things into an Excel spreadsheet -preferably with formulae - Leah is Mesh’s obsessively organised yet conversely, verbose, Associate Director and leader of Mesh’s planning team.

With her extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, Leah has the ability to anticipate all likely planning and design issues. Apart from astounding her workmates, this forward-thinking approach has been well received in the planning and development industry, where Leah is recognised for her ability to formulate logical and future proof solutions and strategies that may not have been previously considered.

Leah specialises in high level strategic plans including PSPs and Strategy Plans, Development Plans, Planning Scheme Amendments, infrastructure funding negotiations and relentlessly pursuing customer service agents until they audibly break.

Click here to view Leah’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

She finds verbs and adjectives inefficient and prefers to ‘noun them’.

Leah Wittingslow
Leah Wittingslow
Leah Wittingslow
Leah Wittingslow
Jacob Peterson

Jacob Peterson

Associate Team Leader Urban Design | Urban Designer | Tall
Design (Landscape Architecture) and Urban and Regional Planning (Hon)

When he’s not dropping some hot beats as resident drummer in his bungalow, Jacob can be found in the Mesh studio tapping away whilst he dreams up visionary designs for towns, activity centres, streetscapes and landscapes. His real talent is drawing on a wide range of urban design skills techniques, technologies and the mesh team to realise his (or his client’s) urban design dreams.  In his role as team leader, Jacob keeps our band of talented urban designers working together in time to a steady beat, whilst encouraging some timely artistic improvisation (and occasional self indulgent drum solo ) to keep it fun and innovative!

Winning a local urban design competition at 14 began Jacobs life-long pursuit for quality well considered and clearly communicated design. Now a well-established urban design leader, Jacob has broad experience and qualifications in urban design, landscape architecture and planning in both the public and private sectors, and is considered a meshy all-rounder. This life-long pursuit continues at Mesh in every project Jacob works on, firing his passion for reimagining how we should plan and design our cities and towns.

Jacob also works collaboratively with communities in remote areas of Nepal, not-for profit, believing in sharing his skills where they will be of most value.

Click here to view Jacob’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

Being 6’4 tall and having the balance of a toddler naturally led Jacob to his latest hobby, surfing. Needless to say, he enjoys a challenge.

Jacob Peterson
Jacob Peterson
Jacob Peterson
Jacob Peterson
Michelle Calleja

Michelle Calleja

Associate Director | Urban Design | Style Icon
Master of Urban Design / Landscape Architecture, Ba. Planning & Design (Honours)

Often found pouring over a well turned out plan, design or new pair of kicks, Michelle’s ability to translate complex design briefs into carefully resolved plans makes her the perfect fit to lead the Mesh urban design team. Michelle takes pride in producing work that is effectively communicated, site responsive, client focused, commercial and implementable.

With around 20 years’ experience in growth area masterplanning and design, Michelle’s approach is creative and pragmatic. She is able to synthesise all elements of a site and transform it into a responsive and elegant solution that is meticulously thought out and tested under the Mesh microscope.

Michelle has accrued her talents by practising in urban design management in both public and private sector roles and is often invited to guest lecture and facilitate Council and private sector urban design training.

Click here to view Michelle’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

In her downtime, Michelle enjoys speaking to strangers.

Michelle Calleja
Michelle Calleja
Michelle Calleja
Michelle Calleja
Jo Fisher

Jo Fisher

Associate Director | Urban Planner | Farmers Market Obsessive
Bachelor of Science, Masters in Regional and Resource Planning (Distinction)

Jo is our New Zealand based counterpart who is an incredibly well versed strategic urban planner, mother, cook and Mesh fashion icon. Known for her relentless pursuit of the perfectly overpriced sourdough, before re-locating to New Zealand, Jo also had a long standing and highly regarded career in both the Victorian local government and private sector with an emphasis in growth area structure planning and implementation.

Jo is among few planners in Victoria with such an in-depth understanding of infrastructure contribution strategies and what colour shoe should be worn with a navy pant. Her knowledge affords her the ability to review and prepare implementation models to support projects to get off the ground in a fair and equitable manner while always looking fabulous.

Specialising in infrastructure funding implementation and review, high level strategic plans, development plan preparation and review, planning scheme amendments and home-made lemon tarts, Jo’s meticulous nature and strategic background ensures all Mesh projects are rigorously tested and will ‘stack up’ to meet expectations - as do her tarts.

Click here to view Jo’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

Nate believes that Jo is quite possibly the only person to have ever telephoned him in the office.

Jo Fisher
Jo Fisher
Jo Fisher
Jo Fisher
Bronwyn Petitt

Bronwyn Petitt

Associate Director | Urban Planner | Equine Enthusiast
Masters of Social Science (Planning & Environment), Bachelor of Arts Legal Studies, Certificate IV in Project Management

Despite waking at 4:30 every morning* to train dressage horses in a remote paddock, Bronwyn Petitt is actually quite sane, best demonstrated by her decision to leave a legal career and instead study for her masters degree in Planning & Environment.

With a philosophy based on not over complicating already complicated planning issues, her drive to achieve feasible, practical planning solutions that provide the best community outcomes is matched only by her passion for raw food and travel … and standing in remote paddocks with horses.

Mesh Bronwyn Pettitt CV


TRIVIAL FACT

\*We’re not convinced that 4:30 in the morning is a time that actually exists. Bronwyn has offered to prove it to us, but we’ve had no volunteers.

Bronwyn Petitt
Bronwyn Petitt
Bronwyn Petitt
Bronwyn Petitt
John Petrakos

John Petrakos

Associate Planner
BA, MUP, RPIA

John is passionate about town planning and brings experience and expertise to all stages of the strategic planning lifecycle. With over 10 years’ experience, John brings valuable insight into strategic planning at every level - how to prepare strategic plans; resolving issues during the planning scheme amendment process; and quickly identifying likely challenges at the permit stage. John’s experience of strategic planning at state, local and subdivision levels, alongside 5 years of contributions to the work of the Planning Institute of Australia, has given him the skills to quickly assess the line of sight of planning policy intent. This assists him with focusing time and effort on the matters that have the most impact. John places great importance on building relationships with those he works with across the whole strategic planning lifecycle and takes pride in offering well thought through solutions based on robust evidence. Whether you are a state, local or private practitioner, John will be able to assist you with preparing and implementing strategic plans or policy as well as navigating the Victorian Planning System.


TRIVIAL FACT

John got into town planning as a career because as a kid he liked playing Sim City.

John Petrakos
John Petrakos
John Petrakos
John Petrakos
Laura Caccamo

Laura Caccamo

Senior Urban Planner | Strategic Planning | Professional Snacker
Urban and Regional Planning (Hons)

Although she believes office plants reduce stress and negative feelings she is often seen struggling to keep her desk plant alive, whilst also trying to ward off starvation herself. Laura has managed to survive and graduate from Urban and Regional Planning with Honours and is also repping the planning industry on the PIA Young Planners Committee. The Mesh family could not be prouder!

Laura believes producing a plan that will yield a good outcome is what planning is all about. That’s probably why our go-to girl is always seen working up a sweat writing reports, preparing planning applications, liaising with Council and undertaking any other task needed to make the right stuff happen. She also works up a good sweat every morning at F45 – but thankfully takes a shower afterwards.

Laura has faith that curiosity and passion for the built environment will make it better, and when she’s not being insightful, in her spare time Laura enjoys coming home from a longs day of work relaxing with some arts and crafts or a good puzzle.

Click here to view Laura’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

Laura says her favourite foods are pickles with mustard, chocolate and brussel sprouts. We’re glad she doesn’t cook for us!

Laura Caccamo
Laura Caccamo
Laura Caccamo
Laura Caccamo
Nicole Tan

Nicole Tan

Consultant Urban Planner
Urban and Regional Planning (Masters) and Architectural Design (Bachelor)

Nicole started off in architecture and through overseas travel, noticed that majority of architects were ‘CAD monkeys’…you know drawing lines all day (no offence to architects) – and decided that wasn’t for her. Through research and networking, she discovered urban planning and found out how much planning can generate great improvements (and sometimes not so great) in the quality of people’s lives. Planning is about the social connectedness of humans and the integration all aspects of ‘life’ - there is so much we (planners) can do to improve the way we live.

Outside of the mesh office, Nicole can be found exploring, travelling, eating (a lot), drinking (alcohol), shopping (I should really stop), being outdoors, going to music festivals, dance classes and being active (it’s a love hate relationship but I do love to work up a sweat especially when I’m sitting down all day) and I do love a good brunch/dinner catch up with friends.

Click here to view Nicole’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

I only started burping last year – is that a quirk? haha

Nicole Tan
Nicole Tan
Nicole Tan
Nicole Tan
Michael Turnbull

Michael Turnbull

Consultant Urban Planner | Urban Planning | Kappa Aficionado
Urban and Regional Planning (Hons)

Michael feels that to get a good result for a project, you need to successfully find the balance of issues and solutions to produce practical planning and design outcomes. He also cites ‘spreadsheets and coffee” as a major key to achieving this.

Joining Mesh as a student whilst still studying, Michael has learnt everything he knows from the Mesh team and claims that if we were to have our own TV show it would be ‘Utopia’ but for capable people. Rarely ruffled, Michael’s calm manner has the ability to keep things light in a stressful situation.

When not hustling Council for a straight answer, Michael can be found a various music gigs, playing sport, supporting his beloved Central Coast Mariners (and not so beloved Melbourne Football Club), or lost in a YouTube vortex.

Click here to view Michael’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

Michael is big fan of fashion and likes to scroll Instagram for the latest in fashion trends (typically out of Korea), and taking part in some online shopping for Kappa tracksuits, Adidas, shoes and pink jackets. We just love a man who wears pink.

Michael Turnbull
Michael Turnbull
Michael Turnbull
Michael Turnbull
Ryan Braddy

Ryan Braddy

Senior Urban Designer | Urban Design | Online shopping expert
Design (Landscape Architecture) (Honours) and Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)

Although having to occasionally poke Ryan to ensure he’s still with us, his sense of calm amongst the chaos, attention to detail and dedication to the Mesh process is wholly evident in his work, representing the ideas and thoughts of the Mesh team through clear and informative plans and visuals.

Having always been interested in the built environment, Ryan’s passion for urban design sprouted at RMIT completing degrees in Design (Landscape Architecture) and Urban and Regional Planning. During his studies, Ryan joined the Mesh team to accelerate his design skills and continues to enjoy the supportive and holistic environment that Mesh thrives on, including the opportunity to construct an array of pencil receptacles and discarded plans.

Ryan always strives for creative solutions that exceed the benchmark, only chasing pars on the golf course. He believes that within urban design there is a unique opportunity to create a solid foundation for community growth and longevity.….

Click here to viewRyan’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

Looking to reinvigorate the creative juices, Ryan spent the second half of 2018 exploring all corners of Europe. We’re still not 100% sure of what he did whilst he was over there, but he promises it was all for professional development.

Ryan Braddy
Ryan Braddy
Ryan Braddy
Ryan Braddy
Neha Juddoo

Neha Juddoo

Landscape Architecture Lead
+ Bachelor in Design (Landscape Architecture) + Masters in Landscape Architecture (Distinction)

Neha graduated her bachelor and masters in Landscape Architecture with Distinction at RMIT, Australia. She had the opportunity to work with an internationally reclaimed Landscape Architecture firm in Melbourne for numerous years. She has also worked in a well known engineering and landscape firm where she has demonstrated a strong sense of leadership and project management of numerous design consultants to ensure projects are delivered at a high quality.

Her experience covers all aspects of the design process from masterplanning, sketch design to tendering and construction documents. Her professional experience includes clients from a range of sectors such as education, commercial, greenfield, government, international developers, mining and botanical.


TRIVIAL FACT

Neha’s experience covers all aspects of the design process from masterplanning, sketch design to tendering and construction documents.

Neha Juddoo
Neha Juddoo
Neha Juddoo
Neha Juddoo
Darren Bailey

Darren Bailey

Media Lead
+ Hons. Bsc. Games Design + Games Design ND

Darren graduated from Staffordshire University, UK majoring in Computer Games Design and 3D Art. Passionate about pushing real-time technology, he chose to apply his games design knowledge to the architecture visualization industry, working for numerous businesses across England, Wales and Australia to shake up the way 3D art is created.

More specifically, Darren specializes in using gaming technology to create unique user experiences to communicate key client narratives via a multitude of platforms and outputs, such as renders, Mobile Apps and Virtual / Augmented Reality experiences. His professional exposure spans across a variety of clients and sectors including infrastructure, education, water, government, greenfield and aviation.


TRIVIAL FACT

Darren is passionate about pushing real-time technology, he chose to apply his games design knowledge to the architecture visualization industry.

Darren Bailey
Darren Bailey
Darren Bailey
Darren Bailey
Emerald Thompson

Emerald Thompson

associate urban planner
Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning, La Trobe University

Emerald has completed a Bachelor’s degree at the Latrobe University (Bendigo) and holds qualifications in city, community and regional planning. Her degree has enabled her to development a sound understanding of urban and regional planning.

Prior to joining Mesh, Emerald has public sector experience in the City of Whittlesea, where she gained considerable experience in strategic planning. She has particular experience with the assessment, approval and implementation of development plans and structure plans, as well as research and community engagement. Emerald brings skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to her projects, which enables her to deliver positive outcomes.


TRIVIAL FACT

Emerald is an enthusiastic and skilled strategic planner with experience working in local government.

Emerald Thompson
Emerald Thompson
Emerald Thompson
Emerald Thompson
Gerard Lim

Gerard Lim

Consultant Urban Designer | Urban Design | Short Holiday Expert
Arts (Industrial Design), Master of Urban Planning & Environment

Gerard is our resident GIS expert, and has spent several years honing his skills across he would spend his days merrily tinkering away with GIS & CAD if he was left to his own devices.

When not at work, Gerard likes to traipse all over the globe, he loves a good flight sale, and this has found him on several “short” holidays abroad, first up Hawaii for 4 days & then later Bali for 3. When on home soil, he can be found wandering around markets or at the gym, (he also admits to lying about being a gym rat…we don’t judge).

Click here to view Gerard’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

He harbours an intense dislike of cats, although they ALL seem to like him…he suspects that can smell his fear…There is no evidence (yet) to back this up.

Gerard Lim
Gerard Lim
Gerard Lim
Gerard Lim
Katherine Beare

Katherine Beare

Office Manager and Accounts Coordinator | Administration | Gif Addict
Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Having spent several years working abroad in various sectors, Kat believes that a common factor behind every successful team in a solid administration team, or in our case a solid administrator and it’s a role she undertakes with dedication. Amongst her endless list of responsibilities, keeping the fridge stocked is right up near the top, right behind invoicing, and closely followed by fighting the battle to keep our office plants alive…an administrators work is never done!

When not keeping the office in check, Kat can be found outside communing with nature. A self-confessed outdoor enthusiast, she would rather hike some remote location or snowboard down a mountain over sitting on the beach with a cocktail (it takes all kinds), always planning the next adventure, a true Sagittarian we’re told…

Click here to view Katherine’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

Kat has a habit of humming (sometimes singing) to herself and has (threatened) promised to sing Cher if we ever do office karaoke. *Update - She came through on this promise and it was quite something…

Katherine Beare
Katherine Beare
Katherine Beare
Katherine Beare
Trisha Davies

Trisha Davies

Graphic Designer | Nuanced
Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design)

Our Perth counterpart and graphic designer, specialises in our branding, reports and infographics. Trisha has spent the last fifteen years quietly establishing her expertise in layout and typography, she ensures Mesh’s materials are clearly accessible and visually communicate what needs to be said in a well balanced, on-brand, consistent manner. Trisha offers guidance in translating complex pieces of work by merging key elements to create simplified yet clear communication tools.

With experience working both client and agency-side before starting at Mesh 2018, Trisha provides support for both our urban design team and planners.

Click here to view Trisha’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

Possibly our quietest meshie, maybe ever.

Trisha Davies
Trisha Davies
Trisha Davies
Trisha Davies
Derrick Lim

Derrick Lim

Consultant Urban Planner | Urban Planning | Laugh-a-holic
Bachelor of Environments (Urban Design & Planning)

Derrick completed his degree in Urban Design & Planning from the University of Melbourne in July, 2019 He is passionate about exploring the role of urban mapping with the construction of spatial knowledge he acquired. Derrick also loves to bring his thoughts and creativity onto the table to illustrate complex ideas by designing meaningful visuals and maps.

Click here to view Derrick’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

Derrick plays in a local roots reggae band.

Derrick Lim
Derrick Lim
Derrick Lim
Derrick Lim
Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell

Graduate Urban Designer | Creative | Traveller
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Masters Urban Planning and Design

Kate is our curly, creative and energetic multi-disciplinary urban designer with a keen interest in place making.

Kate loved to draw and create elaborate towns as a child and it is still her passion to this day. Often found with a drawing book in-hand, Kate enjoys sketching the amazing places she encouters and is inspired by travel. She is also known to demolish a cheese platter!

Click here to view Kate’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

Kate has straightened her hair once and will never do it again!

Kate Campbell
Kate Campbell
Kate Campbell
Kate Campbell
Amy

Amy Garrett

Graduate Landscape Architect | Urban Design | Plant Lover
Landscape Architecture (Masters) + Landscape Architectural Design (Bachelor)

Amy got into landscape architecture through her love for design and the environment, and what keeps here there is being surrounded by people who are passionate about the work they are doing in the same field and being able to produce projects that are each unique and interesting.

Outside of work hours she can be found doing crafts, (quilling in particular - if you know what that is) baking, reading, bushwalking, netball, tennis (haven’t played in years though), or catching up with friends and visiting new places.

Click here to view Amy’s CV


TRIVIAL FACT

Amy is a bit of a plant lover, and will often rattle off species she identifies when out and about, but this mostly happens inside her head.

Amy
Amy
Amy
Amy
Liam O

Liam O’Shea

Planning Assistant | Thirty, flirty, and thriving
Master of Urban Planning and Environment (RMIT) Graduate end of 2022

What is your role at Mesh?

“Assistant” may be in my job title but I do much more than what that usually represents - I’ve only filled up Leah’s coffee mug ONCE since starting!

I work across a variety of projects where I use my communication and problem solving skills to help the project team reach goals and outcomes. I am also finding that despite only starting my urban planning studies and career in 2021, I am increasingly in a position where I am able contribute ideas to projects.

What is a “good result” at Mesh?

A good result at Mesh is not static: it is ongoing where everyone is kept in the loop; where issues are ironed out as soon as possible; and where everyone keeps a smile on their dial!

What is the key to achieving that result?

A place where no question is a stupid question.

What got you doing what you’re doing and why do you keep doing it?

I’ve always been interested in how our environments influence our health, happiness and security. I want to ensure that we live in equitable places that are environmentally sustainable and contribute to our individual and collective successes.

I’ve also travelled a lot throughout Europe and lived in the Netherlands and France and have been inspired by strategies in these places that Melbourne and Victoria could implement to fill its planning gaps; namely rapid transit and bicycles in lieu of private vehicles.

What’s great about the Mesh office?

The couch for whenever a nap is needed and the biscuit jar.

What drives you mad about the Mesh office?

The snail paced speed of the lift and the ding it makes when it opens - it activates my fight or flight response every morning…

If Mesh were a TV Show/Movie, which would it be and why?

Parks and Recreation - we all seem to start the week as Leslie and end the week as Ron.

Tell me something about each of your team mates.

It’s a group that is something of an inspiration. Mesh is full of young (both in age and heart), energetic and driven individuals with their own personalities and visions. Mesh ensures that each of its employees grow in their expertise and build confidence at all fronts.

I learn something new everyday under the guidance of Leah and Chris - legends in the world of Victorian planning.

What do you enjoy doing outside of the Mesh office?

Reading, road trips, and keeping fit so I can go all out at the kebab joints along Smith St at 3am.

What’s your favourite type of music, movie and food?

Rex Orange County (music), The Devil Wears Prada (movie), Banh Mi (food).


TRIVIAL FACT

Everything tastes better with kewpie.

Liam O
Liam O
Liam O
Liam O

It’s not all beer and skittles in the Mesh Studio, except on Fridays

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