Mecone Welcomes Sophie Handley & Hugh Halliwell

Welcome to Sophie Handley, Practice Director in our Melbourne office, and Hugh Halliwell, Senior Planner in our Western Sydney Office.



Sophie is a senior planning executive with extensive experience in all aspects of statutory and strategic planning in the private and public sector in both Victoria and New South Wales.

Sophie’s recent experience includes managing her own consulting practice, Manager Planning and Building at the Municipal Association of Victoria (12 months) responsible for all aspects of policy development and analysis in the portfolio. Sophie was also a senior consultant to City Futures Department at Glen Eira City Council providing mentoring and senior leadership, delivering major projects, and managing inter-departmental relationships.
Sophie is a sessional panel member at Planning Panels Victoria.


Hugh has 5 years’ experience in the management, assessment and determination of a wide range of complex development types within local government across Sydney. This experience has provided him with valuable insights into the local government approval process.

His experience extends across a range of commercial, residential and rural development, including subdivisions, child-care centres, seniors living, residential flat buildings, boarding houses and mixed-use developments. He has prepared detailed assessment reports and presented before Design Review Panels, and Local and Regional Planning Panels. He has represented councils at the NSW Land and Environment Court on a range of legal matters requiring the preparation of specialist evidence.

Hugh is passionate about working alongside clients and the community to achieve positive outcomes.



Welcome Sophie & Hugh!


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