A collective of brilliant minds and industry experts

Backed by some of Australia’s most significant planning projects – this leadership team is forging a brighter future for Australian communities, with a team of 55+ innovators and creators in tow.

Meet Our Leading People

  • Adam Coburn

    Managing Director

    Adam Coburn has 20+ years of experience in planning, including development assessment, strategic planning, environmental impact assessment, and development advisory.

    He has worked on key site renewals and with government agencies at local and state levels. Adam has expertise in environmental impact assessment for projects in renewable energy, waste and resource recovery, health and education sectors. As Mecone’s Managing Director, he ensures high project standards are met and consulting services are delivered efficiently.

  • Simon Forsyth

    QLD State Director

    Simon Forsyth is an experienced urban planning consultant and business leader with over 20 years of experience.

    He has a wide range of experience in planning applications, studies, and strategic projects across Australia. Simon is an expert witness in the Planning and Environment Court on development matters, land resumptions, and mediation services. He has expertise in mixed-use and infill residential developments, retirement and aged care, and retail development. Simon has provided clear statutory planning direction and design outcome advice, making him a trusted advisor to many property developers, corporations, and non-profit organisations.

  • Chris Shannon

    Director- Western Sydney Team

    Chris is a highly experienced urban planning professional with over 23 years in statutory, strategic, and infrastructure planning and development advisory.

    He has worked in both local and state government agencies, specialising in development assessment for residential, commercial, industrial, rural, and infrastructure projects. Chris has also represented clients in the NSW Land and Environment Court for various matters, including development applications, land acquisitions, and criminal prosecutions. He has delivered numerous local planning policies, strategies, and environmental planning instruments. Chris joined Mecone after extensive involvement in planning, development, and infrastructure coordination for multiple land release areas and town centre urban renewal projects in the North West Growth Area.

  • Mehra Jafari

    Director - Policy and Analytics

    Mehra has over 13 years of professional town planning experience, working on high-profile planning and infrastructure projects in Sydney.

    She has worked on both the public and private sectors, handling development assessments and strategic planning. Mehra has a keen interest in integrated land use and transport planning, as well as providing infrastructure planning advice to government organisations.

  • Martin Karm

    Director- Policy & Analytics

    Martin Karm has over 15 years of experience in infrastructure, urban planning, policy development, and personnel management.

    He possesses strong executive and organisational skills, leadership abilities, visionary thinking, and decision-making capabilities, which enable him to identify leading policy directions, manage and nurture teams, and oversee projects from conception to completion. Martin has a reputation as a genuine leader with excellent interpersonal skills. He has successfully led, reformed, and built visionary, multi-functional, and high-performing teams and organisational units.

  • Phil Cristaldi

    Director - Brisbane Team

    Phil Cristaldi has over 20 years of experience as a planner and project manager in Queensland.

    He provides high-level advice and documentation for renewable and battery store locations. Phil works one-on-one with clients, provides leadership and support to Planning and Urban Graphics and Mapping teams at Mecone, and has experience across residential, industrial, commercial, and retail development sectors. He also managed the delivery of several residential projects in South East Queensland.

  • Steven Lionakis

    VIC State Director

    Steven is the State Director of Mecone Victoria, with a background spanning over 20 years in the planning sector across private consulting, local and state government.

    He has extensive experience in various areas including statutory planning, strategies, master planning, community consultation, heritage matters, active transport, and infrastructure projects. Prior to his role at Mecone, he managed the City Places portfolio at the City of Maribyrnong where he led a multi-disciplinary team of professionals including statutory planners, open space planners, landscape architects, urban designers, active transport planners, and heritage advisory services.

  • Paul Keywood

    Associate Director

    Paul Keywood has over 20 years of town planning consultancy experience shared between the UK and NSW, advising long-term investors, funds, developers, and operators.

    He has coordinated and negotiated approvals for a wide range of development schemes, including office, industrial, logistics, retail, leisure, mixed-use, out-of-home advertising and urban  intensification projects. He has also participated in steering groups and influenced policy frameworks relevant to town and city centre regeneration. Paul is skilled in providing tactical and technical planning advice, from early-stage concepts to the coordination and preparation of technical planning documentation for DAs and SSDAs. His focus is always on negotiating successful and commercially-realistic outcomes for his clients.

  • Lauren Manias

    Associate Director

    Lauren has over 10 years of experience in town planning in Australia and the United Kingdom.

    She has extensive experience in strategic planning within local and state government bodies. Lauren’s responsibilities have included managing a high caseload of various development applications, providing specialist evidence at the Land and Environment Court, and preparing, reviewing, and analyzing Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans, and other planning documents.

  • Jordan Faeghi

    Associate Director

    Jordan has over 9 years of professional planning experience in advising clients from the public and private sectors across various industries such as residential, commercial, industrial, aged-care, health, and education.

    He has led the preparation and delivery of major project approvals valued over $100 million, design competitions, master planning, rezoning’s, development control plans, and Part 5 approvals. Jordan has a keen interest in CBD renewal and has been involved in developing planning frameworks for several high-profile urban regeneration areas. He has a pragmatic approach to planning, identifying risks early and offering solutions that decouple project risk and achieve timely outcomes. His ability to communicate planning policy at a strategic and technical level to a range of stakeholders has allowed him to build and maintain strong client relationships in the public and private sectors.

  • Connor Mackenzie

    Associate Director

    Connor is a highly regarded planner with extensive experience in urban planning spanning State Government, Local Government and consultancy.

    Connor has particular interest in transport, development advisory and economics. Having cut his teeth of some of Sydney’s highest profile planning projects over the last decade Connor is able to provide insightful and practical advice that delivers results.

    Connor leads the Mecone team and is available to discuss how Mecone’s skills and experience can assist your project.

  • Paula Saad

    Associate, Social Planning Lead

    Paula is a social planner with 15 years of experience, and recently joined the Mecone team in April 2024.

    Paula is an experienced Social Consultant with extensive experience working in multidisciplinary, largescale citywide projects aiming to improve the well-being and reduce the vulnerability of those living in urban and rural areas. Paula’s background in Urban Planning provides her with the right skills to understand everything cities development. Combined with her extensive experience in community & stakeholder engagement and social consultancy, it enables her to have a holistic approach and a big picture overview of both development and social outcomes of projects.

  • Gannon Cuneo

    Associate Director

    Gannon has over 8 years of experience in the Planning industry working with State and Local Government and in the private sector; including development assessment, strategic planning, environmental impact assessment, development advisory and acting as an expert witness in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

    He has extensive experience in great Sydney and regional NSW, particularly growth areas and greenfield sites.