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Board Members 

Helen RoweHelen Rowe

Steve FrazzettoSteve Frazzetto

Lester TownsendLester Townsend

Stephanie LavauStephanie Lavau

Sara LloydSara Lloyd

Loci Environment & Place Inc. is governed by a skills-based board.

Helen Rowe, Chairperson brings expertise in social enterprise management, codesign placemaking and transport planning to Loci Environment & Place Inc. . Helen has over fourteen  years’ experience in transport, urban planning and engagement, gained through positions with State Government, consulting, and research roles with the University of Melbourne and RMIT. 

Helen's work has spanned policy, planning, legislative reform, community consultation and program delivery.  Helen's recent roles include CoDesign Studio project manager, Director of Sustainable Transport Programs and Senior Manager for Transport Strategies with the Victorian Government.

Stephen Frazzetto, Treasurer brings expertise to Loci Environment & Place Inc. having had supply chain, project management, planning and marketing roles within diverse industries.  Steve is an advocate for sustainable cities commencing from his undergraduate studies in urban planning and continuing with his current interests in climate change and cities that better support cycling, walking and open space provision.

Steve is currently the Innovation Portfolio Manager for Lion Co. leading marketing, sales and supply chain projects. Steve has completed an MBA and has been a Course Facilitator for the APICS accredited Certificate in Integrated Resource Management.  

Lester Townsend is one of Victoria’s leading urban planners with specialist skills in strategic and statutory planning.  Lester seeks greater research, analysis, and strategic leadership in urban planning policy and practice.  Lester currently serves as senior panel member with Planning Panels Victoria and has served on several State Advisory Committees appointed by the Minister for Planning.

Lester has a particular interest in land use, transport, urban design, housing, land contamination, walkability, and community consultation. Lester holds qualifications in urban planning and sociology, and teaches both the Effective Strategic Planning and the Developing Policy and Controls industry training ‘Planet’ courses.

Dr Stephanie Lavau is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Environmental Practice at the University of Melbourne. Her research and teaching focus on social and cultural aspects of environment management, knowledge and governance, particularly in relation to ecosystem health, environmental risk, biodiversity conservation, and natural resource management. 

Stephanie is also amember of the Melbourne Waterways Research-Practice Partnership, Stephanie leads Theme 5: community engagement and has previous professional experience in science communication and science policy in government and not-for-profit organisations.

Dr Sara Lloyd, Chairperson brings expertise from the water and consultancy sector to Loci Environment & Place Inc.   Sara is a Director at E2Designlab and is strongly committed to environmental protection and improving water management in our urban landscapes.  

She was a recipient of the Young Australian Water Scientist of the Year Award and Australian Business and Higher Education Round Table and AusIndustry Award.  Sara is a professional member of the Australian Water Association and the National Stormwater Industry Association.

Ian ShearsIan Shears

Ian Shears brings to Loci Environment and Place Inc. his longstanding commitment to creating and managing high quality, sustainable & climate resilient public realm spaces. Ian applies this through his expertise in exploring new models and advocacy for green and blue governance for our cities. 

Ian Shears is acknowledged as one of Australia’s experts in urban landscapes, urban forestry and as an experienced practitioner in public open space design, implementation and management. He has specialised in urban greening for 30 years and worked for 19 years with the City of Melbourne. During this time Ian and his teams have been credited with some of Australia's most progressive environmental policies, programs & projects.  

Loci continues to draw on the support and assistance of previous Directors

Sheridan Blunt, Knowledge Sharing Coordinator, Loci Environment & Place has extensive expertise in delivering progressive urban sustainability projects, policy and educational programs to help support city liveability and environmental outcomes.

This direct experience has been spread right across the areas of climate adaptation, green infrastructure, urban ecology, urban forestry, urban planning, integrated water management, sustainable transport, land contamination, greenhouse mitigation, waste prevention, and green purchasing.  

Sheridan has been with Loci since its foundation in July 2015 and has experience working as Co-Managed Parklands Coordinate at DELWP, as City Sustainability Coordinator at Moonee Valley City Council, Sustainable Water Program Coordinator at City of Melbourne, as an environmental planner in the Philippines, and an urban planner in both the Victorian and NSW State Government.  Sheridan also lectures and tutors at the University of Melbourne for its Masters of Urban Planning program.


 Sheridan BluntSheridan Blunt