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We're Reshaping Cities With New Ways of Planning

Loci Environment & Place Inc. is a non profit change agent supporting practitioners involved in shaping our cities for healthy environments and people.





Board Members 

Chris ChesterfieldChris Chesterfield

Sara LloydSara Lloyd

Jason SharpJason Sharp

Lester TownsendLester Townsend

Helen RoweHelen Rowe

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

Chris Chesterfield, Chairperson has worked extensively in integrated water management, currently holding positions on the Executive of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and as a Commissioner of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder.

As a former General Manager of the Waterways Group at Melbourne Water, Chris oversaw the progressive shift towards water sensitive urban design supporting new research links, capacity building and industry growth and training.  

Chris also serves on the UDIA  Environment Development Board.

Sara Lloyd, Deputy Chairperson is a Director at E2Designlab and is strongly committed to environmental protection and improving how water is managed through our urban landscapes.  Drawing on her background in research and 16 years of experience delivering water sensitive strategies to water retailers and local government she delivers context relevant solutions that meet the local aspirations of stakeholders. 

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.

Jason Sharp, Treasurer is an economic development specialist with extensive experience in business management and local government.

Jason’s experience in supporting local, regional and emerging economies is underpinned by his broader application of community development, placemaking and sports management.  Jason is currently the Sports Coordinator at Bayside City Council and Economic Development Coordinator at Moonee Valley City Council.

Jason is also on the Board of Triathlon Victoria. 

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.

Helen Rowe is currently a Principal at CoDesign Studio, a Melbourne-based social enterprise consultancy creating more collaborative approaches to city making. She has over twelve 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.  Before joining CoDesign Studio, recent roles included Director of Sustainable Transport Programs and Senior Manager for Transport Strategies with the Victorian Government.

Virginia HarrisVirginia Harris


Virginia Harris is a land and water management specialist passionate about enhancing people’s connection to nature and the links between health and green space.  With a background spanning a range of Local and State Government agencies throughout Victoria as well as volunteering with non-profit entities, Virginia currently leads the Liveability and Land Use Planning team at Melbourne Water.  

Virginia has qualifications in Forest Science and Urban Horticulture, and is known for her leadership and communication skills, demonstrated through delivery of complex multi-stakeholder initiatives resulting in great on-ground outcomes for the community.

Stephanie LavauStephanie Lavau

Stephanie Lavau is 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.

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

Sheridan Blunt, Executive Manager of 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, urban ecology, urban forestry, urban planning, integrated water management, sustainable transport, land contamination, greenhouse mitigation, waste prevention, green purchasing, and sustainable business.  

Sheridan has been Executive manager of Loci since its foundation in July 2015, and has previously worked 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