Committed to the Cause
Since our founding in 2018, Streets for People has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.
Shannon is an Urban and Transport planner, having worked on infrastructure projects, strategic plans, design guidelines, integrated transport strategies, and statutory planning. She was a Senior Transport Planner at the Department of Planning for 13 years before moving to Curtin University as Transport Manager. She received the Workplace Champion Award from the Department of Transport in 2018 for her implementation of Curtin's Integrated Transport and Movement Plan.
Her undergraduate degree in International Relations/Environmental Studies was undertaken in Washington, DC. This introduction to an amazing city led to her moving to Perth to complete a Master's in Sustainable Development (Cities). Shannon fell in love with Western Australia and works to make it an accessible place for everyone to enjoy.
She has been involved in a wide range of community engagement and place activation initiatives, such as Cycling Without Age and town team Inglewood on Beaufort. Shannon is a Board Member on the Transport & Advocacy Group for Westcycle. She is an advocate for normalising cycling, providing quality public spaces, and providing equity for all modes of transport.
With us since our founding, Tim is one of our veteran team members. He is a Chartered Professional and is a Transport Planning and Road Safety practitioner of some 18 years experience, both in Australia and UK. Tim has a passion for improving the way we view, plan and design our local street network. We must employ a people focused approach, delivering to how the community desires to use the local street network. Designing for use not mode of transport means we can ‘reallocate’ the space traditionally attributed to cars and allow a more social interaction by giving space back to those who choose to use the street for another purpose – be it walking the dog, cycling with children, going for a jog or simply walking to their destination. Tim is also passionate to ensure our Neighbourhoods that are not necessarily ‘Activity Centres’ are not forgotten – this is where the majority of us live and play. This passion has led Tim to write and Present a paper on How we Design for 30km/h Streets – which won Best Paper at the IPWEA State Conference 2018.
Courtney Babb is a lecturer in urban and regional planning at Curtin University. He teaches on the topics of transport planning and governance in planning, and has published research on children's travel behaviour, Transit Oriented Development, and planning for walking.
Jonathan van Butzelaar
Jonathan holds a masters degree in urban and regional planning and is a keen advocate for people with disabilities. His research focused on legislative obligations towards people with disabilities and the levels of engagement undertaken to determine their needs.
Jonathan is passionate about the implementation of universal design within pedestrian and transportation planning process, with user surveys to determine specialised needs and demands. Improved street design not only removes barriers for people with disabilities but can increase the uptake of active transport as well as an increase to public transit services for those with disabilities.
Having worked previously in the engineering sector with qualifications in both Design and Mechanical Engineering, Jonathan is keenly aware of the interdisciplinary demands of effective town planning and urban design.
Marina is a founding Director of KCTT. Marina’s skills are in selection and development of information and operating systems, business development, team mentoring, traffic engineering and transport planning. Being a qualified Architectural Engineer and Urban Designer, Marina’s perspective and understanding of traffic and transportation issues are unique. Her key strengths are that she understands how great urban locations function, and she has coupled an understanding of the mathematical principles behind modelling with the understanding of urban planning. Marina is an excellent facilitator and negotiator. Her controlled manner and ability to negotiate in pressure situations has won her acclaim from many clients, particularly in expert witness work and appearances at SAT and Mediation.
Marina has passion for implementing change and taking action. She is also a member of a Town Team The Bend In the Road where a passionate and dedicated group of residents is gathered around the vision of making their own neighbourhood more liveable through citizen action.
Eric is a passionate urban planner who specialises in street design, employed by the highly revered national urban design and place consultancy RobertsDay. With over 12 years experience working on high profile masterplanning and infill projects, with day-to-day tasks involving both design and planning skillsets, Eric is recognised in the industry as a professional capable of identifying and reconciling many detailed design issues that cross multiple disciplines. On all projects, Eric consistently advocates the benefits of safe vehicle speeds, the value of prototyping for engaging community in street design, and the ability for the street to be a place for people rather than simply a movement corridor for vehicles.
In addition to his work with Streets for People, Eric is a member of the Cycling Walking Australia and New Zealand Design Innovations Working Group, and a committee member of the PIA Urban Design Forum.
Eric has been instrumental in advocating that good street design is informed by an outcomes-focused vision, with supporting standards that faithfully define a specific urban form, and works tirelessly to negate any threats that may erode that vision.
Kate has experience working in the water and transport industries. She has held a number of roles at the Water Corporation in Perth, Western Australia and the Transport for London - London Underground. Kate holds a Masters in Integrated Water Management and has extensive stakeholder engagement and project management experience.
Kate believes that in order for Perth to become a vibrant city active transport need to become the default. Her preferred mode of transport is pedal power, Kate is a passionate bike rider – commuter, racer and leisure rider. And loves seeing how busy the bike paths and streets with walker, runners and riders.
After completing a BA Sustainable Development, Amanda entered the graduate program at the Department of Planning where she was also a statutory planner for a number of years. She currently works as a Transport Planner for Flyt and is involved in a range of projects such as walkability assessments, access strategies, development assessments and state policy review.
Having freedom of movement falls under the concepts of basic human rights, and unfortunately the privatisation of transport is reducing people’s ability to walk and cycle safely. Not everyone has the economic and physical means to drive – Amanda believes that providing viable and convenient travel options is a social justice issue.
At the moment she is writing her dissertation for a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning on how to create shared spaces that ‘work’.