Meet The Team
CLE Town Planning + Design is very active in the broader development industry, and has a strong presence with a number of Government and advocacy agencies and their committees. These include the Urban Development Institute of Australia, Property Council, Housing Industry Association, Planning Institute of Australia and the WA Local Government Planners Association.
We build highly productive, respectful and positive relationships with approval agencies at all levels, ensuring that we can engage with the appropriate people at the appropriate times to ensure the best outcomes.
Merri applies her extensive knowledge of planning policies and statutory frameworks to deliver positive outcomes for Clients. In her role as Senior Planner Merri has excellent communication skills, and focuses on clearly communicating expectations, outcomes and deliverables with Clients and consultant project teams to ensure timely approvals.
Senior Urban Designer
Gareth is an experienced urban designer who has recently joined CLE following eight years with an industry-leading planning and design company based in the UK. Throughout his experience, Gareth has developed a comprehensive knowledge of urban design principles, project management, supporting software, and industry trends that allow him to develop clear and creative strategies for all project types.
Alley has been with the company for over 25 years and as the Executive Manager is a valued and critical part of our leadership team. Alley leads the Finance and Administration team and her friendly, helpful approach to all she does embodies the CLE values.
With over 35 years’ experience in town planning, Ian has a diverse career which has spanned both private and Government sectors, As the co-owner and director of CLE Ian offers a very broad range of planning, design and negotiating skills to every project. This depth of knowledge and experience is a professional commodity of enormous value to all clients who seek to secure outcomes, that are both timely and of the highest possible standard.
Ashley brings her creative design and artistic skills of over 10 years to coordinate desktop publishing, graphic design and communications marketing to deliver a high skillset in presentation. Ashley has a Bachelor in Creative Industries and is currently studying a Master of Design.
Daniel is a Principal at CLE, working on a number of large scale residential, commercial and industrial projects. Daniel possesses a diverse range of skills and experience developed at CLE and through previous Local Government roles. These skills are sharply applied at all stages of CLE projects from rezoning to built form implementation. Daniel has broad and valued experience in industrial and regional planning contexts. Daniel sits on the PIA WA Division Committee and the UDIA Infrastructure Standing Advisory Group.
Jane has led the delivery of successful outcomes on major urban development and built form projects across the breadth of CLE’s portfolio. As a co-owner Jane has experience across the public and private sector. Jane has been instrumental in securing, often difficult approvals, to complex projects by working closely with stakeholders, building positive relationships. Jane is a member of the WAPC, on the Development WA Board and a Vice President of UDIA WA.
Principal Urban Designer
Neil leads the Urban Design team at CLE and has over 25 years’ experience in private practice. Neil has been the design lead on numerous projects, is passionate about built form outcomes and prides himself on creating high quality, commercially successful projects. Neil has participated in extensive public consultation programs and intensive design workshops and involved in projects from their inception to completion. Neil is Vice Chair of the HIA Environment, Planning and Development Committee as well as a member of the HIA Regional Executive Committee.
Sally has been with CLE for over 14 years and understands the administration roles of CLE. She is an efficient, capable and committed Executive Assistant to the Managing Director.
Simon is an Associate Planner at CLE who competently delivers many complex built form project approvals. He is experienced in development applications, Development Assessment Panel matters, large scale residential developments, infill projects and commercial development.
General Manager + Principal Planner
Eleni is the General Manager and a Principal Planner at CLE. She has extensive planning experience including in Local Government positions, with a broad and diverse portfolio. Eleni’s demonstrated ability to form strong working relationships with consultant teams and Government agencies is a key to her ability to deliver positive successful project outcomes. Eleni currently holds a position on the PCA WA Residential Committee and is the Secretary of the LGPA.
Belinda has been with CLE for over 11 years and her skills of organisation have helped shape our accounts and record keeping systems. Belinda has a sharp eye for detail.
As an Associate Planner, Alex’s role is to be part of multi-disciplinary project teams on greenfield estates, activity centres and urban infill sites, deploying his commitment to relationships, organisation and communication skills and outcomes focus. Alex brings State Government sector experience combined with a sharp approach to policy and project strategy development. This gives him confidence working with a variety of stakeholders on a range of projects. Alex holds a position as the Property Council's WA Planning Committee.
Urban Design Team Member
Silvia has extensive knowledge in town planning, urban design and is highly experienced in 3D modelling design which assists in the visualisation of a project in early design process. Silvia has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Urban Design.
Mark de Cruz
IT Manager + Urban Design Team Member
Mark has over 17 years’ experience in the Town Planning and Urban Design industry, which also includes over 10 years of Survey industry and IT experience, proficient in AutoCad, Microstation, QGIS, Sketchup and Adobe Suite, producing hand drawn graphics to 3D modelling.
Urban Design Team Member
Naomi has over 25 years’ experience and is proficient in AutoCad and Photoshop, combining her computer design skills with strong hand drawn presentation skills given her artistic background. She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Urban Design.
Harry has experience in quick analysis and interpretation of statutory planning frameworks and project implications. Harry has excellent, clear communication skills which benefit all his projects. Harry has experience in varying contexts, in an urban infill environment throughout metropolitan Perth but also across regional WA.