About Kate.

DIRECTOR. STRATEGIC ADVISOR. ADVOCATE.

Planning and Precincts Director | Development and Planning Principal | Strategic Advisor | Cities and Places Solutions at Jacobs | Director | Strategic Advisor | Advocate at Culturely

MAICD.   PhD.   MA (HG).  MLS (Comm Law).   BPropEc.

Welcome! I’ve been specialising in the management of major urban development projects for 20 years and have deep experience dealing with project, stakeholder and risk management in high-stake settings.

I also have a PhD in the role of ‘feeling’ (specifically ‘the felt sense’) in corporate leadership and executive decision-making (i.e. problem solving, creative practice, negotiation), and degrees in human geography (MA in HG), law (MLS in Comm Law) and property economics (BPropEc). I’ve managed all phases ⁠— acquisitions, planning, design, delivery and divestment ⁠— of complex and master planned urban regeneration precincts such as Central Barangaroo (>$2.5bn), Parramatta Square (>$2bn), Darwin City Waterfront (>$1bn) and Rhodes Waterside (>$1bn). I offer a track record of success in strategy development/ execution, commercial negotiations, project delivery, stakeholder/community engagement and thought leadership including the successful engagement of diverse audiences ⁠— senior executives, staff across divergent disciplines and communities.

If you asked someone about me, they’d probably say: collaborative; strategic; principled; commercial. I was an elite artistic gymnast and competitive equestrian eventer as a child; am an accredited yoga instructor and barre enthusiast.

I’m fascinated with experiencing and how we relate to each other, our environments — places, workplaces and other living systems — and how we make decisions. I’m often asking: how can we do better?

Expertise

Expertise.

CORPORTATE GOVERNANCE, LEADERSHIP AND CULTURE. EXECUTIVE DECISION-MAKING. KNOW-HOW. PLANNING, DESIGN AND DELIVERY OF MAJOR PROJECTS. STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND EXECUTION. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT. COMMERCIAL NEGOTIATIONS. SOLUTIONS DEVELOPMENT.

COLLABORATOR collaborative leadership style emphasising diversity for generative thinking/innovation. Proven ability in directing large project teams. Highly-developed interpersonal skills with a focus on effective and timely collaboration/consultation

STRATEGIST proven success in planning, negotiating and managing large-scale complex projects in Australia

SPECIALIST expertise in program, stakeholder and risk management exceeding value of $2.5bn. Strong in stakeholder engagement, project planning, strategy development/execution, due diligence, commercial negotiations, team performance management, value engineering

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT experiential aspects of problem-solving, design and negotiation in executive decision-making/teams; precinct planning, placemaking, development. Core research interests/methods: the felt sense, creative practice, intuition; phenomenology; grounded theory; organisational/corporate governance, culture, conduct, leadership, risk management; cultural analysis; situated ethics; CSR; SLTO; ethical/impact investment

Publications

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP. HOLISTIC THINKING. LIVED EXPERIENCE. EXECUTIVE DECISION-MAKING. KNOW-HOW. SOCIAL VALUE/IMPACT.

ACADEMIC. RESEARCH INTERESTS.

Problem-solving, design thinking, creative practice, reflective practice, negotiation, tacit knowledge, felt knowing, the felt sense, intuitive experience, philosophies of the implicit, phenomenology, grounded theory, systems thinking, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, organisational/ corporate governance, systems, processes, ethics, conduct and culture, leadership, risk management, cultural analysis, situated ethics, ethical/impact investment, urban planning, placemaking, architectural design and built environments.

FELT KNOWING. TACIT KNOWLEDGE. CREATIVE PRACTICE.

PhD (2018) Thesis Title: ‘Felt knowing, tacit knowledge and creative practice: Insights from architects and private developers in urban settings’.

Focus/conceptual framework: Philosophies of the implicit, the felt sense, felt knowing, tacit knowledge and intuitive experience, practice theory, constructivist grounded theory, phenomenology, communicative planning, problem-solving, creative thinking, design thinking, negotiation, architectural design, property development and urban planning.

A full copy of this PhD thesis is available here.

SOCIAL IMPACT: TRANSPARENCY. ACCOUNTABILITY. RESPONSIBILITY. INTEGRITY.

McCauley KC, Howitt R (2014) ‘Integrating social impact assessment into the planning regime of Parramatta City Council’, Local Government Law Journal, Thomson Reuters.
A copy of this article can be found here.

Testimonials

Testimonials.

STRATEGIC ADVISOR. SKILLED AND ETHICAL NEGOTIATOR. SOLUTIONS-FOCUSED COLLABORATOR.

“Kate is a passionate and focussed Development Manager with extensive financial and analytical skills. Her project management experience provides an organisational framework to drive complex and demanding project outcomes. With a holistic approach to strategic thinking and an empathetic understanding of stakeholder positions, Kate is a skilled facilitator as well as a commercial negotiator. Having worked with Kate for over six years in two organisations, I can confidently say she is a disciplined researcher, ethical negotiator and experienced development manager who I am delighted to recommend.”

SCOTT GREGG, EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER AT LANDCOM

“Kate is a thoughtful and experienced negotiator at complex interfaces between urban development, regulatory approval and creative thinking. Her experience encompasses deep thinking and practice around the ways in which creative design, inclusive engagement and critical thinking can work together to produce sustainable and equitable urban futures. Her thinking around social assessment, phenomenological experience and the different approaches of planners, developers and architects is a fertile arena for rethinking how we work together for desirable futures. Her emerging PhD is a ground-breaking exploration of practice in urban architecture and development. She is highly recommended as a thoughtful, creative and generous team member in any complex settings requiring careful negotiation and discussion.”

RICHARD HOWITT, EMERITUS PROFESSOR AT MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY

“Kate and I worked closely together on the Central Barangaroo project for over 7 months. Central Barangaroo is a highly-complex mixed-use development with an estimated end value of over $6 billion. Kate is highly organised, intelligent and professional. She is very articulate and incredibly knowledgeable. She constantly impressed me with her in-depth understanding of complex development issues. Kate’s ability to provide insightful analysis to complex issues and form a structured approach to resolution is unparalleled. As an individual, Kate is very pleasant to work with. I greatly benefited from her inspiring words of wisdom. Based on my experience in working with Kate, I would highly recommend her to any business looking for cutting-edge expertise in large-scale and/or complex property development.” 

NATALIA PLETNEVA, SENIOR FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER AT AQUALAND

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