Emma Thunder

Emma joined Consult Australia in June 2022, and brings with her a breadth of experience working in policy, advocacy and executive management across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Emma is an urban planner by background and started her career as a planning consultant in a medium sized Perth-based firm, then moved to the State Government where she held advisory roles in the offices of two former State Planning Ministers, led planning reform and red-tape reduction initiatives, and was independent planning adviser and manager of the office of the Director-General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

More recently Emma has experience working in and managing other member-based professional peak bodies. She held the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Property Council in WA, with particular responsibility for policy, advocacy and communications; and then led the WA chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia as its State Manager, where her responsibilities were equivalent to those of her new role at Consult Australia.


For more information about any of our policy activities in WA, click 'LATEST NEWS' below or contact Emma at emma@consultaustralia.com.au or on 0423 828 830.

For more information about any of our WA events, click 'VIEW WA EVENTS' below or contact our events and marketing team at: info@consultaustralia.com.au or on 02 8252 6700.

VIEW WA EVENTS                      LATEST NEWS



What the WA Committee does

The WA Committee gives members the opportunity to develop strategies to tackle local issues as well as contribute to the national agenda. Committee participants are often called upon to represent Consult Australia in local engagement activities (including meetings with government agencies etc). The WA Committee meets monthly and requires engaged individuals.

Latest 'top 3 takeaways'

The 'top 3 takeaways' summarise key issues discussed at the last meeting. These are to help the broader membership understand the activities of the WA Committee.

  1. Membership - It was agreed the Committee would embark on a local membership drive.
  2. Capacity - The Committee is currently working on a WA focused industry capacity survey for members. This will provide the data government has requested as we continue to discuss the forward pipeline with them.
  3. Pipeline - The Committee has planned an event pipeline. A Boardroom Lunch with Peter Woronzow will kick it off.

Current participants

Below is the list of current WA Committee participants. Want to get involved? Contact Emma Thunder.

Name Member Business
Sheldon Krahe (Chair) GHD
John Macaulay AECOM
Joe Strydom Arup
Sarah Iwaniw Aurecon
Peter de Bruin BG&E
Troy Boekeman Cossil & Webbley
Craig Muir  GHD
Dr Stephen Ireland Jacobs
Judith Uren JGU Consulting
Mark Reid Peak Consultants
Brad Harris Porter Consulting Engineers
Arthur Psaltis  Pritchard Francis (Consult Australia Board representative)
Alistair Aitken Rider Levett Bucknall
Tanya Moran Stantec
What the FutureNet WA Committee does

The FutureNet WA Committee gives young professionals the opportunity to design and run engaging social and educational events that allow their peers to develop valuable networks. The Committee is open to members and non-members. The FutureNet WA Committee meets monthly and requires engaged individuals willing to create and deliver engaging events.

Current participants

Below is the list of current FutureNet WA Committee participants. Want to get involved? Contact Linda Gaunt.

Name Business
Courtney Nixon (Chair) Pritchard Francis (Subiaco)

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More information

If you would like to find out more about the activities in WA or to join one of the committees, please contact Emma Thunder at: emma@consultaustralia.com.au.