Researcher biography

Managing Director – Planning, Design and Development, Australia New Zealand for AECOM
Immediate Past President, Planning Institute of Australia, QLD Division

Michael Kerry is Managing Director – Planning, Design and Development, Australia New Zealand for AECOM.  He is also a Board member of the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) and Australian Green Infrastructure Council (AGIC).

Previously he was an executive with Babcock & Brown, a Director with the Springfield Land Corporation, an Urban Management Adviser and the Executive Director, Office of Urban Management, for the Queensland Government. Michael was responsible for establishing the Office in May 2004 and preparing a Regional Plan and Infrastructure Plan and Program for South East Queensland. From 1992-2004 he was Divisional Manager, Urban Management, with the Brisbane City Council and was a Director of the South Bank Corporation and Brisbane City Enterprises Pty Ltd.

Michael has extensive experience in city and regional planning, major projects and urban development. Before joining Brisbane City Council in 1992, he was Chief Planner for the West Australian Government and Chief Executive Officer of the Joondalup Development Corporation in Perth; Planning Manager for Metropolitan Adelaide in South Australia; Director of Planning in the Northern Territory and Senior Urban Planner with the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation and National Capital Development Commission.

International experience includes 3 years in the United Kingdom in environmental planning and urban renewal, City of Liverpool, local government capacity building in South Africa and strategic planning for Riyahd, capital of Saudi Arabia. Michael holds tertiary qualifications in Geography, Economics, and Civic Design and is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is President of the Planning Institute Australia (PIA) Queensland Division and an Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland.