Management Committee

PRESIDENT - Leisa Sinclair



Leisa has been involved in the planning and development industry for in excess of 20 years, holding positions in State government, local government and private industry. She holds the qualifications of Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) and Graduate Diploma of Urban and Regional Planning.

Leisa is a Principal with Cardno HRP (formerly Humphreys Reynolds Perkins Planning Consultants). Since joining the firm in 1998, Leisa has accumulated significant experience in preparing development approval strategies, project management and coordination, and Planning and Environment Court matters for major projects across retail, commercial and extractive industry sectors.

Leisa has been a member of the Management Committee since 2010, and is the current Vice President. She has been a member of the Conference Committee since 2010, and has been a member of the Seminar Committee since joining QELA in 2007. Leisa is currently chair of the seminar committee.




Ben Job is a long term member of QELA. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1993 and then to the Bar in 2001. He has specialised in planning and environment law since the mid 1990's.

Ben is the associate editor of the Queensland Planning and Environmental Law Reports (QPELR) and is a contributor to the case updates contained in QELA's Queensland Environmental Practice Reporter (QEPR).

In addition to his degree in law, Ben also holds a Masters degree in urban and regional planning.

VICE PRESIDENT - Brent Lillywhite



Brent is a Senior Associate in the Environment & Planning Group at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Brent has practised exclusively in planning and environmental law for over 10 years, working for developers, local governments, State government agencies and infrastructure providers.

Brent has also been a member of QELA for over 10 years, and has been actively involved in QELA’s sub-committees for over 6 years. Brent is currently Chair of the Conference Committee and is a member of the seminar committee.

TREASURER - Hannah Riggs



Hannah Riggs, Senior Associate, Minter Ellison

Hannah is a Senior Associate in the Planning and Environment team at Minter Ellison, specialising in planning and environment litigation, compulsory acquisition of land and legal compliance.

Hannah has been a member of QELA since 2008 and is currently a member of the QELA Seminar Committee and spoke at the conference in May.

SECRETARY - Sarah Hausler



Sarah is a Senior Associate in the Planning and Environment Group at McCullough Robertson. Sarah acts for developers, local governments, state government agencies and government owned corporations in relation to planning and environment litigation, strategic advice about project approvals, planning and environment due diligence, infrastructure agreements and contaminated land.

Sarah has degrees in law and environmental science and is currently undertaking a masters in urban and regional planning. Sarah has been a member of the Management Committee of the QELA for two years. Sarah has been actively involved in the Seminar Committee since its inception in 2006, and is the chair of the Legislative Review Committee.




James has been a member of the Management Committee since 2009, serving as Secretary from 2010 to 2012 and as Vice President from 2012 to 2014.

James specialises in the areas of planning and development approvals, planning litigation and dispute resolution, infrastructure, land valuation and the compulsory acquisition of land. He advises clients on the planning and development issues associated with development projects, including providing advice at an early stage as to the appropriateness of a site, and at the development application stage to ensure that an application is structures so as to provide the best prospects of success.

With a particular interest in litigious planning and land compensation matters, James has advised on major appeals in Queensland for over 15 years, from major infrastructure developments to retail development appeals.

Troy Webb



Troy is a partner in the planning and environment group of leading Australian law firm, McCullough Robertson. His practice focuses on advisory work, appeals, enforcement, infrastructure agreements and compulsory acquisitions.

Troy has extensive experience in acting for local governments and private clients in relation to appeals and enforcement proceedings in the Planning and Environment Court and in advising on planning, environmental and building issues. Troy has also prepared and negotiated infrastructure agreements for his clients on major retail, industrial and residential developments.

Tim Stork



Tim Stork is a planning, environment and property lawyer with over 10 years' experience. Tim is Ergon Energy's specialist advisor on planning, environment and property matters. This in-house role ties seamlessly with his previous 10 years' of private practice experience in leading planning and environment practices in national and international firms.

He is approachable, thorough and solution-focused and enjoys being able to see the practical, on-ground, results of his legal advice. Tim's advice is customer-driven and ensures the effective delivery of Ergon Energy's infrastructure.

He has provided advice to and litigated for local and state governments, government entities and major institutional developers about all traditional planning, environment and property matters as well as electricity-industry specific legal issues, compulsory acquisition and resources law.

Tim is a member of QELA's conference committee and the Queensland Law Society's Planning

Justin Watson



Justin is the director and principal ecologist of the Gondwana Ecology Group. He has been involved in the ecological and consulting industry for 25 years and has acted as an expert witness in P&E matters for more than 10 years.

Justin is a Certified Environmental Practitioner, has a PhD in ecology and is an adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University. Besides working on consulting projects, Justin is a regular in regional Queensland undertaking research and working with local communities on cultural and conservation initiatives.

Kerrie Brown



Kerrie is a Senior Corporate Lawyer with Powerlink Queensland and provides generalist legal services across all areas of law relevant to government owned corporations and electricity entities with a special interest in planning and environment law.

Having worked in the private legal sector, local government and the electricity industry, Kerrie has had extensive experience advising on a range of matters, including planning and environment appeals, development approval processes, major infrastructure projects, compulsory acquisitions and environmental compliance. Kerrie has been a member of QELA since 2005 and is a member of the conference, legislative review and membership sub-committees.