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Executive Team

Stephen Barr

Certified Practicing Surveyor,

Stephen works closely with clients to combine strategic thinking with practical planning advice and expertise regarding development yield and delivery time frames; likely issues confronting developments and potential solutions; gaining approvals for a wide range of development and; post approval for land development and subdivision.

Stephen has a strong interest and involvement in the affordable housing sector which guides his vision to encourage the business sector to make positive social contributions that help support other socially aware organisations to achieve their goals. When not at work, Stephen enjoys travelling, fishing and cycling.

Rebecca Johnston

Associate Planning Manager

Rebecca is a planning and development professional with more than 20 years’ experience across local state and state government and the private sector with extensive experience in facilitating infrastructure and development projects. With a background in strategic land use planning, development assessment and project delivery; she is a highly skilled manager with considerable stakeholder and consultation expertise.

Rebecca is also passionate about helping individuals grow in their professional roles and is an established industry mentor. When she isn’t working with clients in the office, Rebecca spends her spare time with her husband and four kids enjoying the great lifestyle Newcastle has to offer.

Planning Team

Andrew Donald

Senior Planner

Andrew has over 15yrs’ planning experience across local and state government and is driven by the problem-solving aspects of the industry which he developed while working as an engineer. He has extensive experience in planning proposals, development control plans, comprehensive local environmental plans, master plans, preparation of submissions and underlaying zone assessments across projects including;

  • Major shopping centre development
  • Rezoning to facilitate reuse and development of industrial estates
  • Rezoning incorporating preparation of local environment studies
  • Planning to retrofit infrastructure (Wyee West residential precinct)

Outside of work Andrew and his wife head up the music team at their church where Andrew also enjoys playing bass guitar (among other instruments).  He also enjoys doing parkrun with his kids and loves that Newcastle and the Hunter has so many great places to be outdoors.

Laura Robinson


Laura was drawn to planning through its versatility, bringing together elements of her studies in geography, environmental science, social science and economics. She is passionate about sustainable development, meeting present needs without compromising the needs of the future.

Since commencing at Barr Property and Planning, Laura has gained experience in:

  • Statement of Environmental Effects Reports
  • Assistance with Planning Advice for keystone project
  • Clause 4.6 Reports
  • Residential subdivision including Visual Impact Assessment
  • Planning advice for residential alterations

Laura enjoys being active and during her spare time she enjoys going to the beach and camping. She is also an accomplished water polo player having represented Australia in both junior and country teams, receiving a University Blue in 2016 and named in the All Star 7 for the National Water League 2019.

Kirra Somerville

Project Planner

Kirra has over two years experience in strategic and statutory planning roles in local government.

During her time she has developed strong writing, data analysis and organisational skills with exceptional attention to detail.

These skills have allowed her to work across a number of projects including;

  • Preparation of Review of Environmental Factors for Western Sydney Parklands.
  • Preparation of Industrial Development Application, including preparation of Statement of Environmental Effects.
  • Due diligence for site evaluations.

Kirra loves playing hockey and keeping busy on her hockey club’s committee. She also enjoys running and swimming in the beautiful open spaces that Newcastle has to offer.

Administration & Marketing

Joanna Andrew

Administration Manager

Joanna brings to the BP&P team a broad range of administration management skills working across a variety of sectors including government, manufacturing and distribution, hospitality, youth and charitable organisations. She has extensive experience working in quality assurance and continuous improvement management, developing and managing internal audits of operating procedures and policies, and designing and implementing computerised accounting procedures.

Joanna’s HR expertise includes recruiting, training and supervising staff, along with being responsible for developing and monitoring KPIs. Joanna is an experienced Voice Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the music industry. She is skilled in Musical Theatre, Opera, and Vocal Coaching.

Advisory Board

Belinda Smith



Belinda is passionate, obsessed and completely convinced that culture is the one and only strategy to effectively compete, sustainably grow and reliably provide a safe place for employees, customers, communities and stakeholders. She is an advocate for instilling an accountable culture via a simple, plain English Culture Code, fostering a healthy vibrant culture and giving back to communities locally and globally.

Belinda has a Master of Business Administration, Business from the University of Newcastle (UoN) and is a member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She is Chair of Newcastle based domestic violence charity Got Your Back Sista and was awarded the National Young Business Woman of the Year in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2005.

Scott Campbell



Scott has a background in engineering with a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Electrical Engineering from the NSW Institute of Technology (NSWIT). He is a highly experienced business leader with an expertise in driving change through providing practical solutions. Scott set up his own consultancy in 2014, working with businesses, executives and managers on strategies for growth, business management implementation and project delivery solutions. He has recently made the move back to full-time engineering and loving it, delivering specialty rail and related services in the design and infrastructure management fields.

Scott has also completed a Senior Executive Program; Strategy, Leadership & Transformation from the London Business School and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Course.

Jock Carter



Jock is a supply chain specialist with more than 20 years’ experience and has held senior roles with several significant Australian agribusinesses including Hunter Grain (GrainCorp), Allied Mills, Cargill Grain and Oilseeds, AWB and Finemores Transport.

Jock was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2009 whereby he travelled through North America & Europe to research future opportunities for regional rail operations in Australia. He grew up on a sheep property near Goulburn with a family livestock transport business that continues today.

Jock moved his family from Sydney eight years ago to establish the Newcastle Agri Terminal grain silos in Carrington. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics degree and holds a Graduate Diploma in Logistics Management from Monash University.

Brian Swaine


Brian is the Managing Director of McCloy Group, responsible for the performance of the property assets and future growth across the Group. Having been at the company since 1998, Brian is an effective leader in all facets of the business. Brian is qualified with a Bachelor of Construction Management from the University of Newcastle.