Urban Taskforce Staff

Tom Forrest

Tom Forrest
Chief Executive Officer

Tom Forrest was Chief of Staff and Advisor to various NSW Ministers (Premier, Treasurer, Planning, Health and Olympics) before joining the senior ranks of the public service in the key Department of Premier and Cabinet and Transport portfolios. More recently, Tom assisted private sector clients, including commercial and residential developers, navigate often complex regulatory landscapes.

Veronica Young
Senior Planning Policy Advisor | Head of Research

Veronica is an urban planning and policy specialist having worked as a Planning Consultant across the government and private sectors. Prior to starting her own consultancy Veronica held senior level positions in the Department of Planning and Policy Advisory roles for numerous NSW Planning Ministers.


Nicola Baume
Manager – Events and Membership

Nicola generates information to our current and new members.

She co-ordinates all events held throughout the year including lunches, industry briefings, committee networking events. She also manages the annual Development Excellence Awards and Property Person of the Year Award.

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Dipti Parkhi
Media and Admin Coordinator

Dipti is responsible for Urban Taskforce’s Media Coordination, Website and Social Media Management, Office Administration and Events Assistance. She also provides assistance to the CEO in regular tasks and significant projects.

Dipti has experience for over 8 years in the field of media & communication having done her Masters in Communication Management from India.