Urban Taskforce Staff


Chris Johnson AM
Chief Executive Officer

Chris Johnson is a former NSW Government Architect and former Executive Director at the NSW Department of Planning. He has extensive experience in the planning system and the delivery of major projects.

Chris was a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee for 10 years and the NSW Heritage Council and has represented New South Wales on many national bodies.

He is a life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and a member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). He has written 14 books on planning and architecture and has been an adjunct professor at three universities in New South Wales.

Chris has a Bachelor of Architecture from Sydney University; a Master of the Built Environment from the University of Technology, Sydney; a Master of Architecture from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University.

Chris Johnson was Director of Chris Johnson Special Projects for 3 years undertaking consulting services in the areas of architecture, planning and urban design. He was also the recipitent of the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship award for 2011.

Annie Manson
Planning and Policy Manager

Previously, Annie has spent several years working as a Senior Adviser for the former Director General of the Department of Planning & Environment, She has also worked at Sydney Water, Land and Housing Corporation and for an architecture firm, Lubor Trubka & Associates.

She has a Bachelor of Environmental Management from Macquarie University, a Master of Town Planning from University of New South Wales and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration by correspondence at Edith Cowan University.


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.

Jennifer Williams
Marketing/Media Coordinator

Jennifer is responsible for Marketing, Media and Administration Coordination, along with providing support in Event Management.

Jennifer manages office administration, social media, media releases, generating newsletters as well as formulating other event/research collateral. She is responsible for website management and also provides coordination support for the Urban Taskforce events. Jennifer has a Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.