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The State Planning Commission has appointed five new members to the State Commission Assessment Panel from 1 June 2020.

The new members were selected following a five-week public expression of interest process. Collectively, the new SCAP panel have qualifications and experience in strategic planning and development, local government, urban and landscape design, building safety and construction, heritage, environmental management and sustainability, and legal expertise.

Code of Conduct

SCAP members are bound by the Minister's Code of Conduct. Read about the Code and how it is applied.

New members

From 1 June 2020 the SCAP Members are:

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Rebecca Thomas

Presiding Member


Rebecca has over 20 years’ experience in South Australia’s planning industry and has worked in senior leadership roles in both local government and the private industry. Her expertise spans the areas of planning assessment, development strategy, property advice, stakeholder liaison and negotiation, policy creation, organisational governance and community engagement.

She has a Bachelor of Planning with Honours, is a Corporate Member of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Level 2 Accredited Professional under the new State Accredited Professionals Scheme.

Her initial career within Local Government provided the opportunity to be involved in all facets of Council including strategic planning, property projects, planning policy, development assessment and compliance, tourism, economic development and community development. In the private sector Rebecca has worked on a diverse range of complex projects, including masterplans, property due diligence, rezoning strategies and a wide range of development proposals.

Rebecca has considerable Board experience in Chair, Member and Executive Officer roles and has comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislative and statutory procedures, further informed by her engagement with the current Planning Reform agenda.

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Dennis Mutton

Deputy Presiding Member


Dennis is an independent consultant in the fields of natural resource management, primary industries, regional growth initiatives, leadership development and government-business- community relationships.

He also holds a range of board directorships in government, business and not-for-profit organisations at State and National level. His career has included executive management roles in both the private and public sector including 15 years as CEO of a range of Government Agencies in South Australia including portfolios of Environment, Water, Natural Resources, Primary Industries, Regions, Mineral Resources and Energy.

He remains active in building leadership and strategic capability within business and the community.

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John Eckert

Ordinary Member


John studied Architecture in Western Australia and South Australia, graduating with Bachelors in Architecture in 1984. The first 15 years of his career was spent in Adelaide architectural practices and the last 20 years as in-house Design Director for three of Australia largest national builder/developers.

John has urban designed residential projects and residences in all the major Australian cities, containing tens of thousands individual residences.

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Emma Herriman

Ordinary Member


Emma is a partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, with over 15 years' experience in planning, environment, infrastructure and local government law. In that time she has worked both in South Australia and the UK, advising both government and private clients and acting on complex developments, related documents and transactions and strategy.

She advises predominately on development assessment, land division, statutory and policy interpretation and enforcement, as well as government decision-making duties, obligations and procedures, and environmental law responsibilities and risks. Emma's current focus is on South Australia's planning reforms, and she has a keen interest in place-making, sustainable urban design and renewable energies.

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Paul Leadbeter

Ordinary Member


Paul Leadbeter is a lawyer with over 35 years’ experience in private legal practice, local government and academia in the areas of land use planning law, environmental law and local government law. He has been responsible for providing advice to a range of clients including local government, private developers, government agencies, community and resident action groups.

In his academic role at The University of Adelaide he taught land use planning law in both undergraduate and post graduate courses to law, architectural, planning and civil engineering students and has published refereed articles in the planning law area as well as serving on the editorial panels for two journals in the area.

Paul has previously served as the Presiding member of a metropolitan council Development Assessment Panel and as the chairperson of the boards of a number of not-for-profit bodies including the Environmental Defenders office and the Environment Institute of Australia (SA Branch), and Deputy-President of the Conservation Council of SA.

He is presently a member and Deputy Chair of the SA Law Society’s Planning, Development and Local government Committee, the SA representative on the Law Council of Australia’s Planning and Environment Committee and a Councillor for The National Trust of South Australia.

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Grant Pember

Ordinary Member


Grant has over 20 years’ experience in South Australia’s property development sector and has worked in senior leadership roles in local government and the private industry. As a leading commercial property advisor and consultant, he brings extensive experience and knowledge in strategic development, property sales and investment and managing large property portfolios.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Property, and a Graduate Diploma in Building Project Management. Grant’s initial career as a property valuer expanded significantly as he went on to head investment sales and property development teams. Over the many years Grant has contributed to Government, Industry and Community Boards and Committees.