Alice Fowler

Research visualisation

Alice is a graduate of the Bachelor of Environments at Melbourne University. She has experience in design development, critical thinking and design research. Alice enjoys working on collaborative projects in design and planning and plays a key role in effectively communicating the Cities People Love research and design projects.

Bec Fitzgerald

Creative Content Lead

Bec is an Associate Urban Designer at Hodyl & Co. She has previously worked at the City of Melbourne and has a Masters Degree in Urban Design. Bec’s favourite places in the city are those that feel like they belong to the city’s inhabitants. She believes in the importance of having shared, open and accessible conversations about the city and the places we live in that aren’t obscured by complicated language that can only be understood by industry.

Desley Renton

Community Engagement Lead

Des is a multi-award winning community engagement and communication specialist with 25 years of experience helping government, the community sector and industry have meaningful conversations with their communities and stakeholders. As Managing Director of Renton and Co, Des works to deliver innovative and brave approaches to community engagement that enhance wellbeing, increase satisfaction and promote sustainable decision-making.

Emanuela Savini


Emanuela is a researcher and a public policy professional. She is currently undertaking a PhD at UTS which explores how authorising environments and organisational capacity influence participatory practices. She is also a Director of The Public Value Studio, an organisation committed to supporting and building civic participation. Emanuela's practice is centred on community-led, or citizen-informed, policy and action and a deep belief that the tacit knowledge and expertise communities bring to resolving issues is fundamental in bringing about the change that we want to see in our cities, and society more broadly.

Jack Fowler

Website Development Lead

Jack is a digital designer and web developer. His work focuses largely on the overlap between design, usability and development. His experience ranges from start ups to large scale projects for global companies. His work focuses on using design and technology to communicate and simplify complex information.

Kate Ryan

Marketing and Communications Lead

Kate is a Communications and Public Affairs professional with a Masters in Urban Planning and Environment from RMIT University. Kate has worked across key sectors in government, academia, and the private industry including transportation and construction. Kate has a keen interest in urban development and believes we need to broaden the debate on what makes a great city by listening carefully to the voices that go unheard. Her work is informed by a commitment to elevating such voices to build cities for everyone.

Leanne Mitchell


Leanne is co-director of Parachute Lab. She is a writer and anthropologist who worked with the City of Melbourne in designing and delivering projects that addressed the impacts of social change. She has worked extensively in managing homelessness and libraries. She is a 2019 Churchill Fellow and is hoping that when the world opens up again, she will be able to complete her research into local government responses to homelessness in Europe and North America, visiting some of the very libraries that helped her design Melbourne's Library Social Work program. Through her years working in cities around the world, she has learned that many great answers are out there – we just need to connect a bit more to discover them.

Maddison Kitching

Lead Illustrator

Maddison is an illustrator and graphic designer/scribe who has worked with government, NGO’s and the private sector across various creative disciplines. He also works as an artist exploring the relationship between representation of landscape and Australian identity. He has a Bachelor of Communication Design from RMIT.
Maddison is interested in the role visual communication can have as a tool for learning and engagement and aspires to make information clear and fun and to propel the voices of those who are often unheard.

Rachel Maguire

Research Program Leader

Rachel is a researcher and sociologist who specialises in developing housing and urban policy that delivers inclusive and equitable cities. Rachel has highly developed qualitative and quantitative research skills which she applies to the study of complex urban problems. Rachel’s work is underpinned by a commitment to addressing the inequalities which characterise contemporary society through informed decision-making and evidence-based public policy.