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Stephen has a Bachelor of Arts in Planning, Graduate Diplomas in Regional & Urban Planning and Environmental Studies and an MBA from Adelaide University. He is an award winning member of the Planning Institute of Australia and a member of the exclusive Academy of Urbanism.

Prior to being Lord Mayor, he worked in the South Australian Government and Parliament, in Local Government and internationally as a planner, researcher, educator and speaker.  

His planning experience is exceptionally diverse; from strategy to implementation on many large projects dealing with most land use types and a diverse range of environment, economic, community, design and development issues.


Stephen was the Lord Mayor of Adelaide from 2010 to 2014. His emphasis on collaboration

with the private sector, State and Federal Governments delivered many outcomes and saw Adelaide recognised internationally as an innovative destination by Lonely Planet, National Geographic, The New York Times and the Singapore Centre for Liveable Cities. 


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