Our People

  • Sally Jeavons - Director - @leisure Planners

    Sally Jeavons - Director / Principal Planner

    • Grad Dip Market Modeling, Swinburne U.T.
    • Grad Dip Recreation Planning, Canberra CAE
    • Bachelor of Arts (Geography), University of New England

    Sally has thirty years experience as a Recreation Planner and twenty years experience as a Director of @leisure. She has held board positions at international leisure associations over many years. Sally has managed local government recreation departments and has worked as an employee in state government: planning, recreation and housing departments. She has undertaken extensive work in market research, community engagement, open space planning, sports facility planning and feasibility management, as well as access and inclusion. Sally has presented and published papers widely.

    Sally is a life member of Play Australia and Parks and Leisure Australia.  She was the recipient of the 2009 Frank Stewart Award for excellence and outstanding contribution to the field. Sally is typically involved in all stages of the projects undertaken by @leisure and contributes greatly to the methodological aspects and overall performance of each study team.

  • Daniel Willsmore - Senior Planner - @leisure Planners

    Daniel Willsmore - Senior Sport and Recreation Planner

    • Diploma of Management, Recreation Planning, NBIT and HM Leisure Planning, Melbourne
    • Graduate Diploma Sport Business, Victoria University
    • Dip of Applied Science (Horticulture), University of Melbourne

    Daniel has in excess of 25 years experience in the sport and recreation industry, having worked across three states in Australia and in the UK. Daniel has experience in recreation planning, event and venue operations, sports and recreation development and horticulture for both private and public organisations.

    Previous to working with @leisure, Dan was a Recreation Planner for Kingborough City Council in Tasmania, where he undertook many projects such as developing a recreation facility strategy, planning and managing the implementation of an urban mountain bike park, as well as numerous trails, playground and sport facility projects and preparation of numerous successful funding applications for large and small projects. 

  • Michael Graham – Senior Sport and Recreation Planner

    Michael Graham - Senior Sport and Recreation Planner

    • Bachelor of Arts (Recreation Management), Victoria University
    • Graduate Certificate (Business Marketing), RMIT University

    An experienced aquatic and leisure facility manager, Michael has worked in the industry for the past 28 years with local government, Universities, the YMCA, RANS Management Group and the past 13 of these with Belgravia Leisure; an operator of aquatic and leisure facilities, sports stadiums, golf courses, day spas, alpine resorts and events centres. Most recently as General Manager – Programs, Michael was responsible for the national growth and development of programs for the company including Swimming Lessons, Membership sales, Personal Training, Disability and Diversity, Golf and Group Fitness.

    Michael has extensive experience undertaking leisure centre performance audits across both large and small leisure facilities in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the UAE. Identifying and planning for improved financial performance has been a key to his success.

    He also has experience with facility design from the operators perspective; contract management; business improvement analysis and program implementation; business plans including marketing plans and environmental plans; budget preparation and management; staff recruitment, mentoring and performance reviews; Capital works programming and asset management; marketing, membership retention and sales.

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    Marc Turri - Senior Sport and Recreation Planner

    • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Deakin University
    • Bachelor of Arts (Sports Administration), Victoria University

    Marc has over 15 years of experience in the sports industry, particularly within football. Prior to joining @leisure, Marc was CEO at the Essendon District Football League where he double the organisation’s turnover in seven years in addition to expanding the organisation in the north-west metropolitan region.

    Marc was also involved in facility and project planning with local Councils as well as demand analysis, facility assessments, benchmarking community facilities against standards and budget preparation and management.

    Marc’s experience includes employment with AFL Northern Territory, Western Border Football League, Victorian Employers Chamber Of Commerce And Industry and Williamstown Football Club.

  • Diana Barrie - Senior Sport and Recreation Planner

    • Graduate Certificate Planning, RMIT
    • Graduate Diploma Recreation Planning, Canberra CAE
    • Bachelor of Arts (Geography), University of NSW

    Diana has over 30 years’ experience in recreation and tourism planning and project management of infrastructure projects for State Governments in NSW and Victoria.

    Diana has had considerable experience in  State and Local government major regional infrastructure project planning including development with a focus on visitor markets. 

    These include regional trail networks (rail trails and their evaluation), overseeing funding for tourism infrastructure works such as the redevelopment of the Hepburn Bathhouse, Flagstaff Hill Museum and many other regional tourism attractions including showgrounds.

    Whilst working in Sport and Recreation, Diana specialised in the area of indoor sports facilities (specifically swimming pools) for both local government and the international sphere, as part of the Infrastructure Team for Melbourne’s Bid for the Olympic Games.

  • Ross Parkhill - Sports Business Analyst - @leisure Planners

    Ross Parkhill - Business Analyst

    • Masters of Engineering and Management, University of Strathclyde, UK

    Ross is a qualified Business Analyst and PRINCE2 project manager who has experience working in a diverse range of industries. Ross’s experience includes successfully managing challenging projects across business sectors, involving multiple stakeholders and external vendors, whilst delivering on both tight timescales and budgets.

    Ross is an active sports participant and has coached senior and junior soccer teams. His hands on experience in sports business includes setting-up a soccer club's junior programme and managing a fund-raising initiative for club development. Ross’s role at @leisure includes testing the feasibility of facilities and preparing financial forecasts. When not at work, Ross can be found on the golf course, having played on some of the best courses around the world. 

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    Nele Roose - GIS and Document Manager

    •       Bachelor of Topography, Hogeschool Gent, Belgium

    Nele has responsibility for business administration, project management and GIS projects as well as managing the workflow in the office and financial control of projects. Nele has over 10 years experience in a range of business, and data related capacities. She has considerable experience in digital mapping, cartography and Geographic Information Systems and previously worked for an international digital mapping data company.       

    Prior to joining @leisure, Nele worked for over 10 years in a multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software. She held several positions in the company related to license compliance and pricing – and brings a wealth of experience in project and people management, administration, process improvements, training and information systems.

  • Robert Dunt Recreation Planner 

    • Bachelor of Business (Sport and Leisure Management) (Hons), La Trobe University


    Prior to joining @leisure, Robert has worked in the sport and recreation sector for over ten years, including both sport and recreation organisations and with a local council.

    This unique experience provides Robert with a comprehensive knowledge of the objectives and requirements sought both by council and sporting groups and associations when undertaking projects. Robert has been involved in play space maintenance auditing, facility development, facility auditing, sport and event marketing, management of major events, and participation program development.


  • Zarah Rhodes

    •       Bachelor of Environment and Society RMIT

    Zarah has excellent verbal and written communication skills and an excellent telephone manner and customer service skills for community and stakeholder engagement. 

    She is responsible for developing community and stakeholder engagement products, assisting with documentation and project administration.

    Prior to joining @leisure, she worked in a number of social research roles, as a campaign assistant, stakeholder engagement and on environmental planning projects for the National Trust.

    Zarah will assist with community engagement and administration for the project.

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