WCG is a respected industry leader servicing the government, development and infrastructure sectors. We are a highly motivated team of planners, designers, environmental scientists, landscape architects and surveyors.
Our purpose is built on the central ethos of delivering the highest level of service to our clients. Our approach is based on the values of respect, integrity, innovation, collaboration, excellence and trust. These values underpin our client service objectives and are fundamental to our day to day operation and success.
Michael Wolter Managing Director
Michael is the founding partner of Wolter Consulting Group and has over 35 years’ experience in the industry. He is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the company.
Michael has established numerous relationships with local government authorities throughout South East Queensland and is instrumental in establishing the initial strategy phase for larger projects. He takes a key interest in urban design, identifying commercial opportunities and innovative solutions to constraints.
Natalie Rayment Executive Director
Natalie has built a career in town planning over the last 25 years. Her experience in both the private and public sector has culminated in her role as Executive Director of Wolter Consulting Group. Natalie is a Registered Planner with the Planning Institute of Australia, a recognised expert town planning witness to the Court and specialises in statutory planning and development facilitation. Natalie is also a Member of the Property Council 2019/2020 Retirement Living Committee and Deputy Chair of the HIA Qld Planning Committee.
In early 2016, Natalie co-founded YIMBY Qld, a not-for-profit public interest organisation, saying yes in my back yard to good development that makes for better living. And in 2019, she joined the Board of Beddown as Deputy Chair. Beddown is a charitable organisation providing pop-up accommodation hubs for those who are most vulnerable.
Andrew Crawford Executive Director
Andrew has over 29 years’ experience across all facets of planning, development, infrastructure and consultation through a range of private sector and Government roles. Together with Natalie, Andrew leads WCG as Executive Director. Andrew maintains an active interest in industry advocacy and continuing professional development. He actively participates on committees and advisory bodies, and attends, participates and speaks at conferences and seminars.
Prior to joining WCG, Andrew managed the highly successful Brisbane Urban Renewal Task Force. In this capacity, Andrew was responsible for establishing a statutory planning framework for urban renewal areas, facilitating significant catalyst projects and co-ordinating the planning and delivery of community and capital works infrastructure.
David Uhlmann Director of Environment and Sustainability
David is an Urban Designer, Registered Landscape Architect and Precinct Sustainability Consultant with over 28 years experience.
David leads WCG’s Environment and Sustainability team with a current focus on the design-led application of Circular Economy principles and Sustainable Development goals to building and precinct projects.
David is Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP) for both Design/As-Built and Communities Rating Tools, and a Certified EcoDistricts Professional.
He is a recognised industry leader, including current roles as the Queensland Chapter President for The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, an advisory board member for the Australian Green Development Forum, and a Design review panel member for both Brisbane and Ipswich City Councils.
Andrew Thurston Director of Surveying
Andrew has been a Registered Cadastral Surveyor with the Surveyors Board of Queensland for almost 30 years. During this time he has gained significant experience in project managing the surveying components of a wide diversity of land development, infrastructure, exploration, and construction projects in Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea.
Andrew's experience covers the full range of development projects from Master Planned Communities to Community Titles Schemes and small Standard Format Lots with High Density Development Easements.
Penny Spiers Director of Landscape Architecture
Penny is a Registered Landscape Architect with over 20 years’ experience leading complex projects for both public and private sector clients. Her knowledge and creativity combined with an attention to detail, excellent communication and collaboration skills, means she can operate across all project phases from strategic design, master planning and conceptual design, to detailed design, contract documentation, technical specifications and construction services.
Her breadth of experience extends from parks and open spaces, urban and commercial centres, residential subdivisions, schools and educational facilities, health and aged care, sport and recreation facilities, playgrounds and play spaces, environmental and rehabilitation areas. She has produced a number of place making strategies and led a range of community and stakeholder consultation activities.
Amy Marsden Associate Director of Planning
Amy has over 20 years experience across the public and private sector. She is a passionate and dedicated urban planner who is driven by outcomes, and is an advocate for good development contributing to stronger communities.
Prior to joining Wolter Consulting Group, Amy has worked for the Queensland State Government and in consultation, gaining experience in complex statutory and strategic planning and development assessment. During her ten years in government she led some of the most complex planning reform and planning exercises such as the implementation of new planning framework to deliver 60 new planning schemes under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Her role was also managing state significant projects that fell under Ministerial Directions, including development applications that were ‘called-in’.
She is experienced in complex stakeholder and community consultation and engagement, with the ability to navigate the government and political processes. Amy has extensive experience in understanding the key drivers of a planning outcome and engineering a solution to guide the successful delivery of a range of high-profile projects. Amy has an excellent understanding of the development process, having spent her career working on both sides of the development industry – working within multi-disciplinary teams and in shaping and developing planning policy and legislation.
Jessica Lincoln Associate - Planning
Jess has recently joined the team at WCG in 2021, working closely with our Directors to expand the teams experience and knowledge base in regional strategic and infrastructure planning, bringing a new type of planning to Wolter.
Jess is an experienced Strategic and Infrastructure Planner with over a decade of experience in Local Government. Jess holds extensive knowledge in technical planning scheme matters and legislation, infrastructure agreements, and strategic planning perspectives, delivering comprehensive and practical solutions for numerous strategic and statutory planning initiatives. Working closely with Local and State Government representatives, Jess has extensive experience in providing communication across all levels, including facilitating award winning community engagement. Jess is committed to delivering clear communication and efficient time-management, producing effective and dynamic project management.
Liam Wolter Senior Project Coordinator
Liam joined Wolter Consulting Group in 2007 and has over fourteen years professional experience working as a private consultant. As a Senior Project Coordinator, Liam has had significant exposure to the full development cycle, managing key projects from pre-purchase investigation and due diligence, through to project delivery and plan sealing.
Further, as a Senior Project Coordinator, Liam focuses on all aspects of post approval development coordination including operational works coordination to commencement of siteworks, compliance scheduling, Council auditing, uncompleted works and maintenance security bonding, easement and covenant establishment, infrastructure offsets and charging, post-construction compliance and certification, survey plan registration and contract settlement.
Toby Heap Senior Planner
Toby joined Wolter Consulting Group in January 2021 with over ten years of professional town planning experience, having worked within the private sector for a number of consultancies in the South East Queensland region.
Before joining WCG, Toby was a Planner in another multidisciplinary development consultancy and was responsible for the preparation, lodgement and management of a variety of development projects, ranging from small residential houses to large scale industrial developments, residential estates and multi-story residential complexes.
Through his experience in Private consultancy Toby has developed a thorough understanding of Queensland planning legislation, including the various iterations of the Planning Act and Policies and the associated Development Assessment Systems. As part of the planning team at WCG, Toby contributes to all aspects of development applications for varying scales of development, comprising residential unit developments, land subdivisions, commercial and industrial developments from concept to construction.
Allan Winchcole Associate - Landscape Architecture
Allan is a highly motivated landscape architect, with a genuine passion for delivering uniquely creative best practice and sustainable solutions for his clients. He has extensive experience working across multiple sectors, with particular strength in Infrastructure, civic and urban spaces, as well as coastal, parkland and natural landscapes.
In addition to a strong focus on design, Allan brings a comprehensive knowledge of construction processes, details and materials to his projects. He has coordinated various complex projects and successfully managed multiple projects on strict timelines.
Allan's extensive experience provides real value to our clients.