Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team at Patch benefit from extensive urban and regional planning experience, have a strong established network, and are focused on providing a service tailored to our client’s individual needs and drivers. This allows us to achieve the desired outcomes for your projects.

Mason Stankovic

Managing Director

Mason is an experienced and commercially minded town planner who founded Patch Planning in mid-2021.

Mason has been involved in the delivery of both major public and private projects of a statutory and strategic nature in a broad range of sectors. These projects have included projects such as major industrial and commercial developments, data centres, precinct scale rezonings, over station developments, Government buildings, residential projects, and telecommunications rollouts. In addition, throughout his career Mason has also provided his planning expertise to deliver new planning instruments, strategic environmental assessments, and reporting on behalf of the Independent Planning Commission.

At Patch, Mason’s focus is creating relationships with clients as a reliable source of expertise and a strategic partner in their business. He achieves this through providing advice and service based on his deep understanding of the complexities of the Australian planning system and through leveraging relationships he has created across all levels of local and state government during his career.

Joe Bell

Director – POLICY AND STRATEGY

Joe is a highly regarded and experienced urban planner with more than 10 years of experience across the private and public sectors.

He has a unique combination of skills and expertise across many areas of planning including strategic land use planning, development advisory, infrastructure corridor identification and approvals, policy development, and project management.

Joe has informed land use decisions and supported business case development for some of the most significant public transport infrastructure projects in recent history in Australia including for new and expanded light rail, heavy rail, metro, and freight rail lines, and has also co-ordinated State Significant Developments, major greenfield subdivisions, and residential, commercial, and industrial developments.

Ashleigh Smith

Associate Director

Ashleigh is an experienced Urban Planner specialising in statutory planning and strategic planning.

Ashleigh joined Patch in 2024 with over 15 years experience in the private sector and has demonstrated skill in a diverse range of assignments from review, coordination, preparation, assessment and management of State Significant Development Applications, Planning Proposals, development feasibility assessments, as well as preparing environmental impact statements and development applications.

Ashleigh’s experience includes a broad range of projects and sectors, with a strong focus on aged care, residential and educational development.

Ashleigh has a strong focus in creating and retaining relationships with clients through being a reliable and driven source of expertise and knowledge and ensures the delivery of quality outcomes. This is achieved through her array of experience and sound knowledge of the complexities of the planning system.

Zac Smurthwaite

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – HUNTER LEAD

Zac has 12 years’ experience as a consultant within the town planning industry. During this time, he has developed extensive understanding of statutory planning processes, with experience in managing the approval process for a range of residential, commercial and industrial developments within both the Hunter Region and NSW more broadly..

During Zac’s career, he has provided a wide range of town planning and project management services to an array of Client and managed many high profile projects from inception through to determination.

More recently Zac has been involved with assisting local Councils across a range of infrastructure and public domain upgrade works projects through the preparation of Reviews of Environmental Factors. As part of this ongoing work for local Councils, Zac played a key role in providing advice on approval pathways for a number of infrastructure and public domain projects.