In July 2010, Charles along with his colleague Katrina Elliott, established ‘Planning Context’ a private consultancy which has a policy research and governance focus.

Charles Johnson- Principal

Charles has in-depth knowledge of both local government and town planning with 35 years’ experience working at local and State Government levels, as well as in private consultancy. He has held executive planning and development positions with the City of Subiaco and the City of Wanneroo including leading planning, building and health teams. In August 2001, he was appointed CEO of the City of Wanneroo and held this position until August 2008 when he resigned to become an Executive Director in the State Department of Planning.

Charles has an extensive experience working with Government Planning and Development Boards. He was a Board Member of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and Chair of the MRA Central Perth Land Redevelopment Committee and a former Chair of the Armadale Redevelopment Authority.  He was Presiding Member of the Central Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel.  He is also a Past President of the WA Division of Planning Institute of Australia as well being a Registered Planner (Fellow) of the Institute.

In July 2010, Charles with his colleague Katrina Elliott, established ‘Planning Context’ a private consultancy which has a policy research and governance focus.

Charles has worked with WALGA to develop and deliver best practice courses in planning for elected members. In addition, he has developed a Manual on Planning Delegation for WALGA. This was awarded a commendation by the PIanning Institute of Australia (WA Division) in 2015. Charles has used his experience as a planner and a local government CEO to undertake a number of reviews into local government including best practice audits (Town of East Fremantle and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale) and reviews of planning procedures, processes, delegations and delivery structures (Cities of Canning and Albany).

Outside his planning work Charles is actively involved in Rotary and is the 2018/19 District Governor for Rotary District 9455 in Western Australia.
Katrina Elliott- Associate

Katrina has over thirty years experience in the public and private sectors. Her areas of expertise relate to governance, research, strategic planning and performance measurement. She also has a practical knowledge of planning and development.

Katrina worked for the Department of Housing where she was responsible for, amongst other things, strategic planning and performance monitoring, reporting to both the State and Federal Governments. She was also responsible for developing the Director General's Performance Agreement with the Minister for Housing.

Katrina developed an excellent understanding of the roles and responsibilities of local government when she worked with the Department of Local Governments, managing the Local Government Advisory Board and the Executive Services area.

Katrina left the Public Sector in 2003 to work with a small consulting firm. She provided advice to peri urban and sea change local governments on strategic planning and reporting; and growth management. She also worked with the Outer Metropolitan Growth Council (now GAPP) on planning policies and assisted them with submissions to key inquiries including those on infrastructure planning and provision.

Katrina joined Charles in 2010 and has worked with him on numerous projects aimed at improving the capacity of local government.