Our dynamic Board of Directors and every member of our team are keenly aware that they are part of an industry that helps shape the urban and natural landscapes of the regions and cities in which we operate – the Central Coast and Hunter regions, Newcastle and Sydney. As a result, we work tirelessly as a team to maintain a careful balance between sustainable land development to protect the environment for future generations, legislative compliance and fulfilling client expectations.
We are committed to delivering a superior level of service that meets client needs and satisfies all relevant regulatory and statutory requirements. We do so by adhering to a Quality Management System that benefits all stakeholders, from clients and shareholders to employees.
To meet this commitment we focus on:
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As one of Trehy Ingold Neate’s original founders, Michael brings an invaluable depth of knowledge and experience to the team. He started with the firm as a Registered Land Surveyor in 1992 and has been a director since 1994. Michael is also Chairman of the Board.
With such a wealth of knowledge and experience behind him, Michael is regarded as the firm’s cornerstone and respected by all staff for his outstanding leadership and mentorship capabilities. He is well respected by all staff for his open door policy and regarded as a mentor by all who work for the firm, including the other directors.
As Managing Director, Michael oversees all projects assigned to the firm, from planning and civil engineering projects, to land surveying projects. His overarching role is to facilitate the clients’ needs all the way through to the final outcome. This entails client liaison and close communication with all staff involved on a project to ensure everyone fully understands the project requirements, quality control and provide support as required. Michael is also responsible for many of the firm’s project quotations and tender applications, particularly those for more complex projects. The diverse nature of Michael’s role requires him to be across all aspects of land development – surveying, civil design, project management, planning and strata certification.
Michael has worked closely with local council for a number of years. Such is the strength of his relationship with council that it has resulted in regular referral over the years. In fact Trehy Ingold Neate is a member of the preferred consultancy panels for land surveying, town planning and civil engineering design services for both local and state governments due to the high standard of their work.
Michael and fellow founder Peter Ingold shared a vision from the early days when the business focused purely on land surveying to offer all land development services under the one roof. They grew the business with this vision in mind organically over the years to become the multidisciplinary land development firm they are today.
Michael is responsible for many aspects of the business, including:
A testament to the management skills of Michael which is evident by the fierce loyalty displayed by the team. Many long staff members having been with the firm for a number of years, some over 30 years.
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A Registered Land Surveyor and Accredited Strata Certifier with postgraduate qualifications in Town Planning, Robert joined Trehy Ingold Neate in 1994. He was promoted to the role of Survey Manager in 1998 overseeing the work of four field parties. He has been a director of the firm since 2006.
Robert is responsible for managing Dual Occupancy, Strata, Stratum, Old System, Torrens and Community Title land subdivision projects. As the firm’s Strata Certification specialist, his expertise and experience includes the assessment and issue of Complying Development Certificates for consent to Strata Subdivide and the assessment and issue of Strata Certificates for Strata Subdivision purposes.
Today Robert still carries out a broad range of surveying work on the front line from time to time (including boundary definition) a function he relishes as he enjoys being out in the field. As a director who continues to play an active hands-on role in the field, Robert believes this not only allows him to keep his practical knowledge up to date, but it also enables him to make better decisions when managing others, discover potential new opportunities and assist with client enquiries. The fact that all three directors of the firm maintain a hands on role within the business is one of Trehy Ingold Neate’s distinct points of difference and gives clients reassurance that the business owners care enough to be directly involved with their projects.
Roberts’ extensive all-round experience means his expertise is utilised wherever it is required. He is often called upon to assist with or manage complex or unique development projects. An example was the Central Coast Mariners community development project, which involved in-house management of the community subdivision plan and the strata subdivision plan while simultaneously working closely with the project manager, architects, solicitors and real estate agents.
Robert’s other responsibilities with the firm include:
Committed to ongoing professional development, Robert is keen to learn more about the planning function and become more involved in that aspect of the business.
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Kellie joined Trehy Ingold Neate in 1997 as a Planning Surveyor responsible for supporting the planning and project management functions of the firm. In 2000, she was awarded the inaugural Young Surveyor of the Year Award by the Institute of Surveyors NSW Inc. and was appointed co-director of the firm in 2007.
Kellie’s strong commitment to ongoing professional development led her to continue her studies while working full time. She achieved a Diploma of Management and Business Administration in 2010 and successfully completed her Registered Planning qualifications with the Planning Institute of Australia in 2015. In 2016 Kellie was invited to join the Board of the Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW. She is proud to be the first female member to be appointed to the Board and attends monthly meetings in Sydney to share her opinions with other Board members and have a say in the future direction of the industry.
As a qualified Surveyor and Registered Planner with a postgraduate qualification in Environmental Studies, Kellie has a particular interest in sustainable land development. She takes a holistic view to the land development process, considering the economic, social and environmental needs and implications of every project from inception through to completion.
In her role as Town Planning Workshop Mentor and Co-presenter, Kellie gains immense satisfaction from supporting young surveyors through the registration process. It is her way of giving back to the profession she is so passionate about and encouraging more women to be part of what was traditionally a male dominated profession.
As a Central Coast resident since childhood and a mother of two, Kellie views her role as more than just a job. She believes it’s about maintaining the lifestyle and desirable living environment we enjoy on the Central Coast by supporting local businesses and integrated land development projects. Keenly aware that she is part of an industry that helps to shape the world in which we live, Kellie strives to find a balance between sustainable land development, legislative compliance and fulfilling client expectations.
Kellie’s extensive background in surveying and town planning enables her to act as an interface between all departments of the firm. Her responsibilities as a Registered Planner include:
In addition to performing an active role in the firm as a Registered Planner, Kellie is responsible for managing key aspects of the firm’s operations, including Human Resources and Company Policies.
In her spare time, Kellie enjoys being a member of the Gosford City Basketball and Sports Stadium Board (Vice Chair) and supporting her kids in their various sporting endeavours.
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David first joined Trehy Ingold Neate in 2004 as a Graduate Surveyor. Following his registration in 2007, he began assisting director, Robert Polson before officially taking on the role of Survey Field Party Leader for the firm soon thereafter. This role required him to undertake the full spectrum of residential, commercial and industrial property surveys and subdivisions as well as oversee and coordinate the survey team. In 2011 David left TIN to pursue a role in Sydney before returning two years later to take on the role of Survey Manager.
Since re-joining the firm, David has been responsible for the co-ordination of the surveying field teams and has continued to expand on his previous responsibilities. In addition to his management duties, David enjoys maintaining an active involvement in the field, with assignments ranging from large-scale construction and subdivision work to survey work for individual residential clients. David believes it is important to maintain an active role on the ‘front line’ to stay grounded and in touch with clients, technological advancements and the work performed onsite. In fact he appreciates the fact that this is actively encouraged and practiced at TIN from the top down.
Career highlights to date include detailed site survey work and project management at Riverside Park West Gosford, a premier business park development at the gateway to the Central Coast, and overseeing the site survey work for the major upgrade and expansion of Gosford Hospital.
David’s capabilities and responsibilities are extensive and include:
A family man and father of three, David is happy to be working in a role he enjoys so close to home and for such a supportive, professional and highly respected land development firm. In terms of professional affiliations, David is a member of the Institution of Surveyors NSW and on the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information.
Natasha joined Trehy Ingold Neate as the firm’s Development Planner in 2003 after just over seven years with Ku-ring-gai Council, primarily in a development assessment role. She works closely with fellow Development Planner and TIN director, Kellie Hassab.
Natasha originally had plans to pursue human resource development as a career, even commencing studies in the field. Securing a customer service role at Ku-ring-gai Council, Natasha found herself working in the building and planning section and almost instantly fell in love with the work. Making the decision to formalise her knowledge and skills by undertaking a Diploma of Applied Science, Natasha continued to climb the ladder with Council’s development and planning department, taking on an increasing range of complex projects while continuing her studies to become a Registered Planner.
After just over seven years with Ku-ring-gai Council, Natasha, who was commuting to work from her home on the Central Coast, decided it was time to not only seek a development planning role closer to home but also move into private practice where she knew there would be greater diversity. Since joining TIN, Natasha has relished the opportunity to be involved in a broad range of development planning projects, from residential and commercial to industrial projects and environmentally sensitive work.
Natasha has extensive experience with various aspects relating to development planning, including the preparation of reports (Statement of Environmental Effects, Environmental Impact Statements, Review of Environmental Factors and so forth), preparation of Development Application submissions to Council for various development projects (large or small), preparation of Section 96 Applications and contentious objections to development applications. The types of development projects she works on are diverse and often complex. They include residential/industrial/commercial/retail developments, land and strata subdivisions, medical centres, caravan parks, manufactured homes estates, environmentally sensitive land use development and feasibility assessment and reporting.
Some of Natasha’s responsibilities include:
Passionate about her role and the many challenges it brings, Natasha works hard to achieve the best outcome for every client she works with, often thinking ‘outside the box’ to achieve a balanced outcome from an environmental, social and economic perspective. A development legislation specialist, Natasha keeps up to date with the constant legislative changes in NSW by reading relevant reports, Council Meeting minutes and media releases weekly. Natasha, who is a mother of one, is a member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia.
Peter joined the Trehy Ingold Neate team in 1996 after working for a number of years in local Council as a Design Group Leader. Peter is responsible for coordinating the civil design team, supervising contracts and construction, and preparing quotations, tenders and contracts. He also maintains a hands-on role with engineering design and engineering survey work.
Peter has managed numerous major projects and subdivisions on the Central Coast and in the Hunter Region over the years, often acting as the conduit between the client and local Council. His previous role with Council, albeit many years ago, gives Peter the distinct advantage of understanding both sides of the fence.
Over the years, Peter has attended several courses to further his knowledge of civil design and use of specialised software for road design, stormwater management and treatment and soil and water management for urban design. Continuing advancements in civil engineering design technology requires Peter and his team to attend regular courses, some annually. His professional development includes annual CivilCAD, Civil 3D and Advanced Road Design Software courses with AEC, Sydney. Other professional development courses Peter has completed include:
As a subdivision and residential development civil design specialist, Peter is highly skilled and experienced in a broad range range of civil design functions including:
Peter relishes the opportunity to work with a client from project inception through to completion. Working as part of a team that offers the full suite of land development services under the one roof ensures close collaboration between the various specialists assigned to a project. The result is careful coordination and management of every project and a better outcome for all stakeholders.
Stuart joined the Trehy Ingold Neate team in 1995, originally as a part time trainee while studying at TAFE. Offered a permanent full time position once he had successfully attained his Associate Diploma in Survey Drafting, Stuart went on to also complete his Associate Diploma in Civil Engineering.
Operating in all facets of civil engineering design, including the design of roads, car parks, accesses, drainage, sewer, and water reticulation for residential, commercial, industrial and other development types, Stuart’s responsibilities include:
While not essential, Stuart says project management by a qualified Civil Engineering Designer during the construction phase is strongly recommended to ensure all Council’s boxes are ticked and the overall smooth running of a project, saving clients time and money.
Stuart has been involved in many major projects with TIN, including the design of a number of residential and industrial parks and numerous commercial and industrial developments on the Central Coast. Projects beyond the Central Coast include a Community Title subdivision at Tamworth comprising more than 20 lots.
Stuart enjoys the multi-faceted nature of civil engineering design as well as the diversity in terms of the types of projects he is assigned to, as each project is unique and brings its own set of challenges and opportunities. Close collaboration with his engineering design colleague, Peter Banfield as well as TIN’s Development Planners, Survey Managers and Strata Certifiers ensures Stuart has a solid understanding of the entire land development process, which assists him in the specific functions he performs.
Ongoing professional development is absolutely crucial in the profession of civil engineering design due to rapid advancements in technology and changes to legislative laws. Stuart undergoes regular software training and other professional development activities to keep up with technological advancements and changes within the industry.
Joining Trehy Ingolde Neate in 1982, Barry brings an unmatched level of knowledge and expertise to the survey team and the firm as a whole. His various roles with the firm have included all forms of cadastral and engineering surveying, project management, co-ordination of the survey field teams and client liaison. He has also been involved in surveys for telecommunications asset design, managed numerous subdivisions and worked on a range of major projects including development of the Freeway (M1), Ausgrid easement work, development of the Crowne Plaza at Terrigal and sewer reticulation work.
Barry’s methodical nature and strong attention to detail has resulted in him being assigned to manage many of the firm’s more technical and complex projects. As Barry puts it, “anything left of centre”.
Barry’s wide range of experience associated with the various facets of land development includes:
With three and a half decades of experience under the belt, Barry has seen the land development sector and the Central Coast undergo numerous changes. He has also seen the firm grow and evolve during this time and mentored many new surveyors, gaining great satisfaction from watching them grow and develop.
Joining Trehy Ingold Neate in 2011 in the role of Survey Assistant, Josh was promoted to Survey Technician in 2016. Spending the bulk of his time out in the field, Josh’s capabilities include:
Josh is currently involved in the Gosford Hospital extension and upgrade project. He will commence a Bachelor of Spatial Science degree course via correspondence in 2017 to further his knowledge and formal qualifications.
James joined Trehy Ingold Neate in 2012 on a casual basis while studying surveying. He credits working with TIN during the two years he was at TAFE as being instrumental to achieving a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the theoretical components of the course.
Once James had successfully completed his studies he moved into a full time role with the firm. Assisting the survey team onsite, Josh has had the privilege to work on a broad range of projects including Riverside Park, West Gosford and the Chamberlain Road residential subdivision at Lisarow. He thoroughly enjoys the diversity of the role, getting out and about in the field, meeting new people and working as a team. His long-term goal is to pursue further study at University level and feels privileged to be part of a team that delivers an end to end land development service, as it exposes him to a variety of specialised functions in the sector.
Jeff joined Trehy Ingold Neate in 1999 as Surveyors Assistant. Having actively worked in the surveying profession since 1975, Jeff’s experience both out in the field and in the office is second to none. As such, he is a highly valued member of the TIN team, who is always willing to share his expertise with younger members of the survey team, including those with higher formal qualifications. Jeff is responsible for TIN’s vehicle equipment maintenance and assisting the surveyors onsite in whatever capacity they require.
Joining Trehy Ingold Neate in 1997 as a draftsman, Chris now leads the drafting team as CAD Manager and is is ultimately responsible for maintaining the high standard of plan presentation for which the firm is renowned. Over time, Chris’ area of responsibility grew to include management of the computer support function in conjunction with an external IT support team.
In his computer support role, Chris is not only responsible for the support of the firm’s network system and hardware, but also for the technical training and support of all staff members and in-house troubleshooting. He therefore plays a crucial role in the successful running of the firm as a whole.
Chris has seen numerous changes in technology since joining the firm and is responsible for ensuring a smooth transition whenever new software or hardware is installed.
Chris’s primary responsibilities include:
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Rebecca joined Trehy Ingold Neate in 2011 after working in the finance and accounting sector for almost 15 years. Rebecca’s extensive experience in all facets of accounting and finance, including commercial investment and overseas banking, has made her a significant asset to the TIN team.
While initially engaged to perform the role of Accounts Manager, Rebecca has since taken on board the additional roles of Human Resources (HR) and Work, Health & Safety (WHS) officer. And she has done so with enthusiasm and the skill and professionalism she puts in to everything she does.
Quick to learn and resourceful, Rebecca takes it upon herself to research extensively and attend seminars on a regular basis. As an independent, highly organised worker who thrives on a challenge, Rebecca also takes the initiative to organise the office to ensure everything runs smoothly and nothing is left to chance. Since joining the team and taking on additional responsibilities, Rebecca has established numerous procedures, policies and checklists, significantly freeing up the time of the firm’s three directors who know the office management function is in very capable hands. Rebecca’s fun infectious nature has also led her to become TIN’s primary social organiser.
Rebecca’s capabilities are extensive and include:
Rebecca is currently looking into formalising her HR and WHS credentials through further education.
Joining Trehy Ingold Neate in 1986, Barbara is one of the longest serving staff members on the team. Having worked in an administrative function for the firm since that time, Barbara has witnessed numerous changes, from technological advancements (including the introduction of computers and the arrival of the Internet) to business growth, diversification and significant growth of the Central Coast region.
With such a wealth of experience and knowledge behind her, Barbara is a highly valued and respected member of the TIN team. Her responsibilities include assisting the planners, liaising with Council and following up matters on behalf of the planners, surveyors and design engineers; accounts; reception duties; client liaison and training new administrative staff as required.
Lisa joined Trehy Ingold Neate in 2016 after working for a Sydney based town planning company. Her experience in the planning sector ensured a smooth transition to her new role, which she is thoroughly enjoying. Lisa works full time in the office and is supported in the busy role by two other administration officers, Barbara Clarke and Karin Ingold.
Lisa offers full time administrative support for all TIN functions – planning, land surveying, strata certification and engineering design as well as support to the directors. Her responsibilities range from reception and mail duties to taking enquiries for new business and directing existing client calls to the appropriate TIN specialist.