Planning and Environment leadership change

Posted on 03 May 2019

VCAT President Justice Quigley has appointed Senior Member Teresa Bisucci to lead the tribunal's Planning and Environment List from 1 July 2019.

Teresa will commence in this role following the retirement of Deputy President Helen Gibson AM.

VCAT members and staff congratulate Teresa on her appointment and extend our gratitude to Helen, who will continue to lead the List until the end of June.

Introducing Teresa Bisucci

Teresa joined VCAT in 2018 as a senior member and was formerly a principal at Best Hooper Lawyers. Her legal career has focused on planning law and encompassed regular appearances at VCAT, Planning Panels Victoria, Heritage Council, Magistrates’ Court, and the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation.

Teresa is an experienced and highly skilled professional with a longstanding commitment to community service. Her wide experience will stand her in good stead in this important role.

Thanking Deputy President Gibson

We celebrate the enormous contribution of Deputy President Gibson, who has led the Planning and Environment List from 2004 to present.

Helen was the inaugural Chief Panel Member of Planning Panels Victoria from 1996 until her appointment at VCAT. She participated on many planning reviews and advisory committees, including as an Expert Group Member on the Review of the State Planning Policy Framework from 2008 to 2010.

In 2016, Helen was named a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to planning and environment law in Victoria, and as a role model for women in the profession.