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Ben Sheeran has 12 years experience in the practical application of sustainability. With the use of economic instruments and planning/policy principles, he is an experienced resource management policy planner, environmental economist and project manager.
Ben has worked for and with central and local government in New Zealand, and overseas as a consultant for two central London boroughs. He has been involved in assessments of environmental effects, policy development under legislation including the Resource Management Act 1991, drafting and auditing resource consent applications, facilitating workshops for consultation programmes, and presenting expert planning evidence at hearings.
Ben has environmental economic expertise in cost benefit analysis, non-market valuation of the environment, and use of economic instruments in environmental management. This includes undertaking Community Benefit Surveys (Contingent Valuation Method) to estimate the value of environmental improvements, and applying a Cost Benefit Analysis framework to community wellbeing derived from Council output areas to assist in the production of LTCCPs.
Ben’s ability to inform and review processes has been used in the role of a project coordinator; ensuring projects are progressed according to process guidance notes and legislation (including the RMA First Schedule process).
Qualifications include a post-graduate degree in Resource Management from Lincoln University, as well as degrees in economics and geography from the University of Auckland. Ben has a professional affiliation to the New Zealand Planning Institute, holding a National Council seat in 2001-03 and current graduate membership.
When Ben finds time to escape from work he is often found where the best swell is, tramping New Zealand’s back country or playing guitar.