“Urbis has been working with Russell since 2000.  Planned Resources have successfully placed a range of candidates with Urbis in Victoria and I have been impressed by his expertise and advice on every occasion.

Russell delivers exceptional service, quality methodology and continues to be a valuable partner with Urbis. I strongly recommend his services and appreciate his support.”

Phil Wells / Human Resources Manager / Urbis

“I’ve been dealing with Russell for over five years now in the area of recruitment within the consulting town planning industry in Victoria.  In the often fluid and changing landscape that is the recruitment industry, Russell has been a constant and brings to employers a strong knowledge of the market, the candidates and the individual attributes of various planning firms, particularly in Melbourne.  This gives him a well-developed ability to correctly match candidates to roles and firms.  I look forward to continuing to deal with him in the future.”

Peter Doyle / Director / SJB

“I have worked with Russell Locke for a number of years whilst in an internal recruiter role.  I find Russell very honest and reliable, with vast knowledge and solid networks across the industry.  Russell has always flexible in the variety of roles we have provided, this multi focus being extremely beneficial.   His business ‘style’ is to grow and maintain honest and long term relationships with both his clients and candidates.   He has a very strong understanding of our company and business needs and I would have no hesitation in recommending recruitment services to any company.”

Esther Walker / Resource Manager / Property / APAC  / Aurecon

“I’ve known Russell for many years and have always found him to be reliable, enthusiastic and polite.  He takes an interest in our business and aligns potential candidates with our work place and culture.  Russell has successfully placed many candidates with our firm.”

Darren Atkinson / Manager Landscape Architecture / SMEC Urban


“After arriving in Melbourne from London and having Australian experience in Western Australia only, Russell Locke proved to have an informative, educated and excellent grasp on the Melbourne planning sector. He was able to guide me through the different areas of Victorian planning system, the firms which specialised in various planning fields, and the breakdown of both local and central government planning organisations.

He was honest and realistic in his thoughts on the current market and how I would fit in, taking particular care to match me with potential companies that not only worked in areas of my interests but who were also a match personality wise.   I ended up working exclusively with Russell and was thrilled at the professionalism, assistance and effort he made in placing me with a firm that has proven to be a great match. I thoroughly recommend his services and have referred him to other planning colleagues both making the move to Melbourne from interstate or overseas.

He was always available and kept me updated at all stages of the recruitment process. Having worked with recruiters in both the United Kingdom and Victoria, Russell was by far the most professional and knowledgeable recruiter I have used.”

Olivia / Senior Planner

“Of all the recruiters I spoke to when I was looking for work in the landscape design industry, Russell stood out for several reasons. He was very straightforward to deal with, had a personalised approach and took a genuine interest in not just my skills and experience but also the career direction I was wanting to take. Russell’s level of service during my contract was excellent, and he was always proactive in his dealings on my behalf. He’s very good at what he does!”

Alan / Landscape Architect

“Russell placed me very quickly when I was job hunting in Melbourne; he understood my role as an urban designer and advised me on different companies and how they might suit my experience rather than putting me forward for inappropriate roles. I often drop him a line and ask for advice on job hunting and he responds with great advice.  I wholeheartedly endorse Russell and would recommend anyone in the property industry.”

Lisa / Urban Designer

“Russell has provided a professional service and has assisted in placing me in consultancies and positions that are strongly aligned with my skill set whilst also contributing to my professional development.  he obviously has a large network of industry contacts which he uses very effectively to quickly place candidates within suitable positions.”

Christian / Economist / Planner

“As I only had overseas planning experience I was unsure how long it would take to find a position in Melbourne. However, Russell very quickly found me a suitable role quickly.  I was very happy with the professional, knowledgeable and honest service provided and would recommend Russell to others without hesitation.”

Mary / Town Planner

“Russell was absolutely instrumental in securing me an interview with one of Australia’s leading multidisciplinary consulting firms. As a result, I was able to obtain the role I wanted, and more importantly with the company I wanted to work for. I can honestly say that i’ve never dealt with a recruiter who was as merticulous and responsive as Russell. This took the stress out of finding a new job and gave me that extra confidence and leverage to secure the role.”

David / Senior Planner

“I contacted Russell Locke at Planned Resources when I was looking to begin a career in Planning after 16 years working in another industry.  Russell worked through my employment history and preferred employment to identify my transferrable skills, and where within the broad spectrum of the planning profession I might best fit.  Within two weeks I was offered a job at the first company suggested by Russell, and am excited by the opportunities that have come out of dealings with Planned Resources.”

Todd / Economic Planner

“Planned resources has a great understanding of the market; they also took the time to understand me. Ultimately they helped me secure the job I wanted!  Thank You!!!”

Lorena / Urban Designer

“Relocating from Perth to Melbourne, Planned Resources helped me find meaningful employment in my existing field of work as a social consultant working within the resource sector.  Russell Locke’s networks within the industry, and his commitment to opening doors of employment for me, removed the stress when making the transition back to Melbourne and ensured I had a job to walk into upon my return.  I would highly recommend Russell’s, and Planned Resources, services to any job seeker or employer.”

Martin / Social Planner

“Having arrived from overseas with no immediate Victorian town planning experience, I had dealings with a number of recruitment consultants during my initial search for employment.  Russell was without doubt the most interested, helpful, informative, pro-active – and ultimately productive – person that I dealt with in my search for employment as a strategic planner in Melbourne.  Within a month, Russell had placed me in a position that matched my desired requirements in terms of type of role, location and, importantly, the potential for long term full time employment.  I would recommend Russell unreservedly to anyone seeking planning employment in Melbourne.”

Jon / Strategic Planner
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