Stephen Hancock has over 50 years experience assisting mining companies with permitting and approvals and in maintaining them. He founded a consultancy in 1967 which, after numerous mergers, continues within the multidisciplinary international consultancy AECOM. He retired in 2008, but continued as a contract consultant and, in between, as a Sessional Member of Planning Panels Victoria until 2017. Thus, he has experienced both project approvals and determination processes as an independent consultant and reviewer. He remains active for the Consulting Society Committee convening an Interactive Workshop on SLTO issues to be held in early 2019.