A town planner with nearly 20 years’ experience at state and local government level, Mr Yarwood has dedicated his professional life to developing cities.

In addition to his BA in Planning from UniSA, he holds an MBA as well as postgraduate qualifications in Regional and Urban Planning and Environmental Studies.  He worked as a researcher in South Australian Parliament before joining the City of Playford as principal planner, a position he held for six years.

He has also lectured in planning and management in several countries and studied future cities in Japan’s acknowledged technology city, Tsukuba.

Mr Yarwood was elected as an Adelaide City Councillor in October 2007 and appointed Deputy Lord Mayor in 2009 before being elected Lord Mayor in 2010. 

He is a member of the Adelaide Development Assessment Panel, Capital City Committee, Adelaide Parklands Authority, Rundle Mall Management Authority and the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors.  He is also the Presiding Member of the Local Government Association committee, overseeing the State/Local Government Climate Change Sector Agreement.

He has also served on the Adelaide Central Market Committee, Adelaide High School Governing Council and the board of the Adelaide Convention Bureau. Among his primary goals is the encouragement of strong working relationships between all levels of government, as well as business and the general community.