Far Lane

our team

At FAR Lane, we wear many hats; economist, strategist, consultant, innovator, mentor and investor.

Our team of versatile and talented professionals combine years of expertise in the fields of regional development, spatial economics, economic development, and corporate strategy.

A little irreverent, we thrive in collaborative environments, where we work side by side with our clients to produce tangible outcomes for every project.

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Jason McFarlane - Managing Director

Jason is a father, surfer, strategist, and economic development professional.  He has spent over 15-years working with entrepreneurs, communities, government agencies, and investors to deliver transformative projects and initiatives for local benefit. His work focuses on delivering evidence-based analytics and strategy that realises real-world outcomes.

Jason has as Masters of Business Administration (California State University East Bay) and a Bachelor of Science (UWA), a Certificate in Strategic Foresight (University of Houston) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jason is founder and Managing Director of FAR Lane and serves as a Director with Pollinators and Economic Development Australia.


Kaitlyn Scannell - Director

Kaitlyn is a self-confessed data nerd. She has over 10-years of experience across consulting, not-for-profit and public sectors, with a powerful reputation as an analyst whose insights shape public and corporate strategy, policy, and major investment decisions. She brings an unparalleled intellectual rigor to her work that is reflected in the trust that clients place in her findings. She is constantly developing her skills and knowledge, setting the bar for tomorrow's industry best practice. 

Kaitlyn has as Graduate Diploma—Economics (UWA) and Bachelor of Commerce (Curtin University).

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Jaycob Petering - Consultant

Jaycob is Perth's premier musical economist, specialising in econometric analysis and yacht rock. He commenced work with FAR Lane in 2016 and is passionate about delivering high quality evidence to decision makers.

Jaycob has a Master of Finance (Curtin University) and Bachelor of Commerce, double majoring in economics and finance (Murdoch University).

He has high hopes for the Kangaroos this season.


Thomas Saleh - Analyst

Thomas joined Far Lane in October 2018 and has utilised his quantitative and qualitative skills on socio-economic impact assessment, demographic analysis and development of key inputs and assumptions .

Thomas is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at UWA majoring in Economics and is taking courses in econometrics and applied statistics. He has additional research experience in a large not for profit and in establishishing a student led social enterprise.

Contrary to popular opinion, Thomas does not drive for Renault in his spare time.


Nikki Harvey - Consultant

Following 8 years working on Pacific focused international development programs, Nikki joined the FAR Lane team in June 2019. She is passionate about projects with heart, delivering meaningful results for clients and communities and is looking forward to bringing all she has learned into the economic development space.

Nikki has a Master of International Relations (Australian National University) and a Bachelor of Arts & Communications Studies (University of Western Australia).

Nikki enjoys giving and receiving unsolicited podcast recommendations.