Lawrie CoxMayor , City of Whittlesea
Prior to the 2016 election Cr Lawrie Cox was the youngest serving councillor having been elected to the Shire of Whittlesea from 1979 to 1986, including being Shire President from 1982 to 1983. He has chaired several large organisations including the Victorian Trades Hall Council and has been a director of an Industry superannuation fund for over 20 years.
Cr Cox is passionate about the community, infrastructure and providing sporting opportunities for young people and sits on Council’s Westgarthtown Pioneer Precinct Advisory Committee, the Darebin Creek Management Committee and the Interface Council's group, Whittlesea Community Futures Partnership Cr Cox was elected Mayor in November 2018.
Stephen FernandoChief Financial Officer, Whitsunday Regional Council
A finance and accounting professional, Stephen counts significant experience with Strategy Formulation, Technology Enabled System Improvements, and Data Analytics for Improved Decision Making.
At Mackay Regional Council, Stephen played a key role in implementing Australia’s first fleet wide roll-out of smart water meters, one of the earliest successful smart city initiatives in the country. As an extension of this project, Stephen was instrumental in developing a Meter Data Management (MDM) system, for managing smart water meter as well as smart sewer sensor data. The system, which was sold off by Mackay recently, is currently the country’s leading MDM system for water utilities.
In addition to his management accounting and CPA qualifications, Stephen also holds an masters degree in Business Administration from the USA, and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Some of Stephen’s claims to fame include, climbing up to Base Camp 1 on Mount Everest, being an Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver and graduating from the American School of Bartenders.
Marion GreigManager Improvement and Innovation, City of Casey
Marion is responsible for driving innovative change across the City of Casey across the full spectrum, from continuous improvement through to enterprise wide transformation. Portfolio includes business improvement, service planning and review, smart cities, innovation, transformation, change management and enterprise projects. Previous to that, she led the Innovation and Performance Department in the delivery of Yarra Ranges' business transformation strategy aimed at building a high performing, customer focused organisation.
Kim HuntInnovation Projects Manager, City of Adelaide
Kimberley Hunt is a Business Analyst-turned-Project Manager working in the City of Adelaide’s Innovate Adelaide smart cities team. Kimberley leads CoA’s landmark Ten Gigabit Adelaide fibre optic network project. She wrote the commercial business case that secured $12M of funding for the project and has gone on to manage the project through to implementation. Working closely with partners TPG Telecom throughout the contract negotiation, construction and business connection phases, Kimberley has insight into how public private partnerships can be leveraged to provide connectivity choice for a city.
Prior to joining local government in 2014, Kimberley worked on a number of significant strategic projects with global oil major Shell. She’s a passionate Adelaidean; raised and educated in Adelaide, she chose to return home with her family after a 12-year stint in Melbourne. A board member of her children’s school, Kim aspires to share her experiences and contribute to the creation of a vibrant and opportunity-rich city that will provide her 2 boys with future career choices in Adelaide. She most recently informed the development of Council’s newly created Innovation team.
Sam KernaghanManaging Director, Asia Pacific , Global Resilient Cities Network
Sam is passionate about building resilience for the most at risk cities and communities across the Asia Pacific. Sam is a qualified urban planner and program manager with almost 20 years’ experience across climate, infrastructure and land use planning. At Global Resilient Cities Network, Sam is the Managing Director Asia Pacific, leading the development and implementation of city wide resilience strategies in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
Since 2006, Sam has worked with over 30 cities across Asia-Pacific to build resilience to climate change, urbanization and natural hazard events, including Sri Lanka’s first national spatial plan post-Asian Tsunami, and leading the design and implementation of Rockefeller Foundation’s $60 million Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (2008-2013) and the Asian Development Bank’s $150 million Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (2013-2016).
Sam also worked with New York State after Hurricane Katrina, and with Sydney to help set a resilience agenda for the newly formed metropolitan planning body – the Greater Sydney Commission.
Sam was previously the head of urban planning at consultancy WSP in Sydney, and the APAC leader for Arup’s International Development business (Bangkok) where he was instrumental in designing and testing the city resilience framework and city resilience index.
Vi LeStakeholder Engagement Manager, Standards Australia
Vi has over 20 years’ experience in the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector, starting with one of Australia’s major telecommunication companies Telstra, to working with the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation’s ICT Policy Branch. During her time with the NSW Government, she has worked as a senior political advisor in the NSW Parliament and also successfully managed the $11.4 million partnership agreement with Data 61 (CSIRO), which helped drive digital transformation through the New South Wales public sector.
Vi currently works for Standards Australia as the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for ICT, e-Commerce Services and Agriculture sector, and Secretariat to the Australian ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee which develops, maintains and promotes standards in the fields of information and communications technology.
Shay NamdarianGM, Customer Strategy , Collective Campus
Shay is the General Manager of Customer Strategy at Collective Campus. He has over 10 years of experience working across a wide range of projects focusing on customer experience, design thinking, innovation and startup partnerships. He has gained his experience across several consulting firms including Ernst & Young, Capgemini and Accenture.
A regular facilitator/speaker, Shay has worked with and provided advice to leading Australian and Global organisations including NAB, ASIC, Westpac, Qantas, Coca-Cola, Clifford Chance and BNP Paribas. Shay has also supported several local councils on their innovation journeys, working with the likes of the City of Casey, City of Whittlesea and Ballarat City Council.
Shay developed and launched the 'Springboard' program with three councils in Victoria. The program offers innovators and entrepreneurs from not only Australia but all over the world, the chance to share their innovative solutions to address high priority community challenges.
Amanda NewberyChair , Smart Cities Council Centre for Civic Innovation
Amanda is the founder and Managing Director of Articulous. Amanda is an award-winning communications and engagement professional who has made a career out of tackling difficult projects across the country. A passionate and experienced communicator, she has worked with some of the country’s largest organisations and government organisations nationally. She is a sought-after issues and crisis advisor, especially for major corporations. A former journalist, Amanda is a communications strategist with skills in community and stakeholder engagement, media relations, corporate communication and training.
Bruno PeluccaSenior Urban Designer - Strategic Planning, Randwick City Council
Bruno is an urban designer with a Master of Science in Architecture and a PhD in Urban Design, Regional and Environmental Planning achieved at the University of Florence. He holds an extensive first-hand experience in strategic planning, open spaces, place making and inclusive design. He has developed his design and strategic skills along his international professional and academic practice receiving many awards in the fields of redevelopment plans, place making proposals and participatory planning actions.
Currently he is senior urban designer within the Strategic Planning Department of the Randwick City Council, dealing with the local character assessments and statements in the framework of the Local Strategic Planning Statement.
Mark PiorkowskiGeneral Manager of OperationsArmidale Regional Council
Kate RoffeyDirector of Deals, Investment & Major Projects, Wyndham City
Kate Roffey (Chairman) was appointed a Director of VRCA on 1 June 2016. She has extensive experience as a CEO and Senior Executive within the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors.
Kate is currently the Director of Deals, Investment and Major Projects at Wyndham City, where she has played a critical role in securing a new A League team for Melbourne’s West and developing a Public-Private-Partnership deal that will see Australia’s first privately owned sports stadium built in Wyndham. Prior to that, Kate was the CEO of the Committee for Melbourne where she successfully led a broad cross-section of Melbourne’s most influential companies and institutions to develop initiatives that ensured Melbourne continued to grow as a prosperous globally connected city and retain its mantle as the ‘World’s most liveable city’. As an industry leader in this role, Kate led influential policy discussions around the key issues of infrastructure development, economic growth, urban optimisation and liveability.
Prior to joining the Committee, Kate held an executive position at Tennis Australia as Manager of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment, where she played a leadership role in developing the Masterplan vision of, and secured almost $1 billion in government funding for, the substantial upgrading of facilities for the Australian Open Tennis Championship.
In addition to her Executive roles, Kate is also an experienced non-executive director and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In addition to her role at the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, Kate is Vice President of the Melbourne Football Club, is the Chair of the Metro Trains Advisory Board, Member of the Ministerial Review into Planning and Essential Services Board as well as being a member of the Ministerial Freight Advisory Council.
Joshua SattlerGeneral Manager Innovation, Growth and Development ServicesCity of Darwin
Matthew SchultzPresident , Australian Smart Communities Association
Matthew Schultz is internationally recognised as a Smart City expert and Digital and Data Transformation practitioner. He has extensive experience and leadership expertise in telecommunications connectivity, city data, internet of things and spatial visualisation and analysis of data.
An accomplished and experienced executive with over 24 years of experience, Matthew has deep expertise and expert knowledge in the Information Technology, Telecommunications, Digital Economic Development, Geospatial and Civil Engineering fields covering leadership, management, consulting, and technical roles.
In recent years Matthew led the establishment of the award-winning Fire Station 101 (www.firestation101.com.au), the 1st fully funded local government Innovation and Startup Hub in Australia and currently oversees the award winning Ipswich Smart City Blueprint and Implementation Plan, which seeks to entrench Ipswich as Australia’s most progressive Smart and Connected City.
Matthew is also National President of the Australian Smart Communities Association, a rapidly growing Australian peak industry association for Smart Community, Broadband and Digital Economic Development with members across Australia and New Zealand. He is also an inaugural Board Director of Open Data Australia, a member of Open and Agile Smart Cities Australia, Standards Australia IT042 Internet of Things Standards Development Committee and Standards Australia Smart City Standards Development Committee.
In addition, Matthew has also positioned Ipswich City as a Top 7 worldwide Intelligent Community for 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Jacyl ShawPractice Director - Digital Innovation, GHD Digital
Jacyl has a strong track record in innovation, research and engagement and is passionate about facilitating the nexus between industry, higher education, government and the startup entrepreneurial community and accelerating impact.
With degrees in law, business, arts and enterprise as well as global experiences in Asia, Europe and the Americas, Jacyl is well positioned in her new role as GHD’s Digital Innovation Lead to support clients and partners to co-create creative and new ways that foster fresh innovative thinking and deliver value.
At GHD Jacyl is responsible for overseeing Smart Seeds; an annual global innovation program for young professionals across industries (and currently 11 cities) focused on co-creating fresh ideas to solve complex infrastructure challenges.
Prior to GHD Jacyl was Project Director (Engagement) of an ambitious project to create Australia's premier STEM innovation district anchored by the University of Melbourne. And has also worked as a corporate lawyer, Supreme Court Judge’s Associate, in advisory and in several startups (including co-founder of Fishable a startup in recreational fishing).
She enjoys writing, public speaking and contributing to various boards and advisory committees in industry and research and been honoured to accept numerous scholarships, awards and opportunities to strengthen her knowledge and networks in this exciting “innovation” space.
Julie SnellChief Executive Officer, Bristol is Open
Julie Snell is the Managing Director for Bristol is Open, a joint venture between University of Bristol and Bristol City Council developing an open programmable city. Julie has 16 years' experience in the telecoms industry, including the early technology start-up of the UK Mobile and Wi-Fi, where she was part of the BT Openzone Public Wi-Fi leadership team. She has great enthusiasm and passion for innovation that improves the quality of people's lives.
Julie has a wealth of business expertise gained through her time at BT and the Wireless Broadband Alliance, where she represented BT as board member and Chair of the global Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).
An industry association, which has major telecom operators and technology companies as it members. Julie was instrumental in driving the strategic vision to establish public Wi-Fi governance in the legal / technology / billing and customer experience areas. Latterly Julie has been working with the WBA's Connected City Advisory Board engaging the Smart City experts from around the world.
Nicole StephensenExecutive Director for Privacy and Data Protection , IoT Security Institute
Nicole Stephensen established Ground Up Consulting in 2011. In her role as Principal Consultant, she provides capacity building and privacy by design services to diverse local, interstate and international clients across government, private and not for profit sectors.
Nicole is also the Executive Director for Privacy and Data Protection at the Internet of Things Security Institute (IoTSI) (a pro bono position). She is co-author of the IoTSI Security Framework for Smart Cities and Critical Infrastructure and hosts a bi-weekly podcast, Privacy Matters.
Paul SwiftSustainable Environment Officer, City Environment , City of Stonnington
Paul has worked at City of Stonnington since May 2018. As Sustainable Environment Officer, he is responsible for working with facilities managers to identify and manage projects to reduce energy and water consumption. Projects include street-light upgrades to LEDs (3,000 in the last year), improving irrigation systems and optimising building management systems. Employee engagement is also a key area, raising awareness through solar displays and developing a fleet of electric vehicles.
Prior to this, Paul worked at the Carbon Trust, a London-based organisation with a mission ‘to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy’ for six years. As a consultant Paul worked with corporates, smaller companies and public bodies, helping them achieve
sustainability best practice. Paul sold and delivered projects to clients including Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Sainsbury’s, AXA, Vodafone, Carlsberg and Samsung. Paul specialised in the development of science-based carbon targets, i.e., targets in line with no more than 2C of warming.
Megan TurnleyStrategy and Transformation Lead, Yarra CityLab
Having lived in 11 towns spanning 1,500km of Australia by the age of 18, Megan understands the benefits of being agile and leveraging the opportunities of new people, places and experiences. This has translated into a successful career as a change and transformation specialist, with delivery of national and global innovation, digital and business transformation programs for Government, big business and private industry.
As Strategy and Transformation Lead of Yarra CityLab, Megan is working in partnership with stakeholders to prepare Yarra for the digital future. She has established the Yarra Smart City Office and future roadmap and is focused on creating community-based and technology-smart solutions to enhance engagement, build knowledge and digital equity, and add value to the city.
Megan is an active learner, change management mentor, STEM education advocate and contributor to various industry committees, most recently to the Prime Minister’s Skills 4.0 Taskforce and the National Industry 4.0 Taskforce.
Sander Van AmelsvoortDirector, SJS Strategy
Engaged strategy developer with deep interest and comprehension of international economic, political and investment climate issues.
Solid grounding in communicating policy, business and advocacy agendas to stakeholders at all levels in both the public and private sector.
An assertive self-starter, as well as an engaged team player, with the skills to help organisations respond in a more integrated way to future challenges and opportunities.
Green Belt certified, multilingual and the ability to provide public / private sector insights.
Alexander VulkanovskiNational Manager - Internet of Things (IoT)Vicinity
Sue WeatherleyDirector City Strategy and Innovation, Georges River Council
Sue is the Director of City Strategy and Innovation at Georges River Council where she oversees the development and implementation of key city strategies. Sue is a passionate and successful urban planner and senior local government executive with over 20 years of experience in senior local government executive roles in NSW and QLD, including Townsville and Ryde. Sue worked at the City of Parramatta prior to her being appointed at Georges River Council as Director Strategic Outcomes and Development. Sue has helped drive strong outcomes across a broad range of Parramatta’s strategic objectives, managing significant growth in Parramatta, playing an integral role in discussions with the NSW Government on a number of planning and infrastructure initiatives and providing the vision for what will be a critical driver of Parramatta’s future.
Sue has been on the NSW Architect Registration Board since 2014 and the Chair of the Planning Task Force for Committee for Sydney.
Her contribution to Local Government has been twice recognised, in 2012 and 2016, as the recipient of the Minister’s Award for women in local government. In November 2018, PIA named Sue the Planner of the Year at its annual excellence awards