Program Advisory Committee

Chief Technical Officer, Hazer Group, Perth

Andrew is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of ASX listed company Hazer Group Ltd, and invented the Hazer process as part of his Ph.D. studies. Andrew has over 4 years of corporate executive experience and over 10 years of technical engineering experience in R&D, advisory and resource development roles. Andrew is passionate about disruptive innovation and sustainability.

Andrew holds a Philosophy Doctorate Degree (Engineering), Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Management) from the University of Western Australia, and a Graduate Certificate (Research Commercialisation) from the Queensland University of Technology.  He is a winner of the WA Business News “40 under 40” award, and City of Perth Strategic Alliance Award in 2019.

Smart Cities Project Manager ICT, City of Perth

John studied Science at the Australian National University.  His Business Masters is from UWA.

His professional career started in Banking and Finance, before transitioning to Project Management, specialising in IT and Technology Projects.

He has successfully delivered projects across a range of industry sectors including: Banking, Energy, Defence, Commodities, Commercial Construction, State and Local Government.

In his current role is the Smart Cities Project Manager for City of Perth.  John led a multi-disciplinary team to deliver seven projects.  The 2018/2019 Federal Smart Cities grant of $1.3M is to date the largest grant received by the City of Perth.  Total project spend exceeded $3M.

Based on the 2018/2019 results the City of Perth has committed to sustain and expand their Smart Cities program.

Executive Officer, Bioregional Australia Foundation (Co-Chair)

Suzette Jackson, is the Executive Director of Bioregional Australia Foundation, operating the One Planet Living international framework and advisory services in the region. She is passionate about sustainable living, particularly in addressing the regeneration of cities to provide a quality of life within the resource and productive capacity of our planet.

Suzette is an experienced sustainability consultant, facilitator, designer and strategist with expertise in cities, communities and urban activation. Her work includes food system research, feasibility studies, precinct and organisational strategies. Previous leadership roles include work with Innate Ecology, Living Future Institute Australia, University of Melbourne, Deakin University and Hassell. Suzette is engaged in her local community as a community radio host and regional farmers market coordinator.

Managing Director, Strategic Matters (Conference Co-Chair)

Director Leanne Muffet, is a strategist, award-winning project manager, and an actively sought facilitator. Her strong people skills have been successfully utilized around Australia for 20 years.

Leanne has extensive strategic and regional experience including working with the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office for three years, the CSIRO, developers, Boards and local and state governments. She has lead state-wide multi partnered triple bottom line projects, including planning for uncertain climatic futures.

Leanne is an advocate of intentional engagement and adaptive leadership. Her work has been recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and IAP2, and has been described as ‘transformative’.

Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

Kerryn Wilmot is a highly experienced architect with particular expertise in sustainability in the built environment. Kerryn co-leads the Cities and Buildings research area at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS and supports the coordinator of the Sustainable Digital Cities Network in investigating the impact of new ways of working on the urban environment.

Prior to joining ISF, Kerryn had a 30-year career as a consultant architect. Formerly an Associate at Spowers, Kerryn was the project leader for the industry-leading 60L Green Building in Carlton, Victoria that won a Banksia Award and influenced today’s commercial buildings and sustainable development tools. When at Williams Boag Architects, Kerryn was the Accredited Green Star Professional for the 5-star green Star Gungahlin College campus in ACT.

She has been a guest lecturer at several universities and tutored in Sustainable Buildings and Environmental Building Services. Kerryn was an active member of the Public Transport Users Association, lobbying for improved public transport in Victoria, in recognition of the need to for good sustainable transport options for liveable urban environments. She represented PTUA on the Metropolitan Transport Forum and on the Minister for Transport’s Station Users Panel.

Director, My Neighbourhood

A defining career philiosophy for Chris has been the fundamental human need for connection and belonging. His work within both residential and sports communities has given practical expression to this theme. In recent years, Chris’s work with Mirvac’s Victorian master-planned residential communities has centred around the creation and support of embedded, ground-up community development. Embodied within this work is a commitment to better understand personal wellness triggers to maximise resilience, build capacity and ensure genuinely sustainable community outcomes.

Planning Programme Postgraduate Coordinator, Resource and Environmental Planning Programme, School of People, Environment & Planning, Massey University

Dr Caroline Miller is a former planning practitioner and now Associate Professor in the Planning Programme in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University, Palmerston North. She is a Fellow of the NZPI and served as a NZPI Board member for 7 years. Her research interests are primarily focused on the development of town planning and the planning profession in New Zealand and the practice of planning under the RMA.. She has published widely through journals and book chapters. She has also produced books on the history of the NZPI, The Unsung Profession, on New Zealand’s experience of instituting sustainability, Implementing Sustainability: The New Zealand Experience and a biography of New Zealand’s first Director of Town Planning, Reginald Hammond. In 2017 she was the co-editor and contributor to Planning Practice in New Zealand, which won the NZPI’s John Mawson Award of Merit in 2018.