Conference Advisory Committee

Ms Suzette Jackson, Executive Officer, Bioregional Australia Foundation (Conference 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.

Mr Chris Bracher, 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.

Professor Marcus Foth, Professor of Urban Informatics, Queensland University of Technology

Marcus Foth is Professor of Urban Informatics with the QUT Design Lab, Brisbane, Australia, and Honorary Professor with the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark. Marcus has (co-)authored over 190 publications. In 2013, he received a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award, and was made a fellow of the Australian Computer Society in 2017. The planning, design and development site Planetizen inducted him to the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology. He is also a passionate wombassador, beekeeper, and cyclist. He tweets @sunday9pm

Dr Caroline Miller, Associate Professor in the Planning Programme, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, Palmerston North

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.

Ms Kerryn Wilmot, 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.


Ms Leanne Muffet, 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’.

Mr Tim Boundy, CEO, Renew Adelaide

Tim Boundy leads Renew Adelaide, an organisation that brings great ideas to life in Adelaide. Through their innovative model of providing rent-free commercial properties to new and creative business ideas they are providing opportunities to entrepreneurs and ensuring Adelaide can be as energetic and exciting as possible.

Tim has a background in tourism and destination marketing, which saw him constantly talking about and selling Adelaide nationally and internationally. He found the value between what a city can offer and how to use that for the benefit of attracting new organisations, events and ideas; a role he continues with great success in his current position as CEO of Renew Adelaide.

Mr Richard Brecknock, Director, Brecknock Consulting

Richard is an Australian cultural planning consultant who has since 1988 undertaken research, consultation and strategy development for the private sector and all levels of government in Australia and overseas. His work has focused on cultural planning for liveable urban environments, including collaborating with Charles Landry on Creative City, Intercultural City and Creative Bureaucracy projects in Australia and overseas.

His book “More than just a bridge: Planning and designing culturally” was published by COMEDIA in 2006. Richard has presented at conferences in Australia, NZ, South Africa, USA, Canada, England, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Turkey, Japan and Taiwan. He has presented papers at the 2013 and 2016 Liveable Cities conferences in Melbourne.

Mr Phil Donaldson, Director, Sustain SA

Phil Donaldson is director of Sustain SA, co – director and founder of Adelaide Design Link (ADL) and Chair and co-founder/ director of the Australian Living Lab Innovation Network (ALLIN) . Phil brings a collaborative consultancy service to the work that he undertakes at a local, national and international level working with companies, citizens and stakeholders together to drive change and improve quality of life for people, prosperity and the planet.

Phil represents the Australian Institute of Urban Studies SA them on the Community Participation & Sustainability Ministerial Advisory Committee in the implementation of the new planning regulations in South Australia. Recently he been appointed a Board Director of EBL Disability Services in South Australia.

Ms Marnie Hope, Manager Carbon Neutral Adelaide, City of Adelaide

Marnie Hope manages the Carbon Neutral Adelaide team at the City of Adelaide as part of Council’s Sustainability Program.  Marnie has worked in Local Government in senior policy and project roles for 19 years.

Marnie has also lived in the UK for 4 years where she was a Director at a sustainable design and construction consultancy working primarily on prison and fire and rescue public private finance initiatives and Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Manager at O2 Telecommunications (part of Telefonica group).”

Ms Clare Mockler, Director – Community, City of Adelaide

Clare leads the City of Adelaide’s Community Portfolio which makes a significant contribution to creating a liveable city; one that is accessible and inclusive for people for all ages and all walks of life.

Delivering a range of policies, programs and services, the Community Portfolio also supports Council in creating an experience that is authentically Adelaide, building on our rich culture and heritage, while developing customer activities that deliver an engaging, open and helpful service to our customers.

Clare’s been with the City of Adelaide for 17 years and held a variety of roles across the business. Prior to relocating to Adelaide, Clare worked for several years in the private sector in the UK.

Ms Maria Zotti, Manager Sustainability, City of Adelaide

Maria Zotti is a specialist in environment, sustainability and public health policy and law and in connecting urban communities to nature.

Maris is currently the Manager of Sustainability Policy at the City of Adelaide where she is committed to positioning Adelaide as a green, liveable city and an international leader in responding to environmental change.

Maria has also held roles as Principal Policy Officer and Ministerial Advisor in the Environment and Conservation Portfolio, CEO of Nature Play SA and as a Lecturer in Environmental Law and Policy, Public Health Law and Policy and Food Law and Policy at Flinders University and University of Newcastle.