Conference Advisory Committee
Executive Officer, Bioregional Australia Foundation (Conference Co-Chair)
Suzette Jackson, director at Innate Ecology, is a designer, sustainability consultant and researcher with expertise in residential and commercial sectors and community engagement. She is passionate about sustainable living and urban settlements, particularly in addressing the regeneration of cities to provide a quality of life within the resource and productive capacity of our planet. With over 25 years experience in private practice throughout Australia and Asia, her work includes sustainable interiors, buildings and communities.
Suzette has conducted research in the private sector and more recently for Deakin University. Her current research project focuses on urban and peri-urban food resilience with particular reference to urban ecologies and city regeneration. Suzette continues to teach masters students in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University in Urban Ecologies.
From research to the development of tailored training programs and workshop facilitation Suzette develops strategies to improve the sustainability of organizations, projects and communities. As a One Planet Living and Green Star specialist, Suzette is passionate about promoting a socially just and ecologically restorative future.
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
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 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 Clare Mockler, Director – Community, City of Adelaide
- Ms Maria Zotti, Manager Sustainability, City of Adelaide
- Ms Marnie Hope, Manager Carbon Neutral Adelaide, City of Adelaide
- Mr Tim Boundy, CEO, Renew Adelaide