Nicola is a government relations specialist, and has represented industry associations to governments in the UK, the European Union, and Australia. Nicola has worked across a range of sectors including general insurance, consumer finance, alcohol, and education, in addition to consulting engineering. With an Honours Degree in Law from the UK, she specialises in liability and contracting issues on behalf of Consult Australia. Nicola previously worked for Consult Australia from 2004 to 2010 (the development of AS4122-2010 being her last major project). After 5 years back in the UK, she re-joined Consult Australia in 2017.
Kim Seeling Smith
Kim Seeling Smith is the CEO of Ignite Global and Australia's leading Future of Work Expert. She is a regular commentator for The Today Show as well as several business-focused radio programs across Australia. Kim is the author of Mind Reading for Managers: 5 FOCUSed Conversations for Greater Employee Engagement and Productivity and has been recognised by Richard Branson’s 100% Human at Work Initiative for the innovative, yet practical work Ignite Global does to help businesses solve the very complex challenges around the Future of Work.
Future Trends Group
Craig Rispin is a Business Futurist and Innovation Expert his expertise is in emerging business, people and technology trends – and how companies can profit from them. Craig has over 20 years’ experience working where the future has been created – with some of the most innovative companies in the world in the IT, consumer electronics, internet and broadcasting industries.
Some of his clients include: BHP Billiton, Canon, Colonial First State, IBM, and hundreds of professional industry associations. An award-winning keynote speaker and CEO mentor, Craig shows his clients how to Know First, Be First and Profit First.
Economist and Head of Wealth Management
Jason began his career with JPMorgan New Zealand as their Equity strategist in 1996. He remained with JPMorgan until 2007 spending time in Sydney as the Australian Strategist, London and then New York as US/Global Strategist.
In 2007 he joined Morgan Stanley New York as US/Global Strategist where he remained until 2010 before moving to Asia. Jason most recently was Regional Asian strategist and Head of Hong Kong / China Equities with CIMB and Head of Australian Macroeconomic Research for Macquarie Bank.
Jason recently took up the role of Head of Investment Strategy Wealth Management. Jason is a CFA.
The Bond & Associates
Julie Urquhart is Managing Partner of The Bond and Associates, the specialist community and stakeholder engagement practice of WPP, Australia and New Zealand’s largest communications services group.
Julie is a recognised, award-winning community and stakeholder engagement leader, with over twenty-five years’ experience across government and the corporate sector.
She brings a sophisticated grasp of how contemporary engagement techniques can help address the challenges of high-profile, issues rich community and stakeholder programs, like managing community outrage.
Combined with her first-hand understanding of the unique pressures and priorities of government, this has made her highly sought after by clients including the Department of Communication and the Arts, Transport for NSW, and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Andrew Humpherson has over three decades’ experience of government relations in Federal, State and local government environments. He leads Barton Deakin across its jurisdictions.
Andrew has effectively and successfully supported client needs directly in NSW and Federally, as well as providing strategic advice nationally and coordinating multi-government engagement.
Prior to joining Barton Deakin, Andrew was an MP in the NSW Parliament for 15 years and served as a Shadow Minister for eight years with portfolio experience spanning planning, environment, justice and corrections, housing, water and emergency services. Prior to being elected to Parliament he spent five years as a local government Councillor.
On leaving elected politics, Andrew managed the corporate affairs division for Australia’s Federal nuclear agency, ANSTO. Andrew has also served in government as a Chief of Staff to the NSW Minister for Resources and Energy.
Nic Hayes is the Managing Director of Media Stable, an agency that connects experts and opinions with media across the country. Nic is a 20-year veteran of media, with a broad range of experience covering all aspects of the media cycle. It was his ten years working in media intelligence here and in the UK that laid the foundations for his love of media and all of its machinations.
On returning from the UK in 2009, Nic started his own public relations consultancy and it was in 2012 that Media Stable was launched after he recognised the changing media environment was placing journalists and producers under increased pressure.
| James Tait |
Having worked across listed company financial communications, M&A, issues and crisis management, government relations, sustainability, corporate brand strategy, reputation management and public policy, James offers more than 20 years of communications experience. He began his career as a policy advisor in the UK Government before working in consultancy in London. Moving to Australia, James joined ASX-listed brewer Lion Nathan and was quickly promoted to Corporate Affairs Director. James moved back into consultancy in 2012 and is a director of the not-for-profit charity, Uplifting Australia. He has previously served on the board of the Australian Association of National Advertisers.
| Catherine McGrath |
Catherine McGrath Media
Catherine McGrath is a giant of the Australian media and an expert in Australian political and media engagement. She is an in-demand speaker, facilitator and media trainer.
Catherine spent 30 years reporting for the ABC and SBS in both Australia and overseas. She was political editor for both public broadcasters and was the ABC’s South East Asia Correspondent based in Singapore. Catherine covered her last federal election campaign in 2016 and has gone onto open an event, speaking and training business Catherine McGrath Media. Her clients include some of Australia’s biggest companies and media organisations.
| ||Sarah Morse, |
Founder & Director,
Unchained Business Services
Sarah is former Young Australian of the Year, and a specialist in Modern Slavery. In her keynote address and upcoming book: Unchained Reaction: Conversations to End Slavery, Sarah inspires Australian businesses to more ethical and sustainable practices.
With over twenty years of leadership experience, across five continents, Sarah is known for her positivity, energy and compassion. She draws upon lessons learnt while leading teams in humanitarian work internationally, and as a cancer nurse in Australia. She is passionate about combatting modern slavery, having worked with survivors of human trafficking in Spain.
As Founder and Director of Unchained Business Services, Sarah is now helping Australian businesses to be leaders in implementing the Modern Slavery Act.
| Ian Stephens |
enRich Training & Development
Voted in the top 20 business speakers in Australia by speaker’s bureaus, Ian Stephens is a leading keynoter, trainer and peak performance coach specialising in Relationship Building, Ethical Leadership & Sales Peak Performance
Ian has presented in over 29 countries over 23 years. A master of integrating his NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) tools and methods into his delivery, Ian is a proven speaker who leaves people inspired to take action.
A prolific writer, Ian is the author of 4 books, and the creator of 11 on-line resources, designed to amplify your sales, leadership, personal and business results.
|Clare Gardiner - Barnes |
Head of Strategy, Planning & Innovation
Clare Gardiner-Barnes is the Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation at Infrastructure NSW. In her role Clare is responsible for the 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy, development of 5-year Infrastructure plans, provides independent advice to government on strategic infrastructure issues and opportunities. As a board member of the NSW Telco Authority and Roads Australia, Clare is committed to working with industry and across government to support the adoption of new infrastructure technology. Before taking on infrastructure leadership roles Clare worked in in various executive positions in education and was the Chief Executive of the Department of Children and Families in the Northern Territory. Clare is an advocate for women in leadership and workforce flexibility.
General Manager - Strategic Procurement
John Holland Group
Jim is a broadly experienced construction professional with extensive international experience. He started work as an engineer in the water industry in Australia before progressing through project management in the UK water industry before moving to the US and Korea working on subcontracts and procurement management in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. His diverse experience allows him to deliver innovative procurement solutions that fit the environment in which they will be delivered and is focusing on the implementation international best practice to the supply ecosystem.
Commerical Director Asia - Pacific
Tresna has worked in the infrastructure industry for 20 years and is experienced in structuring projects under a range of different commercial models including PPPs, D&C, EPCM and delivery partner contractual models in a range of markets, including UK, Australia and North America. Experience includes working on ground-breaking public-sector procurements, such as Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft PPP, Tubelines, Nottingham Tram phase 2, Canada Line and Edmonton LRT and is currently working with the project team on Western Sydney Airport.
Head of Delivery
Mark Simister is Head of Delivery Management at Sydney Water. Mark is currently leading the delivery of Sydney Water's Partnering for Success (P4S) procurement strategy which will see a new Regional Delivery Consortia appointed to manage design, construction and maintenance and facilities management in each of its three regions (North, South and West) for the next 10 years.
Mark's Australian, UK and wider international management roles have encompassed a range of regulated and non-regulated industries, including public infrastructure assets, information technology and telecommunications.
Mark has previously led successful program operations such as London Victorian Water Mains for Thames Water, Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Program for Vero Insurance.
| ||Leighton O'Brien |
Leighton is a leading projects lawyer who practises in the areas of construction, infrastructure and dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on roads, rail and PPPs.
Leighton acts for financiers, government and private owners, concessionaries and contractors. Leighton's practice also covers dispute resolution from security of payment to expert determination, arbitration and litigation.
Dr Jed Horner is the Strategic Advocacy Manager for Standards Australia. He works to enhance Australia’s participation in digital standards, including through global fora. He is currently leading the development of Standards Australia’s AI Roadmap. He has been engaged in large scale strategy development for the NSW Government, including on digital transformation.
| Neil Greenstreet |
Manager, Digital Technologies
Prior to joining NATSPEC – the publisher of the national building specification of Australia – in 2008, Neil Greenstreet gained over 35 years of practical experience on a wide range of building projects in Australia and the UK, including over 16 years as director of his own architectural practice.
In this period, some of his responsibilities have included, Editor of the NATSPEC National BIM Guide.
Author of the NATSPEC BIM Management Plan Templates and other NATSPEC BIM documents and Chair of Standards Australia Committee BD-104 Building Information Modelling which is the Australian mirror committee to ISO TC59/SC13 Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM).
| ||Dr. Liming Zhu |
Software & Computational Systems, Data61 | CSIRO
Dr. Zhu leads the Software and Computational Systems Research Program at Data61, CSIRO. The research program has 200+ people innovating in the following research areas: big data analytics infrastructure, computational and simulation sciences platforms (including verticals such as satellite/aerial images, visual analytics and AR/VR), data modelling and integration.
He is also a conjoint full professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW) and chairs Australia's blockchain standards committee. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has published more than 150 academic papers on software architecture, dependable and secure systems and data analytics infrastructure. His recent book is DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective.
Director Digital Engineering, Infrastructure & Place,
Transport for NSW
Simon is a chartered civil engineer with 20 years’ experience managing the delivery of transport infrastructure, having worked in both the private and public sectors in Australia and the UK. Since joining Transport for NSW in 2007, Simon has been responsible for the engineering of numerous major transport projects in and around Sydney. He is currently Director Digital Engineering at Transport for NSW and is leading the agency-wide strategy to drive innovation and new technologies in the construction sector. Simon is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers NSW Committee and an active promoter of civil and digital engineering.
Lecturer, Centre for Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges,
University of Technology Sydney
Shannon Foster is a Sydney D’harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper, artist and interdisciplinary creative practitioner with over twenty years of experience in designing and implementing education programs and spaces in collaboration with prominent Sydney learning institutions. Shannon has extensive experience and expertise in Sydney specific cultural practices, history and ceremony; in environmental, ecological and botanical knowledges of Sydney eco- systems; in Indigenous Research Methodologies and Sydney Aboriginal languages. More recently, Shannon has been recognized by the Government Architect NSW as an influential Aboriginal spatial practitioner and thought leader through her 2019 appointment on their Aboriginal Expert Advisory Panel.
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Chief Executive Officer
Gerry Doyle is the Chief Executive Officer for Tonkin Consulting, a South Australian firm with 60 years’ experience providing engineering solutions for local government, state government and private clients. Under Gerry’s leadership, Tonkin Consulting has expanded its geographic reach from four offices to six around Australia. Gerry is a Civil Engineer with broad and practical experience in the design and project management of water supply and wastewater projects in South Australia. A number of these involved the planning, consultation and development of negotiated solutions to successfully meet key stakeholder and business needs in complex and challenging environments.