NSW Environment Protection Authority
My professional background is diverse with experience in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the EPA, I held roles in local government overseeing the preparation of statutory compliance reports and held key roles responsible for securing town planning contracts for a large consultancy. I also ran my own environmental and town planning business that provided a range of services including management of town planning and development approvals processes, eco-tourism certification and pre-purchase due diligence advice for prospective property buyers.
I initially joined the EPA in an operational role and was involved in the development and implementation of legislation and compliance programs aimed at reducing air quality impacts from cruise ships at the White Bay Cruise Terminal in Balmain, Sydney. Shortly after this, I moved onto more focused regulation of State Significant Road and Rail Infrastructure construction projects, which led me to my current role with the EPA – overseeing a team of operations officers responsible for regulating major rail and motorway construction projects in Sydney. Some of the projects that my team regulates include NorthConnex, Sydney Metro Northwest, Sydney Metro City and South West and the CBD Light Rail. I have a passion for achieving high quality environmental and community health outcomes and strive to ensure that the regulation of complex infrastructure construction projects remains adaptive and innovative.
Chris has been a Deputy Ombudsman since 1994. He has over 30 years experience in complaint-handling and investigations, as well as extensive experience in management and public administration. Chris has responsibility for our public administration area, including our public interest disclosures responsibilities. He also has responsibility for major research projects (including the management of Unreasonable Complainant Conduct), and the development of guidance materials to assist public sector agencies and officials to achieve and maintain good practice in relation to complaint handling, public administration and conduct generally.
City of Port Phillip
Before joining the City of Port Phillip, Lili Rosic had a rich and rewarding career spanning more than 20 years in the community and Local Government sector, with senior management roles in the health, community, and more recently in compliance and regulatory services in local government.
In her current role, Lili is responsible for the management of local laws, environmental health, animal management, immunisation, planning compliance, asset protection, school crossing and parking services in a fast-paced inner metropolitan Council.
Her teams are required to work effectively across Council to improve the liveability and to find better ways to tackle safety & amenity issues in a culturally and socially diverse community that is forecast to increase by 59,991 persons (55.26% growth) by 2041.
Lili is passionate about improving the design and delivery of regulatory services to best meet the community’s expectations and ultimately measurably improve the safety & amenity of the Port Phillip community. What is delivered right now needs to change to incorporate smart cities thinking and smart technology.
Lili is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, has completed a Masters of Business Administration at Monash University and is a fellow of Local Government Professionals Inc.(LGPro).
Craig is a Director in the ACT Government with a history of working in policy and regulatory environments. He is currently responsible for building the level of compliance across a wide range of regulated activities which include areas as diverse as gambling and racing, public transport, parking operations and construction licensing.
City of Sydney
Russell has a wealth of experience as a regulator. He has a background in criminal investigations and has held senior public sector positions including that of Chief Investigator with the NSW EPA and Director Compliance & Investigations with NSW Primary Industries. He is currently a consultant and the City of Sydney’s Investigative Specialist. He is passionate about building the capacity of others. He has managed numerous continuous improvement programs to ensure compliance practices meet corporate and statutory objectives whilst delivering public value. Russell is a graduate of the Australia New Zealand School of Government (ANZOG) holding an Executive Masters Degree in Public Administration, a Masters Degree in Investigation Management and a Bachelor of Social Science.
NSW Environment Protection Agency
Mark Gifford has over 30 years of experience in government, 20 of which have been in environment-related agencies. He oversees the EPA’s regulatory policies, practices and outcomes, particularly in regard to the environmental impacts from major industrial activities, including air and water quality, noise and the regulation of gas and forestry activities. He is also the EPA’s regulatory practice expert. Mr Gifford has made significant improvements in areas such as environment protection licensing and legislation. He led the government’s reforms to the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 to improve industry performance and public reporting, and the updating and modernising of the EPA. He oversees the EPA’s current forestry reforms and implementation of the Government’s role for the EPA under the NSW Gas Plan. Mr Gifford has significant experience in national regulatory harmonisation including the continuous review of the EPA’s regulatory approach and significant reforms to ensure effective, efficient and credible regulation. Mr Gifford has a Bachelor of Business (Public Administration) and is Chair of the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network. He was awarded a Public Service Medal for services to environmental protection in June 2015.
NSW Food Authority
Local government regulators play a vital role in protecting the health and wellbeing of the people in NSW. But they don’t get a lot of praise and they don’t hear the word “success” all that often.
The NSW Food Authority wants to change that through recognition of the successes achieved through the unique partnership between Food Authority and councils.
Ben Lees is an Executive Officer at NSW Food Authority and leads the Food Regulation Partnership. He is here today to talk about what success looks like when council and state government regulators work together.
Ben loves taking his daughters to the beach and takes cooking a little too seriously. Ben is a qualified Environmental Health Officer and has held roles within council, state government and the private sector before joining NSW Food Authority in 2014.
Maribyrnong City Council
Paul’s background is with enforcement over the last 42 years. He kicked off a 23 year stint in Victoria Police covering general policing, traffic operations, training of operational staff in firearms, operational safety and law.
In 2000 after looking for a change, he found himself working for Yarra Trams as Revenue Protection Manager where he developed and implemented a new enforcement group dealing specifically with fare evasion. In 2011 he was given an opportunity to take on the position of Manager Regulatory Services with Maribyrnong City Council where he remains today overseeing the compliance areas of Council including, Parking and Local Laws, Animal Management, Environmental Health and Building Services, Compliance and Prosecutions with Emergency Management tacked on the end.
“I work with regulatory practitioners and managers to better align their regulatory service delivery with the regulatory outcomes they aim to deliver, and the harms they work to prevent.”
Tanya is a Principal Consultant with RECAP Consultants Pty Ltd, a specialist consultancy advising regulatory and enforcement agencies. She has significant experience as a regulatory practitioner and manager in identifying and treating regulatory risks, assisting with problem solving, identifying business process improvements, and harnessing collaboration. Tanya is experienced at running workshops and facilitating discussions directed towards identifying improvements in regulatory service delivery, across economic, environmental, and social domains.
Managing Director, RECAP Consultants
“I support regulatory managers and regulatory executives to increase regulatory professionalism within their agencies, focussing on ensuring alignment across the activities of practitioners, managers, and senior executives.”
Grant is the Managing Director of RECAP Consultants Pty Ltd, a specialist consultancy advising regulatory and enforcement agencies. He has significant experience across regulatory, compliance, and enforcement functions as a practitioner, manager, executive, academic, and consultant; having operated at local, state, national and international levels. Grant has successfully delivered and advised on assignments involving state, federal and international regulatory bodies where regulatory capability, regulatory capacity, and regulatory culture were central themes. Grant also contributes as a scholar to contemporary regulatory theory and practice.
Brisbane City Council
Sean Hodgson has been the Manager of Brisbane City Council’s (BCC’s) Compliance and Regulatory Services Branch for five years. In this role, he leads a team of 400 officers administering almost 50 local laws and pieces of State legislation and manages an operational budget of over $200M p.a.
Prior to this, Sean held a number of diverse senior roles within BCC including Principal Officer of the Community Safety Program, Project Director of the 2 Million Trees Planting Initiative, Corporate Environmental Performance Manager, and Disaster Management Coordinator.
Before joining Council, Sean was a high-school teacher of English and Physical Education and worked at Queensland University of Technology improving the quality of teaching practice. Before migrating to Australia in 1995, Sean had an eclectic employment history including spells as a journalist, ‘bookie’, door-to- door salesman and bar manager.
Sean holds an Honours Arts degree from the University of Nottingham, UK and postgraduate qualifications in Education from the University of Loughborough, UK and Public Health from the University of Queensland.
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy UK
Tamsin McSorley is an Assistant Director in The Office for Product Safety and Standards (formerly Regulatory Delivery) within the UK Government’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Tamsin leads the directorate’s international team and works with overseas governments on the strategic leadership and management of regulatory reform, improving the skills of policy makers and regulatory officials and enhancing the effectiveness of regulatory bodies. Prior to joining BEIS, Tamsin worked in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) principally on tax and development issues, and before that at the Charity Commission, the regulator of the charitable sector in England and Wales.
NSW Small Business Commissioner
As the NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM, leads a team that provides advocacy, dispute resolution and business support services for small businesses in New
Robyn has worked in a diverse range of sectors and has held senior executive positions with the State Chamber of Commerce, Sydney Opera House, and the City of Sydney and is a
passionate place maker.
Robyn received an OAM in 2009 for her services to the community founding Carols in the Domain and raising funds for the Salvation Army.
NSW Department of Planning & Environment
- Started out in the construction industry working as a structural designer for over 10 years working on industrial and residential buildings; moving into
- Over 10 years in local government starting as a building surveyor and environmental health officer and finishing my time in local government working as a team leader in strategic planning (working on LEP’s and DCP’s etc).
In this role I inspected projects under construction, I enforced various pieces of legislation including the POEO, the swimming pools act, regulated food premises, undertook regulatory action as required and represented Councils in court; moving to the
- Department of Planning where I have worked as a compliance officer for nearly a decade.
When I first started with the Department there were 3 officers overseeing the state of NSW, enforcing compliance on project approvals ranging from residential developments to waste facilities, industrial complexes to coal mines, wind farms and beyond.
The Departments compliance team has expanded since that time to now have five offices located around NSW and we have a team of almost 30 officers with the ability to efficiently regulate State significant projects.
During my time with the Department I have also undertaken a secondment to the Planning Assessment Commission where I assessed mainly coal mine and coal seam gas projects. While this role was challenging I found that each approval determination had a completeness to it as the conditions were robust knowing that I, or one of my colleagues, would have to regulate these approvals through the determination conditions.
Returning to the compliance team, I was tasked with overseeing the WestConnex portfolio of approvals in 2016 and am now a team leader tasked with regulating WestConnex and all government projects.
Some of these government projects include NorthConnex, Windsor Bridge, both the Northern Beaches Hospital project as well as the Northern Beaches Road Enhancement Works, Sydney CBD Light Rail and White Bay Cruise Terminal.
My team meets regularly not only with proponents and their contractors but also with community groups and residents through avenues such as the monthly Inner West Council Community Liaison Forum and the RMS hosted Community Reference Group forums. These platforms provide both communities and proponents the ability to directly engage with the Department’s compliance team.
Steve has worked for Auckland City Council and Auckland Council in the regulatory compliance field for the past 10 years. In this period he has been a key contributor to a wide range of resource management matters. Steve’s experience includes both territorial authority and regional council functions. He is a motivated and driven compliance professional with a strong leadership experience. Most recently, as Regulatory Compliance Manager, he has been leading the integration of the resource management, building, bylaws and noise compliance functions and has been responsible for the introduction of a harm based compliance approach for Auckland Council.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Tim Atherton is currently the Group Manager (Regulatory Services) with the Port Macquarie-Hasting Council on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales. His team has responsibility for regulating building standards and fire safety, environmental health, development compliance, parking, companion animals and general local government law enforcement.
Tim has over 40 year’s experience in law enforcement, having served with the Queensland and Western Australia police services before joining the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in 2007. He is the holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Government/Law from the University of Queensland and was awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service to law enforcement in 2002.
Tim has overseen significant changes to the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s approach to regulatory enforcement since joining that organisation.