Redland City Council QLD
Councillor Karen Williams was sworn in as Mayor of Redland City on May 15, 2012 with a commitment to enhancing the cultural, social and economic capital of Redland City. She was re- elected in 2016 for a second term as civic leader.
Born and raised on her family’s farm in Capalaba, Cr Williams was formerly the Councillor for Division 9 (Capalaba) where, over two consecutive terms (2004-2012), she worked hard to deliver vital community infrastructure including the Capalaba Skate Park and disability housing. She also established and facilitated a volunteer mentoring program for students at risk of disengaging from school. This has now been rolled out to other regions.
With a background in business, finance and entertainment, Cr Williams also offers a long association with RedFest (formerly the Redland Strawberry Festival) and was part of the executive that saved this vital community event from extinction.
She believes Redlands Coast is the best place to live, work, learn, play and invest and is dedicated to making sure that Redland City is recognised as the jewel in the crown of South East Queensland with assets including the island communities of North Stradbroke Island, Russell Island, Macleay Island, Lamb Island, Karragarra Island and Coochiemudlo Island.
Cr Williams prides herself for her strong, caring and inclusive community focus, for being hard working and getting the job done. Her top priorities are: Continuing to put the people of Redland City first; identifying efficiencies within Council to ensure it is even more responsive to the people; tackling cost of living issues; building a new economy based on innovation; supporting local business and attracting new business investment and new jobs to the Redlands; turning challenges into opportunities for the city and its residents; building partnerships to address the backlog of infrastructure; and putting Redlands Coast on a sound long-term financial footing.
Cr Williams is Patron of 26 community organisations. She is a Trustee of CEDA – Committee for Economic Development of Australia, a member of the Local Government Association of Queensland Policy Executive, Executive Member of the Council of Mayors (South East Queensland) and Australian Local Government Association. Other roles include:
- Director – Healthy Land and Water
- Board Member – Local Government Mutual Services
- Board Member – Economic Development Advisory Board
- Member – South East Queensland Regional Plan Committee
- Member – South East Queensland Council of Mayors Resilient Rivers Taskforce
- Chair – Local Disaster Management Group
- Member – Australian Government Local Government Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Prevention Project Reference Committee
- Deputy Chair – South East Queensland Council of Mayors Waste Working Group
Blacktown City Council NSW
Kerry has broad experience in town planning, valuation, real estate, property development and local government. He has held senior roles in corporates such as Raine & Horne Commercial, Delfin Property Group and Lend Lease Development.
While General Manager with Landcom and UrbanGrowth NSW, he was responsible for the delivery of more than $1.5 billion of real estate, including: master planned communities such as The Ponds in Blacktown and Vantage in Port Stephens; major industrial projects; and the Rouse Hill Town Centre.
As Chief Executive Officer of Blacktown City Council, Kerry leads 2,140 staff providing services to a community of 350,000 people; the 5th largest Council in Australia. With assets of $7.5B and an annual budget of $610M, Council has more than 40 business lines: from cemeteries to child care and from aquatics to regulatory functions.
Kerry has taught at the University of New South Wales and worked at Parramatta and Bathurst councils. He is:
- a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Deputy Chairman of Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospitals Foundation
- Deputy Chairman of Blacktown Venue Management Limited
- a Board Member of CivicRisk Mutual
- a non-Executive Director of Link Housing Limited
- an Advisory Panel Member of the City Futures Research Centre at University of New South Wales
- Chair of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils General Manager’s Forum
- Special Advisor to the Board of the Committee for Sydney on Town Centre Renewal
- a Justice of the Peace.
Committee of Sydney
Sam Stewart joined the Committee for Sydney in 2017 and oversees both their Transport Taskforce and Knowledge Economy Taskforce. He has authored and worked on numerous reports for the Committee, including Re-Balancing the City: Town Centre Renewal for Sydney. Prior to working for the Committee, Sam held a variety of high-profile roles in public policy, media and government. He was formerly the Manager of Policy at The McKell Institute and prior to that was both a Ministerial Advisor in the Northern Territory Parliament and as a staffer to a former Australian Senator. He is passionate about city planning, urban design, housing affordability and transport policy.
Maroondah City Council VIC
Government Architect NSW
Jane Threlfall is Principal of Urban Design with the Government Architect NSW (GANSW), Australia. She has over 18 years of experience of working in urban design and architecture in both Australia and the UK in design strategy, master planning, urban regeneration and housing design, having delivered large complex projects in both the private and public sector.
Jane is responsible for providing specialist knowledge on urban design issues for Government Architect NSW. Her role in developing guidance and providing strategic design advice across government agencies supports the objective of creating built outcomes which allow people to grow and thrive in the healthiest environment. She has led the development of the draft guide, Urban Design for Regional NSW, in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Environment, with a key focus on understanding the urban design priorities for regional NSW.
Institute of Place Management
Western Sydney University
Economic Development Australia
Jacqueline Brinkman is an economic development specialist and CEO of Economic Development Australia (EDA), the national peak body for economic development. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, EDA membership has more than doubled to over 750 members in just 18 months. Jacqueline is one of Australia’s most experienced industry cluster managers and has facilitated industry development and new investment across a range of sectors. Her advocacy and lobbying has resulted in legislative change at a local, state and federal level. An award-winning copy writer, Jacqueline was recently chief editor on Hammons Holdings’ successful tender to operate Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Jacqueline is a skilled MC and workshop facilitator and an experienced company director.
City of Parramatta NSW
Dubbo Regional Council NSW
Josie Howard has a passion for growing Regional communities and economies through innovation, community and market engagement. Josie’s well rounded experience spans destination marketing, new resident and skills attraction, event support and economic development. Josie leads a multi-faceted team in the major service centre of the Dubbo Region, which is home to over 51,000 people (and thousands of exotic animals in the world class Taronga Western Plains Zoo). In 2018 two major economic development programs driven by Josie and her team received national recognised awards through Economic Development Australia. Josie will be specifically speaking on the Dubbo Regional Ignite Program, which was awarded best Economic Development Initiative for populations over 15,000 people.
NSW Business Chamber
Jane Laverty is a self-confessed regionalist with a personal mission and passion for sustainable economic development and quality business engagement in the Northern Rivers. Jane is currently Regional Manager for the NSW Business Chamber after 3 ½ years with Byron Shire Council as the coordinator for Economic Development and Tourism which included project management of the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan and initiating placemaking strategies, creation of Enterprising Byron 2025 (economic development strategy) and the establishment of the Byron Business Events Bureau. Jane advocates on behalf of business and industry for improved business conditions and works closely with local business leaders and all levels of government to create jobs and attract regional investment.
Willoughby City Council NSW
Norma Shankie-Williams has worked as a planner for over 40 years at local, regional and state levels of government in both Australia and the UK. She has also worked for a time in the private sector.
Her career has involved driving significant legislative changes in NSW and delivering strategic plans for Regional NSW and Metropolitan Sydney.
Currently, Norma is working on long term strategic plans for Willoughby Council in the North District of Sydney and is Chair of the NSW Healthy Planning Expert Working Group.
Government Architect NSW
Marc Lane is the Strategic Urban Designer with the Government Architect NSW (GANSW), Australia. He has degrees in law, architecture and urban development and design, and has over a decade of experience of working in urban design and architecture in Dubai, Australia and the UK. He has extensive experience in urban design, major projects, regeneration and land use and transport integration. His previous policy work spans both design and transport, from citywide strategies (such as the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy) through to implementation (development controls and guidance).
Marc is responsible for providing subject matter expertise into urban design to other government agencies and external stakeholders for Government Architect NSW. In particular, Marc is applying his experience in policy and practice in leading the drafting of a collaborative practitioner’s guide for Movement and Place. The practitioners guide is being prepared using better methods championed by the Government Architect including joint working with a range of state agencies, a technical working group of subject matter experts, case studies and a high level Steering Committee to guide, champion and endorse the ongoing use of a Movement and Place approach in NSW.