Speakers

Speakers

Jette Achleitner

Executive Director, The Squeaky Wheel

The Squeaky Wheel is a not-for-profit producing and advocacy organisation celebrating bicycles as vehicles for change. We work in partnership with individuals, councils, commercial and cultural organisations to present bicycle tourstrainingvalet parkingcampaigns and programming

Jette joined The Squeaky Wheel in 2014, as Executive Director, after a career in film and movie production back in Berlin where she is from. 

She designs most of the events, programs and rides of The Squeaky Wheel. 

James Adams 

City of Sydney

As a marketing and communications professional, James is passionate about getting more people walking and riding. Involved with numerous campaigns, projects and events at the City of Sydney he has strong insight into the barriers and essential elements needed for an effective behaviour change program. His work also includes extensive campaign research and evaluation.

Amy Child 

Arup

Amy is a transport planner at Arup with over 14 years international and Australian industry experience.  Specialising in strategy development and travel demand management, Amy holds qualifications in transport planning and management, urban and environmental planning and civil engineering.

Having spent the majority of her career as a consultant, Amy also offers local government experience having held a strategic planning role at the City of Perth in Western Australia.  One of Amy’s career highlights to date was being selected to provide travel planning advice as part of the London 2012 Travel Advice to Business initiative. 

Jonathan Daly

The Change Collective

Jonathan is the founder and principal of The Change Collective, a behaviour change agency that designs, delivers and evaluates interventions for environmental sustainability, health promotion and safety. He is also a co-founder and director of Studio Huss, a design research practice for the built environment. He is an urbanist and environmental psychologist with more than 17 years experience working across Europe, North America and Australasia delivering a range of projects in the built environment covering sustainable transport, architecture and urban design. He also serves on the policy and research committee of the Amy Gillett Foundation. 

Luke Donnellan

Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Luke was born in Melbourne in 1966.  After finishing university he worked as a commercial real estate agent, financial planner, client services manager and had a short stint as a milk truck driver.

Luke was elected as the State Member for Narre Warren North in November 2002.

Luke served as Parliamentary Secretary, in Treasury and Finance from 2006 – 2007 and then Parliamentary Secretary to Premier John Brumby from 2007 – 2010.

Whilst in opposition, Luke served as Shadow Minister for Roads, Child Safety and Sport and Recreation.

Luke Donnellan is now Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports in the Victorian Labor Government led by Premier Daniel Andrews.

Claire Ferres Miles

General Manager – Place Strategy and Development, City of Port Phillip

Claire has a passion for planning and designing great cities in the context of transformational growth and change.  She is highly regarded for her collaborative leadership in the development of integrated transport, land use and economic policies and strategies, including Plan Melbourne with a focus on the expanded Central City, implementing the Victorian Cycling Strategy and policy input and community engagement on a number of urban regeneration projects including the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area. Claire has highly developed community and government relationships, innovative engagement and project management skills having led the St Kilda Triangle Masterplan 2016, Acland Street Upgrade project, and project design and delivery for the London Bus Initiative for "Transport for London" and Westminster Council. Claire has a Bachelor of Planning and Design with majors in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Town Planning as well as a Masters of Transport and a Masters of Traffic.

Callan Jones

Senior Transport Planner at Arup

Callan has over nine years of transport engineering experience from Arups Melbourne and London offices. He is Chartered Professional Engineer and has significant experience in innovative intersection designs in both Australia and the UK. 

Toby Kent

Chief Resilience Officer for the City Of Melbourne.

The role of Chief Resilience Officer involves working across Melbourne’s metropolitan region to develop and implement a resilience strategy that will see Melbourne better prepared to manage the chronic stresses and acute shocks that the city will have to tackle, today and in the years ahead.

The role was instigated by Melbourne’s being selected to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, created by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world prepare to meet the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st Century.

Toby has created and implemented resilience and sustainability strategies across a range of sectors. Since the late 1990s he has worked with governments, communities, industry sectors and many other stakeholders on five continents.

Emma Linacre

Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Emma is a traffic planning engineer at Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, overseeing the implementation of the Travel Demand Management Strategy for the Metro Tunnel construction works. Emma has almost 10 years’ experience in traffic engineering and transport planning in Australia and the UK. This includes designing innovative traffic management solutions in congested urban areas and delivering enhanced network resilience by trialling new

Heidi Marfut

City of Port Phillip

Heidi is a founding member of Inner Melbourne Safe Active Travel (IMSAT) and was an executive member of Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne (RSAGIM). Heidi worked at Bicycle Victoria (now Bicycle Network) from 2003 to 2008 where she was involved in a range of commuter cycling and road safety initiatives and was director of the inaugural National Ride2Work Day event in 2007.

Leah McGuiness 

City of Whitehorse

Leah has worked in local government for 20 years, with 13 years specialising in road safety and transport planning. Leah has a bachelor of arts and a diploma of project management. She enjoys working on strategic policy development projects as well as delivering behavioural and education programs in the community. As Strategic Transport planner at the City of Whitehorse. Leah recently completed the development of the Whitehorse Cycling Strategy alongside Arup and particularly enjoyed the extensive community engagement phases of the project.

Katie Mitchell

Jacobs

Katie is a Technical Leader with Jacobs and the AJM-JV Travel Demand Management lead for Metro Tunnel. Katie has worked in the area of travel behaviour change and integrated transport planning for 20 years in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. This has included providing strategic integrated land use and transport planning advice for new transport corridors and area wide transport plans. Katie has also developed, implemented and managed sustainable transport programs for universities, hospitals, workplaces, and communities.

Cameron Munro 

Cameron Munro is an active transport planner and modeller, with particular expertise in data analysis and project evaluation. After having worked for a number of large engineering consultancies he now runs his own independent consulting business. He has a PhD in aircraft aerodynamics, a masters in transport planning and is a sub-3 hour marathoner.

Professor Chris Pettit

Inaugural Chair of Urban Science, University of New South Wales

Professor Pettit is the inaugural Chair of Urban Science at the University of New South Wales (2015) and Associate Director of City Analytics, City Futures Research Centre. His expertise is in the convergence of the fields of spatial planning and GIS and he has published more than 120 peer reviewed papers in this area. For the last 15 years he has been undertaking research and development in the use of GIS and mapping technologies for creating what if? land-use change scenarios at the land parcel level across municipalities and cities. In relation to this research he was Chief Investigator on the AURIN open source What if? project and is the Chief investigator for a CRC-Spatial Information project – Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer (RAISE Toolkit).

Professor Pettit is also currently undertaking research into spatial measures of liveability and their adoption by policy and decision makers. He is working with Professor Billie Giles Corti as  a Co-Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable and Equitable Communities and co-CI on the NHMRC Australian Prevention Partnership Centre project: Reconnecting urban planning with health: The development and validation of national liveability indicators associated with chronic disease risk factors and health outcomes.

Emma Pryse 

Project Coordinator for Greening the Pipeline 

Greening the Pipeline a partnership between Melbourne Water, Wyndham City Council, City West Water, Vic Roads and is supported by Greening the West. Emma is an artist and a professional civil and infrastructure engineer (BEng RMIT) with a background in community arts and engagement and environmental education. Emma creates collaborative partnerships that support the successful planning and realization of projects and programs and her practice is focussed on community capacity building and participation that drives social change.

Al Reid

CyclePort

CyclePort is the world's first universal automated bike parking and sharing system with electric bike charging capability. Any bike fitted with CyclePort’s universal connector can dock in the system's simple ports, which instantly lock all bikes; detect and charge electric bikes; and facilitate peer-to-peer sharing with smart control. CyclePort Managing Director Al Reid’s passion for sustainability has guided him through a twenty-five year career ranging from science communication and environmental economics, to sustainable food production. 

Craig Richards

CEO, Bicycle Network

Craig was a lawyer for nine years. He then followed his passion into sports marketing where he ran his own consulting business for five years before becoming the General Manager Commercial Operations for the Brisbane Broncos and Carlton Football Club.

He keeps contact with his past lives by lecturing in Sports Marketing Law in the University of Melbourne Masters Program.

Craig leads an amazing team of people who are striving to make the world better. Physical activity is vital for a long, happy life. So Bicycle Network makes bike riding easy for everyone.

As the CEO Craig’s role is to provide direction, get the best out of the team and make sure everyone is on track. Craig says the title means nothing unless he inspires the team to do things they didn’t think they could.

Craig sums up how he feels about his job with this quote, ‘To love what you do and feel that it matters, how can anything else be more fun.’

Che Sutherland

City of Darebin

Che has worked in the transport planning field for 13 years, the last eight with the City of Darebin in transport planning and community travel behaviour change. Her passion for all things transport started with a love of cycling and a job at the London Cycling Campaign in 2004. This morphed into a fascination with how we can make our cities work better as places to live, and work, and spend our time.

As the Team Leader, Transport Strategy, she is responsible for Darebin’s transport planning and community behaviour change programs.

Thijs (“Tyse”) van der Heijden

E-Stralian

Thijs has been riding a bike for transport, recreation and exercise ever since he got the hang of it in his parents’ backyard in the Netherlands as a little boy.

In Melbourne, Thijs is a passionate cycling advocate working to improve local cycling infrastructure and riding conditions. As a certified AustCycle trainer, he helps Melburnians build the confidence to ride their bikes (again).

Thijs’s background in finance as a lecturer in financial economics at the University of Melbourne led him to found E-stralian.

Bernadene Voss

Mayor, City of Port Phillip

Bernadene has been a resident of Port Phillip for almost 20 years and is committed to advocating for the local community. A former founder and company director of an IT and marketing company, Bernadene is a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Fishermans Bend and wants to ensure Fishermans Bend is sustainable and well-planned.

Tara Watson

Active Connected Communities

Tara Watson is a leading practitioner in Active Travel programs for school communities.

She has worked closely with school communities for over 12 years to create effective travel behaviour change strategies that encourage more walking and cycling to school and lessen the school traffic and parking congestion.

Tara’s range of experience has seen her work with over 200 schools in Victoria, on projects across municipalities reaching thousands of families to encourage more walking and cycling on the journey to school.

Sean Yates

VicRoads

Sean Yates is a project development engineer who has been working professionally in the transport industry with VicRoads since 2009. Sean has extensive experience in developing road safety proposals in VicRoads' South Western and Metropolitan North West Regions, addressing safety concerns and observed crash trends across Victoria's arterial road network. A keen cyclist, Sean is currently involved in the development of road safety proposals targeting improvements for cyclists and pedestrians.


Monica Zarafu

Founder & CEO of BYKKO,

Monica is the Founder & CEO of BYKKO, the first Australian enterprise specialised in research, development and implementation of electric bike sharing and personal mobility applications. Monica is an expert in innovative transport solutions with over 20 years of academic, local government and industry practice in Australia and overseas. She designed and managed various applications in the field of personal mobility and automated transit networks, working with governments, transport agencies, research institutions, and private enterprises.  Monica has given presentations at prestigious forums and international conferences such as the International Urban Planning and Environment Symposium, the Planning Saloon in Sydney, the Healthy Cities Conference in Geelong, Victoria or the PodCar City Conference in Silicon Valley, USA. She is the recipient of a number of scholarships and awards, including a scholarship from CSIRO, and the First Annual Martin Lowson Paper Award conferred by the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA).