Paula Drayton, Conference Chair, Director, Resource Advisory Pty Ltd
Paula is the Director of Resource Advisory, a boutique communications and advisory firm created to enhance environmental, social and commercial outcomes for organisations, particularly those with sustainability challenges.
She is also the founder of Sustainability Coach, a business that incorporates coaching and team facilitation techniques to achieve sustainability outcomes. Paula has worked with some of Australia's leading organisations and small to medium size enterprises. She manages a team of consultants that work along the East Coast of Australia, primarily Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Prior to commencing her own businesses, Paula held senior management positions within the waste management industry, specialising in marketing, communications and sustainability education. She worked as the National Marketing Manager for Cleanaway, a Brambles company, and developed Cleanaway's first National Education Program. Prior to her time in the waste management industry, Paula worked for professional services firms Ernst & Young and Andersen as a Manager within the Corporate Finance division.
Paula is involved in a range of community and environmental initiatives, and has been working with organisations in the sustainability domain since 2003. In 2010, Paula transitioned to Queensland, where she focuses on integrating her skills in coaching, mentoring, capacity building and communications into the Resource Advisory service and Sustainability Coach suite. Paula is accredited in a range of communications domains, including Crucial Conversations. She is a trained Passion Coach, Certified Master Coach and holds a BA Tourism Management and Master of Education in Adult Education from UTS in Sydney.
Bhishna Bajracharya, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Bond University , QLD
Dr Bhishna Bajracharya is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University at Gold Coast. He has previously taught in the urban planning program at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for more than ten years. He also worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University from 1994 to 1996. He completed his PhD and Masters in Urban Planning degrees from the University of Hawaii and Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.
Dr Bajracharya has carried out research in sustainable urban development on topics such as active and healthy living, master planned communities, transit oriented development, knowledge-based regional economy, sustainable campuses and disaster management. Dr Bajracharya together with academics from QUT's Creative Industry faculty has received an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant on the use of community narratives and new media in urban planning. He has also worked on a collaborative research grant from Emergency Queensland on the role of local government in disaster management.
Dr Bajracharya is an alumni of the East West Center, a Hawaii based research organisation with strong focus on policy research in Asia Pacific region. He is also a member of the University Sustainability Committee at Bond University.
Kirsten Potoczky, Community Engagement Officer, City of West Torrens, SA
Kirsten is a former public and environmental health scientist who then shifted her focus to urban planning and design. In her current role in the community engagement field, all three disciplines have been combined to create a healthy city tour-de-force!
Kirsten holds a Bachelor Science in Microbiology and Ecology and spent a decade in state and federal health departments working on multiple aspects of public health; from environmental health to Hepatitis C; the regulation of medicines and genetically modified food and crops.
After a brief stint working in water resources management, Kirsten finished her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and moved to the Heart Foundation to implement the Healthy by Design guidelines at the award winning Lightsview development.
Kirsten specialises in working with developers and governments on how to design and deliver health promoting medium to higher density environments. She has worked across several State Government departments and disciplines to deliver innovative walking and cycling friendly, aged and child friendly environments, and several of her projects have won awards in this area.
Kirsten is also a lecturer, tutor and student supervisor at the University of South Australia in the area of health promoting planning and development. She recently co-created a course in planning for healthy cities which has proven to be extremely popular with students, and is expanding again in 2014 across both health science and planning disciplines.
Kirsten currently works in local government in community engagement, focussing on engagement that goes out into public spaces and captures the full spectrum of views rather than just the "squeaky wheels".
Kerryn Wilmot, 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.
Associate Professor Caroline Miller, School of People, Environment & Planning, Massey University
Associate Professor Caroline Miller is a former planning practitioner who became a planning academic in 1995. Her research has focused on the history of planning and the planning profession in New Zealand and critical assessment of the Resource Management Act 1991, New Zealand’s planning legislation.
More recently she had been involved in reconnecting health and planning and the use of HIA in planning. She is the author of three books, including Implementing Sustainability:
The New Zealand Experience, the only critical assessment of the Resource Management Act, and a number of book chapters and refereed journal articles.
Suzette Jackson, Director, Innate Ecology
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.
Peter Sugg, CEO, Association for Sustainability in Business Inc