2018 Speakers

2018 Keynote speakers

Bernard Salt, Social commentator and demographer – The Demographics Group (Symposium Dinner Address)  Bernard is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community. He heads The Demographics Group which provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business.

Michael Pascoe, Economic and finance commentator
Michael is one of Australia's most respected and experienced finance and economics commentators with more than four decades in newspaper, broadcast and on-line journalism covering the full gamut of economic, business and finance issues.

Sander van Amelsvoort, President Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, Australia and Director of Policy and Research, Committee for Melbourne
In his role at the Committee for Melbourne, Sander is responsible for developing and delivering strategies for change that add value to the long-term development of Greater Melbourne as a major internationally competitive city.

Professor Kevin Hall, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President - Global Engagement and Partnerships, The University of Newcastle
Drawing on innovation and his diverse interests, Professor Hall contributes to the University's global research success. He professes to work with his head and lead with his heart, and is a sharp strategist.

2018 Speakers

Rebecca Casson, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Geelong
Rebecca has a background in government, industry and the ‘not for profit’ sector. She has held senior roles with responsibilities including international engagement, government relations, corporate diplomacy and major projects, together with policy development and implementation.

Gary White, NSW Chief Planner, Dept of Planning and Environment
With almost 40 years of planning experience, Gary has held some of the most senior planning positions both in NSW and Queensland. He was awarded 2018 Planner of the Year in recognition of his commitment to strategic planning and planning excellence.

Dr Anthea Bill, Lead Economist, Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Centre
Anthea's expertise in economic and socio-spatial analysis is based on 15 plus years of qualitative & quantitative research in academia, commercial consultancy, and government. She leads the HRF Centre's economic indicators program for the Hunter and Upper Hunter.

2018 Session Hosts

Michael Nolan, Director UN Global Compact Cities Programme

Dr Tim Williams, Cities Leader for Arup in Australasia

Katherine O’Regan, Executive Director, Cities Leadership Institute

Tim O’Loan, Director of Cities Melbourne, AECOM

Dr Jim Bentley, Managing Director, Hunter Water

Professor Will Rifkin, Director, Hunter Research Foundation Centre

Jenny Marchant, ABC Newcastle

Michael Cassel, CEO, Hunter Development Corporation

2018 Panel Members

Katherine O’Regan, Executive Director, Cities Leadership Institute

Dr Peter Cock, CEO, Newcastle Airport

Trent Bagnall, Co-Founder, Slingshot Accelerator

Sahil Harriram, Co-Founder and CEO, Elite Robotics

Peter Francis, Chief Executive Officer, Dantia - The Lake Macquarie Economic Development Company Limited

David Warburton, Former CEO of Auckland Transport, and Chair of Advisors to the Managing Director at Hunter Water

Cameron Reid, Program Manager - Rehabilitation & Transition, AGL Energy

Craig Carmody, CEO, Port of Newcastle

Daniel Wallace, Secretary, Newcastle Trades Hall Council

Professor Dave Adamson, Knowledge Manager, Compass Housing

Professor SueAnne Ware, Head of School - Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle

Richard Harris, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Hunter Water

Senior Professor Pascal Perez, Director SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong

Cr Declan Clausen, Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Newcastle

Monica Gibson, Director Regions Hunter and Central Coast, NSW Dept of Planning and Environment

Brian Jones, Director Infrastructure & Facilities Services, University of Newcastle

Geoff Rock, Chair - Hunter Chapter Committee, UDIA

Suzie Vincent, Owners, Subo

Matthew Endacott, Senior Consultant - Urban Renewal and Engagement, AECOM

Belinda Howden, Artist and lecturer, University of Newcastle

2018 Mayors Panel

Cr Kay Fraser, Mayor, Lake Macquarie City Council

Cr Bob Pynsent, Mayor, Cessnock City Council

Cr Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor, City of Newcastle

Cr Sarah Smith, Deputy Mayor, Port Stephens Council

Cr David Brown, Deputy Lord Mayor, Wollongong City Council

2018 Conference Host

Kyle Loades, Former Chair, NRMA and 2018 Business Leader of the Year - Hunter Business Awards