Lucy Hughes Turnbull

Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation. She chairs the Committee for Sydney and is Chairman of Prima BioMed Limited, an ASX- listed biomedical company undertaking clinical development for an immuno-therapeutic cancer treatment and is a director of Sealink Travel Group Limited. She is currently a board member of the Australian Technology Park, the Turnbull Foundation and the USSC. She is Honorary President of the German-Australian Chamber of Business & Commerce. She was the first female Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003-4 and in 2011 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of NSW.

Josh ByrneEnvironmental Scientist , Josh Byrne & Associates

Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist, landscape designer and TV presenter. He is Director of Josh Byrne & Associates - a multi award winning Fremantle based consulting practice integrating the fields of landscape architecture, environmental engineering and urban water management, and a Research Fellow with Curtin University’s Sustainability Policy Institute. Josh is well known for his role on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program where over the past 12 years he’s demonstrated practical ways to create sustainable urban landscapes to a national audience. He is an Advocate for the 202020 Vision urban greening initiative and Patron for the Conservation Council of WA.

Sacha ColesDirector, ASPECT Studios

Sacha is the Lead designer of The Goods Line and the Sydney based Director of ASPECT Studios. He is a Landscape Architect who is internationally recognised for his work work, which primarily focuses on the design of highly active public spaces. Sacha is a former State President and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and he is the inaugural Landscape Architecture Adjunct Professor at UTS. He has been awarded multiple international and national awards for his projects including the Prime Minister’s Australian Award for Urban design, The international federation of Landscape Architects President’s award. And The AILA ‘Medal’ on multiple occasions.

Tonia GrayAssociate Professor, University of Western Sydney

As a senior member in the Centre for Educational Research at UWS, Associate Professor Tonia Gray researches our estranged human-nature relationship and its impact on child development and well-being, an area known as Eco-pedagogies. For over 25 years, Tonia has written extensively on nature-based practices in teacher education and has been an advocate of infusing outdoor and ‘green’ learning experiences into Australia’s National Curriculum renewal process. Tonia speaks both nationally and internationally on the need for children to be actively engaged in natural settings or green spaces and her support for the 202020 vision is inextricably linked to her teaching philosophy. Tonia’s wish-list for Australian schools is for: more trees to be planted in concrete or asphalt playgrounds; aspects of biophilic design to be incorporated into planning phases; and teachers to get children outside into ‘green’ classrooms.

Mary JeavonsDirector, Jeavons Landscape Architects

Mary Jeavons is a Fellow of AILA and a Registered Landscape Architect with AILA, with over 25 years experience in landscape planning and design, especially in school grounds, early childhood centres, public parks and play spaces, play strategies, children’s gardens, hospitals and therapeutic environments, bike paths, and other outdoor recreation areas. Mary is the director of Jeavons Landscape Architects. The Jeavons team also specialises in the design of play and recreation spaces which are accessible to children and adults with disabilities. She is a representative on the AS Standards Committee CS5 for playgrounds, and has a sophisticated understanding of the practical implications of safety standards on children’s play environments.

Kylie LeggeFounding Director, Place Partners

Kylie Legge is a leading voice in the evolving practice of place making. She is an architect, planner, author, facilitator, curator, entrepreneur, and a founding Director of Place Partners, a multidisciplinary place making consultancy based in Sydney Australia. Her interests lie in the relationship between people and their urban environments and how we can work better collaboratively to create the kinds of places people want to spend time in. Her commitment to understanding the trends and external factors influencing decision making ensures that projects she works on are fit for the future. Kylie is the author of the Urban Trends book series, and has published ‘Doing it Differently’ and ‘Future City Solutions’. She is an internationally regarded speaker having presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, UN Habitat’s ‘Future of Places’, Green Cities and for Monocle Magazine to name but a few.

Nick ForostenkoSenior Project Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle

Nick Forostenko has built a successful career in the property and construction industry that spans over 20 years. He has proven experience working with private organisations and all levels of government agencies. Nick’s construction management expertise enhances his focus on safety, quality, innovation and cost savings. As an active member of national key industry bodies, Nick is a strong advocate of innovative approaches to work space design and sustainability in the built environment. His passion is transforming spaces through use of sustainable construction materials and consideration of how people, environment and technology enable us to perform at our best. A testament to this is the recent JLL Canberra office project where Nick led the project team to implement the highest environmental standards. The office has become the third firm in the ACT to be awarded a five star Green Star rating for the fit out of its office.