Professor Barbara Norman
Professor Barbara Norman is the Head of Discipline, Urban and Regional Planning and Foundation Chair, Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Canberra. She is Life Fellow and past national president, Planning Institute of Australia; Australian Centenary Medal Member, national Coastal and Climate Change Council Member, national stakeholder advisory group to the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship and Deputy Chair, Regional Development Australia (ACT). Professor Norman is also the Co- director of Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF). She has extensive experience in the public sector at all levels of government including senior executive roles in the ACT Government. She has also run her own consultancy. Professor Norman advises the public and private sector in Australia and has strong international linkages within Asia, Europe and the United States. Her research interests include coastal planning; sustainable cities, urban and regional planning; climate change adaptation; coastal and urban governance. Professor Norman has a particular interest in coastal adaptation and regional planning in the context of sustainability and climate change and is also an author of a number of publications.
Professor Will Steffen
Professor Will Steffen is Executive Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, and serves on the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC) and as a Climate Commissioner. He is also Co-Director of the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) initiative, a joint venture of ANU and the University of Canberra. From 1998 to mid-2004, Steffen served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate change and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability and climate change, with a focus on urban systems.
Mr Andrew Cappie-Wood
Mr Tony Carmichael
Tony is a First Assistant Secretary in the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government. He was recently the Executive Director in the former Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and had responsibility for urban, regional and local government policy and program delivery. He has undergraduate qualifications in urban and regional planning and a Master’s degree in social policy and planning.
He led the Department of Infrastructure’s substantial role in the delivery of the Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan through the global financial crisis that delivered road, rail and port infrastructure through state governments and community infrastructure through local government. He also played a key role in the development of the department’s infrastructure policies.
Tony has worked in most sectors of the economy including local, state and federal governments, along with private and not for profit sectors in the areas of urban and regional development, and social planning and community service delivery. Much of this experience was in regional centres.
He managed the previous Labor government’s Better Cities program and their urban reform programs which focused on improving urban amenity through better social, environmental and urban design. He is the Commonwealth representative on the Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Planning Committee.
Dr Maxine Cooper