Lord Mayor Martin Haese
Martin is a proud South Australian. As a city resident, business owner and educator, Martin is committed to serving the City of Adelaide’s residential, commercial and visitor communities.
At 27 years of age, Martin opened his first retail store in the City of Adelaide and over the next 12 years grew that business into a successful national enterprise with 220 employees. Martin went on to study an MBA and later became the General Manager of the Rundle Mall Management Authority.
Martin co-founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation in SA and has served on a number of boards including the South Australian Youth Arts Board, the Adelaide Convention Bureau, the Property Council’s Mainstreet Committee and Chairman of the Bay to Birdwood.
Martin was the national Chair of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors in 2015.
Martin has also worked as a lecturer for MBA students where he has taught entrepreneurship in Adelaide and interstate. He has travelled widely and done business internationally.
Martin is a problem solver who believes that technology provides the solution for many of today’s challenges and opportunities. As Lord Mayor, he is focused on enhancing Adelaide’s reputation as a smart, green, liveble and creative city ‘where great things happens first’.
Martin’s immediate goal is for Adelaide to become an even better place to live, learn, work, play, visit and invest.
The ultimate goal is for Adelaide to become one of the world’s most liveable and prosperous cities.
Honourable Kelly Vincent MLC
The Honourable Kelly Vincent MLC is a trailblazer, she’s the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian parliament, and the first to be elected on a disability rights platform, she holds her seat as Leader of Dignity Party in the South Australian Legislative Council.
First elected in 2010, Kelly gets results through her parliamentary work, among her achievements:
• Kelly took the lead in establishing SA’s Disability Justice Plan;
• She instigated a select committee into education for students with disabilities,
• She promoted successful amendments to ensure that universal design principles are considered in SA planning law.
Kelly considers that when it comes to universal design, the built environment is only the beginning. Transportation systems, housing design, tourist infrastructure, employment websites and education all need universal design principles applied to them.
The more policy-makers and practitioners, and at all levels of government come to understand the social and economic imperatives of real inclusion of all people, the more incumbent it is on us to find ways to enable that inclusion and participation.
National Seniors Australia Chief Advocate
Ian is working to raise the profile of older people and to strengthen the collective voice of the National Seniors Australia membership. A teacher before choosing a career in the media in 1980, Ian has worked in film, television, radio and print for 37 years. He has served on the board of the ABC, presented regular radio programs and won prestigious media awards, including UN Media Peace Prizes in 2007 and 2009. Ian was named Telstra Rural Journalist of the Year in 1998 and was a finalist in the prestigious Walkley Awards twice. In 2003, Ian was a recipient of the Centenary of Federation Medal, for services to Australian society through broadcasting and was named TV Broadcaster of the Year in the SA Media Awards in 2004 and 2009. He has written a regular column for The Advertiser’s SA Weekend magazine since it was launched in 2009.
Auntie Georgina Williams
Auntie Georgina Williams, Ngankiburka-Mekauwe is a Kaurna Senior Woman. She grew up on Point Pearce Mission, Yorke Peninsula. Auntie Georgina has spoken at numerous forums on Aboriginal issues and is a long term campaigner on Aboriginal rights, also working to renew the knowledge of her ancestors in a contemporary urban world and to bridge the divide between black and white worlds. Creatively, Georgina has been involved in theatre, music, poetry and the visual arts.
Joe is an industry expert and Fellow of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA). She works across Australia as well as internationally on access and universal design consultancies. She developed her access consulting company more than 25 years ago with the principles of Universal Design underpinning her work.
Joe was inaugural Convener of the Victorian Access Consultants Network (VACN), past Vice President of ACAA, a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) and an affiliate member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors. Joe was also briefly a member of the Board of UD Australia but due to further expansion of her business withdrawn from this emerging organisation.
Joe is a highly regarded industry expert and has been recognised for her work. She is also a Fellow of Leadership Victoria and was a selected participant in the prestigious inaugural program.
Joe has undertaken many hundreds of access and UD projects as well as the facilitation of many Access and Inclusion Action Plans and other access research and improvement projects. She leads a multi-disciplinary team of experienced and qualified access and UD professionals and trainers who have extensive skills gained from both professional and personal experience in addressing a wide range of access to the built environment issues.
Nathan James Crane
Nathan is an interior architect, design thinker, writer, educator and commentator. Engaged in diverse creative fields, Nathan has been Creative Director of his own practice NJDS since 2011. He has previously worked as a contributing fashion editor for Yves Manzine, is lead design writer for FORM in The Adelaide Review and Luxury Magazine and is the editor for Opinion Media’s design review publication FORM JOURNAL. As a designer, Nathan has worked on both commercial and high-end residential projects in Australia, and was selected to represent the University of South Australia’s School of Art, Architecture and Design internationally in Taipei, Taiwan in 2012. He also travelled in 2011 to represent the university at the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy, and most recently to present his doctoral work at Oxford University in the UK.
David has bachelor degrees in Physics (1992-1994) and Biomedical Engineering (1996-2000), with First Class Honours, from Flinders University. He has extensive experience as a Rehabilitation Engineer in the field of disability, rehabilitation engineering and assistive technologies, and is currently a Lecturer and academic staff member at Flinders University.
David’s professional honours to date include being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in the field of rehabilitation engineering and Universal Design (2003); Engineers Australia’s Young Professional Engineer of the Year (2004); Engineers Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers (2005); and a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in the field of paediatric rehabilitation engineering (2008).
David has experience working in rehabilitation engineering research and industry institutions in England, Canada and the United States, holds a patent for his PhD work, and has twice won first prize in the College of Biomedical Engineers’ Better Technology Awards for novel assistive technologies. He is an invited TEDx speaker, has delivered numerous invited and keynote presentations, and in August David represented Australia at the Global AT Summit at the WHO in Geneva.
Ro is a qualified lawyer, property valuer and corporate governance professional with over 25 years’ public and private sector experience mainly in property and energy sectors, with specific expertise in social sustainability.
Ro is responsible for the Community and Social Strategy at Barangaroo South for Lendlease, which is a 10 year, $6B urban regeneration project on the western foreshore of the Sydney CBD.
Ro leads the delivery of 50 social programs, which includes the multi award winning Barangaroo Skills Exchange, an onsite learning hub for construction workers, with TAFENSW. Ro also convenes the Barangaroo South Community Partnership – a cross-business collaboration with the major commercial tenants in the precinct, focusing on Indigenous engagement.
Ro led the development of the Design for Dignity Guidelines, which are Best Practice principles for inclusive design, in collaboration with the Australian Network on Disability and Westpac Group. The Guidelines won the (business category). Of the 2016 Australian Human Rights Awards In 2016.
Ro is also director of the NSW TAFE Commission board.
Jane Bringolf has a background in community services spanning more than thirty years. A recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2004, Jane travelled overseas to investigate organisations pursuing universal design, accessible environments and assistive technology. She later completed a PhD in urban studies focusing on universal design in housing. As Executive Director with the Independent Living Centre NSW, and more recently as Liveable Communities Project Manager with Council on the Ageing NSW, Jane has a broad understanding of the ageing and disability sectors. As a founding director of Centre for Universal Design Australia, she hopes to make designing universally an everyday activity. Jane also holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Masters of Business Administration.
Kaare is an architect at Snøhetta, a Norwegian integrated design practice of architecture, landscape, interiors, graphic and brand design, with offices in Oslo and New York and studios in Los Angeles, Innsbruck and Adelaide.
Snøhetta thrives on rich collaborations to push their thinking. A continuous state of reinvention, driven by their partners in the process, is essential to their work.
Kaare worked on a variety of projects in his native Norway before moving to Australia where he is the Managing Director for their Australasian studio in Adelaide.
Daniel is a multi-award winning registered landscape architect with 20 years’ experience working across Australia, the United Kingdom and China. He is passionate about the value of design in shaping our cities. Daniel is the City of Adelaide’s Associate Director of Design and Strategy, leading four diverse teams across Transport Strategy, City Strategy, Park Lands Strategy and City Design. Key strategies include ‘Smart Move’; Council’s 10-year transport strategy, and Council’s ‘Adelaide Design Manual’ for creating better streets and public spaces. Between 2011 and 2014, he was Urban Design Leader for the Sydney Light Rail project for Transport for NSW, and in 2013/2014 completed the feasibility study for the Capital Metro Light Rail project for the ACT Government. He was a Principal at HASSELL between 2004 and 2011, his work resulting in numerous national and state awards; and was a Director and National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) for 2015 and 2016 (and a Director of AILA since 2013). Daniel is a contributor to Adelaide’s independent newspaper online, the InDaily, as well as ABC radio, and is an occasional feature writer on a wide range of issues including design, transport and planning in our cities. He likes vintage European cars and is known to enjoy McLaren Vale Shiraz.
John Flanagan Willanski
John Flanagan Willanski works as an illustrator, designer and mixed media artist. Since the birth of his daughter the focus of his work has shifted greatly towards disability with a particular focus on the shift from the medical to social models. The duality intrinsic to the lived experience of disability, particularly hidden disability, has informed much of his work.
Michèle is primarily a playwright whose work concerns itself with themes of the structural and personal dynamics of power and its consequences, persecution/exile, disability and sexuality. It is informed by and connected to the latest neuroscience research on the impact of trauma on memory and identity, which she is majoring in as part of her current part-time Medical Sciences Degree.
Michèle recently completed her first novel supported by a Literature Grant from Arts South Australia and Richard Llewellyn Trust and is one of ten creatives in a joint AUS-UK residency called UNFIXED “focusing on disabled artists’ acuity for experimentation and innovation in their creative practice.”
Michèle is a current individual member of the Adelaide City Council’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel with a previous career that included social planning and crime prevention.
Doctor Peter Schumacher is the Program Director for the Bachelor of Design (Product Design) and coordinates the postgraduate Industrial Design studio projects.
Dr. Schumacher gained a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Adelaide University and a Bachelor of Industrial Design with first class honours from the University of South Australia. His PhD with the Centre of Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University focused on the design and usability of Pictorial Assembly Instructions.
In 2014-15 Peter was involved in a collaborative project with Hills Industries and Eldercare to develop a Nurse Call Pendant (Button) for people with arthritis and other dexterity issues. The design has been patented and won the South Australian Premier’s Design award in 2015 and a Red Dot Award and an Australian Design Award in 2016. It is currently being manufactured. In addition, he has been involved in numerous industry collaborations as part of the post graduate Industrial design studio program. This has included the following projects; design for ageing and health care with ElderCare and Silverchain, medical device design with Austofix, exhibition design with the National Motor Museum, furniture design with Orana and computer console design with the Future Submarine Technical Organisation.
Dr. Schumacher has won international furniture design awards in Japan, Sweden and the USA and has had works exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. He has curated, designed and built an exhibition on automotive styling for the National Motor Museum and has also published journal articles on pictorial instruction design and presented conference papers on design education. He is currently leading a project for the Defence Science and Technology Group to look at the methods to design and develop the habitability paces on board future submarines. The project entails user centred investigation and development methods and the development of interaction design solutions, improved usability, and the application of anthropometry and sleep and fatigue research.
Grant is the SA State Manager for Architecture & Access, the leading specialist consulting firm helping to create safe and accessible built environments for all people. Grant is a qualified access consultant and occupational therapist, and is an Accredited Member of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia. Having also managed the Brisbane office, and as a senior consultant within the Melbourne office; Grant has over 8 years’ experience as a consultant advising on accessibility and universal design on projects from $1billion health and research facilities, to smaller streetscape redevelopments, and individual homes. With 20 years’ experience working in community health, disability and assistive technology sectors providing consulting, assessment and training services, and with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), he brings a unique understanding of how a people of all abilities interact and engage with the built environment. Grant is a former board member of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of SA, and has been a guest lecturer and speaker in relation to assistive technology (inclusive of home modifications), accessibility, and universal design. Grant is passionate about improving access to the built environment for all people, and has a vision to see South Australia be the leading example of accessibility and Universal Design in Australia.