Featured Speakers

Ms Sue Weatherley, Director Strategic Outcomes and Development, City of Parramatta

Sue joined City of Parramatta in December 2008 and has over 20 years of experience in senior local government executive roles in NSW and QLD. As Director Strategic Outcomes and Development, Sue oversees Integrated City Planning and the assessment of Development Applications. Sue has been on the NSW Architect Registration Board since 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Planning Task Force for Committee for Sydney.

Sue has helped to drive strong outcomes across a broad range of Council’s strategic objectives, managing significant growth in Parramatta, playing an integral role in discussions with the NSW Government on a number of planning and infrastructure initiatives and providing the vision for what will be a critical driver of Parramatta’s future development.

Her contribution to Local Government has been twice recognised, in 2012 and 2016, as the recipient of the Minister’s Award for women in local government. This award acknowledged her as a wonderful role model for all staff, male and female, in helping to drive the performance of the organisation across a huge range of critical areas and objectives. She is a wonderful example of what women in local government can achieve through great skill and knowledge, hard work, commitment and tenacity.”

Ms Sarah Hill, CEO, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW

Sarah commenced as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Sydney Commission in January 2016.

Following extensive engagement with the community, Sarah led the organisation in developing the Commission’s vision for ‘a metropolis of three cities’ into the Greater Sydney Region Plan and five District Plans adopted by the NSW Government in March 2018.

The Commission has also implemented the “10 Directions for Greater Sydney”, Collaboration Areas, Growth Infrastructure Compacts and completed the original 24 Ministerial Priorities.Previously, as a Director of Hill PDA Consulting, Sarah specialised as an economic planner with expertise in employment areas and the economics of development. Sarah also was an independent advisor to government on planning reform and was a member of the NSW Government’s 2012 Affordable Housing Taskforce.She has prior experience in the UK working on affordable housing strategies and the creation of a new planning authority known as the London Olympic and Paralympic Joint Planning Authority responsible for the master-planning and approvals for the London 2012 Olympic Games and its Legacy.

A past-President of the NSW Division of the Planning Institute of Australia, 2016-17 PIA Planner of the Year and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sarah has received two international planning awards including the Mayor of London’s Award for Excellence and the Royal Town Planning Institute Award for Planning.

Sarah is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and in 2018 completed her Doctoral thesis on the economics of planning in NSW.

Ms Caroline Stalker, Design Director Urban and Principal, ARUP Australasia (QLD)

Caroline is a highly skilled designer, communicator and leader of teams for complex urban design and master planning projects. Her career spans 30 years and a range of project types, including new communities, urban regeneration around transport hubs, city and town centres, universities, public spaces, public buildings, mixed use and multi-residential buildings. Throughout her career Caroline has demonstrated a sustained commitment to enhancing people’s connection to the natural world and each other through design, and an outstanding ability to take an holistic approach to the complex design problems of cities. This has been recognised over the years through numerous architecture and planning awards. Caroline is an Adjunct Professor, School of Design, QUT Creative Industries, and has served on and chaired awards juries in both architecture and urban design, and held advisory roles for government.

Other Confirmed

  • Mr Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect, NSW Government
  • Mr Andrew McWhinney, Manager, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, Intelligent Risks


  • The Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Urban Infrastructure & Cities, Australian Government
  • Mr John Lin, Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong & Co-founder, Rural Urban Framework (HK)
  • Mr Ludo Campbell Reid, General Manager Auckland Design Council, New Zealand
  • Mr Kobus Mentz, Director, Urbanism+