Since completing his studies at Swinburne University, Ian Dryden has successfully worked with an assignment as Industrial Designer in the City Design Unit at the City of Melbourne.
His task since 1987 has been to program, design, implement and market street furniture and temporary facilities for the City. Ian's major task has been the design and coordination of the street furniture, temporary fixtures, kiosks, toilets, decorations, lighting systems and pedestrian information signage for the City's master plan. Ian's work has received both popular and professional recognition including an Artists and Industry Award in 1990. He is a contributing member of the City’s Design team, who has won AIA, AILA ,IES and Australian International Industrial Design awards for the cities projects.
Bob Parks is an IES member, Lighting Certified (LC), and an ecological lighting designer/consultant. He currently serves as chair of the of the IES environmental outdoor lighting committee, and is a former member of the IDA/IES Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO) committee.
Mr. Parks is the founder of the Virginia Outdoor Lighting Taskforce (VOLT), an all-volunteer, non-profit, grassroots advocacy group working for safe and efficient outdoor lighting since 2000.
In March of 2009 he joined IDA to start the Washington Office for Public Policy and Government Affairs. As Managing Director he worked to inform the Congress and federal agencies about the IDA mission and it’s issues. In 2010 he became the Executive Director of IDA, managing the entire organization.
In 2014 Mr. Parks left IDA to form the non-profit Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance to promote Smart Urban Lighting and Ecologically Responsible lighting design. SOLA works with cities to encourage the use of adaptive controls that maximize energy reduction while saving money, reducing CO2 and improving visibility.
Andy is a professional, qualified Road Lighting Specialist, with over 25 years’ experience. Before moving to New Zealand in 2002, he worked for Lancashire County Council (UK) for 11 years in the Street Lighting Department where he was responsible for the design, maintenance and energy management of a network in access of 160,000 street lights.
Now working for Opus International Consultants, his primary role is the provision of Professional Services on all matter relating to Street Lighting for Auckland Transport whose inventory of 105,000 street lights represents a third of all those in New Zealand, covering design, policies, strategies, specifications, Design Briefs and Peer Reviews. He also provides professional advice to NZ Transport Agency Head Office Wellington, the Auckland Motorway Alliance, covering the strategic transport corridors through the greater Auckland Region and to a number of Local Authorities across New Zealand.
He has been heavily involved with the development and implementation of the LED Road Lighting strategy covering specification, assessment of Luminaires, procurement methodology and now delivery on to the network now occurring across New Zealand.
Andy co-authored the NZ Transport Agency M30:2014 – Specification and Guidelines for Road Lighting Design and is a recognised NZ Transport Agency Independent Professional Advisors ( IPA ) for Highway Lighting.
Joe Hancock is the Principal Lighting Engineer for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). In this position he has been responsible for managing the daily lighting restoration activities along with testing and approving streetlight materials. He developed FPLs Smart Lighting program, FPLs new LED Tariff, and is also the corporate subject matter expert for street and area lighting.
Mr. Hancock joined FPL in 1983 and has served in a variety of positions in Power Delivery, including engineering, emergency operations, crew supervision, budgeting and forecasting, with the past eight years in lighting.
Mr. Hancock received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Home Society in Palm Beach County.
Matthew is an accomplished and experienced professional with over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology, Telecommunications, Digital Economy, Geospatial and Civil Engineering fields covering project management, consulting, general management and technical roles.
Matthew has also positioned Ipswich as the first Australian City to be recognised as a Top 7 worldwide Intelligent Community by the Intelligent Community Forum and also a Smart 21 worldwide Intelligent Community by the Intelligent Community Forum for 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. Ipswich City was also recognised as a recipient of the 2011 Intelligent Communities Forum Founders Award in New York, the first time this award has been granted to an Australian city, organisation or individual.
As the City Digital Officer of Ipswich, Matthew is responsible for a City Digital Strategy encompassing Smart City, Data and Infrastructure, Innovation, Startups and Education and Digital Enablement, Technology Attraction and Development. As demonstration of this, Matthew has recently led the establishment of Fire Station 101 (www.firestation101.com.au), the 1st fully funded local government Innovation and Startup Hub in Australia and development of the Ipswich Smart City Blueprint and Implementation Plan, which seeks to entrench Ipswich as Australia’s most progressive Smart and Connected City.
In addition, Matthew is Vice President and Secretary of the Australian Smart Communities Association, a rapidly growing Australian peak industry association for Smart Community, Broadband and Digital Economic Development with members across Australia and New Zealand.
Anthony Ogle, is responsible for the operations of city roads, streetscapes, streetlighting, stormwater and local civil infrastructure for the City of Ryde.
He has 35 years experience in state and local government across a broad range of civil, waste, recreation and facilities works and infrastructure, and over 20 years in management roles. In more recent years this has focussed on asset management and its decision making processes, and the use effective application of technology and systems for modern public works engineering.
Laura Simes is the Environment Policy Advisor for the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), where she assists and advocates for WA Local Government in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation projects.
Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, practised as a lawyer and then worked for an NGO in intellectual property law and policy before moving into the field of climate change law and policy, her real passion. She has worked in policy, regulatory and in-house lawyer roles for the Federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and on secondment with the Clean Energy Regulator, as well as the WA State Government Department of Environment Regulation.
Paul has worked in fields involving sustainability and asset management for his whole working life. Paul is Managing Director of Ironbark Sustainability and Forthcoming Director for YMCA Victoria.
Since the mid 1990's Paul has been involved in helping to establish many sustainability action organisations including:
In 2004 Paul formed Ironbark Sustainability and has since worked extensively with all levels of government, power authorities and private businesses to drive action on climate change. Ironbark Sustainability specialises in street lighting and building management programs and strategies and works closely with clients to ensure their action leads to real outcomes for both the organisation and the climate.
Ironbark supports around 200 local governments each year. In 2013 Ironbark assisted Councils access over $50m worth of funding and deliver projects that are saving in excess of $430m and 1.5m tonnes of greenhouse emissions.
Internationally, Paul has assisted local governments in the UAE, as a key presenter at the annual Middle East Smart Lighting Conference and in Kazakhstan, to plan for large scale energy efficient street lighting programs.
Among many projects, Paul has authored the National Street Lighting Strategy (produced for the federal government) and is a member of the Australian Road Lighting Standards Committee.
Alexi has been at Ironbark Sustainability since 2009. He works with councils on range of energy efficiency and renewable projects. He brings decades of experience in project management, stakeholder engagement, facilitation and program development in the sustainability field since co-founding the Environmental Jobs Network (EJN) in 2001. Alexi managed ICLEI Oceania's flagship Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) campaign in Australia until mid-2008, building the capacity of Local Government and communities to tackle climate change.
Alexi has managed hundreds of energy efficient asset management programs local governments throughout Australia and worked on the development and creation of the Australian One Planet Councils to assist councils in assessing their sustainability performance against a range of indicators. Since 2013, Alexi has managed a project team that has obtained over $100m of government funding and third-party finance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout Australia.
FRED WATSON is an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, where he is also Head of Lighting and Environment. Fred is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has also written a number of award-winning books, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. Fred has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault.
Craig’s passion for sustainability has been recognised with a Tasmanian Local Government Award for Excellence for energy efficiency retrofits of Council facilities. His advocacy is instrumental in the small rural municipality of Meander Valley becoming a leader in energy initiatives in the State, through:
Dr Paul Cozens is an environmental criminologist and expert in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). He has experience in research, policy and practice and is an internationally accredited Advanced CPTED Practitioner. He has published over 50 peer-review papers on the application of CPTED at railway stations, public spaces, residential and retail settings and the night-time economy. He has worked as a policy advisor for the Western Australian State Government and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Curtin University’s Department of Planning and Geography. Paul is an associate director of the Design Out Crime Research Centre and his most recent publication is entitled “Think Crime! Using Evidence, Theory and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) for Planning Safer Cities”.
Jean Armstrong is a Professor at Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, where she leads a research group working on topics including optical wireless, radio frequency and optical fiber communications. She has published numerous papers and patents. Her patents include novel modulation techniques and receivers suitable for visible light communications. She has won many prizes and awards including most recently the IET Mountbatten Medal. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Melanie Madders is the CEFC’s sector lead for Universities and Local Government, taking projects from initial discussions through to signed loan documentation.
Melanie has a project finance background having worked at The Royal Bank of Scotland in London on infrastructure projects as diverse as roads and smart meters, and in a financial advisor, debt lender or equity investor capacity.
Melanie also led major infrastructure projects at Queensland Treasury from business case development through to project procurement. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Banking and Finance from Queensland University of Technology.
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