Day5-Plenary3

fri 28 MAY 2021

PLENARY 2

Natalie Rayment

Wolter Consulting Group​

Natalie is a registered planner, Executive Director of Wolter Consulting, planning expert to the Court, co-founder of YIMBY Qld, Deputy Chair of the Board of Beddown and Board Member of Q Shelter. In recognition for her commitment to planning work, Natalie was awarded PIA Qld’s Outstanding Women in Planning 2020 by her peers. Natalie’s passion for planning and how it impacts the quality of life in our cities and regions led her to co-found YIMBY Qld in 2016, a not-for-profit public interest organisation, saying ‘yes in my back yard’ to good development that makes for better living. Her ambition is to balance the conversation around development and urban policy, so often dominated by the ‘no’ voice, instead focussing on ‘getting to yes’. As part of the international YIMBY network, Natalie collaborates with colleagues from diverse backgrounds, working together towards a common goal of ‘housing for all’.  Natalie’s planning experience in both the private and public sector in Queensland has culminated in her role as Executive Director of Wolter Consulting Group, a privately owned planning, design and survey practice based in Brisbane. In 2019, Natalie became Deputy Chair of the Board of Beddown, a charitable organisation providing pop-up accommodation for those who are most vulnerable.

The Hon. Robert Stokes MP

NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces

Rob is the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, where he is focussed on promoting development
throughout NSW that improves people’s lives into the future, as well as protecting, restoring and
building our State’s public spaces and parklands.


Rob is an environmental lawyer and has read sustainable urban development at Oxford and
completed a PhD in planning law under a Commonwealth Scholarship.

David Williams

CEO, Planning Institute of Australia

David Williams has been CEO of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) since December 2016, naturally stepping into the role after five years as Chief Operating Officer, working in close partnership with then CEO, Kirsty Kelly RPIA (Fellow).

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, David oversaw the conversion of PIA into a company limited by guarantee; stabilised the Institute’s volatile financial situation; and together with Kirsty, developed a set of purpose statements for the organisation as well as fostered a high-performing work culture internally. David also oversaw the establishment of the Registered Planner program.

Prior to joining PIA, David held general management and leadership roles for nearly 20 years, including four years as Chief Executive Officer for Greening Australia, Australia’s largest environmental not-for-profit.

David’s view is that the key strategic challenges facing the built and natural environments are largely the same. Sustainability, livability and resilience in the context of a growing population are issues that David has been focused on throughout his career. Enthusing, educating and empowering members to take action at the personal, professional and community levels has always been David’s favoured tactic to address these key challenges. In both the built and natural environment, planning decisions made today often have a long legacy impact. David believes therefore that PIA’s role is to offer professional planners a strong sense of belonging, to support their career development and to advocate for meaningful policy changes.