Keynote speakers

Keynote Speakers

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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 recently 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.

Greg Vann

Ethos Urban

Based in Brisbane, Greg is qualified in planning and economics and has been at the forefront of planning in Queensland and Australia for nearly 40 years, nowadays as a consultant and previously in local and State government. He is one of Australia’s best known and respected planners, and a life fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

His experience includes being project director for wide ranging strategic planning projects; drafting planning schemes; providing planning advice to the private sector, local and state governments; development assessment and planning appeals; reviewing planning and development assessment processes; transport planning, economic development and lecturing.

He has held many leadership positions, including Queensland President and national councillor of PIA, his current role as project director in the review of the SEQ Regional Plan and previously as chair the State’s Transit Oriented Development Taskforce.

Angie Abdilla

Old Ways, New

Angie Abdilla is a Palawa, (Trawlwoolway) woman who has been living and working in Sydney for over 15 years.


Angie works with Indigenous cultural knowledges to inform placemaking, service design and the resulting deep technologies for both the public and private sectors.


Her published research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence was presented at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Sean Audain

Wellington City Council, NZ

Sean is City Innovation lead at Wellington City Council in New Zealand. Sean’s qualifications are  in urban planning and he leads the development of Wellington’s smart city capabilities, exploring how Open Data, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Data Visualisation, GIS and Virtual Reality can help Council understand the city, better talk with citizens and make better decisions. Sean has had a long standing interest in helping create long-term, sustainable innovation cultures which can deliver better local government, and improved urban planning systems. Sean’s work has been recognised with a number of national and international awards and continues help Wellington lead in a range of fields from Urban Planning to Civil Defence.

Claire Daniel


Claire is an urban planner, programmer and spatial data scientist with broad professional experience in local government and consulting. Claire sees an urgent need for urban planners to get to grips with how technology can be used to do better planning and has recently commenced a PhD at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW in order to devote her full attention to this cause. In addition to her research Claire is Chair of the Planning Institute of Australia PlanTech Working Group and a founding member of the Smart Cities Council ANZ Emerging Innovators.

Ingrid Cumming

Congress MC

Ingrid Cumming is a Whadjuk Noongar woman from Fremantle, Western Australia. A graduate of Murdoch University and Melbourne Business School, she has during her career, presented and published articles internationally including one with the United Nations Women Leaders Collective in Israel, represented Indigenous Australian Business in the US, presented at TedXPerth 2014 and is internationally recognised for her work in leadership, Indigenous knowledge, research and cultural development.

Mrs Cumming is the founder and CEO of Kart Koort Wiern (Head Heart and Spirit), founded in 2010, is a Perth based Indigenous consultancy that offers consultancy, training, and workshops across Australia promoting reconciliation and increasing awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders strengths and strategy.