2019 Invited Keynote Speakers

President, International Dark Sky Association Tasmania Inc

Landon Bannister has been working in the lighting industry for over 20 years. He is a passionate advocate of the important role light plays in influencing human health and emotion, and how this relates to the natural world.

He is a current Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia & New Zealand and sits on the local Chapter Management Committee where he is heavily involved in lighting education.

He is also President of International Dark- Sky Association Tasmania Inc. and a board member of the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance.

Menzies Institute for Medical Research, UTAS


Verity is a behavioural epidemiologist with a background in health promotion, and her main research interests are in understanding and promoting physical activity. Her work has focused on groups at risk of inactivity including women, those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage and rural communities. She holds funding from the Heart Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Verity is Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee, is a member of Heart Foundation and NHMRC grant review panels and is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

RAIA, MPIA, AILA, Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission (NSW), Adjunct Professor, UNSW Built Environment

roderick simpson

Roderick Simpson is an architect and urban designer. Prior to being appointed as the inaugural Environment Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission that is responsible for the strategic planning of the entire metropolitan region of Sydney, he was director of the Urban Design and Urbanism programs at the University of Sydney until 2016. His work has focused on sustainability since the early 1990s and more recently resilience. His current focus is to shift practice from planning’s narrow focus on transport and productivity to give equal importance to ‘blue and green infrastructure’ as a starting point. Rod is currently an Adjunct Professor at UNSW Built Environment is a Member of the AIA, AILA, and PIA and a Trustee of Sydney Living Museums.

Principal Advisor Urban Design, Urban Design Team, Christchurch City Council


For over twenty years Josie has sought to craft urban places that express local identity, support equity and reinforce the importance of the natural environment.

Following the Canterbury earthquake in 2011, Josie returned to the ever evolving city of Ōtautahi Christchurch where she is the Principal Urban Designer at Christchurch City Council.

Josie is a passionate advocate for urban design, Committee Member of the New Zealand Urban Design Forum, Recognised Practitioner of Urban Design (UK), Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and a qualified Landscape Designer.

Founder and CEO,  Old Ways, New

Lord Mayor Councillor,  City of Hobart

Anna was elected as an Alderman to the City of Hobart in 2014. She has had a diverse and interesting career, including establishing a regional community legal centre based in Cairns; running the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Parliamentary Liaison Office and Deputy Director of WWF International’s Global Climate Change Program.

In 2009, Anna took up a role as International Advisor for Senator Bob Brown where she researched and wrote policy on a wide range of international issues. Her most recent role was Chief Executive Officer for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania. As Lord Mayor, Anna is keen to focus on a range of topics including, affordable housing; climate change; active transport and protecting and promoting Hobart’s heritage.