The organising committee is made up of people with diverse professional interests and experience in mobility, activity, planning, cities, public spaces, the environment, public policy and walking and cycling. The committee promotes social inclusion in all walking and cycling activities.

Newcastle Organising Committee

Sam Reich – Chair

A geologist and mining consultant with over 40 years of experience, Sam occupied a wide variety of senior roles, encompassing exploration, development, planning and production responsibilities, across multiple commodities, in both Australia and the United States.

He is also a cyclist for travel, fun and fitness, and a passionate advocate for improved public amenity for what we call “active transport”, including walking, cycling, the mobility disabled, etc. This also leads to his strong interest in modern urban design and better cities initiatives.

Sam is working to improve our collective environment and community with advocacy and political roles, including with the Australian Cyclists Party, the Newcastle Cycleways Movement, Richmond Vale Rail Trail proposal and the Hunter CycleSafe Network initiative.

Sam chairs the organising committee for the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference in Newcastle, 2020.

Twitter: @SamReich10

Matthew ‘Tepi’ Mclaughlin – Program Manager

Tepi is a physical activity advocate and researcher undertaking a PhD at the University of Newcastle. Tepi’s PhD investigates if an effective school-based physical activity program can be scaled-up effectively and cost-effectively to be delivered across a large geographic area of NSW to get more teens moving more often. Outside of his PhD, Tepi also sits on the board of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health as the Chair of the Early Career Network.

Tepi is a keen advocate for cycling and walking infrastructure and reductions in car-dependency. Tepi enjoys engaging in media and social media, and has been in The Conversation, The Newcastle Herald and on ABC Radio Newcastle. A keen commuter cyclist, you’ll never find him wearing lycra!

Tepi is managing the program for the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference in Newcastle, 2020.

Twitter: @HealthTepi

Standing Organising Committe

Peter Lumb

Peter was a Program Director in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy for many years where his interests were in Australian social policy, social research methods and rehabilitation. He has been a Principal Policy Officer for SA Health and managed social data for the Department for Environment. He has worked for the Gender Consortium at Flinders University on a range of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade projects in Australian and overseas.

Peter has been a commuting cyclist since 1975, an enthusiastic bush walker and is a past president of the Bicycle Institute of South Australia. He was an invited speaker at Velo-City Global 2014, and facilitated a Copenhagen Masterclass in association with the Cycling Embassy of Denmark.

Peter leads the group and is the public face for the Conference.

Ashlea Bartram

Ashlea is an emerging researcher with an interest in how to promote and support health behaviour change. She recently completed her PhD in Public Health, and currently works as a Behavioural Scientist with the SAHMRI Health Policy Centre. Ashlea previously worked for the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to design and manage programs to encourage safer, greener and more active travel in households and workplaces. She especially focused on encouraging cycling for transport with the Cycle Instead suite of activities and resources. Ashlea was on the project team for Velo-city Global Adelaide 2014, a four day cycle planning conference which attracted over 550 delegates from around the world.

Ashlea started cycle commuting while at university back in 2005 as a way of getting a bit of bike training in for triathlons, and found she rather enjoyed it (along with the extra money left in her pocket). She is a much better bike commuter than triathlete.

Ashlea manages the website for the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference.

Jeremy Miller

Jeremy holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and is a long term advocate for everyday bicycle transport, especially the use of cargo and utility bikes. He is an honorary life member of the Bicycle Institute of SA being the former Chair and long-term committee member.

When not focused on bicycle related matters Jeremy works in the local government sector coordinating climate change adaptation. His main professional focus is the application of strategic policy and applied practice to retrofit the urban environment for future climate change. He has a particularly interested in urban ecology, energy efficiency and reducing household vulnerability by mitigating the effects of extreme heat conditions.

Jeremy is the treasurer for the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference and organising committee member.

Ian Radbone

Ian has a passion for active transport, particularly in urban areas. Ian is a former chair of the Bicycle Institute of SA but has also been recruited to the Board of Walking SA to promote walking as a transport activity.

With a background in transport research, town planning and public policy at the UniSA, he has a wealth of experience in transport planning, advocacy and policy development.

Linley Golat

With Bachelor degrees in Education and Environmental Management, Linley is a keen advocate for living lighter on this planet. Her current role as a sustainability educator allows her to work with people of all ages to understand their impacts and consider more positive behaviours.

Linley enjoys walking and cycling for both recreation and commuting. Having lived in Europe for a number of years, she has experienced more sustainable and more human-centred transport environments and would like to see Australian cities and towns move in this direction.

Linley Golat

Justin-Free McCulloch

Justin is a PhD student at the University of Adelaide researching the ongoing transitions of dockless rideshare schemes around the world, and has an ongoing research interest in how cycling infrastructure helps cultivate suburban areas as cycling places. Justin is also involved with a number of student clubs, and coordinated the University of Adelaide’s inaugural “Sustainability Week”.

Justin’s first memory of cycling is riding into a stobie pole the moment he had his training wheels taken off, and now often hears “I didn’t think you actually knew how to drive.”

Justin is the Program Manager for the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference.

Nadine Hillock

Nadine is a public health pharmacist, currently doing a PhD in Health Policy and Economics through the University of Adelaide. Nadine has worked in the healthcare sector for over 20 years, and since completing a Masters in Public Health through the University of Sydney she has developed a strong interest in population and planetary health. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between human health and the natural environment, and the importance of research into solutions to global human and environmental sustainability.

Nadine enjoys walking and cycling not only for commuting, but also as a way to turn exercise into a social occasion!

Nadine Hillock

Hulya Gilbert

Hulya is an urban planner, demographer and researcher with over 15 years of industry experience at
the local government and non-government sectors.

She completed her PhD on the role of child and youth-friendly cities in promoting sustainable
mobility and creating socially and environmentally sustainable neighbourhoods, sponsored by CRC
Low Carbon Living in 2020. She currently works as a researcher at UniSA and runs a consultancy
business in the fields of demography and urban planning. Her primary research interests include
child-friendly cities, socially and environmentally sustainable and healthy cities, and sustainable