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.
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 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.
Matthew Mayes is a senior program officer with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and has been working for more than a decade on programs targeting increasing cycling, walking and reducing car use and improving road safety for all road users. Over the last 5 years his work has focussed on working in partnership with primary schools and local councils to improve access and safety for primary aged children and parents seeking active transport alternatives as part of the trip to and from school.
A keen recreational mountain biker Matt has also worked on programs to encourage cycling for commuting and work travel within state government and the private sector. Matt presented on small street activation at the 2014 Velo-City Conference.
Matthew is the Chair of the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference.
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 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.
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.
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 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!