Janet Chappell

Janet brings combined government and industry perspective drawing on her current role as Housing Policy Manager at Landcom, the NSW Government developer.  Her background in public policy, understanding of the planning system and connections are also drawn from across a range of government roles including at the Greater Sydney Commission (2019-2020) and NSW Department of Planning working on regional and metropolitan strategies (2004-2015). Prior to that Janet held architecture, urban design and consultant positions at the Urban Design Advisory Service (2003-2004), Urbis (2001-2003) and prior to that at Six Degrees and Allen Jack + Cottier Architects. She is a graduate of the Foundations of Directorship from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Master of Urban Design and Bachelor of Architecture (Hons).

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Bill Steenson

Bill has worked extensively in government and member-based organisations and is currently Principal Lawyer, Compliance with the Registered Organisations Commission.

He works with unions, employer associations and their members on issues of governance, financial management, conflicts of interest and whistleblower disclosures.

Bill has previously worked as an employment case manager, seeing first-hand the significant challenges faced by many members of the community, such as housing and support networks.

He serves on the Licensing Committee of the Law Society of NSW and is passionate about dispute resolution and access to justice.

Bill holds a Masters in Law and a Master of Public Administration and is an accredited mediator.

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Kirsten Steedman

Kirsten is a highly skilled professional within the property sector with over a decade of experience. Currently she leads Lendlease’s shared-value initiative, FutureSteps, which is aimed at addressing homelessness and rising levels of housing stress in Australia.

In addition to her extensive experience within the property industry, Kirsten has delivered a number of social sustainability projects throughout Australia including the establishment of training, education and employment opportunities for individuals facing economic hardship.

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Associate Professor Amelia Thorpe

Amelia is Associate Professor in Law at UNSW, where she teaches and researches in planning and urban governance.

Amelia’s work is interdisciplinary, drawing on qualifications in Architecture and City Policy as well as Law, and professional experience in the planning, housing and transport departments in WA, and at the Environmental Defenders Office in NSW. Her research centres on frameworks for decision-making in contemporary cities – who gets to have a say, and how – and the ways in which those frameworks might contribute to social and environmental justice.

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Dr Michael Zanardo

Michael is a registered architect and director of Studio Zanardo, an independent consultancy that specialises in urban design and the design of housing, particularly social and affordable housing.

He actively combines his practice with teaching and research. His doctorate investigated the architecture of pre-World War II State workers’ housing in Sydney. Michael is the co-author of the Affordable Housing Sydney Architecture Guide Map published in 2019.

Michael is an outspoken advocate for good amenity in denser forms of housing and champions design quality for the public domain. He is motivated by the opportunity to improve people’s lives through the shaping of the built environment and believes it is a true privilege to serve people and communities through design.

 

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Dr Sophia Maalsen

Sophia is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and a lecturer at the University of Sydney, School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Her research focuses on the digital disruption of housing and the diversity of housing models emerging as a result of rising housing affordability with particular emphasis on communicating the implications of this for people now and as they age.
She believes that Australia needs to re-emphasise the role of housing for the provision of a home rather than a site of investment.

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