Jeremy Hurst

Co-Founder and Director of SpacetoCo

Jeremy is one of the three Co-Founders of SpacetoCo, a business that encourages people to search, find and book local Spaces online. Jeremy is a former educator and IT education consultant. In 2015, Jeremy became an Airbnb host at his property in the Perth Hills and also studied U.Lab, (Transforming, Business, Society and Self). It was the combination of all these experiences and a passion for environmental sustainability which led to the idea of SpacetoCo – A new sharing economy business for the short-term rental of Spaces. SpacetoCo joins the dots between useful / available spaces and people in the community needing space. The new business is growing daily with over 600 spaces bookable online. Since appearing on Network Ten’s Shark Tank in July, SpacetoCo has been securing listings from all around Australia.

Paul Farrell

Managing Director, NGIS Australia

Paul is a strategic thinker who has an appetite for seeing how far spatial information can change business and society for the better. He is sought after by both government and commercial entities to explore opportunities for business transformation by making data and technology open, accessible and location enabled. NGIS is a complete provider of mapping and location technology solutions to large enterprises, working with globally recognised technology companies such as Google. Paul is involved in many boards and a past National Chairman of SIBA (Spatial Industry Business Association).

Tim Trainor

Consultant, Former Co-Chair for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management and Former Chief Geospatial Scientist, US Census Bureau

Tim Trainor is the former Chief Geospatial Scientist for the U.S. Census Bureau. He performs research and developmental activities in the broad area of geospatial science that includes exploring methodological, technical and substantive issues relating to the creation, collection and integration of geospatial information.

Tim is recognised nationally and internationally for contributions to the fields of geospatial science, geography and cartography and the integration of statistical and geospatial information.  Tim served as the Co-Chair for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management and as the Head of U.S Delegation. He is the Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information for the U.S. Department of Commerce and an executive member of the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee.

Tim served as Vice President of the International Cartographic Association (2007-2015). He is a member of the American Association of Geographers, Cartography and Geographic Information Society, National States Geographic Information Council, and the Urban Regional Information Systems Association.

John Kedar

Director International Engagement and Head of International Policy & Engagement at Ordnance Survey

John Kedar is a versatile and pragmatic director, executive, senior manager, leader and geospatial expert, skills developed through a wide range of Defence appointments, including in high-stress environments such as Afghanistan, through major charitable Board vice-chairmanship and latterly within Ordnance Survey.

He has led organisations of up to 650 personnel, developed Government strategic direction for geospatial, intelligence and engineer activities and played a key role in furthering the role of geography in the UK and internationally, regularly chairing and speaking at major international conferences.

John’s successful military career is best measured by repeated direction to establish and lead new organisations or projects – particularly in the geospatial community. This has continued in his role with Ordnance Survey International: directing international programmes and opening new markets in South America and Africa, by communicating the value of geospatial information and its role of underpinning government, economic growth and citizen services.

Dr Stuart Minchin

Chief, Environmental Geoscience Division

Dr Stuart Minchin is Chief of the Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia, which is the centre of expertise in the Australian Government for environmental earth science issues and the custodian of national environmental geoscience data, information and knowledge.

Stuart has an extensive background in the management and modelling of environmental data and the online delivery of data, modelling and reporting tools for improved natural resource management.

Stuart represents Australia in key international forums and is Australia’s Principal Delegate to both the UN Global Geospatial Information Management Group of Experts (UNGGIM) and the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). He also currently serves on the Editorial Board of the international Journal “Ecological Indicators”.

Dione Bilick

Surveyor General, Western Australia, Landgate

Dione Bilick is the Manager Property Location at Landgate. She has undertaken a variety of senior roles with the agency and has always enjoyed liaising with the survey profession on opportunities for improvement. Dione was appointed Surveyor General last year and has served on the Land Surveying Licencing Board for nearly six years. After obtaining her Bachelor of Surveying, and prior to joining Landgate, Dione worked in the goldfields as a surface and underground mine surveyor.

Christian Larsen

Co-Founder and Director GlassTerra

Christian Larsen has over 30 years of experience in the resources industry and over 20 years of experience in successfully extending, growing and commercialising technology offerings within the mining industry.

Christian is currently a co-founder of GlassTerra Pty Ltd (a tech start-up), commercialising an IoT geospatial operations technology.  In addition, Christian is a director of CRCOre, a research institute for exploiting ore body heterogeneity.


Peter Kinne

Regional Director Australasia, Digital Globe Inc

Peter Kinne is the Regional Director, Australasia for DigitalGlobe Inc and company director of DigitalGlobe Australia Pty Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Public Administration which led to careers in: CSIRO, Queensland Government, and Industries including asset management, design, and more recently, 18 years in the spatial industries.

Peter holds Advisory Committee Member positions on the Queensland Government’s Space Industry Development Group and Brisbane Regional Development Association. Volunteer positions include: Regional Ambassador – DigitalGlobe Foundation, member – Spatial Industry Diversity Panel, Qld Chair – SSSI Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Commission, and SIBA Qld regional representative. He manages a region which includes Australia, New Zealand and the 18 Pacific island countries of the SPC and has been involved in various projects including: maritime borders, food security, and disaster responses. Within Australia he has been directly involved in national projects including: the initial search for MH 370 and the PSMA Geoscape.

Dr Ian Martinus

Manager Advocacy & Economic Development – City of Wanneroo

Dr Martinus is an economic development and ICT management specialist with experience delivering projects involving urban development, international trade and investment, eGovernance (information capture & aggregation), financial management, export development, and higher education and technology innovation.  A strong focus of his work is in ICT systems integration as Sector Lead for new IT operating systems and data migration (data center) efforts.

His experience spans the globe.  Dr Martinus has managed trade and investment implementations in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Africa, former Soviet countries, Indonesia and within the public and private sectors in the United States, Japan and Australia. He also has extensive working with Japanese companies including Tokyu Corporation (JV) and Sekisui House.