Plenary Speakers

Mr Eric Lumsden PSM

Mr Eric Lumsden has been Western Australia’s Planning Commissioner since 2014.  Prior to this, he was WA’s Director-General of Planning.

Eric, a Town Planner, has been involved in Local Government for 34 years – including 17  years as CEO of The Cities of Swan and Melville.  He has also served as Commissioner of the City of South Perth; Chair of the Governing Council of Swan TAFE, and Chair of the EMRC’s CEOs Group.

Eric has been involved in major planning studies including “Directions 2031”.   He was also the Inaugural Chair of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority responsible for Elizabeth Quay and the Perth City Link.


Mr Kieran Kinsella

Mr Kinsella is CEO of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and plays a central role in the transformation and renewal of the metropolitan area with projects from Elizabeth Quay, the Perth City Link and Riverside Drive to the continued development of Midland, Armadale, Subiaco and Scarborough.

Prior to joining the MRA, Kieran was CEO of the Midland Redevelopment Authority for more than 11 years where he led the revitalisation of Midland as a strategic regional centre.

In nearly 30 years, Kieran has gained extensive senior management experience in both the State and Commonwealth Governments in a wide range of disciplines – including urban renewal, statutory planning, economic and community development, strategic and regional planning and development, employment and training.


Dr John Dawson

Dr Dawson leads the Positioning Section at Geoscience Australia and is responsible for the Australian Government’s National Positioning Infrastructure (NPI) which included a trial of a Satellite-based Augmentation System (SBAS).

John holds a doctorate in Earth Physics from the Australian National University.


Mr David Kaesehagen

Mr Kaesehagen received the 2013 CAPITeticAL award after he won the international competition for the design of Australia’s new Northern  Capital on the shores of Lake Argyle on the Ord River in the Kimberley.

This was  in recognition of the potential that Northern Australia could become a world leader in the production and export of premium agricultural produce, in the development of tropical health and medicine, in marine services, and a host of other profitable business ventures.

David is Director of ECOSPACE – a landscape architectural, environmental and spatial planning consultancy which he established in 1989.  He has been involved in the agricultural, environmental and landscape industries for more than 25 years.


Dr Lesley Arnold

Dr Arnold is Director of Geospatial Frameworks and a Research Fellow at Curtin University where, in addition to supervising 4 PhD students, she is pursuing next generation spatial infrastructures, spatial data supply chains and on-demand knowledge capabilities.

Lesley is recognised internationally for her work in developing national strategies for spatial information reform and innovation within Australia and Asia. She also develops SDI implementation plans, governance models and data sharing policy to support open data initiatives.

Lesley has extensive consulting experience, and is currently working in Vietnam and Indonesia on SDI implementations. She is also lead researcher on a joint project with UNGGIM, Geoscience Australia and CRCSI on developing machine-readable policy for data release.  Previously, Lesley was Director of Location Knowledge Services at Landgate responsible for WA’s geographic, aerial photography and satellite remote sensing programmes.


Phil Delaney

Mr Delaney is Programme Manager (Agriculture & Built Environment) at CRCSI.  He currently manages the research and investment programmes for both Smart Cities and Agricultural innovation at the CRCSI which involves long term strategy development and execution, business development, and programmes and project management.

Phil is also the Executive Officer for the 2026 Spatial Industry Growth Agenda (2026 Agenda).  He is an accredited GIS Professional with 10 years’ experience across private industry, research and government and was the recipient of the 2014 Young Professional of the Year award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.


Lee Hellen

Mr Hellen is a Registered Consulting Surveyor and founder of Land Solution Australia Pty Ltd.  A private sector innovator and business leader, Lee has served on numerous SSSI and SIBA boards and committees over the last 10 years.

Through his work in major infrastructure and building construction, Lee has received several individual and industry awards for excellence in Surveying and Spatial Science since 2007.

A passionate advocate for Surveying and Spatial Sciences within the wider community, Lee was jointly responsible for devising the 3dQld Strategy with private and public sector colleagues and is forging an exciting new direction for the surveying profession in the digital world.


Dione Bilick

Dione Bilick is currently the Director Location Data Services and the Delegate of Registrar of Titles. She was also recently appointed the Surveyor General of WA.

After graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Surveying (Hons I), Dione worked in the goldfields as a surface and underground mine surveyor.

Dione has held various roles over her last 16 years at Landgate, many related to the surveying and spatial science industries, including senior management positions in the registrations and spatial functions.