Bill Jarrard & Jennifer Goddard (MC)Bill-Jen-Web-res-SQ-174x174

Conference MCs, Mindwerx International

Bill Jarrard & Jennifer Goddard are the founders of Mindwerx International, and have since 1998 provided education, training and facilitation services in more than a dozen countries. 

Their focus is on Applied Creativity & Innovation and Advanced Learning Techniques, and which includes programs on Critical & Creative Thinking, Making Innovation Happen, Mind Mapping, Speed Reading and Improved Memory.

Bill and Jennifer are both professional speakers, and have presented at and emceed conferences around Australia and overseas. For the AELERT Conference they bring a range of skills into play as they emcee the conference, help us to focus on the future, and they will also be Mind Mapping the major sessions of the conference as a take-away for all participants.


Charlotte Daviescharlotte-7744-square-174x174

Crime Analyst
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

Day 2 Plenary Speaker
Big Data, Big Impacts: Disrupting the Illegal Trade in Wildlife

Big data; a buzzword of the modern technological era, and a powerful tool in the fight against environmental crime. Charlotte will talk about how we can use vast quantities of information generated through social networks, videos, photos, mobile phones and the web, to reveal hidden links between criminals and illegal activity. Charlotte will also detail her own experience using crime analysis and big data to thwart the black market trade of big cats in Asia and ivory, and EIA’s interest in combating illegal logging, pollution and species loss. Learn how to use simple and sophisticated intelligence at all levels.

Charlotte a background in community safety, crime and health analysis. Since 2008 she has worked for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), primarily on wildlife and timber crime. EIA is an independent campaigning organisation which uses field investigations and strategic advocacy to bring about change to protect the environment and improve governance of natural resources.


Based in UK, EIA works closely with a number of other organisations, developing close partnerships with local NGOs around the world as well as engaging with enforcement agencies at international and national levels.

Charlotte will present a NGO perspective on EIA’s innovative methods to document and analyse environmental crime www.eia-international.org.


Jo GerarduJo-Gerardu1-174x174

Co-founder of INECE and consultant to the INECE Secretariat

Day 2 Plenary Speaker
Next Generation Compliance and Enforcement: Back to the Future

This presentation will provide valuable insights into how next generation compliance tools are being developed and used by sub-national, national and international agencies within the INECE network. The presentation will also demonstrate how you and your colleagues are the key to success in what is this next generation, when it comes to implementing and integrating new and innovative approaches in ways that advance environmental protection through compliance and enforcement. The power is very much in your hands!

Jo Gerardu is considered, with Cheryl Wasserman of US EPA, to be ‘the grandparents of INECE’, theInternational Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, having played a critical role in the Dutch-USA partnership which led to its establishment in 1990.

Since then, Jo has maintained a strong environmental regulatory presence, leading or participating in all nine INECE conferences, and playing a key role in a range of international collaborations, including connecting with AELERT at the 2007 Conference in Adelaide. His international adventures include being instrumental in finding a solution for the preservation and reuse of water in Morocco, developing an environmental compliance network in the Maghreb region (NECEMA), and assisting with enforcement training in Jordan, Tanzania, Croatia and a range of other countries.

Jo is a well-respected advocate for the benefits of environmental enforcement networks and boasts a depth of experience in collaborative enforcement, with a range of academic publications as part of his repertoire.

More about Jo Gerardu:

  • Involved in the development of a Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement handbook.
  • Recently assisted the Themis network, an activity of the Regional Environmental Centre in Budapest and funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation.
  • Was assistant to the deputy inspector general for international affairs in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (VROM) in the Netherlands, where he was responsible for promoting international environmental enforcement activities. In this role he co-organised 7 international INECE conferences on environmental compliance and enforcement, and co-edited the conference proceedings (18 volumes).
  • Was involved with several publications of INECE, such as the book Making Law Work.
  • Previously worked at the Ministry of Transport as head of the department for road building materials, and was instrumental in developing porous asphalt for road construction in the Netherlands.
  • Has contributed to numerous books and publications, including chapter 17 in Environmental Enforcement Networks edited by Michael Faure (2015), and a chapter in a new book, edited by Grant Pink, coming soon!


Dr. John SeagerJohn_Seager-174x174

Chair, European Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL)

Day 1 Plenary Speaker
IMPEL in Europe: New Ways to Overcome the Challenges of Implementing Environmental Law

How do Australasian regulatory challenges compare to those facing environmental regulators in Europe? Dr Seager will discuss the challenges we share with our international counterparts, how IMPEL is helping to overcome them, and the lessons that we can learn. John is a respected and trusted authority in environmental regulation, having worked in Europe, Africa and Asia. In this presentation, John will summarise international trends in strategy and capacity building, and the sometimes complex interface between science and policy.



John works as a specialist in environmental policy and regulation. He was previously Head of Environment Strategy at the Environment Agency in England. He has worked at the interface between science and policy at both national and international level throughout his career and has been involved with a wide range of environmental regulation and management issues in the UK, Europe and developing countries.

John is currently Chair of the European Network for the Implementation an Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL) – a non-profit network of 48 environment authorities in 34 European countries involving sharing of best practice, capacity-building, professional training and peer review. In this role, he has led the strategic development of IMPEL, broadening its areas of work, and building its capacity as a key organisation in strengthening the implementation of EU environmental law.

He has recently worked on projects to identify challenges faced by European environment authorities in implementing environmental law and how these can be overcome; to support future development of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE); and to develop common approaches in the implementation of the EU Industrial Emissions Directive.

John has a particular interest in working with environment authorities in developing countries. He led the Environment Agency’s international programme over the last 12 years, involving capacity building projects with environmental regulators in Africa and Asia. He is a Trustee of Water Witness International which provides support to water management institutions to secure sustainable and equitable use of water resources.

John trained at the University of East Anglia, UK in ecological sciences. His Ph.D work involved developing new, ecologically-relevant approaches for deriving environmental quality standards for water pollution control. He started his career as a research scientist in environmental regulation and went on to lead multi-disciplinary research teams in pollution control and environmental management.

John lives in Bristol, UK. In his spare time he works for his local county wildlife trust and is a keen musician. He has one daughter who is keeping family traditions alive and is training as an environmental scientist.


Lawrence StarfieldLawrence starfield

Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Day 1 Plenary Speaker
Next Generation Compliance

Lawrence will talk about his experiences implementing the US EPA’s Next Generation Compliance program. This exciting field combines technological innovation and new approaches to regulatory design and implementation. When successfully applied, NextGen programs increase compliance by designing regulations that are easy to understand and follow, improving monitoring and detection capabilities and supporting more robust communication between regulators, the public and the regulated community. Be inspired as Lawrence delves into the challenges and benefits of NextGen Compliance, and discusses the potential for a new wave of innovative problem solving.

Larry Starfield is the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) in Washington, DC.  OECA’s mission is to improve the environment and protect public health by ensuring compliance with the nation’s environmental laws.  Mr. Starfield serves as the senior career official for OECA responsible for managing the day to day operations of the nation’s environmental enforcement program, with approximately 3,000 environmental professionals and an annual budget of more than $550 million.  

Mr. Starfield has more than thirty years of experience in the environmental field.  From 2001 to 2011, he served as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, where he was responsible for the management of the 850-person regional office in Dallas, Texas.  During his tenure, the Region oversaw issues under all environmental statutes, including those arising in response to the Shuttle Columbia disaster, Hurricane Katrina, and the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  

From 1997-2001, Mr. Starfield served as the Regional Counsel for Region 6 where he managed an office of 60 lawyers that provided legal advice to the Regional Administrator and Region 6 program offices regarding the interpretation and implementation of federal environmental laws.  Before joining Region 6, Mr. Starfield spent ten years with EPA's Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., where he served as an attorney-advisor, Assistant General Counsel for RCRA, and Acting Associate General Counsel for Solid Waste and Emergency Response.   

Before coming to EPA, he worked in Paris, France, from 1985 to 1987 as the correspondent for the Bureau of National Affairs on French environmental issues.  From 1981 through 1985, he was an Associate with the law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, in Washington, D.C., where he worked on environmental and energy issues.  Prior to that, he clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware.  

He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and Yale Law School.


Stefan HajkowiczDr-Stefan-Hajkowicz-Square-174x174

Principal Scientist, Strategy and Foresight, CSIRO

Day 1 Opening Speaker
Global Megatrends: Impacts on Government 

Since 2009 Australia’s national science agency CSIRO has been analysing future trends that will reshape the landscape for government, business and society in the coming twenty years. This thinking is now captured in a book titled “Global Megatrends” that will be on the shelves in May 2015 through CSIRO Publishing. A megatrend occurs at the intersection of numerous trends and is a deep-set and profound trajectory of change capable of shifting existing paradigms. The megatrends presented in the book capture the shifting world economy driven by rapid income growth in the developing Asia region; the global challenges of food, water, energy and mineral security in light of escalating demand; healthcare challenges; the ageing population; accelerating technological advancement and the rising preferences consumers have for experiential goods as opposed to material goods. All this points to a world with huge challenges and huge opportunities.

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is a principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at CSIRO – Australia’s national science agency. He has devoted his career to helping governments, companies and communities comprehend patterns of change so they can make wiser choices and secure better futures.

Stefan’s academic background is in geography, economics and decision theory. He was recently appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Strategic Foresight Community – a group of 32 strategy and foresight experts meeting annually in New York to share ideas about the future of the world.

Stefan is widely published in the scientific literature and his new book titled “Global Megatrends” is available for order now through CSIRO Publishing. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England. He lives in Brisbane and is both a keen supporter and active participant in the city’s rapidly growing knowledge and creative economy.


LOCAL speakers


Anne SheehanAnne Sheehan 2092 Small

Assistant Secretary, Office of International Law, Attorney General's Department

Day 2 Plenary Speaker
Australia’s Whaling Case Against Japan in the International Court of Justice

On 31 May 2010, Australia commenced proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seeking a declaration that Japan’s whaling program in the Southern Ocean (known as JARPA II) was unlawful under international law. In particular, Australia argued that the program was unlawful under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) as it was commercial whaling and not scientific as alleged by Japan.  The ICJ handed down its decision in March 2014 and concluded that Japan’s killing of whales under JARPA II could not be justified under the ICRW as for the purposes of scientific research.  The Court ordered that Japan revoke all special permits granted under JARPA II and that Japan refrain from granting any further permits in the future under JARPA II.  The presentation will focus on some of the practical aspects and experiences from running the case. 

Anne Sheehan is Assistant Secretary in the Office of International Law, Attorney-General’s Department. Anne has worked in the Office since 2005 during which time she has worked on a range of matters, including law of the sea, international humanitarian law, human rights law and trade law.  Anne also worked on Australia’s International Court of Justice case against Japan in relation to whaling.  Prior to commencing in the Attorney-General’s Department, Anne worked in the international agreements section of the Department of Defence and has also held positions in the United Kingdom’s Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and worked as a visiting fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Anne has a Master of Laws specialising in maritime law from the University of Queensland. 

Christian RichterChristian Richter

Program Manager, CSIRO

Day 1 Plenary Speaker
Practical applications of Zebedee 3D hand held laser mapping devices

Christian Richter is a research project and program manager at the CSIRO with a passion to address tough business challenges via latest research outcomes and products. He holds a computer science degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany, and a Master of Business Administration (exec.) from the UNSW Business School (AGSM). His career spans across science and industry organizations such as Robert Bosch Research in North America and IBM in Ireland.  Since joining CSIRO in 2009, he led multiple cross-divisional research projects with up to 20 scientists in the area of low-powered Internet-of-Things. He currently leads the commercialisation and product development of CSIRO’s laser scanning system with GeoSLAM, a UK based joint venture of CSIRO and 3D Laser Mapping.

Jackie eignerJEigner

Manager, Wildlife and Environmental Crime Team, Australian Crime Commission

Day 2 Panel Discussion
Open Source Information: Uses in Compliance and Enforcement

Jackie is the Manager of the Australian Crime Commission’s Wildlife and Environmental Crime Team. She has worked in the Australian law enforcement environment for nearly thirteen years in both the strategic and operational intelligence streams. She is an adjunct lecturer with the Australian Graduate School Of Policing And Security (Charles Sturt University) and a member of Directing Staff for the National Strategic Intelligence Course and the Victorian Strategic Analysis Course. She holds a Masters Degree in Criminology and Bachelors Degree in Sociology


Head of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Sciences
Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (QLD)

Day 2 Plenary Speaker
Science Supporting Innovative Regulation

Innovative science and knowledge is critical for supporting effective environmental regulation. Without accurate causative information the regulatory environment can be either excessive and onerous to business development or inadequate to protect environmental outcomes, including human health. Rigorous information is needed to support the Queensland Government approach to licencing for outcomes, including the investigation and prosecution of court cases. Improved information management systems have streamlined compliance activities and a focus on outcome based licencing has led to greater forward planning for the placement of industries. Increasingly, with the community focus on pollution impacts, state scientists are required to engage more with the community on monitoring approaches and communicate their results to a broader community base.

Innovative science and knowledge is critical for supporting effective environmental regulation. Without accurate causative information the regulatory environment can be either excessive and onerous to business development or inadequate to protect environmental outcomes, including human health. Rigorous information is needed to support the Queensland Government approach to licencing for outcomes, including the investigation and prosecution of court cases. Improved information management systems have streamlined compliance activities and a focus on outcome based licencing has led to greater forward planning for the placement of industries. Increasingly, with the community focus on pollution impacts, state scientists are required to engage more with the community on monitoring approaches and communicate their results to a broader community base.

Julie Nielsen

Senior Director, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Day 2 Plenary Speaker
Rewarding Performance within a Regulatory Framework

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland uses a range of strategies to respond to the performance of Queensland employers. As well as the traditional range of sanctions and enforcement tools, WHSQ is exploring ways to work collaboratively with workplaces and to reward and recognise those who perform well. Julie Nielsen will describe some of WHSQ’s experiences and learnings when it comes to rewarding good behaviour.

SGT Kylie Blumson

Forensic Photographer, Photographic Section, Queensland Police Service

Day 2 Plenary Speaker
Practical applications of Zebedee 3D hand held laser mapping devices

Since December 2013, we have been operating the ZEB1 handheld scanner within our forensic policing environment. We have completed more than 100 jobs primarily at crime scenes but also for intelligence, major events and training purposes. The ZEB1 system allows forensic police the ability to record the scene quickly without contamination or disturbance to the scene, which are imperative components of good crime scene management. We can provide measurements to our clients as well as an important visual tool for operations and court briefs. Our current product is a 2d plan but we can see an important opportunity in the future to produce 3d models, fly-throughs/simulation, 3d prints and the utilisation of new emerging 3d technologies. The combination of these 3d opportunities, photographic imagery and aerial video/photography (UAVs) will provide QPS the best technology and forensic innovation within the policing environment for the future.  

A/Senior Sergeant Kylie Blumson has performed duty in the Forensic Services Group of the Queensland Police Service for 7 years whilst being in the job for 12 years. As a Forensic Photographer, she is currently involved with the recording of crime scene investigations and the production of forensic visual imaging. She is currently a member of EESAG (Electronic Evidence Special Advisory Group) and IAFSM (International Association of Forensic and Security Metrology).   With a Bachelor of Design (3d), she has lead the research and implementation of 3d scanning technologies for the QPS, including the CSIRO ZEB1 scanner. This new technology has allowed the QPS to gather pertinent cloud point data at a crime scene or related job and provide various specialist areas and investigators with accurate visual imagery.   Kylie has led the research and development in the use of short-range scanners for the recording of forensic items such as bones and shoe sole impressions. She has participated in national Forensic Science workshops and forums on terrestrial scanning and 3d printing and engaged with medical sciences in this field. She sees the future of 3d scanning, rendering and printing as a key element for this rapidly growing industry especially within the law enforcement environment.   Kylie lives in Brisbane with her 10 year old son and enjoys the thriving outdoor activities, creative industries and cultural communities the sunshine state delivers so well.  

Simon KellyS KELLY 3

Director Media and Public Affairs, Queensland Police Service

Day 2 Plenary Speaker
Social Media Case Study: QLD Police

Simon Kelly works for the Public Safety Business Agency in the role of Director Media and Public Affairs for the Queensland Police Service. He manages the 24/7 media unit in addition to the public affairs and digital media teams. Their work includes management of the QPS social media channels encompassing the myPolice blog network that covers the entire state and the Facebook page which has one of the largest followings in law enforcement worldwide.