Keynote Speakers

Phillip Darnton

Phillip spent most of his career with Unilever plc, the Anglo-Dutch multi-national, in marketing and general management positions. Successively he was President of Lever Brothers, Canada; Managing Director of Unilever's $1 billion business in Brazil, and adviser to the Unilever Board on global strategy.

He then joined the main Board of Reckitt and Colman as Director of Global Marketing. Since 2000, Phillip has been involved in the world of cycling, initially as Chairman and Chief Executive of Raleigh and then as a member of the National Cycling Strategy Board. From 2005, until its abolition, he was Chair of Cycling England.

Phillip is the Executive Director of the Bicycle Association; Chair of the Department for Transport's Cycle Rail Working Group, and of the Association of Bikeability Schemes, among other cycling interests. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to cycling.

Steve Hoyt-McBeth

Steve Hoyt-McBeth is a program manager at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Steve oversees Portland's Bike Share, Business Outreach, Bike Parking, and Street Seats programs. He manages the BIKETOWN bike share project, recognised in North America for its innovations. Steve has spent the last 20 years assisting local governments and community groups to develop sustainable programs and policies relating to transportation, land use, and energy. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

Hamish Mackie

Hamish is co-director of Mackie Research and has 20-years of research and consultancy experience in various areas of human factors and ergonomics, with the last eleven spent mostly in the transport sector. All of Hamish's work has the underlying theme of 'human centered systems' and he has a particular focus on road safety and active travel. Recently, with a range of collaborators, Hamish has been active in several cycling related projects including the development of the Cycling Safety Panel recommendations, Future Streets, investigating better methods for understanding cycling crashes, identifying institutional barriers to better streets, footpath cycling and the re-development of New Zealand's cycling education system.

Jenn Graham

Jenn Graham works with leaders to design a more inclusive world. She is the founder of Aha! Strategy, an award-winning Atlanta-based social innovation design firm, that blends business strategy, behavior change theory, the art of storytelling and the power of design to build issue-based campaigns and interventions that drive positive social change. Jenn is also co-founder and CEO of Civic Dinners, a civic engagement platform designed to bring diverse voices to the table around conversations that matter. 

Her work has received recognition from President Obama, The White House, The Atlantic, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing, Atlanta Business Chronicle, American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute and the Public Relations Society of America. In 2016, Jenn was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 40 under 40, graduated from the Regional Leadership Institute Class of 2016 and is a 2017 New Leaders Council Atlanta Fellow.

Through her work, Jenn has helped raise the Millennial voice by leading the Atlanta Regional Commission's Millennial Advisory Panel and helped pass a $2.5 Billion referendum for public transportation. In partnership with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Jenn helped raise the visibility of bicycling in Atlanta by rebranding and reorganizing Atlanta Streets Alive, now the largest open streets event in the country. She's led the brand strategy, communications and community engagement for Get Georgia Reading and Talk With Me Baby, two coalitions collaborating to bridge the 30 million word gap and make sure all kids in Georgia can read proficiently by the end of third grade.


Prof Chris Rissel

Chris Rissel is Director of the NSW Office of Preventive Health and Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney. The NSW Office of Preventive Health focuses on childhood and adult obesity prevention. He developed the NSW Charter for Children's Active Travel, and a set of NSW government resources to support the Charter. The adult obesity focus is through the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service, and Get Healthy at Work. He has over 30 years' experience in all aspects of health promotion practice and research.

He has a strong record of published research in the area of active travel and cycling, and is one of the authors of the national report 'Cycling: Getting Australia Moving'. He has completed a three-year grant to promote increased use of cyclepaths in south-west Sydney – 'Cycling Connecting Communities'. He was an Investigator with the Safer Cycling Study, and recently evaluated new cycling infrastructure in the City of Sydney for the Sydney Travel and Health Study. He is an advocate for active travel, and likes to spend his holidays bicycle touring.


Prof Simon Kingham

Originally from the UK Simon moved to Christchurch in 2000 where he has lived since. He is a professor of geography at the University of Canterbury where he also directs the Geohealth Laboratory and the Geospatial Research Institute. He has 25 years research experience in a range of research areas related to urban environment and health and has published nearly 100 peer reviewed papers. Until recently sat on Canterbury's Regional Transport Committee and was part of Greater Christchurch's Urban Development Strategy Forum. He is a regular bicycle commuter.


Roger Wigglesworth

Roger Wigglesworth is a Director in the Tourism, Sectors, Regions and Cities Team in the Labour, Science and Enterprise Branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The focus of his current work is advising on tourism and major events issues, including business events attraction, the development of New Zealand's convention centre infrastructure, and Nga Haerenga : The New Zealand Cycle Trail.

Roger has worked in both the private and public sectors. He has held HR and organisational development positions and undertaken a variety of national and international economic development-related public policy roles.