Board

Queensland Walks is governed by a Board of community members who volunteer their time to provide strategic direction and advice to support Queensland Walks to achieve its goals.

Our Board members reflect a diverse range of professional expertise and a strong  commitment to achieving the Queensland Walks purpose.

Anetta Van Itallie

Angela Wright

President

Outdoors Queensland

 

Bio

Angela’s work in the recreation sector started in 1980 and has continued to this very day. In 1988 she found her natural habitat in local government. She has been advocating, planning and helping provide for outdoor recreation places, spaces, programs and services for her whole career.

A short stint in Sport and Recreation Services projected Angela into the outdoor recreation policy area where she began working earnestly advancing outdoor recreation policy and strategy at the local and state government level. Angela finished her local government career in 2017 after working for 17 years for Redland City Council in the Environment Management Group and the City Spaces Group (parks, recreation, conservation, open space and sport planning and operations).

During a short retirement Angela continued to run the Nature Play Consultancy Service that she helped set up in 2014/15, as a volunteer. Angela commenced in the position of Program Manager for Nature Play QLD in December 2019, in a world just before Covid19. Angela is a keen walker, passionate about provisions for walking, and joined the Queensland Walks Board in Nov 2020

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Ben Wilson

Secretary 

 

Bio

“Walking for local trips, whether around my suburb or other cities when travelling is a vital part of my day. With the dog in tow, a child or a friend, conversation is easy and pleasurable. And your eyes are open to your world at a pace that you can see things more clearly than any other mode of transport. I really rate all the places I go by the walking experience. Queensland is good but can do better!”

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Craig Bennett

Treasurer

Safe Streets Fraser Coast

 

Bio

Craig is a passionate advocate for safe streets. Based in Hervey Bay, Craig established a local community group, Safe Streets Fraser Coast, to advocate for people walking and cycling, especially children, and to promote sustainable urban design in the region.

Living in a regional community comes with various challenges and Craig seeks to understand and voice regional issues affecting safe streets in a State-wide context. Professionally, Craig is an historian with more than a decade of experience in the field of cultural heritage. This work has allowed him to develop a deeper historical understanding of urban planning and transport systems, and the centrality of walking as the essential and enduring form of mobility. Craig is currently working on a research project examining the history of urban trees and gardens, city design, and municipal identity in Maryborough, one of Queensland’s earliest and most prominent regional cities. Craig dreams that one day our cities and neighbourhoods will be transformed by beautiful gardens and tree-lined streets, community is prioritised over efficiency, and walking is the default way we move. 

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Michelle Wade

General board member

GAICD, Wade Marketing, Curatorial Chocolate

 

Bio

Michelle is a strategic marketing and communications specialist, with 20 years’ experience working in the health, government, education and employment sectors. Michelle is the founder of Wade Marketing and has held senior executive positions within public health and not-for-profit organisations. She feels strongly that environmental factors in our communities are significant levers which can be modified to achieve sustainable improvements population health. She brings specialist knowledge in marketing, brand and communications strategy, digital transformation, multichannel service delivery and customer engagement strategy. Michelle holds a Masters of Commerce, major in Marketing and Human Resources and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Jane Hedger

General board member

Volunteering Queensland, Challenge DV, Stormbirds Organisational Strategy

Bio

Transformation Executive and Board Chair

Jane has a strong background in change management, leadership and transformation. Her extensive experience spans across both government and the not-for-profit sector.Having spent ten years teaching, Jane joined the Queensland Government in 1997. She has since held senior executive positions in Corporate Services, Media & Communications, Customer Experience, Information Technology and Organisational Change across a number of Government departments. In addition her consultancy The Culture Quotient, works with not for profit organisations and their boards on governance, strategy and workforce redesign across Australia and New Zealand. An experienced board member, Jane has a long history of community service and is committed to improving diversity and inclusion. Jane recently travelled to The Netherlands to complete studies in Futurism, and has a strong interest in digital disruption, workforce agility and organisational future-proofing. She believes that volunteering is about giving back to our community in a meaningful and useful manner, and taking the time and skills that we have to assist others who are in need in a way that is respectful and empowering of people and organisations.

Anetta Van Itallie

Anetta Van Itallie

General board member

10,000 Steps

Bio

Anetta is a keen walker from Central Queensland who is passionate about empowering people to look after their health and wellbeing. Anetta has been working with the Physical Activity Research Group at CQUniversity for over 16 years on many projects including the one closest to her heart – 10,000 Steps. Anetta believes there is power in partnerships, working together and acknowledging that everyone has a role to play to continue to improve the health of Queenslanders. True to her nature, she believes in balance and finding fun ways to stay active with her family and friends including walks in national parks, the beach, and around her local community!

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Greg Vann

General board member

Ethos Urban

 

Bio

Director | Brisbane Ethos Urban
BRTP (Hons), BEcon, RPIA, LFPIA

Greg is qualified in planning and economics and has been at the forefront of planning in Queensland for nearly 40 years. He is one of Australia’s best known, respected and widely experienced planners. Greg’s many leadership positions include life fellow and former State President of the Planning Institute of Australia, project director of the new SEQ Regional Plan, chair of the State’s Transit Oriented Development Taskforce and on various government and university advisory groups.

 

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Malcolm Middleton

General board member

Middleton Architect

 

Bio

Architect and urban design consultant, Middleton Architect

Malcom is an architect and urban designer with over 35 years experience in a wide variety of project types including design review for major projects, campus master planning, transportation and infrastructure projects, TOD design, planned residential and mixed use communities, enquiry by design workshops commercial and tourism projects. I am also experienced in the provision of expert witness evidence in the Planning and Environment Court in Queensland.

During his many years of private practice, Malcolm was the project director for the multi-disciplinary and nationally recognised Roma Street Parkland project for the Queensland Government and project director for the multi award winning Hinze Dam Visitor Centre and Parkland.

Malcolm was a former Queensland president of the Property Council of Australia. He has served for over 6 years on the South Bank Design Advisory Panel, two years on the Queensland Heritage Council and for four years on the Development Committee of the Queensland Heritage Council.

Malcolm is a former Awards Director for the AIA in Queensland and has sat on panels for awards assessment across all design and construction industry sectors. He was awarded a Life Fellowship to the Australian Institute of Architects in 2012 and the Order of Australia Medal in 2010.

Malcolm was appointed Queensland Government Architect in July 2011. In the role of Government Architect I Chair of the Board for Urban Places. He is also a member of the Design Development and Integrity Panel of the Brisbane Airport Corporation, a member of the Building and Grounds Senate Committee for the University of Queensland and have participated on panels or as a specialist advisor for many major project assessments

Having just completed a 10 year appointment as the Queensland Government Architect ( 2011-21) Malcolm has returned to my private practice. He will providing design review, masterplanning, strategic urban design and architectural advice for projects and policy positions for both private sector and public sector clients.

 

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Prue Oswin

General board member

Sidelines Traffic

 

Bio

Director/Senior Active Transport Engineer at Sidelines Traffic

Prue is a Registered Professional Engineer specialising in active transport. I conduct projects for state and local governments, and collaborate with other companies to provide specialist input on larger projects. I have the skills, experience and tools to identify where better active transport infrastructure is required and to conceptualise solutions to meet these needs.

I have conducted numerous projects focussing on active transport for children. My work shows strong alignment between Safe System Principles and needs of these users, captured in parental perceived safety surveys. The outcomes of this work have been well received by school communities and lead to major investments in safe, active routes to school.

My balance of design and planning work ensures my knowledge of traditional and emerging treatments is sharp and can be drawn upon when innovative solutions are needed. I have also worked extensively in regional cities and towns which often have different opportunities to major cities.

I have been the principal author of several guidelines for active transport infrastructure including raised priority crossings, providing for pedestrians and cyclists at roadworks and fencing treatments for cycling infrastructure.

As well as my professional experiences in active transport infrastructure, I draw up my previous experiences as a professional endurance triathlete, my experience as a commuter cyclist and as someone with extensive experience caring for children learning to navigate active transport.

I frequently collaborate with other companies or agencies to deliver active transport projects. I also manage and deliver projects through Sidelines Traffic and am an active advocate for implementing facilities that align with Safe System principles and community expectations.

 

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Anna Campbell

Executive Officer 

 

 

Bio

Anna Campbell has been the driving force at Queensland Walks in her capacity as a volunteer, general Executive Committee member and former President. 

Anna is passionate about walking for all people and making urban environments desirable, accessible and inclusive for all walkers so more people will be encouraged to walk. Anna’s experience in local government transport behaviour change programs such as Active School Travel and Travel Choice, and transport planning, physical activity health programs, advocacy and membership-based organisations benefits the growth and awareness of Queensland Walks.

Anna is a keen urban walker, local bush walker, slow runner and bike rider and enjoys free physical activity programs like Park Run, 10,000 Steps and walks with Heart Foundation Walking groups as well as enjoying green space in Queensland.

Anna is not keen on indoor gyms, and would prefer to see a tree or take a stroll with her family and friends and with the dog.