Keynote Speakers


Lyle Bicknell

Principal Urban Designer, City of Seattle          

Lyle Bicknell is Principal Urban Designer with the City of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development where he promotes urban design excellence throughout the built environment.

He is the City’s urban design lead for large transportation projects, transit oriented neighborhood planning and center city redevelopment initiatives. Lyle is a member of the executive board of Seattle’s Allied Arts and serves on the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Urban Design Forum. As the 2012 Scan|Design Professional Fellow he analysed superior transportation integration and urban design in Scandinavia.

Lyle is an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington’s College of the Built Environments where he received his architectural degree.



Anne O’Neil, P.E., CSEP

Systems Engineering Catalyst and Industry Advisor, Anne O’Neil Consultants
Founding Chief Systems Engineer, MTA New York City Transit                   

Anne O’Neil serves as a committed catalyst for building Systems Engineering capability among global transport and infrastructure sectors.

Founder of Anne O’Neil Consultants [AOC], the firm advises organisations in North America, Europe and Australia seeking to adopt Systems practices and apply Systems Engineering (SE) capability to achieve and improve business outcomes. AOC counsels the increasingly diverse range of transport and infrastructure industries facing complexity and integration challenges.

Anne was the founding Chief Systems Engineer for New York City Transit, North America’s largest transit (metro and bus) network, from 2005-2013. In this role, Anne established and integrated SE capability to improve the agency’s capital project delivery. This required developing Systems Engineering discipline expertise and modifying the agency’s business process and capital program development approach. It also necessitated effecting change and building systems awareness at an industry level – among peer transit properties, consultants, contractors and systems suppliers.

A former Board member for INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering), Anne has actively support SESA (Systems Engineering Society of Australia) since 2015. She has long served as a Systems champion within the transport industry, raising SE awareness as a global speaker and industry thought leader. Engineers Australia profiled her efforts in June 2017 CREATE magazine.

Neil Preston 5 - 2015

Dr. Neil Preston

Director & Founder, PsyOpus   

Dr Neil Preston is an Organisational Psychologist specialising in industrial and organisational psychology. Over the past 15 years Dr Preston has worked for numerous government and private sector organisations. He has also published over 35 international articles in psychology and medical science including in the British Medical Journal, Psychological Medicine and Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Dr Preston’s areas of professional interest include self-organisation, human emergence, and emergent property theory and how these cutting edge technologies can be used to develop collaborative maturity and support organisational peak performance. He was the lead organisational design and alliance team consultant for major infrastructure projects such as the New Perth Bunbury Highway, Mandurah Entrance Road and the Great Eastern Highway Upgrade and has assisted in the selection of over 1 billion dollars worth of alliance contract infrastructure projects by using the Team Synergy Scale to measure high and peak performing teams.


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