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Leadership to advance water sensitive urban design

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Leadership to advance water sensitive urban design



André Taylor, International WaterCentre

Guest speaker

Daniel Bennett, City Design and Transport Strategy Manager, Adelaide City Council

Learning objective

Within local government, state agencies and industry, WSUD practitioners strive to achieve best practice integrated water management and WSUD in the delivery of strategic plans, design, approvals and project construction and maintenance. To make the transition to water sensitive communities, organisational WSUD champions need the leadership skills, to ensure a whole of organisation commitment to this objective.

This 2 day course will build the knowledge and skills of current and future WSUD champions to exert influence to effect change either within their own organisation or across organisations.

Who should attend?

Strategic planners, sustainability managers, engineers, planners, natural resources managers or anyone seeking to effect cultural change within their organisation to advance water sensitive urban design.

Course content

  • Introduction to the workshop (e.g. objectives, introductions, principles, etc.).
  • Introduction to leadership (e.g. terminology, fundamental principles, etc.).
  • Self-leadership. It’s important that in any leadership development activity we start here.
  • Transformational leadership. This is a widely applicable style of leadership that can be used when seeking to exert influence without much authority, including cross-boundary leadership.
  • Building personal power. This session will look at strategies to build personal power to enable people to exert influence across boundaries without much authority.
  • Influence tactics, principles and building an influence strategy.
  • Social networking. This is a critical skill set for leading across boundaries
  • Two case studies of cross-boundary water leadership. One would focus on leadership to advance WSUD within a local government authority. Another would focus on driving citywide change.
  • Guest speaker presentation by local WSUD leader, to provide tips / strategies on how to build a shared vision for WSUD application across one’s organisation, and build commitment of key stakeholders – Interactive session.
  • The boundary spanning leadership model. This model is useful for bringing groups of people together who have historically not worked well together (e.g. environment and works departments in traditional local government structures)

Core competencies attained

  • To provide an opportunity for participants to review and reflect on own leadership strengths and weaknesses, and identify opportunities to build new knowledge and skills, and apply new approaches to leadership.
  • To enhance the ability of participants to exert influence their within own organisations to build shared visions and strengthen organisational commitment to WSUD principles within: organisational strategy; planning policy; development assessment/project viability assessment; and project planning design, construction and maintenance activities.
  • To enhance the ability of participants to exert influence across organisational boundaries and industry sectors on matters of WSUD policy.
  • To enhance the ability of participants to identify and support other internal WSUD leaders.
  • To provide the opportunity for participants to identify specific actions to improve their own leadership performance, as well as design a strategy to advance WSUD within their own organisations / regions.
  • To provide opportunities for participants to reflect and learn from each other.

Learning activities

Plan specific actions to work across participants own organisations/region to build a shared vision for the application of WSUD and to build commitment to collective success.

Delivery method

  • Interactive sessions including a mix of theory and practice
  • Group and individual activities
  • Presentations,
  • a guest speaker.

Learning resources

  • pre-workshop readings reference texts
  • case studies

$550.00  (incl. GST) Water Sensitive SA investment partners (incl. Stormwater SA members)
$825.00  (incl. GST) Others

Speakers’ profiles

Dr André Taylor – Leadership Specialist, International WaterCentre

André is an environmental and social scientist. In 1991 he began working as an environmental manager. In the mid 1990s he specialised in urban water and waterway management. In the mid 2000s he became a specialist in institutional capacity building and leadership development.

He currently works as the International WaterCentre’s (IWC) Leadership Specialist where he leads all of the IWC’s leadership development programs, short courses and masterclasses. He also directs his own consulting business which he established in 2006. He also coordinates and teaches the Leadership in a Complex Environment course within the MBAx program of the University of NSW’s School of Business.

André is currently the Chair of the Research Advisory Subcommittee (Adoption Pathways) for the national Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.

He has previously held positions within Monash University, Ecological Engineering, the WA Water and Rivers Commission, Brisbane City Council, Woodward Clyde, and the Tasmanian Department of Environment.

For more information, see: www.andretaylor.com.au

Daniel Bennett image Daniel Bennett, City Design and Transport Strategy Manager, Adelaide City Council

Daniel is a an award winning registered landscape architect with over 18 years’ experience shaping better projects for our cities.

Daniel’s career commenced in his hometown of Sydney, working across Australia, the United Kingdom and China.  He moved to Adelaide in 2004 and became a Principal of Hassell, leading the landscape architecture and urban design teams for eight years. In 2012 he formed a small practice, DJB_LA Pty Ltd, and lead the urban design for the $2.2b Sydney Light Rail project for Hassell/Arup, and undertook a leading study for the City of Sydney on people and light rail safety as part of George Street’s light rail revolution.

Daniel is currently the City Design and Transport Strategy manager for Adelaide City Council, responsible for the City’s two key policies including Smart Move 2012-2022 (the integrated transport and movement strategy) and the Adelaide Design Manual (the city’s design and green infrastructure framework). His role is to also engage at the highest level with leading State Government agencies across a range of projects.

He is a regular contributor to InDaily, Adelaide’s independent online daily newspaper, as well as a regular contributor to sourceable.com, an industry publication, and 891ABC Adelaide on a range of matters. He is mad for Twitter and uses it for research and sharing ideas.

Daniel is a passionate advocate for the profession, particularly in city shaping initiatives, and of the value of integrated design thinking and strategy.



Belgian Beer Cafe: Oostende – Private Function Room
27-29 Ebenezer Place
Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia
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Registration: 8:15am

21 March - 8:30am
22 March - 5:00pm
Belgian Beer Cafe: Oostende – Private Function Room
27-29 Ebenezer Place

Acknowledgement of Country

Water Sensitive SA acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.