Kate Charters is a Director of Management Solutions (Qld) a professional development and training company with particular focus on regional public policy issues and their implementation.

She is a founding member of Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia, (SEGRA) recognised as the most credible independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia.

Kate is the principal author of the annual SEGRA communiqué “Speaking up for Regional Australia “and co-editor of "Regional Advantage and Innovation: achieving Australia 's national outcomes." Springer, Germany; Kinnear, S. Charters, K. Vitartas, P (Eds.) 2013. Kate has recently been appointed to the Reference Group for the Regional Futures Australia Project being implemented in collaboration between the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the CSIRO. 

With extensive experience at senior levels of government in both service delivery and policy development roles, Kate has a strong interest and understanding of the interaction of government, business, the non-government sector and the community in shaping and responding to public policy agendas.

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Robert Prestipino is a Trusted Authority & Strategic Advisor for Regional Leaders seeking to identify and develop compelling business cases for Catalyst Infrastructure.

He is a qualified Urban Designer, Registered Landscape Architect, corporate member of the Planning Institute of Australia and an Australian Certified Economic Developer and has received national and international awards for his best practice approach to creating better places for people and business.

Robert has been responsible for the development of a number of multi- million dollar catalyst infrastructure projects ranging from mainstreet improvements to integrated town centre projects.

After 30 years of working with urban and regional leaders to develop catalyst infrastructure projects Robert’s advice on project design and business case development is highly regarded resulting in his invitation as the key note presenter at the TEDxGympie on the theme of regional innovation.

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