Speaker and Panellist:
Monica Das .
Beyond Blue Speaker
Monica Das is a young professional who has worked in both Commonwealth and State public services on issues such fiscal policy, foreign investment and Common-wealth-State relations.
Monica is a volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue, a national organisation that works to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma and encourage people to get help.
Monica became a Beyond Blue speaker because she wants to share her personal experience with mental illness to give hope to those who may be suffering and to encourage others to start a conversation about it with their friends and family.
Monica’s interests include travelling and enjoying good food with friends and family.
Crosbie Lorimer says he’s middle aged, which is quite a stretch, given he’s in his mid-sixties! For 40 of those years he’s worked under the CLOUSTON banner, first in England and since 1989 in Sydney. Rarely described as a quick learner he is however persistent and so finally completed his company trajectory from Graduate in 1978 to Managing Director in 2016. Foremost of his interests when he’s not working is sailing, but he also plays poor social tennis with his wife, draws and paints, swapped playing violin for an Irish tin whistle and most unforgivably found lycra and road bikes in his mid-fifties! Like many he’s had some mental health challenges along the way, but his treatment and recovery some time back led him to decide he needed to give back on these issues. He has subsequently been a Speaker for Beyond Blue for the last six years.
Grace is a passionate Landscape Architect working in the profession for to 20 years, driven by the work we do in enhancing the environment as well as the livelihoods and wellbeing of people and communities. She has worked across many different work environments; internationally, locally, and in private practices, government, large multidisciplinary and small studios, which has provided her with a good sense of the spectrum of work pressures that we as landscape architects are exposed to, as well as ways that practices mitigate them. Having experienced these pressures first hand, as well as working in management roles, she understands the importance of supporting individuals to ensure their wellbeing, and providing an environment for them to flourish. Grace currently works as a Senior Associate at ASPECT Studios.
Tessa is a Registered Landscape Architect who balances work and managing life with an energetic toddler. She finds joy in creating beautiful, comfortable and meaningful places, and bringing inquisitive minds together to improve urban liveability. Recognising the impacts of personal anxieties on her work, Tessa sought help. She is keen to set an example for her son, helping him to understand “big feelings”, explore the natural environment and be kind to others, particularly his cat. Tessa is an Associate Landscape Architect at OCULUS, Sydney.
Sacha is a globally renowned design leader with a record of excellence in creating projects of transformational change. His projects aim to delight and embody a positivity which challenges a ‘business as usual’ approach.
Sacha is a collaborator who delivers innovative design within a social framework, reinforcing the role that cities can play in creating economic, social and creative opportunity. Through his work, Sacha promotes uplifting quality of life, encouraging social equity and elevating the human spirit through design. Recognised as one of the top 30 Landscape Architects operating globally, Sacha advocates for design excellence, environmental resilience, and civic delight. Sacha is currently a Director, Design and Strategy at ASPECT Studios.