Shari Davis is responsible for the strategic development and management of The Participatory Budget Project’s (PBP) network-building work and for launching new high impact participatory budgeting processes. As Director of Youth Engagement and Employment for the City of Boston she launched Youth Lead the Change, the first youth participatory budgeting process in the US, which won the US Conference of Mayors’ City Livability Award.
Shari first got involved in city government in high school, serving as the Citywide Neighborhood Safety Coordinator on the Boston Mayor’s Youth Council and working at the Mayor’s Youthline. Shari is a graduate of Boston University’s Sargent College for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and holds a Master’s degree in anatomy and physiology.
Simon Burall is the Director of Involve. He has long and extensive experience in the fields of democratic reform, governance, public participation, stakeholder engagement, and accountability and transparency. He has worked at the national level in Africa, Asia and Europe as well as on related issues of global governance and democracy.
Simon is also Head of Dialogue at the ScienceWise Expert Resource Centre and a Fellow WWF UK. He has recently finished his term as Chair of Democratic Audit.
Before moving to Involve, Simon was a Research Fellow at Overseas Development Institue from 2006 – 2009. His interests included stakeholder engagement in the reform of the international aid delivery system and how to make development finance more effective. From 1999 – 2005 he was the Executive Director of the One World Trust where he initiated and oversaw the development of the influential Global Accountability Index.
Simon has taught both science and English in Namibia and Zimbabwe and was an election monitor in Bosnia Herzegovina after the Dayton Agreement.
Maree is the founding CEO of the Open Data Institute Queensland (ODI Queensland). Globally it is the ODI’s mission to connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data. ODI Queensland, now in its second year, is already recognised not just within Queensland, but nationally and internationally, as a leader in bringing business, industry, academia and government together to utilise government data as a strategic resource.
Aldi has 19 years of professional experience in various fields of sustainable development. He has worked with international development organizations, such as UNDP, national and international consulting firms, such as Townland, Golder Associates and ERM, and currently with Medco Energi International, a multi-national energy company from Indonesia. From 2010 to 2013, he led over 10 core multi-talented and skilled teams in managing a broad range of projects up to 2 million USD. And in 2013, he developed a new Integrated Social & Environmental Sustainability division, where he led the integration of (E&S) performance standards to comply with the equator principles (EP) 3rd version & IFC Performance Standards (PS) 2012 for two major Gas Development Projects.
Aldi's passion in public participation began with his work with UNDP in 1999-2004. In 2005, he won the World Bank Indonesia award for Development Marketplace in the "Corporate-Community-Village government" engagement category for a rural development program in East Kalimantan which used a multi-stakeholder engagement model.
He has published several articles and technical papers released for national and international media and conferences, such as at the 32nd and 33rd Annual Conference of Indonesia Petroleum Association (IPA) in Indonesia and the International Association for Public Participation. In 2011, Aldi led the development of the IAP2 Affiliate in Indonesia.
Alex is the Community Engagement Coordinator of Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA). In this role he provides advocacy for clients, carers and the wider community, and establishes systems that facilitate and support meaningful engagement and participation. Alex brings to his current role experience as a service user, volunteer, clinician and project manager, in metropolitan, rural and remote locations of South Australia.
Amanda is the founder and Managing Director of Articulous. Amanda is an award-winning communications and engagement professional who has made a career out of tackling difficult projects across the country. A passionate and experienced communicator, she has worked with some of the country’s largest organisations and government organisations nationally. She is a sought-after issues and crisis advisor, especially for major corporations. A former journalist, Amanda is a communications strategist with skills in community and stakeholder engagement, media relations, corporate communication and training.
Anna Morath is a City of Melbourne Community Engagement Officer. An engagement practitioner, Anna has worked in community engagement in local government for five years, using both traditional and digital methods to collaborate with the community. She has presented and facilitated on the use of digital engagement tools and platforms to internal groups and at conferences and workshops across Australia.
Anthony is the Founder and Director of CrowdSpot, which specialises in map-based community engagement services. He is an established urban planner with Local Government experience at the City of Port Phillip. With a passion for community engagement he previously led Australia’s Ride to Work program to record participation levels and is often exploring new ways to use technology to help solve urban planning problems. Anthony holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne and is also a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
At this Lunch n’ Learn, Anthony will discuss the success and power of the BikeSpot project, a collaboration in Partnership with VicRoads, 12 Victorian Local Councils, and 16 Community Groups, which received over 8,000 public submissions.
Birgit is a senior community engagement and urban planning professional with extensive experience working across planning, development, infrastructure, housing and environment projects.
Birgit’s strategic advice, in-depth knowledge of engagement practice and extensive experience adds value to all projects. She is a highly experienced facilitator and stakeholder engagement practitioner, specialising in engagement process, design and implementation to ensure that ‘all the voices’ participate. Her down to earth style is refreshing and effective and she is able to establish relationships, recognise strategic nuances and design useful approaches that are respectful, effective and practical.
Capire - Amy Hubbard, Agata Chmielewski and Niamh Moynihan
Capire Consulting Group use a lens of diversity, inclusion and accessibility to maximise the social benefit on all their projects. At this year’s IAP2 Australasia Conference, Capire’s Amy Hubbard, Agata Chmielewski and Niamh Moynihan will be bringing their diverse experiences in engagement and urban planning to explore how the hard-to-reach see and perceive urban spaces and places, and how to create opportunities for their active participation. The three presenters all have their own unique styles and energy, and together they have worked on some of the most complex engagement projects in Melbourne and beyond.
Dr Cathy Oke
Dr Cathy Oke has over 20 years' experience in the sustainability sector. Cathy is the Knowledge Broker for the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, (CAUL) part of the National Environmental Science Programme, based at University of Melbourne. She works with CAUL's Indigenous Advisory Group to implement the Indigenous Engagement and Participation Strategy. Cathy has also been a Councillor at the City of Melbourne since 2008. At ICLEI, Cathy is chair of the Regional Committee of ICLEI Oceania, a member of the Global Executive Committee, and Biodiverse Cities portfolio holder. Cathy is a founding board member of TippingPoint Australia.
Chad thrives on the challenge of bringing a citizen voice or choice to decision-making. He has ten years experience convening, designing and facilitating deliberative processes. Chad proudly has two iap2 awards one in the enhanced decision-making category and one in the health category as well as a highly commended in the capacity building category. Chad believes deliberative engagements such as the jury focussed on in this session can be strategic dialogue points for governments, agencies and communities. He continues to be frustrated by the lack of connection between researchers and practitioners, which is why in addition to his consultancy he has spent time working in local governments, public health, health systems strengthening, community development and yes of course research. He has published and presented on all of these areas as well as the applied use of systems methodologies.
Claire is responsible for managing Community Relations at LandCorp.
This includes overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation’s stakeholder and community engagement approach across urban regeneration projects; regional development initiatives and industrial precincts. With an impressive twenty year history in stakeholder management, she has hands on involvement across a wide range of corporate and community relationships.
Her experience in strategic planning, change management and business planning are tried and tested across the resources, not-for-profit, public utilities and government sectors. With a passion for corporate social responsibility, Claire is always looking for opportunities to lead and effect social change, both with internal and external stakeholders. A well-developed work ethic and ability to motivate others ensures her contribution to understanding and addressing community needs is supported and effective.
Above all, Claire believes in the power of humour and honesty in negotiating mutually beneficial community outcomes.
Clem is a Mirning man whose traditional land is Undiri (also known as the Nullarbor Plain) in the far west of South Australia and over the border into Western Australia. He has been involved in increasing the level of protection of the South Australian section through advocating for the Nullarbor Wilderness Protection Area. He was a member of the Great Australian Bight Marine Park Consultative Committee and a founding member of the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation Board. As the Deputy Chair of the Nullarbor Parks Advisory Committee he is facilitating the co-management of the Nullarbor Parks as a Traditional Owner working with government to manage the parks using traditional knowledge and contemporary park management techniques.
Dan has had a successful and diverse career working in both the not-for-profit and government sector, with a common theme of working with people and a focus in the areas of citizen and stakeholder engagement, community development and education. Dan is passionate about developing a culture of effective community engagement to enhance decision-making processes and continues to utilise his skills, experiences and practical knowledge to achieve cultural change and dramatically improve the way organisations engage with their communities.
With significant experience in the planning and delivery of many engagement strategies across a wide range of subject areas, his current position at the Department of Premier and Cabinet SA provides a unique opportunity to expand and showcase his leadership skills to help drive the Premiers’ Reforming Democracy agenda across state government.
Don has worked in community engagement, public affairs and corporate communications for 15 years, currently bringing his experience to the role of Operations Manager at Bang the Table
Bang the Table became a home for Don because it is more than a software company. At the business’ heart is a community engagement pedigree that is shared by all of their staff. Bang the Table aim to do more than just provide leading software, but to advance the practice of community engagement overall.
The team at Bang the Table look for inspiration for how to grow and develop the practice of community engagement through looking to other industries for inspiration. Don brings perspectives from his varied education, including psychology, sociology, philosophy, business and in this case the world of statistics and data analysis to advance the practice of community engagement.
With over 15 years of experience in the community sector, including 9 in Local Government, Heather Chaffey has developed a keen focus on place-based disadvantage, innovation and leadership. Heather currently leads a dynamic and multidisciplinary team whose program is anchored by social justice and driven by collaborative action in neighbourhoods affected by geographic disadvantage. Heather is a passionate advocate for Western Sydney.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Charles Sturt University) and a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership (University of Technology Sydney). In 2016 Heather is taking part in Sydney Leadership; a program by Sydney Leadership Australia, the Benevolent Society.
An independent consultant from Western Australia, Dr Helen Grzyb has worked for twenty years as an engagement and governance specialist with an increasing focus on engagement reviews. Prior to this she had 25 years’ experience in Federal and State governments up to and including executive government. With award winning research on self-directed change and on business/community partnerships, Helen is sought after for her contribution in working with individuals, organisations and communities in an empowering change management model.
As the Leader for Engagement in the Department of State Development I place a strong emphasis on a values based approach to engaging, leadership and delivery. I see genuine engagement as the foundation for all successful outcomes.
I am a father on two teenaged children and a passionate cyclist with over 23 years’ experience engaging, listening and working with Aboriginal people across Australia in land management and economic participation. I also enjoy working outside and within government engaging at all levels on policy matters, programs and strategic initiatives.
Within the Department of State Development we have created a complete culture change approach to stakeholder engagement. In two years we have developed an online engagement library equiped with tools, techniques, web links, resources and a world first online engagement template. This is coupled with IAP2 training over 100 staff across the department and our own internal Ninja engagement network to collaborate and support each other on projects and programs.
In the past four years I have led two across government 90 day change projects, the first bringing together a senior high level group of engagement practitioners to collaborate, share resources and network to build the SA government knowledge base. The second to evolve the thinking and policy change for creating employment opportunities in the APY lands by combining contract tenders to engage Anangu in repairs and maintenance contracts on country.
Other engagement activities I am proud to have been involved in include managing Australia first Indigenous Protected Area program in the northern flinders ranges, engaging the traditional owners at James Price Point, Broome, in the economic opportunities regarding the Woodside petroleum gas hub expansion, developing the Strengthening Eyre Peninsula leadership program for community people, and leading a state wide engagement on the development of an Aboriginal Sea Ranger, program. I have also been collaborating internally on the engagement and development of the SA Copper strategy, Magnetite strategy and Northern economic plan for the department of State Development.
Currently I am seconded to the Department of Premier & Cabinet to assist in the establishment of the Consultation and Response Agency for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. Specifically my role is to design and lead South Australia’s largest and most extensive engagement initiative ever undertaken, to allow as many South Australians as possible to participate in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle conversation.
Joel Levin is the Managing Director of Aha! Consulting. Part facilitator, change agent, engagement professional and social researcher, Joel brings a wealth of experience in engagement, facilitation, training and the process of people dealing with change.
Joel works with a diverse range of clients, from grass roots community organisations, to planning, infrastructure, oil and gas and all tiers of government. He is known for his ability to bring simplicity to complex situations and deliver processes that bring people together to have meaningful discussion and align people to purpose.
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Kym came into local government 15 years ago after working in the Forensic sector as a Counsellor. She has worked across the portfolios of community development, corporate planning, community safety, emergency management, young people and currently heads up the Community & Youth Development team at Yarra Ranges Council. The area she keeps returning to is community development and engagement because whilst being the grassroots tier of government, local government still struggles to embrace the empower element of the iAP2 spectrum. Kym’s community development work has resulted in Fire Awareness, Community Safety and local government awards. This project presented a unique opportunity for Yarra Ranges Council to test the waters in deliberative engagement, and with the full backing of Council and the Senior Executive the Yarra Glen People’s Panel was borne.
Leisa is the Director of Leisa Prowse Consulting and an IAP2 Ambassador. With more than 24 years’ experience, and a rare blend of communication and town planning skills, Leisa helps organisations work with their stakeholders and community to explore complex challenges, and to deliver infrastructure and contentious planning projects. She has contributed to more than 190 projects across the country in the transport, resources, energy, water, property and government sectors.
Lila is a community engagement professional with a background in research and international development. Having worked with communities in Malaysia, India, Brazil and Western Sydney, Lila’s practice is focused on community led development, collaboration, and engaging people to lead local change. Since 2015 Lila has been part of Penrith’s Neighbourhood Renewal Program, piloting a resident-led collective impact model called Team Colyton.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies and Culture Change (Macquarie University) Lila is geographically and culturally curious, keenly interested in the lived experiences of place, and how people shape the neighbourhoods they live in.
Lucy is recognised as an industry leader in best practice community engagement and has worked for more than 25 years with government and non-government sectors. She has a flexible, creative and energetic approach to getting results in challenging environments and is skilled at creating and sustaining a supportive environment for all participants to ‘have a say’. Lucy is renowned for her ability to facilitate group processes around contentious issues to secure workable outcomes.
Lucy’s strategic advice, in-depth knowledge of engagement practice and extensive experience adds value to all projects. She is a highly experienced facilitator and stakeholder engagement practitioner, specialising in engagement process, design and implementation to ensure that ‘all the voices’ participate. She has worked on a range of diverse assignments including heading up the communication function on a number of large infrastructure projects being constructed under alliance contracts, participatory processes for policy development, corporate strategic planning, mediation and negotiation for stakeholder disputes, and community planning
For the past decade Lucy has been at the forefront of the growing consultation industry in Australia and has undertaken projects across the country. Lucy led the team that won IAP2 2010 International Best Project Award and the 2010 Australasian Most Innovative Project Award, as well as the 2007 IAP2 Australasia ‘Most Robust Process’ Award. Lucy maintains a keen interest in her industry and has recently been accredited to deliver the new IAP2 Australasia Engagement Essentials Certificate course.
Lyn Carson is a professor in applied politics with the University of Sydney Business School, before that she was a professorial fellow with the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at the University of Western Sydney. Her previous position was academic program director for the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. For over a decade before that she taught in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney on topics relating to public administration, citizen engagement and deliberative democracy.
She has been involved in many projects connected with deliberative democracy either as convenor, facilitator, researcher, designer, overseer or evaluator. These include: Australia's first Consensus Conference, Australia's first two Deliberative Polls, Australia's first Citizens' Parliament, numerous Citizens' Juries and Community Summits and a host of other public engagements related to public policy exploration and improvement at local, state and national levels.
Carson's introduction to formal politics and the challenges of active citizenship began in the early 1990s as a local councillor in Lismore, NSW. Since then she has authored and co-authored books, book chapters, and articles on related topics. She is a director of the newDemocracy Foundation (www.newdemocracy.com.au) and maintains a website www.activedemocracy.net
Maddison Miller is a Darug Woman and archaeologist living in Melbourne.
Maddi graduated from La Trobe University in 2012 and has been working at Heritage Victoria ever since. Maddi has been responsible for recognition of historic Aboriginal places on the Victorian Heritage Register, including the Protectorate and Native Police site Nerre Nerre Warren. Maddi is a member of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria, advocating for Indigenous place making in the built environment. Maddi is also a member of the Indigenous Advisory Group to the Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub of the Australian Governments National Environmental Science Program.
Martin De Los Rios
Martin De Los Rios has a diverse range of experiences and qualifications. He has worked in the social planning, community development and project management fields for the last 11 years. Martin has his own consulting practice and previously worked for local governments and a large global consulting firm. He has had the pleasure of working with people and communities from various cultures. He has two Australian qualifications: a Master of Environment specialising in Development Studies and a Master in Project Management specialising in Social Planning. Martin was initially trained as a Civil Engineer in South America. He has worked for the private and NGO sectors, and different levels of Australian Government in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. He has also worked with South American organisations. Martin has practised the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy for the last seven years and is one of a small number of accredited trainers in Australia.
Dr Matthew Ward
Matthew is Executive Director Conservation & Land Management with the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. This role leads policy, stakeholder relationships and community engagement for joint management, protected area management, threatened species, coastal management, native vegetation and built heritage. Prior to this Matthew was Regional Director for the Alinytjara Wilurara (AW) Natural Resources region and Board, a region which in its entirety is either Aboriginal Freehold Title or protected areas under Co-management Arrangements. Matthew chairs the Nullarbor Parks Co-Management Advisory Committee and Yumbarra Co-Management Boards (a partnership with Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation). He is also a member of the Kanku Breakaways Co-Management Board (a partnership with Antakirinja Mantuntjara Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation) and Mamungari Co-Management Board (a partnership with Maralinga and Pila Nguru). Matthew is interested in exploring the long-term journey and outcome of co-management, ensuring community driven planning mechanisms are and cultural based tourism as well as exploring how traditional practices and knowledge are embedded in contemporary park management.
Max is Principal of Max Hardy Consulting. Max has been a member of IAP2 Australasia since its inception in 1999. He has served in many roles in this time including as Secretary/Treasurer, Licensed Trainer, Master Trainer and Committee Chair. Max specialises in deliberative engagement processes and organisational capacity building across key sectors including; health, environment, infrastructure, science and local government. Max took out the IAP2 Core Values Project of the Year Award in 2007 and 2015 and has presented at numerous conferences and events.
Michael Baranovic is a City of Melbourne Digital Engagement Officer. A social planner, engagement practitioner, photographer and app developer, Michael finds the right digital tools to help the community join in the decision making process. He is particularly interested in the relationship between engagement, user experience and design. Michael has presented on the Participate Melbourne platform development at a number of technology and engagement industry conferences.
Michael Cousins is Chief Executive of the Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc, the peak body for health consumers and health consumer organisations in South Australia. Michael has over 20 years experience in health and community services, government and non-government, first working in the community-based response to HIV/AIDS in the 1990s. The Health Consumers Alliance (HCA) has a focus on consumer and community engagement, policy leadership and systemic advocacy. HCA seeks to position consumers and the community at the heart of health care, and advocates for the development of a consumer centred health system.
Nicola is a senior consultant with fifteen years’ experience in strategic planning and stakeholder liaison. Nicola has project managed a range of complex projects including the creation of a community strategic plan and the design and implementation of multi-strand community engagement strategies on contentious policy issues and major infrastructure projects. In addition to being a skilful group facilitator, Nicola also specialises in delivering a range of corporate communications including annual reports, brochures and newsletters.
Dr Robyn Cochrane
Dr. Robyn Cochrane is Lead Researcher for Cochrane Research Solutions and a part-time Lecturer with Monash Business School, Monash University. Prior to this, Robyn worked extensively in the Victorian local government and vocational education and training sectors delivering research, planning and training outcomes. While recently employed by the City of Kingston, she led a significant community visioning initiative (Living Kingston 2035). Robyn has played key community leadership roles in service, education and sporting organisations and is committed to advancing the practice of community and stakeholder engagement. Dr. Cochrane delivers bespoke sampling and research solutions (online surveying, face-to-face interviewing, intercept/paper-based survey and workshops/forum) to maximise participation and then carefully analyses and reports the findings to inform decision-making practices.
Saras has worked in the UK, Malaysia and Australia in engaging local communities in conservation initiatives. As co-founder of ReefCheck Malaysia she brought tourists, businesses, local communities and government together to survey reefs and develop solutions to improve reef health. She arrived in Australia to manage the Great Australian Bight Marine Park, increasing the involvement and employment of local Aboriginal people in the management of the park. This led her to her current role facilitating the planning for the parks in the Far West of South Australia. By using a collaborative process to develop plans for the jointly managed parks she is supporting Aboriginal communities and government in working together using a blend of traditional and modern knowledge and management techniques so that the Traditional Owners are able to keep their country and culture healthy.
Sharon Zivkovic is an Adjunct Research Associate with the School of Education, University of South Australia. During her doctoral research, Sharon developed a diagnostic tool for addressing complex (wicked) problems that is informed by complexity science. In 2012 a paper describing this tool received the Best Overall Paper Award at the International Social Innovation Research Conference. Sharon and a colleague received the Pank/University of South Australia Prize for Entrepreneurship in 2015 which provided funding to turn the tool into computer software. In 2016 Sharon was selected as a Fresh Scientist in a national science competition for her work using complexity science to address wicked problems. Other roles that Sharon currently holds includes: Lecturer for the University of Adelaide’s Social Entrepreneurship Course, Principal Facilitator at Community Capacity Builders and Cofounder of Wicked Lab.
Taryn Mangelsdorf comes from an irrigated fruit property in Loxton, in the Riverland along the River Murray. She has worked as an Environmental Scientist for the State Government and as an Agribusiness Consultant in the private sector. Taryn has previously been President of South Australian Agricultural Shows Next Generation Group, Chair for National Next Generation and currently sits on the Executive of the Agricultural Societies Council of South Australia.
Tenille is a Community Representative for Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA). In this role, Tenille represents the experiences of a wide range of service users, and has been actively involved in the development and facilitation of many engagement projects since the beginning of 2015. These have included providing training to the workforce, recruiting new workers, sitting on high level strategic committees and providing advice at service planning days.
Dr Wendy Russell
Dr Wendy Russell is director of Double Arrow Consulting, a Canberra business specialising in two-way engagement. She is also an associate of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra and a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University. She is currently conducting research on the impacts of deliberative processes in Australia funded by the newDemocracy Foundation, and teaches a course in Science Dialogue – Theory and Practice at the ANU. She is lead organiser of the Beyond the Vote workshop at Open State, and was previously ACT regional coordinator for IAP2.
Wendy previously worked in the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, managing the Science & Technology Engagement Pathways (STEP) program, which won two Core Values awards (2011 Project of the Year, 2013 regional). Before this, she was senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong, where she researched social aspects of biotechnology, transdisciplinary inquiry, and technology assessment.
Dr Wendy Russell