IAP2A Strategic Plan to 30 June 2020

IAP2 Australasia Annual Report 2016 - 2017

IAP2 Australasia Constitution


Our Board

Donna Marshall (Chair)
Donna is Director, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement with Aurecon. An IAP2 member since 2004, Donna has over 20 years' engagement consulting experience in the civil, property and resource sectors and has completed over 300 engagement projects of varying size in QLD, NSW, VIC and WA. A Committee Member with Consult Australia and co-author of the "Valuing Better Engagement". 2005, 2007, 2011 IAP2 Core Values Regional and National Awards recipient and 2012 IAP2 Australasia Project of the Year winner for the Murrindindi Shire Bushfire Memorials. Donna's term commenced October 2015 and expire in October 2019.

Mandi Davidson (Deputy Chair)
Mandi is a Senior Executive with RPS, an international consultancy providing world-class, local solutions in energy, mining, infrastructure, urban growth and natural resource management. For the past 10 years, Mandi has led communications and community and stakeholder engagement for complex urban renewal, water and transport projects for the State Government in Victoria. Mandi holds a Masters in Commercial Law and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and has worked with government and not-for-profit boards. She is interested in advancing the professionalism of engagement and the profile of IAP2 in Australia and internationally. Mandi's term commenced October 2014 will expire October 2020. Mandi is also a member of the IAP2 international Board.
Helen Christensen
Helen started her community engagement life in local government 11 years ago. Since then she's worked in community engagement roles in three councils in Queensland and Victoria as well as a consultancy. She is currently an Associate at the Institute of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Technology Sydney where she is also a PhD candidate looking at the professionalisation of community engagement in local government. Helen is also a trainer with IAP2 Australasia where she delivers the Certificate in Engagement program. Helen's term commenced October 2016 and will expire October 2019.

Kylie Cochrane
Kylie is an industry influencer with more than 25 years' experience in community and stakeholder engagement, strategic communication and issues management. She is passionate about engagement and committed to promoting the professionalism of engagement practice. She loves working on challenging engagement projects and brings direct proven understanding and experience on key infrastructure projects with significant community outrage. Kylie also brings vast experience in the resources, energy, and community development sectors. She has had the privilege of serving on the Board since 2013 and chaired the Governance and Finance Committee in FY15. She helped reshape the IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards, she introduced more governance and rigour to IAP2 Australasia and she helped ensure IAP2 Australasia was profitable. Kylie is also the Presiding Member of IAP2 International. Kylie's term commenced in October 2015 and will expire in October 2018.

Leanne Hartill
Leanne has been an IAP2 member since 2007, Australasian Board Director from 2011, Chair from 2014 - 2017 and previously Regional Coordinator for WA. She is the Manager of Neighbourhood Development and Customer Relations at City of Melville in WA with responsibility for stakeholder engagement, community development and funding, customer service and management of three Community Centres. During her 35 years in both state and local government she has worked in areas of social justice, legislative and policy development, corporate communications, project management and community development and engagement. She bring these skills and knowledge to the IAP2 Australasian Board with a commitment to support membership growth and value, and strengthen recognition of engagement practice as a profession. Leanne's term commenced in October 2014 and will expire in October 2018.
Margaret Harvie
Margaret has advocated for the recognition of the practice of community and stakeholder engagement as an IAP2 member since 2000 and an IAP2 accredited trainer since 2008. She actively engages communities through environmental impact assessment, design, construction and policy development including assisting through times of controversy. She is an Associate for the University of Technology Sydney - Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Before establishing PlanCom Consulting she led engagement teams for SKM (now Jacobs) and GHD. One of her most interesting current projects is providing support to the development of guidelines for the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to improve community engagement in Environmental Impact Assessment. She has been involved in rail, road, ports, dams, power stations, wind farms, paper mills, waste facilities, sewage treatment plants, correctional facilities, substations and power lines. Margaret's term commenced in October 2015 and will expire in October 2018.

Kate Henderson
Kate is currently a Learning Lead and Facilitator for the consultancy, MosaicLab, who specialise in deliberative democracy and facilitation. Kate has been a long-standing member of IAP2 Australasia through her community engagement roles in state government (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) and local government (City of Melbourne) and now with MosaicLab. Whilst at the City of Melbourne, the organisation won several IAP2 awards, including Australasian and International Organisation of the Year 2014. In 2015, she was a judge for the Australasian IAP2 Core Values Awards. Kate’s specialises deliberative engagement, specifically citizens’ juries and she has worked on juries on climate change, water pricing, obesity, 10 year plans (in Victoria) and nuclear waste storage (South Australia). Kate's term commenced in October 2016 and will expire October 2019. 

Allen Rodwell
Allen has worked in stakeholder and community engagement for nearly 10 years and has been an active member of IAP2 since 2009. Throughout his career, he has led engagement programs to support the planning, design and delivery of major transport, infrastructure, water, building and development projects in Australia and overseas. Allen has been involved in a number of award winning projects and is passionate about raising the profile of stakeholder and community engagement within other industries. He is currently Communication & Stakeholder Manager with John Holland and oversees the delivery of community and stakeholder engagement programs on projects located in NSW and ACT. Allen's term commenced in October 2017 and will expire October 2020.

Jo Wilkins
Coming to the profession from a town planning background, Jo has been a member of IAP2 Australasia since 2011. Currently, Jo works as a Stakeholder Engagement Consultant for Stantec, based in Auckland. Previously she worked at Auckland Council and finds that having private and public sector experience helps to see all sides of the engagement journey. Jo is actively involved in running the Auckland IAP2 network. She is passionate about the changing dynamics of the profession and sees how organisations are placing more value on quality, timely engagement. Through a strong professional body, we are all part of delivering this value. Jo's term commenced in October 2017 and will expire October 2020.

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