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2021 Director Nominations

IAP2 International Director update

IAP2 Australasia members are responsible for the appointment of directors for IAP2 International in line with changes made two years ago. The IAP2 International board consists of nine Directors with staggered terms. There is one director position becoming vacant for Australasia voting members, this position will be appointed 1 January 2022.

Nominations for IAP2 International Directors were invited in early August, with three nominations received and accepted:

  • Romina Cavallo
  • Julie Boucher
  • Michele Barry

Voting for IAP2 International Director positions are open from 21 September to 4 October 2021.

For information about the candidates, please see below.

IAP2 Australasia members who are eligible to vote will receive a separate email from ElectionBuddy on Tuesday 21 September with a voting link and details on how to view the candidate profiles.

If you do not receive this communication from ElectionBuddy, please check your email junk or spam folder or contact the Returning Officer, Nunzio Giunta at nunzio@iap2.org.au.


IAP2 International Nominees

Romina Cavallo

I have 20 years experience as an engagement practitioner in the planning and government disciplines, with a focus on infrastructure planning and development, social planning and impact assessment and strategic communications and engagement. This experience has been gained through employment in both public and private sectors, dealing with all levels of government, key industry players and a diverse range of communities.

My experience is complemented by graduate and post graduate qualifications, and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I also lecture undergraduate planning students at UNSW, in community and stakeholder engagement.


Julie Boucher

Julie is a Director and co-founder of Just Add Lime, a specialist business advisory consultancy based in New Zealand, and a licensed IAP2 Australasia trainer. Julie is passionate about people being involved in projects, and bringing community values, aspirations and stories into project decision making simply makes projects better.

With over 20 years of experience in engagement in New Zealand and Australia across both the private and public sector including engagement, social impact assessment, planning, and project management she enjoys challenging engagement projects and is a champion for the ongoing professionalisation of engagement.


Michele Barry

I am a strategic engagement and executive leader with 20+ years of experience in various settings, including health, aged and disability settings, government and commercial sectors, with an exemplary track record of building relationships, leading organisational change, transforming operating models, and ensuring service continuity.

I have developed an in-depth understanding of risk management and governance and engagement in a changing environment; Recent projects have involved complex problem solving and critical thinking around service delivery and continuous improvement.

I am passionate about engagement, public participation and true co-design. My clear communication, ability to connect with empathy and rich understanding of change, including impacts and risks, helps me to support organisations to achieve optimal outcomes. I am comfortable working with a range of professional groups, including consumers, various medical professions, academics, politicians and legal professionals.


IAP2 Australasia Director update

Welcome to Melissa Creber who is joining the IAP2 Australasia Board, and congratulations to Joel Levin and Tony Clark for their re-appointment.

As the number of persons accepted as candidates does not exceed the number to be elected, the IAP2 Australasia election is uncontested, and each candidate is automatically elected.

The three directors will be confirmed at the Annual General Meeting to be held later this year.


IAP2 Australasia Directors

Melissa Creber

Melissa Creber is an Associate with Aurecon, where she currently leads the NSW/ACT Communication and Engagement team. In addition to the leadership, strategy, and performance of people and projects, Melissa drives her team’s capability in mitigating social risk and employing best practice engagement.

As a young Director with an active career in the industry, Melissa would bring a fresh perspective to the IAP2 Australasia Board, with a commitment to advancing the professionalism of the practice with diverse and future ready thinking, creativity and innovation. Melissa understands the growing millennial market and can build more effective links to younger members.


Joel Levin

IAP2 has developed into a strong professional body that is in a unique position to influence engagement practice across the region. As a strategic thinker and long-term advocate for engagement in Australia and internationally, I am interested in continuing to develop IAP2’s advocacy focus and enhance the membership offering beyond training to ensure we re-invigorate our local networks.

Having served one term on the board, I am keen to return to the board and complete the work I have started. For most of this time I served as Co-Chair of the Global Practise Development Committee looking at the Global curriculum but would like to bring a more local focus to my final term to ensure our members continue to lead the practise.


Tony Clark

Having served on the IAP2A Board for the last 3 years and the last 2 years as Chair I have been privileged to make a real contribution to our profession. IAP2A is emerging from the pandemic as a strong, healthy and vibrant organisation with a bright future.

I am dedicated to realizing tangible improvements for you our members including post nominal recognition to increase professional standing, expand our training into the online environment and work with tertiary organisations to formally recognize the skills and contribution engagement provides to our community. As a person who is blind, I am committed to ensuring diversity for all walks of life.