Meet the IAP2A Board
As a not-for-profit organisation, our aim is to advance the community engagement profession by providing training in, and communicating the principles of, public participation and how to achieve effective community and stakeholder engagement (or public participation).
Tony Clark brings together a wealth of experience in leading transformation through the challenging political and economic landscape. Taking a community focused approach, Tony brings over 25 years of experience. Having lost his eyesight at the age of 21, Tony harnesses his blindness as a great strength bringing a unique perspective to inclusion and diversity.
As the Assistant Director for Planning and Capital Projects, Communications and Engagement for Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority, Tony is working to implement communication and engagement systems that will not only ensure smooth project outcomes but will also deliver value creation to the broader community resulting in jobs, improved economic growth and better outcomes.
Alistair is Executive General Manager at RPS, a leading global professional services firm. There he heads the data analytics, communications and engagement, creative services and social advisory teams which support city-shaping projects around Australia. Starting his 23-year career in television journalism and corporate communications, Alistair’s been an engagement practitioner since 2007. Since then he’s led engagement activities on major water, energy and transport infrastructure projects in New South Wales and Victoria.
During this time he’s seen the benefits of, and become a passionate advocate for, meaningful engagement during the planning, design and delivery phases of of the essential infrastructure projects and programs that support and enable our cities and communities. As a Director at IAP2A, Alistair looks forward to supporting the continued evolution, professionalisation and regard of engagement and its practitioners.
A resident of Regional Victoria, Alistair enjoys good food and wine, supports the Richmond Tigers and has a weakness for 80s and 90s pop music.
With over 20 years of experience in engagement, strategy and transformation across a number of sectors, Michele brings together a wealth of experience in Public Health, Emergency Management, Commercial and Executive leadership to the IAP2 Board.
Michele is currently working in a key role within Victoria’s COVID response, with a particular focus on leading community engagement for those living in vulnerable accommodation settings. Michele has an academic background in Health Promotion, Public Health and Business Administration and is passionate about engagement and reaching new segments to create and deliver better outcomes.
Melissa Creber is an Associate with Aurecon, where she currently leads the NSW/ACT Communication and Engagement team. In addition to leading 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 brings a fresh perspective to the IAP2 Australasia Board, with a commitment to advancing the professionalism of the practice with diverse thinking, creativity and innovation. Melissa strives to build more effective links to younger members.
With over a decade’s experience practicing community engagement and community development across local and central government, Helen is a passionate about social innovation, local democracy and inclusive engagement that reflects the rich diversity of the communities we serve. A Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager at Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Helen leads a team of practitioners who, through a place-based approach, enable local engagement, participation and partnerships to support quality urban developments that connect homes with jobs, transport, open spaces and facilities that communities need.
Pasifika and Scottish roots, curious, collaborator, mum of two boys, neurodiverse. Most at home in the water or in the garden, Helen is actively involved in the IAP2 Auckland network, sharing, collaborating, and learning across our sector to lift and evolve engagement practice both in Aotearoa and internationally.
Tim has over 20 years’ experience in the UK and Australia delivering stakeholder management, community engagement and communications across a range of industry sectors including transport, infrastructure and government. His experience includes key leadership roles on many of the largest ever transport projects delivered in Australia. Tim has a particularly strong background in managing complex stakeholder relations around busy and challenging operating environments and in identifying and mitigating risks associated with impacts on communities.
Tim’s breadth of experience has seen him hold senior project roles in the public sector; with major top-tier construction companies; and in consulting. In 2017 Tim founded his own consultancy business to provide high-level strategic advice in consultation and engagement. Tim is currently Communications & Stakeholder Manager with Gamuda Australia.
In addition to his experience as a practitioner of community engagement, Tim has an MBA with First Class Honours from Melbourne Business School and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Foundations of Directorship course. As an IAP2 Board Director, Tim is keen to focus on shaping the organisation’s drive towards higher standards of professionalism and recognition.
Joel is a long-term member, founding coordinator of IAP2 in WA, Ambassador, trainer and engagement practitioner. Joel has previously sat on the IAP2 Board and wants to see IAP2 continue to grow and become a member driven association, supporting the development of the practice and influencing government policy, to contribute to a more engaged community. For the past 15 years, Joel has run his own consulting practice working across sectors, across the country and also working internationally with the United Nations on developing engagement practice across the asia-pacific region.
Priscilla is Technical Director, Engagement for GHD. She is passionate about having clear strategic vision and plans that deliver long-term value creation and benefits the broader community. She is an experienced strategic partnership, communications, and stakeholder engagement practitioner working for over 15 years’ across geopolitical environments and on infrastructure projects. Her team has progressively been developing innovative technology, such as AI and digital engagement platforms, to support diversity and continuity of engagement in an online world.
Priscilla joins the IAP2A Board with the desire to continue strengthening a strong professional advocacy body to support IAP2A members, who progressively provide value to government and private industry by promoting value-led outcomes-driven engagement to produce good policy, programmes and projects.
Coming to the profession from a town planning background, Jo has been a member of IAP2 Australasia since 2011. Currently Jo works as Team Leader, Auckland & Northland Local Government Partnerships at NZ Transport Agency. Previously she worked at Stantec and 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.
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IAP2 Australasia Director nominations
Information on the Director nominations for IAP2 Australasia are available on our Director nominations page.
IAP2 Australasia Constitution & Board Charter
IAP2 Australasia Strategic Plan