Tales from the Trenches
IAP2A members are at the heart of everything we do. Find out more about some of your fellow members and some of the challenges they have faced.
My name is Dan Popping and I am based in Adelaide SA. I’ve been working in the community engagement sector for over 15 years; including Australian Red Cross, three local Councils (West Torrens, Campbelltown and Adelaide City), the Department of Premier and Cabinet SA, and now at Bang the Table. I have a passion for building organisational capability and supporting them to embed engagement into their everyday work.
My degree was in Maths and Statistics but I found that while I enjoyed a bit of analysis in my early career, I really needed people interaction and after a few years in alumni management and communications, found myself in the role of project manager for local eDemocracy at Bristol City Council in the UK. This seemed to me to bring my analytical skills, communication experience and provide me with the people interaction bit that made it all feel worthwhile.
I have a community development and engagement background and currently work in Canberra for the ACT Government. Before this, I was in Sydney at Auburn City Council (now Cumberland Council) in the community development team where I worked on a range of initiatives to address employment barriers, build community capacity and support the growth of small and emerging community organisations.
I’m the founder and co-director of pattillo, a team of specialised consultants working on organisation and community development, engagement and strategy.With over 25 years’ facilitation and consulting experience, I also present as a webinar leader, masterclass host and conference speaker. I was delighted to work with Amanda Newbury and Michelle Feenan in the design of the current IAP2 Australasia contemporary engagement frameworks and training.
My name is Anne Leadbeater and I live in Kinglake, Victoria, with my husband, John. I have two gorgeous grown-up children, Kate (29) and Michael (27). My background is in community development with ten years in the neighbourhood house sector, and 16 years in local and state government.
I have about 20 years’ experience that cuts across the public service, community and international development in Nigeria and Australia. My academic background and training are in the sciences and community development. My research work has featured in prestigious Universities in the United States, Europe and Australia.