Tanya, Director of Essential Planning (UK) and Burdett Associates (Australia) has been involved in over 160 projects from:
- large scale infrastructure programs and projects such as the £30+B UK High Speed Two rail project (UK), Ichthys LNG Project in the Northern Territory (Australia), and policy work including National Policy Statements and Eco-towns policy (UK)
- the implementation of European legislation and UNECE conventions on environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, engagement and public participation
- state-government level programs such as the Victorian Level Crossing Removals Project, West Gate Tunnel project, Regional Rail Link project, and Regional Network Development Plan engagement program for Public Transport Victoria, to
- strategic planning and development approvals projects throughout metropolitan and regional Australia.
Tanya has acted as Project Manager for more than half of these projects, and similarly over half have required varying levels of engagement and strategic communications. Ms Burdett has extensive experience in the energy, resource, water, transport and urban development sectors in particular.
Since 2009/10, Tanya has delivered IAP2 training to ~460 participants from over 230 organisations, and 27 countries. This includes participants from central government (~30), state and regional government (~130), local government (~130), private sector and industry clients (~130) and professional associations, education providers, non-government organisations and others (40+).
Tanya regularly gets involved in:
- program and project management
- training, facilitation and capacity building
- social impact assessment and community engagement
- strategic environmental assessment and sustainability appraisal, environmental impact assessment
- strategic urban and regional planning, research and analysis
- quality checks and reviews through work with the PIA Registered Planner Assessment Panel, and as an EIA Quality Mark Panel Member with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
Involved with IAP2 since helping to establish the Victorian division of the Australasian Chapter of IAP2 in 2003, and the IAP2 UK & Ireland Affiliate over 2004-10, Tanya has delivered IAP2 training and other capacity building activities in the UK, Hungary, Portugal, Poland, Belgium, Ghana, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China and Australia, and has worked in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Western Samoa.
- Registered Planner, Planning Institute of Australia
- Certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner, 2016 – Step I&II Certification Program
- Doctor of Philosophy – Architecture, Building and Planning (DR-PHILABP) (current study 2018 – , University of Melbourne)
- Masters in Environmental Studies (First Class Honours), University of Melbourne
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning) (Distinctions), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Barbara is an experienced community engagement practitioner living & working in South Australia with an IAP2 license to train participants in public participation & emotion/outrage management; and she holds a Masters of Conflict Management. She is the author of the SA Local Government Association Community Engagement Handbook.Barbara completed post graduate studies in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement (DDPE) through the Fielding Graduate University USA in 2010 to increase her knowledge & her abilities to contribute to the improvement of public participation and facilitation across South Australia. Barbara was granted an Internship for the 2013/14 DDPE program at Kansas State University.
A significant outcome of Barbara’s studies with the DDPE Program was the establishment of the Australian Community Engagement Foundation of which the key objectives are to provide access for all to education in the practice of community engagement; & to provide pro-bono support to not-for-profit groups & organisations such as the homelessness sector and social enterprise set ups.
Affiliations include: IAP2 International; National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, Cordinated Management of Meaning Institute; IAP2 Training Advisory Committee; Jeder Institute; CoastFM 88.7.
Sample of recent projects: Facilitator of Adelaide City Council Community Leaders Program 2016 – 2017; Analysis of social research data for local councils; Facilitation of strategic planning process for Health Consumer Alliance South Australia; Delivery of facilitation training and mentoring to staff at the Rural City of Murray Bridge, City of Unley, Department of State.
Development and Department of Premier and Cabinet; Facilitation of public housing residents meetings as part of the transition of tenancy from Housing SA to Junction Australia.
- Master of Conflict Management Uni SA
- Licensed International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)Program & Emotion Outrage Course
- Post Graduate Certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement Fielding Graduate Uni (USA)
- Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
- Results Based Accountability (RBA) Trainer
- Communities & Group Skills and Facilitation Training
- Leading Edge Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediation (LEADR)
- Diploma Human Resource Management, TAFE
Margaret provides community engagement services to government and the private sector as a Director of PlanCom Consulting. She is a planner with passion for ensuring that the public has the opportunity to contribute and influence decision making. One aspect of the training she enjoys is the application of project management frameworks and structure to community engagement planning and delivery.
Margaret became a trainer for IAP2’s international certificate in 2008 and the Strategies for Dealing with Emotion and Outrage training course in 2010. She is an Associate at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – Institute for Public Policy and Governance where IAP2 training is offered with the opportunity for accreditation as a university subject.
Over her time as a trainer she has enjoyed delivering the course across Australia and New Zealand and has trained in the USA. For four years she regularly travelled to Singapore to deliver IAP2 courses to Singapore civil servants.
She has led engagement teams for SKM (now Jacobs), GHD and Manidis Roberts (now RPS).
As a practitioner, she has been involved in engaging the public through construction, environmental impact assessment, design and policy development. She is currently assisting the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment with the development of guides, in particular for proponents to improve their delivery of community engagement in Environmental Impact Assessment. She is currently the Chair of the Community Consultative Committee for the Grafton Correctional Centre.
She has also been involved in rail, road and port infrastructure, dams, power stations, wind farms, paper mills, waste facilities, sewage treatment plants, substations and power lines.
John has more than 25 years’ experience in the design and implementation of public participation programs for large and complex projects. He leads teams involved with major projects that plan for the involvement of the public in construction, impact assessment and submission processes. John has worked with large and small organisations reviewing their existing community consultation policies and guidelines and customising capacity building at all levels with their organisations. This ensures that they have the best possible chance to achieve positive and effective outcomes.
Having worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors I have been in your shoes and faced the problems that you’re facing with working effectively with stakeholders and the wider community. Feedback from his clients all acknowledge that they can now execute practical, doable solutions.
He has been a licensed trainer with IAP2 since 2007 delivering the newly revamped IAP2 Foundations program, and Public Participation for Decision Makers program.
From 2013 and 2014, John was a member of the IAP2 Trainers Advisory Committee and actively participates in his member Affiliate initiatives.
He is the founder of Taking Action Pty Ltd and lives in Sydney, Australia.
Outside of work, he is a volunteer fire fighter with NSW Fire and Rescue.
Qualifications and Affiliations
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- Certificate in Public Participation
- Member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
- Licensed internal trainer for Public Participation (IAP2)
- Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)
- Member of the Lucas Heights Community Advisory Committee (CAC)