Your Journey Starts Here!
Come with us on a journey to a new world of community and stakeholder engagement, where we reveal and explore contemporary and exciting ways of creating an effective dialogue with our communities.
The Summit will showcase the most cutting edge and contemporary concepts and case studies of community engagement across a number of sectors in Australia. Over the two days there will be ample opportunities to discuss these new approaches and for delegates to receive advice and support on how to replicate and implement these concepts and techniques at their own organisations.
The event will:
- Deliver presenters who have the most recent and relevant experience delivering cutting edge and contemporary community engagement projects
- Present ideas and case studies not seen at other community engagement conferences
- Display new technology and mediums of engagement which will improve the quality of future community engagement
- Provide networking opportunities and interactive sessions to create the most fruitful learning experience
- Provide an opportunity to summarise and publicise outcomes so that they can be implemented across the broader industry
Key Benefits of Attending
- Hear about the latest advancements in community engagement technology and techniques
- Learn from experts how to replicate successful and innovative engagement methods for your next consultation
- Take away real life examples of how to reach the ‘hard to reach’
- Find out the best way to mix traditional consultation methods with online and mobile technology
- Develop an understanding of place making and how community engagement can be used to foster a sense of local identity
- Find out about the latest developments in research relating to community engagement
- Excellent networking opportunities
- Added value provided through additional learning material and online resources
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be part of a ‘New era of engagement!’.
Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 8:30 AM – Friday, 11 November 2016 at 4:15 PM (AEDT) – Add to Calendar
Mercure Hotel Sydney – 818-820 George St, Ultimo, NSW 2007 – View Map
Delivering key industry experts including:
Community Engagement Consultant and Researcher - The University of Sydney
Joel Fredericks is a communication and stakeholder engagement consultant with extensive experience in facilitating community engagement in urban development, telecommunications, rail and energy industries. Joel is also a PhD candidate in the Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. His research investigates the impacts of new digital technologies and pop-up interventions for urban planning practice and community engagement.
Director Media and Communications - Transport for NSW
Ashley leads the media and corporate communications function at Transport for NSW – a large State government organisation charged with providing transport services and delivering the largest infrastructure program the country has ever seen. Ashley has more than a decade of experience in media and public affairs in local and state government, including time in a political office.
Educator and Researcher - Centre for Local Government, Institute of Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney
Ronald is a university academic (teaching and research) and social worker. He has 35 years’ experience in social policy and the human services, with a particular interest in the intersection of practice, theory and research; adult and higher education (curriculum design, delivery, mentoring, supervision and assessment); social research (research design and methodology, literature review, qualitative data gathering and analysis, writing and peer review); and public administration, including workforce training and development, research and theory, and a strong focus on local government. Recent publications have focused on learning in Australian local government, creative councils for creative communities, local government capacity, and the theory and praxis of decentralisation and subsidiarity. Ronald is course coordinator for the Master in Local Government and Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management at UTS.
Operations Manager - Bang the Table
Don has worked in community engagement, public affairs and corporate communications for 15 years, currently bringing his experience to the role of Operations Manager at Bang the Table.
Bang the Table became a home for Don because it is more than a software company. At the business’ heart is a community engagement pedigree that is shared by all of their staff. Bang the Table aim to do more than just provide leading software, but to advance the practice of community engagement overall.
The team at Bang the Table look for inspiration for how to grow and develop the practice of community engagement through looking to other industries for inspiration. Don brings perspectives from his varied education, including psychology, sociology, philosophy, business and in this case the world of statistics and data analysis to advance the practice of community engagement.
Find Don on LinkedIn or firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal Communications and Engagement Officer – Resources and Energy - NSW Department of Planning and Environment
If there’s a difficult conversation to be had with your community, then Angela has probably had it. Whether it’s collaborating with a community on adaptation planning for sea level rise, developing a regional water plan, or building a road or a wind farm, Angela has done it. Angela has over 15 years’ experience in communications, community engagement, media and government relations. She has worked for Federal and State parliamentarians, State government agencies, local government, private enterprise, and lectured at the University of Newcastle. Angela worked on Lake Macquarie City Council’s IAP2 award winning sea level rise adaptation planning before joining the Department of Planning and Environment as the Principal Communications and Engagement Officer for Resources and Energy.
Manager Change and Communications - Central Coast Council
Christine has over 20 years experience as an innovative organisational change management and engagement professional. She is passionate about building successful corporate communities filled with enthusiastic brand ambassadors, and has extensive experience developing creative and effective engagement programs and communication strategies that connect people with corporate goals.
Christine has a proven track record with successful corporate internal-engagement strategy, business transformations, and change implementations requiring the management of multiple and cross-functional projects and resources. With highly regarded experience and expertise in technology based organisational change management and communication, Christine has a unique ability to rapidly understand key business opportunities, develop best practice strategies across multiple disciplines and achieve results.
Communications, Marketing and Fundraising Manager - Action on Poverty
Tiffiny will speak about community-led sustainable development as a means to alleviate poverty in Malawi. She will provide insight into the challenges of working across cultures, creating a sense of community ownership and running successful fundraising campaigns back in Australia.
Engagement Coordinator - Wollongong City Council
Jodie has worked in local government for 26 years. Following a successful career as a Librarian, Jodie started a new career in Community Engagement in 2008, building on her skills in Marketing and user education. Jodie had led Wollongong’s award winning Engagement Team to become a collaborative work unit, respected across Council for their sound advice, attention to detail and ability to deliver. Jodie’s particular areas of interest include internal engagement, workshop and focus group facilitation and avoiding engagement staff burnout.
Industry and Government Leader - Strategic Advisory Services
Tim James is a strategic advisory leader who has held an array of leadership roles in industry, government and professional services.
He leads a boutique strategy advisory firm consulting to government and private sector clients and serves on a range of boards.
Tim was previously CEO at the national pharmaceutical industry body Medicines Australia. He earlier held leadership roles at Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
Tim’s experience in government encompasses over three years as a Minister’s Chief of Staff in NSW and six years in the Howard Government, including a long period in the Prime Minister’s Office.
He is a lawyer and holds qualifications in business, law and finance including an MBA.
Community Engagement Officer - Penrith City Council
Lila is a community engagement professional with a background in research and international development. Having worked with communities in Malaysia, India, Brazil and Western Sydney, Lila’s practice is focused on community led development, collaboration, and engaging people to lead local change. Since 2015 Lila has been part of Penrith’s Neighbourhood Renewal Program, piloting a resident-led collective impact model called Team Colyton.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies and Culture Change (Macquarie University) Lila is geographically and culturally curious, keenly interested in the lived experiences of place, and how people shape the neighbourhoods they live in.
Cultural Engagement Officer - Penrith City Council
Donita is a creative industries champion who has been working in the cultural sector for 22 years and specialising in CACD and artist development for the last 9. Her journey has included a decade with the Australia Council for the Arts, 2 years in Fiji working with the visual arts sector through Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) and most recently, 4 years with Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E) in creative enterprise development. Her work with Penrith City Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal program has a clear and leading focus on placemaking. Donita is also a practising artist who recently exhibited as part of the Pacific Arts Association’s XVII International Symposium in Auckland and is preparing for the annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, HIDDEN in Rookwood Cemetery. An active member of the community, Donita sits on the boards of both the NSW Council for Pacific Communities (NSWCPC) and Fiji Youth Initiative (FYI).
Project Officer Community Engagement - City of Canterbury Bankstown
As a Community Engagement Project Officer for City of Canterbury Bankstown, I spend my time researching, analysing and providing staff with insights as to how to best engage with our community.
I seek to solve the challenges that we face in dealing with a diverse community on projects that are sometimes interesting, and sometimes not, and making Council projects that are often complex, have a more human side.
It means I have spent my life learning about what drives people to attend events, get involved in local projects, or participate in engagement activities across private, government and not-for-profit sectors.
Demographics Consultant - .id (informed decisions)
Ryan is a researcher & consultant with .id consulting.
He works with decision makers across Australia to build their capacity for engaging with evidence based planning techniques. He also advises community & social planners, economic development practitioners, and senior managers as they to respond to the ever-changing nature of their places.
He has a Master’s Degree in Social Science and is a self-confessed “urban nerd” who promotes the use of local scale strategy to impact the broader economy and community.
All of his work is underpinned by the belief that access to data and information will lead to better decision making, and better outcomes for local communities.
Corporate affairs and stakeholder engagement strategist
Andrew Collins has extensive experience providing strategic advice across the corporate affairs spectrum; in government relations, policy analysis and advocacy, in stakeholder engagement and community engagement strategy and in issues management.
He has worked at senior levels of Australian Government as a political staffer and as a policy adviser at both Federal and State levels including policy advice in the energy and environment sector. His private sector experience includes senior management in an ASX company with responsibility for external relations strategy and implementation.
His stakeholder and community engagement experience includes road, rail, aviation, electricity networks, desalination and indigenous relations. In his professional career he has engaged with Ministers, MPs, councils, business groups and local communities including in sensitive and contentious policy areas such as coal seam gas, water desalination and electricity infrastructure
He has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and a Degree in Engineering.
Community and Business Engagement Coordinator - Ku-ring-gai Council
An environmental engineering degree began Will’s varied career, which has spanned three continents and several sectors including rail safety, legal education, business and career coaching and local government.
With this range of experience, Will has built a strong understanding of how people and organisations work. He believes a major challenge to effective engagement is ensuring organisations are truly ready and willing to engage. Our communities expect authentic engagement delivered with honesty and integrity. A tick-a-box approach won’t cut it any more and we must ensure that to remain relevant, engagement has impact on decision makers.
Manager Community Engagement - Northern Beaches Council
Kate is a motivated and innovative consulting professional with extensive experience in Local Government and B2B sectors in the areas of research, community engagement, marketing and customer management. She is an experienced senior manager who is passionate about community and stakeholder relationships, and improving the customer experience.
Highly motivated with a desire to bring out the best in clients, complemented by tertiary science degree, Marketing Diploma and a Masters in Business, Kate is an active Member of IAP2, the Market Research Society and Marketing Institute.
Kate has a strong track record working with Australian and overseas companies in a broad range of industries including: Local Government, energy, industrial, government, logistics, telecommunications and technical services.
Co-founder - Public Speaking for Life
I have always loved speaking! My key public speaking highlights to date include:
Toastmasters International State finalist: Competed in the State final of the humorous speaking contest in 2013 and 2015.
Public speaking training: Conducted training sessions for a number of Australian and International organisations including Westpac Banking Corporation and Web Directions and developed and delivered technical financial crime prevention training in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, Pacific Islands.
Personal coaching: Assisted a number of entrepreneurs in developing sales pitches for investors.
Sarah has the following qualifications; Chartered Accountant through the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; Masters degree in Accounting and Finance; Anti-Money Laundering Specialist; Diploma in Pastoral Leadership; Certificate IV in Training and Evaluation
Co-founder - Public Speaking for Life
I see public speaking as something that touches all aspects of life. My key public speaking highlights to date include:
Toastmasters International: Won a number of public speaking awards with Toastmasters International. Most notably won the 2nd place in NSW Humorous Speech Contest.
Public Speaking Training: Conducted public speaking training sessions for a number of Australian and International organisations including: PepsiCo, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO) and Web Directions.
Personal coaching: Helped a number of managers from different organisations with their speech writing.
Tarek holds the following qualifications; Masters degree in Control Systems Engineering; Master degree in Innovation Management; Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering; Diploma of Philosophy.
Director - ineni Realtime
Jeremy Harkins is the Director and co-founder of “ineni Realtime”, an innovative technology company focused on the development of the Realtime Visualisation Industry.
Jeremy is at the leading edge of real-time virtual technologies and has spoken internationally about 3D immersive environments, VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) for architecture, infrastructure and smart cities.
Working with Property Groups, Building Controls Specialists and Developers, Jeremy is aimed at commercialising and integrating new technologies into the Architecture, Planning, infrastructure and Construction industries.
His company has partnered with world leaders in building automation, integrated systems and business process management and is providing cutting edge visual solutions for some of the largest and most complex developments in the world.
With over 15 years of experience in Architectural Technologies including professional work, consultancy and Full-Time Academia, Jeremy has been a lecturer at an international university (UNSW) helping to educate industry in what can be possible, and is currently focussed on the rapid growth and positioning of “ineni Realtime” as market leaders.
Managing Director - Community Engagement Consulting Australia
Darius is enthusiastic and energetic with a down to earth approach, specialising in community engagement, strategic planning and policy development. Having project managed over 100 community consultations, Darius uses a fresh and creative approach to provide innovative solutions using online and traditional mediums to engage key stakeholders. Darius has also prepared strategies to grow and maintain an active and responsive online engagement panel of 3000 members.
Darius has considerable experience writing strategic planning documents, developing and reviewing policy as well as driving organisational performance by developing and reporting on strategic performance measures.