Community engagement has been a long term interest of mine having written my postgraduate urban planning thesis on Public Participation in Planning in 1980. While my career took me in other directions for a while, I have come back to make this a primary focus of work. Finding ways for the community to effectively have their voice heard in the decisions that affect their lives is my major interest and together with facilitation has been the focus of my consulting practice since 2002.
I am an active member of the International Association for Public Participation. I was on the Australasian Board for six years (2006-2011), serving as President in 2010/11. I also served on the International Board for three years (2009 – 2011).
To ensure that everyone’s views are heard in a group, I endeavor to be a highly skilled and effective facilitator; a skill that I constantly continue to develop. I have undertaken short training courses with Bob Dick in Queensland (2005 & 2006) and the year long Advanced Facilitation Course in 2007 with Glen Oche of the Groupwork Institute in Melbourne.
I am an active participant in the Australian Facilitators Network and continue to learn by attending the AFN conferences. For three years I co-convened the Facilitation One Day Wonder learning event in Melbourne with my colleagues Martin Butcher and Ed McKinley (2008, 2009 & 2010).
I spent the years 1997 to 2001 living in Houston, Texas where I obtained an MBA and worked for an international marketing company that provides marketing assistance to foreign companies wishing to launch high tech products on the US market. At this time, I was also on the Board of the Houston Chapter of the Australian American Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to 1997, I was the Executive Director of Business East, the regional economic development organisation for Melbourne’s East.
During my career I have also worked for the Outer Eastern Municipalities Association (OEMA) and the Association of Inner Eastern Councils (AIEC) both in Melbourne, the NSW Department of Planning, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) and Hobart City Council in Tasmania.
Masters of Business Administration, University of Houston, USA
Graduate Diploma in Urban Planning, Tasmanian College of Advanced Education
Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Geography, University of Tasmania
Bachelor of Economics, University of Tasmania
Advanced Group Facilitation Course, Groupwork Institute of Australia
Advanced Facilitation Training, Bob Dick
Process Facilitation and Action Learning Training, Bob Dick
Company Directors Course, AICD
Planning for Effective Public Participation, IAP2
Techniques for Effective Public Participation, IAP2
Effective Communication for Public Participation, IAP2
Evaluation for Public Participation, Twyfords
Facilitation Skills for Public Participation Practitioners, Twyfords
Member, International Association for Public Participation, Australia
Member, Australian Facilitators Network
President, International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), Australasia (2010-11)
Board Member, IAP2 Australasia (2006 – 2011)
Board Member, IAP2 International (2009 – 2011)
Director & Deputy Chairman, MEGT Australia (2001 – 2007) and Director (1994-1997)
Council Member, Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, ACFE (Ministerial Appointment) (2006 & 2007)
Board Member, Australian American Chamber of Commerce, Houston, Texas (1997- 2001)
Board Member, Jobs East (1996 – 1997)
Board Member, Eastnet (1995- 1997)