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Governance

Our Board

Tony Clark

Tony Clark

Chair

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. Tony’s term commenced in October 2018 and will expire October 2021.

Amy Hubbard

Amy Hubbard

Deputy Chair

Amy is a Director and Co-founder of Capire, a specialist community engagement consultancy based in Melbourne. With over 20 years of experience in engagement, Amy has expertise in the design of placed-based engagement and integrating engagement outcomes with the delivery of technical solutions. Amy has been an active participant in the professionalisation of the industry through her involvement with IAP2 and Engage2Act, and championing international exchange of leading practice community engagement. Amy is passionate about the intersection between engagement and community development. The meeting point where people are empowered and they have clarity about the future. Amy’s term commenced in October 2018 and will expire October 2021.

Lance Brooks

Lance Brooks

I passionately believe that community and connection are the essence of the human experience. When we feel we belong to a community, our understanding of well-being, health and safety is greatly enriched. I am a self-starter, a strategic and creative thinker and an inclusive and enthusiastic team member. I communicate clearly and persuasively and am able to build genuine and strong interpersonal relationships, which I believe are profoundly embedded in the power of listening. These attributes have enabled me to successfully fulfill the various leadership roles I’ve undertaken throughout my career in community engagement.

Whether it’s a Friday arvo BBQ, a Town Hall meeting, a workshop, mediation session, developing a Strategic Community Engagement plan, in all areas, I have found a career I love and believe in.

Kylie Cochrane

Kylie Cochrane

Kylie is an industry influencer with almost 30 years’ experience in community and stakeholder engagement, strategic communication and issues management. She is passionate about engagement and committed to promoting the professionalism of engagement practice. She loves working on challenging engagement projects and brings direct proven understanding and experience on key infrastructure projects with significant community outrage. Kylie brings vast experience in road, rail, water, energy and community development. She has had the privilege of serving on the Board since 2013 and chaired the Governance and Finance Committee in FY15. She helped reshape the IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards, she introduced more governance and rigour to IAP2 Australasia and she helped ensure IAP2 Australasia was profitable. Kylie is also the Chair of IAP2 International and she is driving the IAP2 change project to ensure we have a sustainable IAP2 which is well set up to shape the future of the engagement.

Nathan Connors

Nathan Connors

Experienced strategic project manager and stakeholder engagement practitioner with a background in digital learning, emerging technologies and communications. Currently working with Bang the Table as Global Head of Client Services, focused on developing skills and capacity of stakeholder engagement practitioners. Experience expanding business into new territories and capturing new market opportunities. Many years working across local and state government as well as universities. Master of International Relations from Melbourne University, undergraduate in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Business, Queensland University. Father and husband, news junkie, international relations quirk and rugby union supporter.

Alistair Kingston

Alistair Kingston

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.

Joel Levin

Joel Levin

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. Joel’s term commenced in October 2018 and will expire October 2021.

Priscilla Steel

Priscilla Steel

Priscilla manages the national communications and engagement service for Beca, a global-leading professional services firm. 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.

Penny Townley

Penny Townley

A communications and engagement practitioner of 35 years, I would be honoured to progress the work of IAP2 across Australasia. My commitment to advancing the profession is demonstrated through my voluntary role (2008 – 2012) to establish the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and national rating tool. As a contributing author of the ISCA community health, safety and well-being criteria (V.01) and peer reviewer of the stakeholder engagement criteria (V.01, V.02) I ensured community was an integral part of the national evaluation framework.  I am part of the Next Generation Engagement Program and would value advancing the needs and ideas of IAP2 members, the broader profession and the communities for whom we advocate and engage.

Jo Wilkins

Jo Wilkins

Coming to the profession from a town planning background, Jo has been a member of IAP2 Australasia since 2011. Currently, Jo works as a Stakeholder Engagement Consultant for Stantec, based in Auckland. Previously she worked at 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. Jo’s second term commenced in October 2020 and will expire October 2023.

To contact our Board, please email board@iap2.org.au.

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