Meet the IAP2A Board
As a not-for-profit organisation, our aim is to advance the community engagement profession by providing training in, and communicating the principles of, public participation and how to achieve effective community and stakeholder engagement (or public participation).
Tony Clark Bsc (Hons), MA (Comms), GAICD
Inaugural Kimberley Kitching Award for Human Rights recipient (August 2023)
Tony brings extensive communication and engagement expertise having led major transformational and infrastructure projects in the disability, health, and housing sectors. Tony is Chair of International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia and a non-Executive Director on the State Trustees of Victoria. He brings the benefit and value of lived experience of disability to all that he does.
With over 20 years of experience in engagement, strategy and transformation across a number of sectors, Michele brings together a wealth of experience in Public Health, Emergency Management, Commercial and Executive leadership to the IAP2 Board.
Michele is currently working in a key role with the Victorian Government, leading Stakeholder and Community Engagement for the Office of Suburban Development.
Michele has an academic background in Health Promotion, Public Health and Business Administration and is passionate about engagement and reaching new segments to create and deliver better outcomes.
Melissa Creber is a Director with Aurecon, where she currently leads the NSW/ACT Engagement and Change Advisory team. In addition to leading people and projects, Melissa drives her team’s capability in mitigating social risk and employing best practice engagement.
As a young Director with an active career in the industry, Melissa brings a fresh perspective to the IAP2 Australasia Board, with a commitment to advancing the professionalism of the practice with diverse thinking, creativity and innovation. Melissa strives to build more effective links to younger members.
With over a decade’s experience practicing community engagement and community development across local and central government, Helen is a passionate about social innovation, local democracy and inclusive engagement that reflects the rich diversity of the communities we serve. A Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager at Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Helen leads a team of practitioners who, through a place-based approach, enable local engagement, participation and partnerships to support quality urban developments that connect homes with jobs, transport, open spaces and facilities that communities need.
Pasifika and Scottish roots, curious, collaborator, mum of two boys, neurodiverse. Most at home in the water or in the garden, Helen is actively involved in the IAP2 Auckland network, sharing, collaborating, and learning across our sector to lift and evolve engagement practice both in Aotearoa and internationally.
Mel is the Director of Client Services for Granicus Australia, where she drives transformative digital strategies to fuel innovative growth and solidify market leadership. With a keen focus on the Australian and New Zealand landscape, Mel strategically navigates regional dynamics, fostering key industry relationships and forging strategic partnerships to drive collaborative initiatives.
Mel has worked within the engagement industry for close to two decades across all levels of government, not-for-profit and private sectors. Melissa, skilled at aligning cross-functional teams, streamlines operations and champions digital initiatives, leveraging cutting-edge technologies to enhance customer experiences and provide better community outcomes.
She is passionate about engaging and empowering communities through digital transformation and social networking. Mel champions women’s diversity and was a finalist for the prestigious Women in Digital Awards for Indigenous Leadership.
Having worked within cultural, not-for-profit and public sectors in roles including marketing, communications, engagement and public education, Danielle is a strategic leader motivated to work with organisations which provide benefits to our communities.
Danielle currently works with Watercare which provides drinking water and wastewater services to the people of Auckland. Her team supports community and stakeholder engagement on the delivery of these services including major infrastructure projects as well as communications and outreach. Danielle also established and led Watercare’s flood recovery engagement team after the significant weather events in January and February 2023.
In addition to qualifications in both business and communications, Danielle has an MBA from the Auckland University of Technology with a major in marketing.
Tim has over 20 years’ experience in the UK and Australia delivering stakeholder management, community engagement and communications across a range of industry sectors including transport, infrastructure and government. His experience includes key leadership roles on many of the largest ever transport projects delivered in Australia. Tim has a particularly strong background in managing complex stakeholder relations around busy and challenging operating environments and in identifying and mitigating risks associated with impacts on communities.
Tim’s breadth of experience has seen him hold senior project roles in the public sector; with major top-tier construction companies; and in consulting. In 2017 Tim founded his own consultancy business to provide high-level strategic advice in consultation and engagement. Tim is currently Communications & Stakeholder Manager with Gamuda Australia.
In addition to his experience as a practitioner of community engagement, Tim has an MBA with First Class Honours from Melbourne Business School and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Foundations of Directorship course. As an IAP2 Board Director, Tim is keen to focus on shaping the organisation’s drive towards higher standards of professionalism and recognition.
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.
IAP2 Australasia Director nominations
IAP2 Australasia Constitution & Board Charter
IAP2 Australasia Strategic Plan