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Young & Emerging Practitioners

IAP2 Australasia is committed to supporting community and stakeholder engagement professionals by providing networking and professional development opportunities with other industry professionals.

What we are

IAP2A Young & Emerging Practitioners is a vibrant and energetic group that endeavours to support practitioners in the early stages of their career development, giving them the opportunity to extend their network, expand their skills and knowledge, and develop their personal brand in the industry.

To connect and be part of our community make sure you join our Young & Emerging Practitioners LinkedIn group.

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What we do

We are a group of engagement practitioners 35 years of age or under, or with 5 years or less experience in engagement or a related practice, aspiring to develop a planned program of activities and experiences especially for this segment of our membership.

Our working group meets 6-weekly to discuss issues of relevance to the young and emerging engagement practitioners, plan upcoming events, and develop ways to assist other young engagement professionals feel connected and supported.

Who we are

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Shelley Addison-Bell

I am a professional services consultant in the communications and engagement team at RPS, located in Sydney. I recently relocated from Auckland, New Zealand, and I am actively involved in furthering the profession, supporting best practice when working to implement project outcomes. I am an emerging professional experienced in stakeholder management, statutory engagement and engaging in political environments. I am passionate about developing capacity in our community, youth empowerment and collaborating on emerging engagement trends. My commitment to engagement can be found in my volunteer roles establishing panels and coaching advocacy groups to enable submissions and developing their project proposals across the Asia-Pacific region.

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Shaylee Cowan

I am a dynamic communications and stakeholder engagement professional with over a decade of experience on major infrastructure projects. 

I am an expert in the management of complex community and stakeholder issues and understand what’s required to navigate intricate stakeholder relations including engaging with government agencies and service providers. 

My strong experience in planning and delivery of strategic stakeholder engagement helps me to implement meaningful, best practice engagement methods and bring together a genuine and holistic approach to project engagement. 

With the ability to think quickly on my feet, I astutely manage complex community and stakeholder issues, advocating for positive outcomes for all. 

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Luke Duff

My name is Luke, and I am currently employed as a Senior Consultant at Aurecon, Perth. I specialise in strategic communications and stakeholder engagement and am focussed on providing a high level of service to a range of public and private sector clients.  

I am passionate about working with communities and stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes on major infrastructure projects, and am motivated by enhancing the communities that we live, work, and play in.

I’ve had the opportunity to gain experience across Australia in Transport, Built Infrastructure, Energy, Water and Defence sectors. In my down time, I like to travel and enjoy the vast range of cultures across the world.

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Hannah Eves

I am a community and engagement professional at Aurecon with a keen interest in communication, creating positive outcomes for the community, current affairs and trends, social media, public interest and putting the customer first.

I am solution-focused, thriving in fast-paced and changing environments and I am experienced delivering place-based communication and have a range of engagement experience in large infrastructure projects. I was born and bred on the Central Coast and enjoy being by the coastline, being active, travelling and all things that we are still working to understand – like space! I also love exploring new communities and what really makes their heartbeat.

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Lizzie Hunter

​Hi, my name’s Lizzie Hunter, I work for Health Infrastructure (HI) as a Communications & Engagement Officer.

I work across two teams at HI; the first is with the project team delivering the $1 billion Nepean Hospital Redevelopment and the second is within HI’s Corporate Communications team.

Some of my professional achievements at HI include increasing HI’s following on LinkedIn to over 15,000 followers and introducing and leading a series of virtual tours of the new Nepean Hospital throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

I’m an environmentalist at heart – always recycling, re-using and composting! Outside of work you’ll find me enjoying a wine with friends, at the gym, on the football field kicking goals (I wish!) in winter or swimming at the beach in summer!

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Olivia Lawler

I’m Olivia and I am a Community Engagement Officer at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in Port Macquarie, NSW. I started in this role in July 2020 and am one of the youngest team members in the organisation at 23 years old. I work closely with our community to provide them opportunities to have their say on Council projects and make change within their community. During my time at Council, I have worked on a broad scope of projects with a diverse range of stakeholders. I have also been involved in leading Council’s Community-Council Action Teams and worked closely with flood-impacted communities as a part of our Mobile Flood Recovery Team in early 2021. I am passionate about finding ways to effectively engage with the younger generation and am eager to tap into this section of our community. I want to hear their thoughts and ideas and get them excited about the great opportunities there are to create change locally. In my downtime, I like to spend time with my family and friends and enjoy our beautiful coastal town.

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Alex Osgood

As the Youth Development Officer in a regional city, I aim to connect services, groups and youth, to create opportunities to develop their skills and ensure that the voice of young people helps guides the city’s future.

Meaningful community engagement is incredibly important, especially for young people in regional and rural areas where community’s are needing to be innovative to retain and attract young people.

I am currently studying a Master of Public Policy, as creating policy and programs in consultation with community is something I am very passionate about.

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Brydie Siryj

My name is Brydie Siryj and I’m a communications consultant at RPS Group. I’m a highly motivated stakeholder and community engagement professional with over three years’ experience in the major infrastructure and rail sectors. I’ve supported many complex infrastructure projects through planning and delivery including the Metro Tunnel Project, Sunbury Line Upgrade, Level Crossing Removal Project and the Gippsland Line Upgrade. A professional highlight of mine was working on the co-design of Apex Park as part of the Avon River Bridge project. We delivered a successful co-design process and school engagement program with the local community of Stratford, which ultimately won an IAP2 Core Values Award. I’m passionate about community development and gaining the social license to operate within communities for infrastructure projects. I believe engagement is a powerful tool for empowering the communities in which we live and work.

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Estelle Tsaur

I am a curious mind with a passion for communications, innovation and transdisciplinary collaboration. With a background in public relations and creative innovation I have a determination to see the possibilities, perspectives and practices of different sectors, communities, and industries. I am passionate about innovation, creativity and purpose driven work as I enjoy researching, breaking down and looking at complex problems and sectors from a multitude of perspectives.

This has led me to begin a career at Aurecon as a community and stakeholder engagement consultant shortly after graduation. I believe that people and communication are essential to stimulating innovation and creativity in any industry. I want to be able to continue to learn about anything and everything.

How to contact us

For feedback, input, ideas or further information please contact us at: yeps@iap2.org.au

Upcoming events

Take a look at our upcoming events, via the IAP2A Event Calendar.