Tales from the Trenches with Kimbra White

Hi I’m Kimbra White. I’m based in Melbourne and am originally from Tasmania, a place that I will always feel a deep attachment to with its beautiful landscape and coastline.Kimbra must be an ‘island’ name. The only Kimbra I have met is from Tasmania and, strangely enough, she works in the community engagement for Hobart City Council – the very place I started my career in the 1970s. The only other Kimbra I know of (whom I haven’t met) is a singer from one of the New Zealand islands.

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Tales from the Trenches with Joel Levin

Born and living in Perth Western Australia, about to hit the big 50, married, two teenage kids, dog and under-utilised guitar. I love writing and exploring more philosophical elements of life. Board member of local women’s refuge and was the founding coordinator for IAP2 in Western Australia when the WA group was established too many years ago now.

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Tales from the Trenches with Jill Hannaford

I have qualifications in human geography and urban and regional planning and consider myself to be a social scientist. I found IAP2 by conducting some research in the mid-1990s and in particular there was a reference to IAP2 in the bibliography of one of Wendy Sarkissian’s books. I attended  the IAP2 Conference in Toronto, Canada in 1997 and presented on “Community Consultation Down Under”. Vivien Twyford and I left that Conference determined to establish an IAP2 group in Australia. I also attended the IAP2 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 1998. In 1998, the Australian Chapter of IAP2 had been formed with 10 likeminded people excited by the prospect of a professional association to represent the work they did. We sat around the Board table at GHD and envisaged a large professional association that guided practitioners, provided training and hosted conferences and networking and most importantly shared best practice. I am delighted that our vision has been realised, 20 years on.

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Tales from the Trenches with Jan Talyor

I arrived at engagement and consultation along a very circuitous pathway. I was a senior bureaucrat who resigned to become a management consultant, ABC presenter, company director and part-time national Ombudsman for credit unions and building societies) (I have always found personal and professional goals extremely difficult hence the variety).

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Tales from the Trenches with Darren Keenan

I am an engagement practitioner, trainer, facilitator and management consultant. I have recently returned to my consultancy practice, after approximately 2.5 years working with IAP2 Australasia, where I managed the practice and professional development portfolios. My experience base is very broad, including commercial, government, health, education, training, agriculture and information technology. I pride myself on being a strategic thinker, who can deliver very practical outcomes.Privately, I am the luckiest man in the world, I have a fantastic wife, Kathy and three great children, Joshua, Chloe and Charles.

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Tales from the Trenches with Dan Popping

My name is Dan Popping and I am based in Adelaide SA. I’ve been working in the community engagement sector for over 15 years; including Australian Red Cross, three local Councils (West Torrens, Campbelltown and Adelaide City), the Department of Premier and Cabinet SA, and now at Bang the Table. I have a passion for building organisational capability and supporting them to embed engagement into their everyday work. I have planned, delivered and supported hundreds of engagement projects and have learnt many great lessons along the way. In my spare time I love to travel and am often seen driving my kids to school or running along the River Torrens.

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Tales from the Trenches with Carol Hayward

I have worked in community engagement for around 13 years. My degree was in Maths and Statistics but I found that while I enjoyed a bit of analysis in my early career, I really needed people interaction and after a few years in alumni management and communications, found myself in the role of project manager for local eDemocracy at Bristol City Council in the UK. This seemed to me to bring my analytical skills, communication experience and provide me with the people interaction bit that made it all feel worthwhile. I had a few years there working with UK government and European funding to plan, implement and evaluate a range of digital engagement tools and processes alongside more traditional community engagement activities.

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Tales from the Trenches with Bohdana Szydlik

My name’s Bohdana, I have a community development and engagement background and currently work in Canberra for the ACT Government. Before this, I was in Sydney at Auburn City Council (now Cumberland Council) in the community development team where I worked on a range of initiatives to address employment barriers, build community capacity and support the growth of small and emerging community organisations.I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and International Development and worked for a few years as a breakfast radio producer, and then with UNICEF Australia both in Sydney and Indonesia. When I’m not working I enjoy making; I’m an avid sewer, knitter and general fabric-hoarder.

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Tales from the Trenches with Anne Pattillo

I’m the founder and co-director of pattillo, a team of specialised consultants working on organisation and community development, engagement and strategy.With over 25 years’ facilitation and consulting experience, I also present as a webinar leader, masterclass host and conference speaker. I was delighted to work with Amanda Newbury and Michelle Feenan in the design of the current IAP2 Australasia contemporary engagement frameworks and training.

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Tales from the Trenches with Anne Leadbeater

My name is Anne Leadbeater and I live in Kinglake, Victoria, with my husband, John. I have two gorgeous grown-up children, Kate (29) and Michael (27). My background is in community development with ten years in the neighbourhood house sector, and 16 years in local and state government. In 2007, I enrolled in university for the first time and completed a master’s degree in social science (policy and human services) with RMIT. Apart from my family and work, my other great passion is breeding Suffolk sheep – I’m a very ‘hands on’ shepherd with my little flock and spend many of the wee, small hours roaming the paddocks during lambing.

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