Emerging trends in engagement
This session will explore the most pressing and relevant trends for engagement practitioners. Presenters will reflect on the past 12 months and provide observations and examples of where they think the industry is heading in the near future. The session will uncover emerging techniques, as well as look at engagement across industries and delve into how this impacts the way we plan and deliver projects.
Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Engaging with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities
This session is designed to create better outcomes when we engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community members from a CALD background. Hear from experienced practitioners who will provide advice based on their experience working with and as part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD communities.
Digital and virtual engagement
Each year we aim to bring you updates on new and emerging technology which can help make engagement fun, interesting and more effective. This year our program offers some very exciting demonstrations of digital engagement, virtual and augmented reality which has been used to great effect. The session will feature
presentations from universities, leading tech companies and organisations who are using these tools to better engage.
Careers in community and stakeholder engagement
Have you ever thought about where a career in community and stakeholder could take you? Our diverse panel of engagement professionals will talk through the many paths and trajectories a career in this industry can take you. We’ll discuss careers in
the government and private sector, consulting and contract work and even working for yourself. The session will also delve into what study and qualifications you should seek, and whether a standardised qualification should be available to professionals in
Engaging with regional and remote communities
This session features organisations who work with regional and remote communities on a daily basis, sharing their stories and successes. Hear real-life examples of how to best engage with regional and remote communities and how to reach those in geographically challenging locations.
Interactive group learning sessions
Throughout the two days take part in group learning which is designed so that participants can network, share challenges and wins and learn from the wealth of knowledge in the room.
The scene is set and you are getting ready to walk into a room full of people with varying views, opinions and emotions about the topic under discussion…
Are you ready to facilitate?
• Will you be able to get people talking with each other rather than at each other?
• How will you keep them on track?
• Have you allowed enough time to get to the end point?
• Have you selected the right deliberative tools?
This workshop develops a deeper understanding of the three key dynamics of facilitation (the group, the facilitator and the issue) and how they come together in the session. This workshop is a practical exploration of tools, techniques and strategies to assist groups arrive at an outcome. The day will be interactive and designed to ensure the strategies discussed are practically understood and not just theories.
Joel Levin is the founder and Managing Director at Aha! Consulting and has over 20 year’s experience working across corporate, government and community organisations alike.
His organisational, engagement and facilitation skills stem from a background in counselling, training, community work and senior management. In previous roles, Joel has been the Senior Training Consultant for the Department of Community Development, Manager
of the WACOSS sector development unit and Executive officer of a youth service.
Joel is a licensed trainer for the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2), was the founding coordinator for the WA network and is one of their ambassadors.
Joel’s facilitation, strategy and engagement skills have seen the work of Aha! Consulting expand both across Australia and Internationally. In 2015, Joel began working with the United Nations, exploring how they can use the engagement approach to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Exciting program of industry experts for our Perth Summit
With over 25 years’ experience in rural and remote Indigenous communities, non-government organisations, small business and corporate Australia, along with a history of involvement in netball at all levels from grassroots through to the Board of Netball WA, Fran has extensive experience in community development, success in program delivery, strategic and financial planning across Australia and the Pacific.
Previous roles saw Fran lead Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre from a three staff organisation to a thriving 35 plus in its peak with 80% Indigenous employment, all working out of the purpose-built facility built under Fran’s watch. In her role at BHP Billiton, Fran lead the strategic development, implementation and management of the Education and Development Strategy and Programs for Indigenous and non- Indigenous stakeholders across Western Australia.
Fran is proud to employ staff from a female Indigenous background in all positions of responsibility she has held with the goal to address the inequity and gender imbalance of female Indigenous employment. Where there isn’t opportunity to find an Indigenous woman to employ in a position Fran will endeavour to upskill and build capacity in the community to bridge the divide.
In her role at Glass Jar Australia delivering the Shooting Stars program Fran is able to bring together her passion’s education, Indigenous advancement toward equality and netball. Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses netball and other tools as vehicles to achieve its primary vision of increasing school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns to 80-90%.
Clare Mouat is a Human Geography and Planning lecturer at the University of Western Australia. As an expert in planning and political geographies of community, she is passionate about planning for inclusive and just cities. Recent articles on ‘recognising “community” in multi-owned property law and living’, super-sizing cities, and using conflict productively in planning draw on her award-winning PhD: Rethinking Community in Planning: A review of the role of planners and citizens in building strong communities.
Her story-telling weaves different disciplines and life experiences about areas of growing importance to 21st century urbanism: like building community in multi-owned developments, and decision-making the interface of community, public policy, and industry in managing competing environmental demands relating to health and prosperity. She champions political thinking about how we learn to disagree; to live harmoniously in high-rise housing and with our environment; and to plan for community governance in smaller and larger cities.
Creative leader, with an honest and collaborative working style, experienced in all aspects of corporate affairs, community business partnerships, stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications.
Over 25 years’ experience in developing community and employee engagement strategies, building stakeholder relationships, negotiating and managing cross-sector partnerships.
Extensive experience in delivery of programs in regional Australia, many focused on regional economic development, education and health outcomes and many focused on assisting Aboriginal people.
Led large innovative branding and communication campaigns in Australia and overseas.
Board Member – Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation and MIFWA.
Dan Popping joins the Bang the Table team with over fifteen years of engagement experience in state and local government in South Australia. Along with his wealth of experience, Dan brings a passion for giving people a voice in decisions that affect their lives. In his government roles, he has acted as an advisor, developing and delivering hundreds of engagement projects.
Enjoying applying technology to solve real world problems, Charles co-founded Social Pinpoint in 2013 to help organizations connect with their communities and stakeholder on planning, infrastructure, transport, parks and rec, and community projects. Social Pinpoint’s interactive mapping tools have been used on hundreds of projects across Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, with well over 2 million interactions on our platform and user numbers growing every day.
Don has worked in communications and engagement for 15years. In case you were wondering how it is that he feels qualified to speak on matters of social science and psychology, he has a bachelors psychology degree from Monash, grad dip in PR and Communications from Deakin and a masters in business from Monash. Public participation has always been a matter of human behaviour for Don and the depth of research available to the engagement profession could be transformative.
Dr Joel Fredericks is an academic researcher, community engagement practitioner and urban planner. He has worked as a consultant on a range of community and infrastructure projects in the road, rail, water and energy sectors. In this role, he has facilitated national, state and local community engagement programs across a diverse range of stakeholders. Joel’s academic research sits across the domains of community engagement, urban planning, digital placemaking, media architecture, smart cities and immersive technologies.
He has worked on a variety of transdisciplinary research projects that adopt digital technologies and participatory design methods to support collaborative approaches in designing and developing immersive technologies. Joel has authored and co-authored many publications in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings.
Salena began her career in the private sector with a focus on marketing, communications and events. She also has fifteen years’ local government experience, specialising in economic and community development, funding attraction, communications and community and stakeholder engagement.
Salena’s formal qualifications are in Marketing, Business Administration and Local Government Management, but her passion is for people.
Latoya Bolton Black has over 15 years’ experience working across Aboriginal support services including health, housing and education.
A Nyoongar woman from Narrogin, Latoya is passionate about working with Aboriginal girls integrating sports and education to enhance their personal development, her current role at Shooting Stars allows Latoya to focus on this passion daily. Through her sporting achievements, employment history, community and cultural linkages to Narrogin and surrounding areas Latoya has grown great skills to work in this area.
Throughout her career Latoya has demonstrated an ability to communicate at all levels from grassroots up to executive. She is a strong believer in working in collaborative partnerships with all service providers and the local community.
A fundamental imperative Latoya possesses is respectful and mutually beneficial relationships. A manager of Latoya recently commented that she was “the glue that held this place together” in that particular workplace. Latoya’s empathy, integrity and fairness are clearly demonstrated in her day to day practices
Angela started in the health industry as a volunteer in the HIV/AIDS field in the early nineties and went on to study a BSc in Health Promotion at Curtin Uni, graduating in 2000. Her varied health promotion journey involved crime prevention in local government, a stint of short term contracts with WA Health and Aboriginal Medical Services across the Kimberley region of WA, learning more from the people than they learnt from her, before moving to the Centre for Health Promotion in SA and mental health and breastfeeding. Here was her first stint in management. Returning to WA through a management role at Anglicare WA, her scope
broadened to domestic violence and homelessness until the position was made redundant in 2014. Then onwards to BreastScreen WA as the Coordinator of Health Promotion & Recruitment, continually learning new ways to communicate with women about their health. During her time at BreastScreen Angela has also undertaken post grad studies in Community Development at Murdoch Uni and engaging with women in community is still her greatest passion.
As a highly experienced corporate and community affairs professional, I am dedicated to building authentic relationships that enable great decision making and facilitate change. With a demonstrated history of working across industry including land and property development, resources and social services in the private, government and not for profit sectors, I have a highly recognized track record working across Australia as a skillful practitioner, advocate and advisor in Corporate Stakeholder and Community Engagement; Community Development; Crisis and Issues Management, Strategic Communications and Change Management. I have also blended leadership, business development, project management and governance expertise to achieve a multi-disciplinary career to date.
IAP2 accredited and convenor of IAP2 WA, Deanie is a community engagement professional from the public and private sectors, now back working in local government and providing an advisory service to City of Cockburn staff about best practice in engagement. With a professional background in managing multi-disciplinary teams in communications, media crisis management, marketing, advertising, web, graphic design,
events, community engagement and photography, as well as being a trained facilitator and meeting chair, she brings a wide range of skills to the role.
Darius is an experienced and energetic consultant with a down to earth approach, specialising in community and stakeholder engagement and strategic planning. Darius has extensive project management experience on strategic communications projects across a wide variety of topics and industries and including local government.
Darius uses a fresh and creative approach to community and stakeholder engagement, providing innovative solutions using online and traditional mediums to engage the target audience. Darius is also an engaging and thoughtful facilitator with an ability to read a room and make participants feel at ease.
Darius is experienced in delivering strategic communications on major projects and has worked with organisations to develop practical and accessible strategic plans, policies and frameworks.
Darius holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) from the University of New South Wales.
Key benefits of attending
• Actively participate in a mixture of hands on, lecture and workshop based learning lead by subject experts
• Be part of the group that shapes the future of engagement practice across the nation
• Learn about professional development opportunities and how to take the next step as a community engagement leader
• You will meet face to face with leaders, senior engagement professionals and consultants with vast experience in the sector
• Hear from leading academics on the latest research in community engagement and digital tools
• Many opportunities to ask for solutions to challenges you encounter at your organisation
• Learn exciting new techniques to better profile and target your audience
• Become refreshed and inspired to put new ideas into practice for your community
• Meet with like-minded people facing the same challenges as yourself
• A great opportunity for team building and idea sharing
• Learn and interact in a safe, positive and friendly atmosphere
Who should attend?
• Community and stakeholder engagement practitioners of all levels of experience
• Communications and public relations professionals
• Public affairs and media relations professionals
• Digital, online and social media professionals
• Communications consultants
• Community development professionals of all levels of experience
• People who work regularly on the front line with communities
• Strategic and land use planners
• Anyone wanting to improve how their organisation works with communities and stakeholders!
2018 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SUMMIT – Perth
Novotel Perth, Langley – 221 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Perth Engagement Summit
Novotel Perth, Langley
221 Adelaide Terrace
Perth WA 6000