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 2017 NEW SOUTH WALES COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SUMMIT

 Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August 2017

The New South Wales Community Engagement Summit will conclude the Series, and feature presentations and workshops tailored to provide insight and solutions to issues and challenges in engagement being experienced across New South Wales. Our program will feature engagement specialists with local knowledge about current engagement trends in New South Wales, and will also include contemporary content relevant to the whole engagement sector in Australia.

As with all of the 2017 Summit events, the New South Wales Summit will provide quality learning in the areas of digital placemaking, internal engagement and engaging beyond cultural, social and political divides. The Summit will also provide information on deploying successful engagement strategies and will showcase the most up to date approaches, case studies, apps and online solutions for engaging with communities.

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Venue Location: Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont

Melbourne Engagement Summit

2017 Melbourne Community Engagement Summit
Novotel Hotel Melbourne
270 Collins St,
Melbourne VIC 3000

Darius Turner

Darius Turner

Co-Chair, 2017 Community Engagement Summit Series

Darius is enthusiastic and energetic with a down to earth approach, specialising in community engagement, strategic planning and policy development. Having project managed over 100 community engagement projects, Darius uses a fresh and creative approach to provide innovative solutions using online and traditional mediums to engage key stakeholders.

Darius is an engaging and thoughtful facilitator with the ability to read a room and make participants feel at ease. He has recently planned, delivered and facilitated the 2017 Community Engagement Summit Series which received an outstanding response from participants and across the engagement sector.

Darius has considerable experience planning a strategic approach to consultation projects, including designing, reviewing and assessing numerous consultations in the government sector. Darius has become a leader within the community engagement industry both within and outside of local government. He is changing the way organisations undertake community engagement,and is a well-respected industry advisor and trainer.

Joel Fredericks

Joel Fredericks

Co-Chair, 2017 Community Engagement Summit Series

Joel Fredericks is a communication and stakeholder engagement consultant with extensive experience in facilitating community engagement in urban development, telecommunications, rail and energy industries. Joel is also a PhD candidate in the Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. His research investigates the impacts of new digital technologies and pop-up interventions for urban planning practice and community engagement.

Chelsea White

Chelsea White

Chief Operating Officer; Consultation Manager

As Consultation Manager’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chelsea is responsible for overseeing daily business operations, along with motivating and inspiring advanced performance across the firm. Chelsea boasts an extensive level of experience in the field of business growth, becoming a successful business owner at 18 years of age. Her individual style and entrepreneurship has allowed for broader product capabilities, entrance into new market verticals and formation of long term strategic partnerships with major clients.

Don Sharples

Don Sharples

General Manager, Australasia; Bang the Table

Don is the Australian Operations Manager at Bang the Table. He has a background in government-community relations. He is an experienced General Manager with a demonstrated history of growth performance in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Corporate Communications, Market Research, Business Planning, and Operations Management and possesses strong operations experience with a MBA focused in sustainable business from Monash University.

Daniel Murray

Daniel Murray

Senior Manager, IAG Foundation

Daniel Murray is a leader focused on making powerful change where it is most needed. As the Head of the IAG Foundation, Daniel is responsible for leading a corporate foundation to engage IAG’s 10,000+ employees in community activity, volunteering and support charitable causes aligned to IAG’s Purpose. Daniel’s previous experience includes leading major strategic initiatives for the largest Financial Services firms in Australia and New Zealand. Daniel has a BSc and a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Martin Tomitsch

Martin Tomitsch

Associate Professor and Researcher; The University of Sydney

Associate Professor Martin Tomitsch is Chair of Design at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, and Director of the Design Lab, a research group that focuses on interaction design and design innovation. He is founding member of the Austrian Network for Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D.at), the Media Architecture Institute (mediaarchitecture.org), state co-chair of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG), visiting lecturer at the Vienna University of Technology’s Research Group for Industrial Software (INSO), and visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. His research sits across the domains of interaction design, creative technologies and cities, and explores the role of design for improving the experience and lives of people.

Merryn Spencer

Merryn Spencer

Manager, Strategy and Engagement; Sutherland Shire Council

Currently manager of strategy and engagement at Sutherland council, Merryn has been a long-time contributor to cultural development and community engagement as a project leader and  as a representative of communities, both in Regional NSW and now within Western Sydney. She has achieved this through a range of positions such as elected representative councillor, advisor, volunteer and broker.

Shoshana Wall

Shoshana Wall

Divisional Director, Government and Infrastructure; Temple Executive Search

Shoshana Wall is an experienced corporate affairs executive with close to 20 years’ experience working primarily in the government sector on infrastructure and service delivery reform. Most recently, Shoshana was the Director, Corporate Relations for Service NSW, an award winning customer service agency which saw the creation of an omni-channel one stop shop delivering more than 850 transactions on behalf of 40 government agencies.

Shoshana was also the A/Executive Director, People and Culture (September 2015-February 2016) where she advised on Service NSW’s Government Senior Executive Implementation (SEI) plan as well as crafted capability assessment exercises as required under the Government Sector Employment Act. She sat on various panel interviews including SNSW’s Directors of Finance and Business Finance as well as program directors for the Easy to Do Business and Digital Licensing programs.

Shoshana began her career as a journalist including in the Federal Press Gallery. She worked for the NSW Government covering 12 portfolios over eight years including driving strategic communications and issues management for major reforms in the area of local government, justice and fair trading. She became a leader in the reputable community engagement professional services firm, Manidis Roberts, consulting to a range of government and non-government clients covering the telecommunications, energy, transport, health and property sectors on signature projects including Transport for NSW (Strategic adviser for the Metros EIS); Department of Transport and Infrastructure (Editor of the Sydney Aviation Capacity Study into Sydney’s second airport); NBN Co (roll out of the first release sites); the Energised Alliance (with United Group and Ausgrid); Department of Planning (2007 Planning Reforms); and Landcom (adviser for the new UrbanGrowth NSW entity). Shoshana has a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Charles Sturt University. She was also a part time tutor and lecturer for undergraduates and post graduates in strategic communications & negotiation, public relations and crisis management at the University of Technology.

Dion Castle

Dion Castle

Operations Director; STRUBER

Throughout his career Dion has directed the transformation and growth of complex technology and consulting organisations by fulfilling critical and challenging assignments. Dion was appointed to develop and grow markets for International Commercial Satellite, Computer Networking, Consulting, Marketing and ICT Infrastructure businesses both in Australia and Internationally.

Today thriving on change and disruption Dion uses his background in technology and marketing consulting to strengthen businesses he works with in the infrastructure, construction, development, government, resource and energy sectors.

Charles Connell

Charles Connell

Co-Founder; Social Pinpoint

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.

Gwyneth Howell

Gwyneth Howell

Associate Professor; Director; Harvest Strategy

Well practiced in the field of media, and a recognised public speaker on the social media challenges that face organisations, Gwyneth offers on-going counsel to a range of clients on social media matters. She has published with regularity and have written on the topic of digital communications for a number of publications. In addition, she is a lead facilitator of the nationally recognised social media crisis simulation tool now taught at a number of different universities throughout Australia.

Luke Hespanhol

Luke Hespanhol

Lecturer in Design and Computation - Design Lab; Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Luke is a media artist and researcher/lecturer in Interaction Design, with particular focus on media architecture and public urban spaces. He is currently teaching at the Sydney School of Design, Architecture and Planning. He also has a past life as professional software developer and consultant with many years of experience, particularly in web development.

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