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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).

Our Board

Tony Clark

Tony Clark

Chair

Tony Clark brings together a wealth of experience in leading transformation through the challenging political and economic landscape. Taking a community focused approach, Tony brings over 25 years of experience. Having lost his eyesight at the age of 21, Tony harnesses his blindness as a great strength bringing a unique perspective to inclusion and diversity.

As the Assistant Director for Planning and Capital Projects, Communications and Engagement for Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority, Tony is working to implement communication and engagement systems that will not only ensure smooth project outcomes but will also deliver value creation to the broader community resulting in jobs, improved economic growth and better outcomes. 

Alistair Kingston

Alistair Kingston

Deputy Chair

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.

Michele Barry

Michele Barry

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 within Victoria’s COVID response, with a particular focus on leading community engagement for those living in vulnerable accommodation settings. 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.

Litia Brighouse-Fuavao

Litia Brighouse-Fuavao

Litia has worked and volunteered in the private and NGO sectors in Samoa and New Zealand for more than 10 years, advocating for businesses and community voices to be heard. She joined local government at Auckland Council 6 years ago, supporting and advising elected politicians in their engagements with the community.

Litia is currently the Senior Advisor Deliberative Democracy, and has been an IAP2 member since 2016. She is passionate about civic participation and enabling voices lesser heard to find safe spaces to participate in the decision-making process. She currently leads community engagement for the Auckland local elections 2022.

Melissa Creber

Melissa Creber

Melissa Creber is an Associate with Aurecon, where she currently leads the NSW/ACT Communication and Engagement 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.

Nathan Connors

Nathan Connors

Experienced strategic project manager and stakeholder engagement practitioner with a background in digital learning, emerging technologies and communications. Currently working with Granicus as Global Head of Client Services, focused on developing skills and capacity of stakeholder engagement practitioners. Experience expanding business into new territories and capturing new market opportunities. Many years working across local and state government as well as universities.

Master of International Relations from Melbourne University, undergraduate in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Business, Queensland University. Father and husband, news junkie, international relations quirk and rugby union supporter.

Joel Levin

Joel Levin

Joel is a long-term member, founding coordinator of IAP2 in WA, Ambassador, trainer and engagement practitioner. Joel has previously sat on the IAP2 Board and wants to see IAP2 continue to grow and become a member driven association, supporting the development of the practice and influencing government policy, to contribute to a more engaged community. For the past 15 years, Joel has run his own consulting practice working across sectors, across the country and also working internationally with the United Nations on developing engagement practice across the asia-pacific region. 

Priscilla Steel

Priscilla Steel

Priscilla is Technical Director, Engagement for GHD. She is passionate about having clear strategic vision and plans that deliver long-term value creation and benefits the broader community. She is an experienced strategic partnership, communications, and stakeholder engagement practitioner working for over 15 years’ across geopolitical environments and on infrastructure projects. Her team has progressively been developing innovative technology, such as AI and digital engagement platforms, to support diversity and continuity of engagement in an online world.

Priscilla joins the IAP2A Board with the desire to continue strengthening a strong professional advocacy body to support IAP2A members, who progressively provide value to government and private industry by promoting value-led outcomes-driven engagement to produce good policy, programmes and projects.

Penny Townley

Penny Townley

A communications and engagement practitioner of 35 years, I would be honoured to progress the work of IAP2 across Australasia. My commitment to advancing the profession is demonstrated through my voluntary role (2008 – 2012) to establish the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and national rating tool. As a contributing author of the ISCA community health, safety and well-being criteria (V.01) and peer reviewer of the stakeholder engagement criteria (V.01, V.02) I ensured community was an integral part of the national evaluation framework.

Penny is part of the Next Generation Engagement Program and values advancing the needs and ideas of IAP2 members, the broader profession and the communities for whom we advocate and engage.

Jo Wilkins

Jo Wilkins

Coming to the profession from a town planning background, Jo has been a member of IAP2 Australasia since 2011. Currently Jo works as Team Leader, Auckland & Northland Local Government Partnerships at NZ Transport Agency.​ Previously she worked at Stantec and Auckland Council and finds that having private and public sector experience helps to see all sides of the engagement journey. Jo is actively involved in running the Auckland IAP2 network. She is passionate about the changing dynamics of the profession and sees how organisations are placing more value on quality, timely engagement. Through a strong professional body, we are all part of delivering this value.

To contact our Board, please email board@iap2.org.au

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IAP2 Australasia Director nominations

Information on the Director nominations for IAP2 Australasia are available on our Director nominations page.

Supporting documents

IAP2 Australasia Strategic Plan

View IAP2 Australasia’s Strategic Plan to 2025.