Helen is a talented community engagement specialist with strong skills and experience in training, research, process design and facilitation. She has worked with public organisations to design and deliver participatory processes and to build people’s capability to design and deliver engagement themselves. Helen is a licensed trainer with IAP2 Australasia.
In addition to her wealth of community engagement experience, Helen is an Industry Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Public Policy and Governance, where she has recently completed a PhD exploring the practice and professionalisation of community engagement in Australian local government. Helen has published more than 10 academic articles on the subject. She coordinates and lectures in two subjects in the Master of Local Government program at the university.
Helen also regularly delivers training for the International Association of Public Participation.
With vast experience consulting and working with public organisations to design and deliver participatory processes and to build people’s capability to design and deliver engagement themselves, Helen brings a wealth of experience to Engagement Plus.
Helen is an Industry Fellow and contractor at the University of Technology Sydney where her engagements include Course Developer and Subject Coordinator: Public Engagement in Decision-Making, and Subject Coordinator: Social Planning and Community Development.
Previous roles have also included Community Engagement Coordinator with Bayside City Council (Vic).
Helen holds a Doctor of Philosophy (in Community engagement in Australian local government), as well as a Bachelor of Arts (History, Literature), Bachelor of Education (Secondary), and a Master of Development Practice (Social Planning).
In addition, Helen has completed IAP2 Australasia training (Engagement Essentials, Engagement Design, Engagement Methods, Facilitation and Building and Engaging Organisation, and Conflict in Engagement and Engagement Evaluation).