Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in community engagement including facilitation, planning, team development and community development.
Her broad career has seen her involved in the design and delivery of community engagement strategies, community planning, practitioner training and capability building, facilitation and mediation services, strategic planning, the review of community based services and policy development.
Prior to launching Engagement Plus in 2006, Michelle worked in a number of different roles within State and Local Government including Manager of Community & Cultural Development for Thuringowa City Council. Michelle’s work experiences have included management, senior policy development, significant community development and capacity building in rural, remote and indigenous communities as well as special projects services for emerging social policy in Queensland and New South Wales contexts.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Behavioural Sciences and has undertaken post-graduate studies in Social Policy, Local Government Administration, Workplace Training and Human Resources. She is a trainer in the internationally recognised International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Public Participation, Certificate in Engagement and Advanced Certificate in Engagement.
Michelle is accredited in the Mercer CED Job Evaluation Methodology, Zing Enabled Technologies, the “The Art of Facilitation”, TMS Network’s Team Management Systems and in mediation through Queensland’s Dispute Resolution Centre.