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Community Development Practitioner with twelve years experience in project management and community engagement in health, housing and Indigenous wellbeing. Specialises in participatory approaches to planning and service delivery and social impact measurement. Highly engaging and strategic thinker with excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

Work Experience

June 2017Present

Senior Project Manager

CoDesign Studio 
  • Program design and manager for The Neighbourhood Project - a program designed to provide strategic support and training to local government and land owners to embed community-led placemaking and planning 
  • Developed tools and resources to support program delivery and sector development 
  • Facilitated co-design planning workshops with government and community-based services 
  • Specialised in working with young people, culturally diverse, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTIQ communities 
  • Responsible for developing and delivering organisational social impact framework and reporting 
  • Lead facilitator and conference presenter 
  • Research and report writing including planning documents, evaluation reports, program frameworks 
July 2016June 2017

Intercultural and Community Development Team Leader

Moonee Valley City Council 
  • Managed Community Development team to deliver place based community development projects in community leadership, health and well-being, safety and advocacy 
  • Coordinate community engagement strategies and delivery for strategic planning documents
  • Develop and support integration of community development approach across council teams
  • Develop and support community leadership and participation in neighbourhood development  
Mar 2016June 2016

Community Development Consultant

Moonee Valley City Council - Flemington VIC
  • Responsible for researching and delivering final report for six year Neighbourhood Renewal program
  • Assessed project outcomes, identify gaps and develop recommendations for future service delivery and research
  • Consulted with community, government and services committee to develop action plan 
  • Developed Project Briefs for government partners and stakeholders 
  • Provided strategic planning and policy development for Community Planning and Development Department
  • Delivered training and resource development for council  
Jan 2016Feb 2016

Cambodia Design Summit Facilitator 

Engineers without Borders - Melbourne VIC
  • Supervised 45 undergraduate students on 14 day summit across Cambodia
  • Designed and presented a series of workshops on human centred design and community engagement 
  • Provided one-on-one mentoring and small group support to students
  • Facilitated community visits to regional villages and local NGOs 
  • Managed budget, accommodation and transport logistics  
Jan 2015Dec 2015

Community Development Officer - Institute for Popular Democracy

Australian Volunteers for International Development - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Supported government and community-based organisations to develop formal processes for community-led housing resettlement program for informal settlers in Metro Manila 
  • Developed and published and application guide for completing housing resettlement proposal 
  • Designed and facilitated training workshops in: monitoring and evaluation, data management, communication, organisational development and values formation
  • Election Committee Member for bi-annual board membership election 
Nov 2014Dec 2014

Policy Officer (Internship)

Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre - Canberra, ACT
  • Developed training and recruitment policy and process to meet industry ASQA standards 
  • Supported the implementation and delivery of recruitment process and policy
  • Project support 
Aug 2014Nov 2014

Project Management / Field Researcher  - Colmar Brunton 

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development - Melbourne VIC 
  • Provided logistical management for Victorian Schools Health and Wellbeing Survey 
  • Coordinated resources, staffing, budget and logistics for 10 person team conducting research across Victoria  
  • Field Leader for regional research team
  • Delivered over 2000 surveys to Primary and Secondary students across Victoria 
  • Managed input of data and reporting for over 6000 surveys across the project 
Jul 2014Aug 2014

Community Development Consultant 

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service - Preston, VIC 
  • Provided strategic advice on program planning and implementation strategy for new community health and well-being project 
  • Identified gaps in service delivery and provided recommendations 
  • Supported management and staff to develop implementation plan for recommendations 
  • Delivered training workshops on project management and social impact assessment 
Jan 2014Jun 2014

Project Officer - Feedin' the Mob

Plenty Valley Community Health - Plenty Valley, VIC
  • Managed project extension of Indigenous health and well-being program ($100,000 budget)
  • Facilitated project steering committee and stakeholder engagement 
  • Collaborative project planning with local Aboriginal controlled organisations, community health services and local and state government representatives 
  • Developed and facilitated internal training packages to support project outcomes
  • Project reporting to executive and government funding body 
Oct 2010Feb 2013

Community Liaison 

Micah Projects - Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre - Brisbane, QLD
  • Coordinated inter-agency and integrated service delivery networks  
  • Facilitated community education workshops with local services, schools and government departments 
  • Coordinated partnerships with collocated/visiting services and stakeholders 
  • Managed volunteer and student programs at the centre 
  • Event Manager for fundraising and advocacy based awareness days 
  • Managed organisational website and stakeholder newsletter 
Jan 2008Sep 2010

Senior Client Care Coordinator 

Centrecare South West Brisbane Community Options Project - Brisbane, QLD
  • Coordinated Social Inclusion Program and Indigenous Aged Care Services 
  • Managed and supervised team of twelve community support workers 
  • Supervised and reviewed client support 
  • Delivered training for new staff and assisted recruitment 
  • Quarterly funding reports 
  • Member of Internal Audit Committee 

Professional Development 

RMIT Mentor Program    Professional Industry Mentor for RMIT's Pride Mentoring program

Guest Lecturer                 RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Melbourne University School of Design  

Guest Contributor           Bang The Table Online Community Engagement Specialists

Co-author                         "Rethinking Development Through Study Tours : Interpreting the Field and                                                                          Negotiating Different Viewpoints" - Research publication, March 2017 


Mar 2013Nov 2014

Masters Social Science  (International Development)

RMIT University 
  • Completed with Distinction
  • Specialised in - Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Analysis and Community Development 
Mar 2007Nov 2007

Honours in Sociology 

University of Queensland
  • Completed with Honours IIA
  • Research thesis title 'Young People and their Attachment to Community: a local to global perspective"
Mar 2004Nov 2006

Bachelor of Arts - Major Cultural Sociology, Gender & Psychology 

Griffith University 
  • Graduated with GPA 6


Lucinda Hartley  / Former CEO / CoDesign Studio
0450 390 022 / [email protected] 

Penny Jordan / Coordinator Community Engagement/ Bayside City Council 
0417 592 596 / 

Helen Rowe / Policy and Strategy Consultant 
0423 194 366 / [email protected]