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Amelia Starr

Amelia Starr

Senior Project Manager

Amelia Starr is an experienced and passionate social policy practitioner with over 17 years’ experience in the housing and community service sectors in both Australia and the United Kingdom. As a qualified Occupational Therapist, Access Consultant and Policy Professional she has worked across all levels of Government, the non‐for‐profit sector and corporate sector. Amelia has demonstrated experience and expertise in business management, strategic social policy development, team and project management, inclusive event planning, access consulting and training. She thrives on the challenge of a new venture however equally has the personal and professional commitment to see a long‐term project through to fruition.

Amreetha Kariyawasam

Amreetha Kariyawasam

Associate

Amreetha Kariyawasam has a wealth of experience developing and implementing stakeholder engagement and communications strategies for nationally significant projects. She has in-depth knowledge of the transport, energy, planning and infrastructure sectors and provides strategic counsel and issues management support where there is risk of negative third party intervention or corporate reputation damage. Amreetha has managed sensitive and contentious projects for high profile clients internationally including National Grid, EDF Energy, the London Development Agency and the Olympic Delivery Authority, in addition to TransGrid, Orica, Sydney Trains and AusNet Services (formerly SP AusNet) in Australia. 

Caroline Baldwin

Caroline Baldwin

Senior Project Manager

Caroline has more than 18 years of international and national media relations and corporate communications experience in both Australia and Europe. Caroline has advised on and implemented strategies for multinational corporations on crisis management, thought leadership, marketing, event management and social media. She specialises in building partnerships and opportunities for stakeholder engagement, working with business, government and the not-for-profit sector. At KPMG International, Caroline was responsible for developing and implementing strategic internal and external campaigns across 60 countries in the areas of business and environmental sustainability. She has extensive business and telecommunications experience working with KPMG Australia and Sensis as well as communications management for the Victorian property sector at Places Victoria. Most recently, Caroline was responsible for Media and publishing at the Melbourne based Global CCS Institute.

David Robinson

David Robinson

Associate

David Robinson has extensive experience in stakeholder management, strategic communication and issues management. He excels in all aspects of project design and delivery, from setting the strategic approach and implementing community engagement programs to negotiating with individual stakeholders, and one on one negotiation, particularly with high impact and difficult issues. David has delivered communications and engagement programs for complex projects, such as the development of a plan of management for Western Sydney Parkland and their plans to develop business hub leases within the Parklands. He has a proven track record working on projects with multiple stakeholder issues, including an LEP amendment and planning proposal for City of Ryde and a new bridge across Homebush Bay.

Deborah Cameron

Deborah Cameron

Project Director

Deb Cameron is a highly experienced communicator who specialises in working directly with individuals and communities as a host and moderator of events, panel discussions, community forums, workshops and large gatherings across urban renewal, planning and energy sectors. She has extensive government experience, having worked with UrbanGrowth NSW, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, City of Sydney and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. Deborah is an experienced Deliberative Democracy practitioner and has facilitated Citizens’ Jury deliberations for newDemocracy, the NSW Public Accounts Committee, Willoughby Council, the Bays Precinct and Sydney Fish Markets. As a former ABC broadcaster and morning radio host, Deborah initiated lively daily conversations about the future of Sydney and has transferred her experience and understanding of audiences, issues and community engagement to KJA.

Donna Lantavos

Donna Lantavos

Project Director

Donna is a leader in the field of communications and stakeholder engagement with senior management experience in public and private sector organisations. Donna has worked at senior levels of government providing leadership and strategic guidance to successfully deliver multiple high profile politically sensitive projects. She has over 20 years media and communications experience specialising in issues management, stakeholder engagement, event management, strategic planning and, with her exceptional interpersonal skills, has the ability to maintain positive stakeholder relationships. Donna's extensive experience and expert knowledge has been developed from working in the fields of housing, community services, aging and disability, telecommunications and consumer product organisations. Her recent clients include Grocon, University of NSW, Penrith Council, Evolve Housing, Land and Housing Corporation and the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children.

Karin Bishop

Karin Bishop

Senior Project Manager

Karin Bishop is a highly experienced communicator with over 20 years of experience in media and communication industries in Australia and overseas. She is a strategic and creative thinker, who has proven her capability for managing complex issues and projects to efficiently deliver the best outcomes. Karin has extensive experience in writing and communications from a background in journalism, and media and public relations management. She has developed her capabilities of working with different cultures and diverse groups of people from her work as a journalist in Hong Kong and London. In recent years she has developed her skills to include advocacy, government relations and policy development. Karin has demonstrated leadership and management skills during her work as a CEO Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, coordinating and collaborating with a range of stakeholders, Government departments and communities.

Lara Kirchner

Lara Kirchner

Project Director

Lara Kirchner is a highly skilled and experienced public sector executive with strong public policy and high level stakeholder management skills.  As a senior executive, most recently as a General Manager of a local council in NSW, Lara has successfully led organisations through high profile and politically sensitive issues; unprecedented industry change and high impact, unexpected events. Lara is an excellent communicator with advanced strategic policy and stakeholder relationship skills, including corporate affairs and issues management.  Her background includes implementation of organisational change and efficiencies; introduction of strategic, ‘best practice’ and ‘customer first’ initiatives; delivery of major urban policy and infrastructure projects for communities; and community engagement and event management for large scale projects and events.  

Linda Armstrong

Linda Armstrong

Senior Project Manager

Linda has spent over 25 years working as a communications practitioner in the construction industry and the local government sector. She also enjoys the challenge of working on major landmark infrastructure projects, having worked in road, rail, tunnel and marine. Linda has proven that she is capable of producing project communication strategies that meet the communication demands of a large number of stakeholder group, and has excelled in managing complex stakeholder and interface relationships resulting in positive relationships that will serve the client well in years to come. Throughout her career, Linda has worked for Transurban, Thiess, Leighton Contractors, Baulderstone, Manidis Roberts and many more.

Moira Sharp

Moira Sharp

Senior Project Manager

Moira Sharp’s experience in community relations spans three decades, and she draws on this experience when dealing with communities impacted by complex or controversial projects. Moira delivers the highest level of community and stakeholder engagement for her clients. She has the ability to connect with communities and stakeholders across all demographics and a talent for distilling complex technical data into simple but accurate project messaging. Moira is responsible for writing and delivering consultation plans, managing community and stakeholder engagement activities and is experienced in establishing and managing community reference groups. She is also highly skilled at managing stakeholder and community expectations and building community confidence.

Rania Wannous

Rania Wannous

Senior Project Manager

A communications professional with over 18 years’ experience, Rania has worked in high-profile organisations including the National Rugby League, the England & Wales Cricket Board and Visit London delivering public relations, content-led support, issues management and government relations. A confident team player with exceptional writing skills, Rania has a strong track record of effectively translating complex and sensitive issues into simple language. Rania’s experience has been gained in Australia and the United Kingdom in senior positions that involved working with internal and external audiences, public relations in traditional and new media, providing strategic advice at CEO/Senior Management level, and crisis communications. Her wide-ranging media, PR and government experience means her advice is sought for initiatives that best raise the profile of an organisation and its leaders. 

Scott Strain

Scott Strain

Programme Director

Scott is an internationally experienced senior executive with over ten year’s success in Australia, New Zealand and China. Scott has expertise in stakeholder and government relations, business development, strategy formulation and delivery. Scott has strong collaboration and relationship management skills with a proven track record of aligning business objectives, culture and stakeholder priorities to deliver great results for clients and stakeholders alike.

Susanne Taylor

Susanne Taylor

Senior Project Manager

Susanne has over 25 years’ experience as a Communications Specialist working at an international level in Australia, South East Asia and the UK. She is highly skilled in community and stakeholder engagement, issues and crisis management, social impact assessment, and strategic communications. Susanne has valuable experience delivering successful outcomes on large and complex projects from inception to implementation across infrastructure, transport, Government, and social development industries. She has worked in both the public and private sector and gained an understanding of Government processes and social policy development. From working with diverse groups of people internationally, Susanne has displayed an ability to overcome cultural barriers and adapt to any environment.

Toni Rankin

Toni Rankin

Project Director

Toni is a media professional with over 20 years’ experience designing and developing communications and stakeholder management strategies that deliver on strategic goals, demonstrating a thorough knowledge and understanding of client needs. She has worked for major television networks across Australia and spent nine years providing media and issues management advice to the NSW State Government. Toni is highly regarded for her skills in anticipating issues, designing effective management strategies and guiding clients through complex stakeholder engagement processes. Her communications and engagement experience spans a range of government portfolios and departments including planning, treasury, health, education, housing, community services and Aboriginal Affairs. She has developed successful solutions for clients including the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, NSW Department of Planning, DEXUS, Mirvac, the University of Technology Sydney and the Salvation Army.