Capire Consulting Group is a specialist community engagement company.
We design and deliver tailored engagement strategies to build understanding, create local ownership and to inform sustainable decision making.
We use a lens of diversity, inclusion and accessibility to maximise social benefit on all our projects.
Our team are skilled listeners, communicators, researchers, facilitators and problem solvers.
Identifying values, understanding needs and planning for action
Building capacity, strengthening relationships and informing decisions
Enabling groups, nurturing wisdom and cultivating potential
Purposeful, strategic insights, great relationships.
Principal consultant, Todd Beavis, leads our team providing strategic communication services to help organisations engage with their communities, build great relationships, enhance their reputation and achieve their goals. With a focus on stakeholder engagement, issues management and digital media, he specialises in working with senior leaders to develop thoughtful strategies in response to complex operational and stakeholder issues.
Principal Jo Cannington brings a unique blend of social and strategic planning and stakeholder engagement experience to project teams. With a background in state government, local government and private consultancy, Jo’s work has developed a deep commitment to rigorous, evidence-based collaborative planning.
Principal consultant, Agata Chmielewski, has an extensive background in community engagement, social planning and policy development. Agata has been involved in the development and implementation of community and economic development strategies and has extensive experience in developing processes to build capacity in the community.
Community engagement consultant Sam Cremean joins the team with a diverse portfolio of multimedia and placemaking projects in Australia and Asia. Adding urban planning to his qualifications, he provides a broad approach to community engagement, combining digital media and social research skills with a dedication to making our places more socially and environmentally sustainable.
Will joins the Capire team as a graduate consultant, bringing with him experience in the NGO sector in Australia and abroad. Will has a range of social research, analytical and community engagement skills, which he is complementing with an Urban Planning Qualification. Above all, Will is committed to social justice and the development of fair and equitable urban environments.
Consultant Elly brings a unique set of multidisciplinary skills with a background in psychology, community development and design. Elly’s experiences include collaborating with all levels of government as well as community and private sectors. Elly is passionate about innovative and inclusive urban planning that maximise social outcomes for the community.
Toby has a diverse background in visual communications, having worked throughout Asia as a designer, photographer, illustrator and film-maker – often in the field of social marketing. He has deep experience with cross-cultural, civic education and behavioural change communications. Toby is adept at crafting work that cuts through boundaries in a fast-changing world.
Andrew Howard is a senior community and stakeholder engagement consultant with a keen interest in re-framing decision making processes. Andrew’s skills, combined with his passion for continuous improvement, innovation and engagement, ensures he is well positioned to ensure maximum benefit for the community, the project and the client.
As a senior consultant Eleanor is an experienced engagement specialist with a passion for inclusive community engagement. Eleanor is warm and genuine in her approach to community, stakeholders and client relationships. Her experiences have equipped her with wide-ranging research, conceptual and analytical skills including strategic communication, event design and management, facilitation and qualitative analysis.
Capire CEO, Amy Hubbard, is one of Victoria’s most recognised stakeholder and community engagement specialists. She has worked extensively with state and local governments on significant infrastructure, urban renewal and public policy projects in Australia and overseas. Amy delivers community engagement training, undertakes formal evaluations and is a highly regarded facilitator.
As a Capire graduate consultant, Melanie comes from a background in international and community development and is in the final stages of her Masters of International Development. She loves working closely with multicultural stakeholders and has worked in Vietnam, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and other diverse communities in Australia and NZ. She enjoys transforming knowledge into stakeholder-friendly information.
Paulina Marron joins us as a graduate consultant from a diverse background in data analytics, mathematics, visual art and developing community programs. Paulina is passionate about the unique ways communities can generate better solutions for a sustainable future.
Madeline is a community engagement consultant with a background in live art, participatory design and placemaking. She uses her creative experiences to engage people on an interpersonal level, through workshops and events. Madeline’s passion is to facilitate meaningful community collaboration that has the power to evoke vastly innovative ideas and materialise them into unimagined outcomes.
Niamh is an experienced community and stakeholder consultant. Niamh works on planning and infrastructure projects ranging from state significant to locally important in nature. Niamh designs engagement strategies and activities that ensure broad participation whilst allowing clients to obtain meaningful feedback to inform their strategic and project objectives.
Alisha is the heartbeat of Capire, responsible for smooth operations of our busy office, as well as providing admin support to the Capire team. Alisha’s deft organisational mind is the result of her deep experience in both the corporate and social sectors.
Mollie is an experienced consultant with a focus on engagement and collaboration. Specifically, Mollie’s experiences have provided her with the skills to work across different tiers of government, and alongside communities and stakeholders to build local capacities to undertake community-based planning, strategic planning and policy development.
Principal consultant and co-founder, Chris Robinson, has over 20 years technical experience in developing business and development strategies that creatively re-position projects to incorporate cultural, social, economic, governance and environmental aspects for maximum performance. Chris has specific skills in team stakeholder engagement and execution, partnership development, bid management and planning/management for complex infrastructure and community projects.
Astrid is a consultant with wide-ranging experience in community engagement and social development. Through her varied project work in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, Astrid has developed the versatility to tailor her approach to respond to specific project contexts and objectives, and is dedicated to delivering real world, useable outcomes.
Amy manages Capire’s daily operations, coordinating our business and finance functions, HR and OHS. She also manages our Green Office environmental plan, implementing internal change and sustainable practices. Amy works closely with CEO Amy Hubbard to enhance workflow, develop policies, implement business goals and improve processes.
Consultant Koel Wrigley, is an engagement consultant with a passion for environmental sustainability. Through the Australian Youth Ambassador program and other non-government organisations Koel has empowered youth to be environmental leaders and drive positive change. Koel is dedicated to bridging the gap between people and policy makers to improve the equity, environmental and social impact, and design of cities.