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.
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.
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.
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.
Consultant Madeleine joins the team with experience in social research and urbanism. With a portfolio of projects through Asia, Australia and the South Pacific, Madeleine has gained experience in both public and private sectors. She has a strong foundation in complex problem solving and a passion to make communities more liveable and resilient.
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.
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.
Denise Francisco is a senior consultant with extensive experience in social planning, policy, project delivery and programs for a wide range of government and non-government organisations. She is adept in both community and urban development sectors at undertaking social infrastructure planning, engagement, research, analysis and communications. Her desire is to see an inclusive planning landscape for our future communities, to involve all voices in their environment.
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.
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.
Kathlin is an experienced engagement specialist who excels in bringing a capacity building partnership approach to complex planning projects. Kathlin’s diverse experiences in government, not-for-profit and private consultancies have given her broad strategic and place-based skills in inclusive community development.
Anna is a digital engagement expert who comes to Capire from a background in government. She has worked on urban renewal, strategic policy, corporate planning, infrastructure, and community building projects, and is always looking for emerging digital innovations to explore. Anna is passionate about designing digital engagement that is interactive and accessible. She is committed to providing digital solutions that reach a broader cross-section of the community and compliment traditional community engagement activities.
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.
Liz is an engagement specialist with a background in non-profit management and social impact programs. Liz has worked extensively with young people and is passionate about hearing the voices of those under-represented in our society. She has a love of questioning, facilitating and blue-sky dreaming.
Anna is a community engagement consultant with a background in architecture and urban research. She wants to help citizens engage deeply with the city in which they live, to collaborate on creating their own ‘designs for living’. Anna passionately believes that community involvement in decision making leads to more inclusive and resilient future cities.
Jeremy Worthington-Oades is our marketing and events co-ordinator. From a background in public relations, communications and event management, he has been in the driving seat of many successful global campaigns and projects. Jeremy brings his innumerable talents to Capire; helping us develop communications strategy and ensuring smooth operations – no matter what, when or where.
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.