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 and co-founder 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 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.
Senior Consultant Madeleine has a background in urbanism, social research and international development. With a portfolio of projects through Australia, Asia and the South Pacific, Madeleine has experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has a passion for strategy design, complex problem solving and making communities more liveable, equitable and resilient.
Siobhan brings to Capire her experience in social research and her strong commitment to community and social justice. Siobhan is passionate about equal representation in community engagement, focusing on the engagement of under-represented people. Siobhan is a critical and creative thinker, and has a love of engaging, questioning and problem solving.
Will joins the team as a 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.
Denise Francisco is a Principal 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.
Taegen Hannah is a senior consultant with over 14 years’ experience planning and delivering master-planned developments and community infrastructure.
Taegen has deep understanding of development and complex stakeholder negotiations, having worked across State and Local Government and within the commercial sector.
Taegen has a passion for collaborative decision-making that involves diverse individuals and groups working together. It is this collaborative aspect that leads to the most robust and appropriate outcomes for all stakeholders.
Fabian is Capire’s research coordinator – he ensures that the data we collect is of the highest quality; rich and accurate. Fabian brings his deep experience from a background in clinical pharmacy and public health surveillance systems. An epidemiologist with impeccable data collection, analysis and interpretation skills, Fabian has built pharmaceutical systems in developing countries for The World Health Organisation, The World Bank and DFAT in countries such as East Timor, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu and with populations such as CALD communities, young people, drug users, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
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.
Ben Neil came to Capire from senior roles in the private, community and public sectors, with significant experience sitting on volunteer boards.
Ben’s unique skills translate strategic thinking in to operational reality and brings a rare perspective to any conversation. He always ensures that the stakeholder’s voice is at the centre of any process or decision.
Ben passionately believes community engagement should be genuine and that ALL stakeholders are of equal value. He has worked with groups as diverse as Indigenous young people, urban public housing communities, disability clients and migrant women.
In every setting Ben is committed to finding the social, economic and cultural partnerships that achieve the best outcomes.
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.
Koel is an experienced community and stakeholder engagement consultant. She has designed and delivered a range of community engagement processes including deliberative panels, community visioning projects, state-wide policy reviews and workplace behaviour change. For many years Koel has also has been involved in empowering youth to be environmental leaders and drive positive change both in Australia and overseas.
Koel brings an abundance of energy to every process, and aims to make every engagement event accessible enjoyable and rewarding for participants. She is dedicated to bridging the gap between people and policy makers to improve the equity and sustainability of our cities.