Co Founder / Director
Co-founder and director Amy Hubbard is one of Australia’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. Amy is a current director of IAP2 Australasia.
C / Social equity, the four boys in my life, exploring new cities, running and more running! /
CEO / Director
Sandra is a passionate engagement leader who brings over 15 years’ experience delivering improved engagement outcomes for people and projects throughout Australia, the UK and the Pacific. Her extensive knowledge in community engagement and passion for organisational development supports companies to develop purposeful and effective engagement strategies. Sandra specialises in facilitating community participation in planning approval processes and project design, providing strategic engagement advice on major projects to clients across both private and public sectors.
C / People planning projects, hanging with the fam, Melbourne by bike /
Co Founder / Director
Co-founder and director, 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.
C / Participation in the planning process, raising the next generation, DIY, surviving outdoor adventures. /
Associate / Team Lead - People / Director
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.
C / Empowering people with tools for development, celebrating equality and diversity, the outdoors. /
Graphic Design & Project Assistant
Femi is an accomplished visual communicator with strong skills throughout the whole creative process, from concept to production, and delivery. Previous to Capire, Femi has been responsible for concept, design and brand consistency across multiple public engagements, activations, businesses, and organisations – architecture, museums, corporate, governments, events, and education in Canada and Australia. She is enthusiastic, analytical, creative and used to prioritising under tight deadlines. With a keen eye for detail. She cherishes working on projects with a community and social focus.
C/ Mountains, exploring new places and trails by foot, listening to and learning from others, running, reading, drawing, making.
Associate / Sector Lead - Government
Denise Francisco is an Associate 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.
C / Hanging at the market, Melbourne’s cuisines, learning from people’s stories, scraping the underbelly of foreign places. /
Martin joins Capire following a completion of the Master of Urban Planning and Environment at RMIT. With proven skills in communication and customer service, experience in community engagement practice and theory, as well as a passion in urban and town planning. Martin has gained valuable experiences in the practice of community development from a planning context. He is experienced in research and data analysis and supporting engagement planning and delivery. Martin is passionate about the opportunities offered by community engagement and is excited about its role in helping deliver good community outcomes.
C / The planning process / Australian politics / exploring nature / autumn days / Le Tour De France. /
Matthew’s experience in the public service and start-up technology enterprise has taught him how to build teams, projects and organisational culture to solve complex social and environmental challenges. His career in public policy, communications and engagement and start-up entrepreneurship has spanned twelve years. The last eight focused on founding an online community engagement and advisory company driving public sector performance. Since 2013 Matthew has delivered over 2000 public sector engagements working across three tiers of government. His work has led to radical increases in positive reputation for government agencies and created new opportunities for collaborative policy development and design with communities, customers and stakeholders.
C / Straight talking, family guy, great in the kitchen, prefers running over walking. /
Taegen Hannah is an Associate 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.
C / Playing music, celebration, dinner parties and picnics, listening, discussing ideas, questioning. /
Associate / Team Lead - Place
Eleanor is an engagement specialist with wide-ranging experience working with decision makers to connect with their communities. She brings a warm and genuine approach to community, stakeholder and client relationships. Eleanor enjoys challenging the traditional approaches, encouraging colleagues and clients to think differently and recognise that every project is unique and requires a bespoke engagement approach.
C / Ideas as open knowledge, progressing the engagement practice, coffee and sunshine, my small person /
Jacob combines his experience in facilitation and community engagement to deliver meaningful engagement strategies. As a recent graduate from the Master of Urban Planning, he has gained relevant insights into contemporary social planning practices and the impact of inclusive participatory planning processes. Jacob is passionate about equity and inclusivity. Fostering a safe environment for conflicting interests and developing strong community relationships amongst stakeholders, Jacob is determined to design engagement strategies which acknowledge and reflect the true diversity in our communities.
C / active listening / unlearning / drawing and second-hand interior decorating.
Janine is a community engagement consultant who is qualified in the field of urban planning and design. Through her academic and professional experience, she has developed strong communication skills which she applies to support community contributions to planning and policy development. Janine combines her wealth of experience in hospitality and marketing to deliver creative, purposeful, and welcoming engagement strategies.
C / Exploring new cities, cooking with friends, summer weekends on the coast, winning the Canning St. sprint. /
Associate / Sector Lead - Infrastructure
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.
C / Giving community a voice, exercise and carb loading, spending time in Ireland and with my family. /
Associate / Sector Lead - Local Government
With over 15+ years working across local and state government, Clare joins Capire Consulting Group in a newly created role to support the local government sector to engage well. This role is an opportunity to bring together her extensive knowledge of effective community engagement processes and the role of local government in creating and maintaining thriving communities. Clare is passionate and knowledgeable about democratic innovations to support meaningful and inclusive engagement. Seeing how a collective voice - representing the values of their community – is given the time, information and agency to make good decisions.
C / Curious about the opportunity of change, music in all forms, practitioner networks, nature and Bea. /
Associate / Sector Lead - Social Inclusion & Housing
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.
C / Disrupting the process, discovering new short cuts on my bike, standing on the Northern Terrace watching Melbourne Victory. /
Operations & Impact Manager
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.
C / Sunshine, family and friends, building to a healthy community, peanut butter, experiencing other cultures. /
Astrid is an engagement and social sustainability consultant with over 13 years’ experience providing social assessments and designing and delivering engagement programs. She has worked on infrastructure projects in the transport, power and water sectors including project of state and federal significance. Astrid applies a social research lens to her engagement practice to support rigorous analysis, evaluation and reporting. Astrid’s focus on evidence-based decision making delivers tailored, practical approaches to enhance benefits for her clients and their communities.
C / The census, blue skies, pickles, cities in transition. /
Tiffany is a Senior Consultant with extensive experience in placemaking and urban development within rapidly growing neighbourhoods in Hong Kong, Myanmar and Thailand. Tiffany has led various scales of stakeholder engagement programs and delivered cultural mapping and placemaking projects to promote place identity and sense of place. She is skilled in engaging stakeholders with diverse cultural and ethnical backgrounds.
C / Wonton noodles, flat white and sea breeze, empowering locals, identity, cultural heritage. /
Kathleen is a community engagement consultant. Joining the team with experience working across consulting and tertiary education sectors on energy infrastructure, social research and policy analysis projects. Recently she has worked on multiple large-scale energy infrastructure projects. Delivery has included community engagement for projects undergoing a Victorian environment effects statement, a review of project design options from a stakeholder engagement perspective and developing a communications toolkit for the government and industry to share complex technological information with the broader community. Her passion is to find creative ways to give communities a voice that can help transform the places, policies and issues important to them.
C / Amplifying the unheard, cities and places for people, sunshine, being outdoors. /
Administration, Marketing & Events Coordinator
Jeremy Worthington-Oades is our marketing and events coordinator. 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.
C / Cultivating relationships, natural history, exploring our planet, sharks. /
Melissa is a community engagement consultant with rich experience across statutory and strategic planning, working for local and state government and the not-for-profit sector. With a passion for projects which represent the whole of community, celebrate diversity and give a voice to those who might otherwise not have a platform, Melissa believes in genuine engagement as the best means for lasting change through shared ownership of places and decisions.