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! /
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. /
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. /
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 /
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 - Social Inclusion
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. /
Associate / Team Lead - People
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. /
Caz brings experience in the community sector to her work in community engagement. She has worked with people with disabilities, people living in poverty, asylum seekers and refugees to provide community services in the Australia, the United Kingdom and Peru. Caz has worked with businesses, landowners and clients to engage and collaborate with key stakeholders across infrastructure, electrical supply upgrades, construction impacts and road upgrade projects. Caz is passionate about social and environmental justice and engaging communities to achieve the best possible outcomes
C / Working with diverse people and communities, growing a tiny veggie patch, exploring the great 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.