Amelia is a social scientist who has been helping government’s understand and engage community for 15 years. She uses social science methods, technology and data analytics to make engagement more effective.
Amelia has worked with governments in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, engaging people and organisations in policy making, planning and the design and delivery of services and programs. A skilled facilitator, Amelia enjoys engaging with people from all demographics and sectors of society and naturally builds relationships.
She started her career doing triple bottom line assessment, and engagement for environmental policy and resource management with the Queensland government. In 2008 she moved to Canada where she spent two years working with the Ministry of Environment and Premier’s Innovation and Change team managing an open government pilot project. After a few years in a consultancy and some time with technology company servicing government, Amelia founded engage2 in 2013 which is now 4 years old.
Last year, under Amelia’s leadership engage2 managed civil society engagement in the development of the National Action Plan for Open Government in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that she helped the New Zealand Government’s Online Engagement Guidance and she is currently supporting NZ to implement the International Open Data Charter. She is also currently facilitating the NSW Academy and Alumni for Code for Australia and the NSW Department of Finance and Services which teaches public servants how to work across sectors to examine challenges using techniques like human centered design, digital transformation, agile development to innovate and deliver social outcomes.