Helen Christensen is an engagement and facilitation specialist with over 10 years experience across local government as well as state government and the private sector.
She has held a variety of community engagement related positions in Queensland and Victoria where she has gained considerable experience in: planning, delivering and reporting a number of engagement processes; training people from a variety of industries to plan and deliver engagement; building organisational capacity to better engage communities and stakeholders; and, leading the development of frameworks and strategies.
She is currently based at University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Public Policy and Governance which incorporates the Centre for Local Government where she works as an Associate with the Institute and where she is a PhD candidate looking at how community engagement is professionalising in local government.
At the core of all her work is a passion for democracy and a genuine belief that everyone has the right to influence decisions that affect them and that systems can always be improved. Her training and facilitation style is energetic and enthusiastic as well as being clear and focused.
Helen holds graduation qualifications in education and the humanities and postgraduate qualifications in the social sciences.
Helen is licensed by the International Association of Public Participation Australasia (IAP2) to deliver the Certificate of Community Engagement.
She is a member of:
International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD)
Australian Political Studies Association (AusPSA)
Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics (AAPAE)
International Public Policy Association (IPPA)