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Founder and Principal

For more than 15 years Todd has helped organisations make better decisions, build great relationships and achieve their goals. Recognising the importance of connecting communities,  he founded in 2017 to work with government and other organisations to strengthen engagement based on research and rigorous analysis.

With a focus on engaging communities on the ground and digitally, he specialises in working with organisations to develop thoughtful strategies in response to complex community and stakeholder issues. Todd has led the design and delivery of communication and engagement programs for major projects within the private and public sphere, working extensively with the local government sector.

Research Advisor


Philip has spent the past decade investigating the relationship between communication and political decision making. He continues to research the influence of digital media on public discussion and civic engagement, and he runs the Digital Social Systems Lab at RMIT University, which designs research and builds software to study the impact of technology on society. His research has been published in international journals in the fields of computing, new media, political and social science. 

Philip joined to develop the research capability that drives our approach to engagement based on intelligence. He is responsible for the development of our insight based model and for developing engagement strategies using those insights.


MADELEINE BRENNAN - Senior Consultant

Madeleine is professional communicator with experience across both government and industry. Her work as a journalist and editor in rural and community newspapers has shaped her knowledge of key issues affecting both metropolitan and regional communities. Specialising in writing, editing and PR for the agriculture, energy, and environment sectors, she has reported on inquiries, prepared ministerial briefings for both state and federal governments, and assisted in the delivery of policy submissions for industry bodies. She is adept at getting to the crux of an issue quickly, and understanding it in the broader state and federal context.

Madeleine has worked for a wide range of clients from the Australian Institute of Energy; Australian Council for Private Education and Training; Clean Energy Council; Dairy News Australia; Department of Human Services; Manufacturing Australia; Rural News Group (NZ); Sustainability Victoria and 3 Pillars Network

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Business Manager

Ulli has spent the last 15 years ensuring the delivery of successful projects. With a Master of Business Management and an extensive background in project management, she has been responsible for the successful planning and execution of projects across the communications and tourism industries both in Australia and Europe.

With experience across both government and industry, Ulli has demonstrated an adept ability to define the project scope, managing competing priorities and deliver on time and budget. Before joining i.e to manage project delivery, she worked for Visit Victoria, Midnightsky Consulting, Tourism Holdings Limited, and Unitster GmbH Project and Product Management.

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Aykut is a recent graduate from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Media Studies and a Master of Strategic Communication, bringing a Millennial’s perspective on social media and technology to the team.

For the past three years, he has been the Social Media Manager for AM-UNITY, an online magazine for Amnesty youth across Australia which explores human rights issues. He provides social media and digital strategy advice to a range of clients, to build online communities of interest and extending the reach of our engagement activities.

His work is based on a strong theoretical understanding developed through his research on how brands and organisation can build recipricol relationships with their audiences and stakeholders in the digital age.

HOLLY CAMPBELL - Consultant 

Holly is a recent graduate from the University of Melbourne in Art History and has a keen interest in developing creative platforms that increase community engagement within a broader arts environment. She has worked in both the public and commercial arts sector across a range of administrative and programming positions.

Holly has previously provided curatorial support for Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre and worked as a gallery assistant for New Zealand Gallery Paul Nache, attending international art fairs. She has also been a part of the team responsible for the non-for profit arts organisation Nite Art for three years. 


GWENDOLYNE O'DEA - Consultant 

With over ten years’ experience working in public relations and a range of creative industries, Gwendolyne specialises in providing strategic communication services to help organisations deliver campaigns of substance.

Gwendolyne has assisted in the design and delivery of communication and media and social media strategies for major projects within both the corporate and not for profit sector. This includes managing media relations for the launch of the Scanlon Social Cohesion Report (the Scanlon Foundation), assisting in the coordination and launch of Women in Media, and creating content and crafting media releases for the launch of the Sensis e-Business Report.