Margaret is a founder and Director of PlanCom Consulting Pty Ltd. She has been a community engagement professional for over 20 years and is committed to working to provide opportunities for the public to influence decisions that may impact them. Through providing advice, developing engagement plans, training teams and auditing and reviewing programs she assists governments and private companies to continuously improve how they engage.
The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) seeks her advice on engagement policy and approaches. As a member of the DPE Panel of Chairpersons for Community Consultative Committees (CCCs) she currently chairs Community Consultative Committees for the controversial Sydney Football Stadium, Clarence Valley Correctional Centre, Collector Wind Farm and Broken Hill North Mine. CCCs are often established for state significant projects as part of the Conditions of Consent for the project to help to maintain an ongoing relationship between the project proponent and the community through construction and operations.
She is a trainer for the IAP2 international training programs, these training programs are conducted around the world and include the five day certificate and the two day course “Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation” – this training being based on the work of Dr Peter Sandman. She has conducted IAP2 International training in Australia, NZ, USA, Singapore, Thailand and, later this year, in Malaysia.