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Board & Volunteers

The Victoria Chapter is led by a dedicated team of volunteers, who are communication professionals from a cross section of disciplines, backgrounds and talents. The board manages the day to day operations and administration and financials of the Chapter, representing the IABC at a local level.

The board consists of elected members voted by the members of the chapter annually. The board works very closely with the association across Australia, the Asia Pacific Region and at an international level, ensuring that our members get the most out of their membership.

There are also a number of volunteers who work with the board offering their time and energy on the many projects within the chapter, delivering greater benefits with belonging to an international association on a local level.

Meet your team of volunteers below.

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Ivan Levacic

President

Ivan’s holistic perspectives are honed by a lifelong impulse to see things from both sides of the fence.

He has deep experience across the Communications spectrum – working above, below and through the line, on client and agency side, in corporate and government sectors.

Starting as a copywriter, Ivan moved through the agency ecosystem to become an agency General Manager in Melbourne, before eventually leaving to become a founding partner in integrated agencies WMC 360 Degrees and the Graffiti Group.

In recent years, I van has moved into Government communications at both State and Federal level, with a focus on essential services, social and behavioural agendas.

He is currently Brand Activation Manager at City West Water, with responsibilities across brand development, behavioural marketing and customer research and insights.

Ivan joined IABC Victoria to continue to learn from the best in the business, and to help advocate for excellence in Communications practice.

Phone: 0404 134 301

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Danielle Jorgensen

Vice President

Whether it be corporate or personal, Danielle is thoroughly fascinated by brand behaviour. She is committed to starting with who and why, creating alignment between who you are, what you do and what you say. This applies to brands, organisation and people. Danielle has lived and worked extensively within APAC building successful brands for global and local companies. Her industry experience ranges from Asia Director of Marketing roles in China, to National Strategic Relationships and Sales positions in Australia. Recognised as an expert in personal brand in the workplace, Danielle was a speaker at TEDx Shanghai Women. Now the Director of Tribe Twenty, a consultancy specialising in brand transformation, Danielle focuses on the actions and behaviours that reveal, build and transform organisation, personal and brand culture. She is on a mission to educate on the importance of authenticity in brand.

Phone: +61 474 499 531

Deb Lemcke

Immediate Past President

Deb is the Director of The Launch Box, a strategic communications agency that works with a wide range of government, community and private clients covering all aspects of the communications spectrum from strategy to implementation, media relations, issues management and events. Her greatest strength – apart from her sparkling personality – is her ability to create the right team and solutions to deliver projects on time and within budget.

With almost 20 years’ experience, Deb has a passion for working within the public sector and for-purpose space. She is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently sits on two Boards.

A strategic thinker with a keen ability to view issues/challenges from a broad perspective, Deb loves nothing more than using her networks in business, government and the community to achieve great results.

Mother to eight-year-old twins and a nine-year-old beagle, Deb has an excellent sense of humour and a story on hand to make you laugh.

Phone: 0478 742 263

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Ingrid Nienaber

Secretary

Ingrid is a Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs specialist with 16 years’ experience in internal, external and marketing communications. She has had roles in various countries in Europe and Asia Pacific for a large global company in the issue-rich chemical industry. Currently Ingrid is an independent consultant providing communications advice and services.

She joined the IABC Vic Board because of her passion for high quality communications, improving the reputation of communicators as experts in their fields and giving back to the communicators’ community by fostering exchange of best practices.

Ingrid is a highly regarded expert in media, public and government relations plus community outreach as well as in crisis communications and reputation management. Her strengths include delivering employee engagement, coaching senior leadership teams, and developing and empowering others to achieve their goals.

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Christopher Whitefield

Treasurer

Christopher has worked in a number of high-performing corporate affairs roles across government and the private sector over the past 12 years, managing corporate communication, government relations, investor relations, PR, marketing, digital media and brand.

He enjoys the the variety and challenges of high-performing corporate affairs functions and thrives in issues-rich environments, helping to promote his organisation's reputation and manage its reputation risk.

Christopher currently works as communications manager for leading public infrastructure investor, developer and manager, Plenary Group.

Christopher joined IABC in 2015, joined the board as treasurer in 2016 and looks forward to contributing to the 2017 board, further improving his professional development and networking opportunities.

Christopher holds a Master of Business (with distinction) from RMIT University, a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and a Diploma of Investor Relations from the Australasian Investor Relations Association.

Phone: 0418 530 806

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Jenna Waite-Leonard

Sponsorship Chair

Jenna is a media-savvy communicator and an authentic relationship builder with agency and in-house experience spanning government, not for profit, business and corporate sectors.

She has devised and implemented strategic solutions for a range of communications projects including behavioural change and awareness initiatives, brand reputation and media relations campaigns, and launch events.

Jenna is passionate about working on meaningful projects at Think HQ, an independent Melbourne communications consultancy specialising in social change campaigns.

She holds a Bachelor of Media and Communications (Public Relations) (Journalism) and a Diploma of Design Technology
In her spare time, you'll likely find Jenna on a tennis court, or camping and catching waves somewhere along the Great Ocean Road.

Phone: 03 9682 0259 (work)

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Molly Campbell

Region & Chapter Connections

Molly is a strategic communications professional passionate about public participation and the changes digital technology presents for communicators. She is currently a consultant on the Stakeholder Engagement, Communication and Research team at GHD, a global professional services firm.

Molly has worked in Canada and Australia and has been involved with IABC in Ottawa, Toronto as well as Canberra and Melbourne. She represented Canberra at the IABC 2016 World Conference where she built relationships with IABC’s APAC representatives as well as those from chapters worldwide. She looks forward to continuing to build ties across IABC’s global network anda contribute to the Victorian chapter in 2017.

Molly holds a Bachelor of Journalism (High Honours) from Carleton University in Ottawa and a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber Institute of Technology in Toronto, Canada.

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Penny Edmondson

Events Co-Chair

Penny has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate, consumer and employee communications, brand and advertising gained across a wide range of sectors both in London and Australia.

She has extensive experience in employee engagement and change, leading her to co-found M&P Partners, a strategic HR and communications consultancy, in late 2014. M&P’s clients include Nissan, Orica, AustralianSuper, Cbus, KPMG, Spotlight Retail Group, BHP Billiton, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Olympus Australia.

Delving into problems and distilling strategic and creative thinking is the most challenging and rewarding part of Penny’s work. She has a strong track record in advising companies on how to engage their stakeholders, and most importantly their employees, in a way that inspires action and facilitates change.

Outside of work, Penny enjoys spending time with her family of four, having friends over for dinner and the odd glass of red.

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Lauren Nowak

Events Co-Chair

Lauren is an Account Director at WE Buchan across both the Corporate and Investor Communication practices, managing teams in Melbourne and Sydney. She has over eight years’ experience in public relations and communication in Australia, working across local government, emergency services, regulation and the business sector. She currently manages integrated communication programs for financial services and professional services businesses, as well as working with ASX-listed companies, helping them better engage their shareholder register.

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Jacquie O’Brien

Student & Academic Liaison Chair

Jacquie has spent most of her working life in the communications field working both the agency and in-house sides of the craft.

Her passion lies in advocacy and campaigning having led the communications for key campaigns such as the Australian campaign to secure palm oil labelling through her role at Zoos Victoria. She has also worked in Indigenous affairs, environmental campaigning and advocacy and has just taken up a role with Marie Stopes Australia where she is working on de-stigmatising abortion and promoting sexual and reproductive health.

Jacquie has worked on projects that span international borders and has a particular interest in the field of social license and the critical role that communications plays in this area.

Jacquie is excited about her role on the board of the IABC, particularly in nurturing future leaders of the communications.

She holds a Masters of International Development and Environmental Analysis from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in PR from RMIT and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia.

Jacquie spends her spare time doing classical ballet, contemporary dance, swimming and loves to eat!

Phone: 0409 115 003

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Sarah Robertson

Brand/Communication Co-Chair

Sarah is a creative public relations professional and MBA student (La Trobe University), developing strategies across PR and content for both new and existing clients Keep Left, whilst simultaneously spreading the word about the Keep Left story and driving home their data-driven storytelling approach.

She has a generalist PR background, starting out on some of Australia's best known consumer brands, moving into the social change, corporate and personal finance space.

An established consultant on the Melbourne PR circuit, she is dedicated to providing high-impact results, sharing compelling brand stories that engage target audiences and talking about the little things that make big brands stand out.

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Sia Papageorgiou

Brand/Communication Co-Chair

Sia Papageorgiou is an experienced internal communication professional with a 20-year track record of delivering creative communication strategies and employee engagement programs that drive understanding, engagement and performance. She is currently Director, Strategic Internal Communication and Digital Media at Cropley Communication, an award-winning global communication consultancy. Throughout her career Sia has led high-performing, cross-functional teams and worked on major projects for clients across Australia and internationally, achieving results in challenging environments, delivering controversial areas of work and reaching disengaged employees. She specialises in best practice internal communication policies and standards, digital media, professional development, internal communication research, and employee and stakeholder engagement strategies that strengthen business operations and create a happier, more productive workforce. Sia holds a Bachelor of Arts Media and Communications, a Graduate Certificate in Management, and a Diploma in Business Administration.

An IABC member for over 10 years, Sia joined the IABC Victoria Board to exchange ideas with communication professionals from different industries and markets, and advocate the value of strategic communication.

Phone: 0414436147

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Verity Lowe

Brand/Communication Co-Chair [leave of absence]

Verity has thirteen years’ experience in corporate communications, working for large multi-disciplinary PR agencies in London, including Hill+Knowlton and MSL Group.

Verity is now Strategy Director at Melbourne-based independent PR and content agency Keep Left.

Verity is a member of Keep Left’s senior management team and leads its portfolio of technology and professional and financial services clients. She is a corporate communications all-rounder, with a particular passion for thought leadership and executive profiling.

In 2009, Verity was voted one of PR Week's '29 under 29' rising stars in the PR industry. She has executed corporate communication campaigns for some of the world’s largest companies, including HSBC, American Express, The Coca-Cola Company, Infosys and GE Money.

Verity joined IABC Victoria because of its strong sense of community and to experience working with comms professionals that have different backgrounds and specialties.

Phone: 03 9268 7814 (work)

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Fiona McGregor

Brand/Communication Co-Chair

Fiona has in excess of 10 years’ experience working in Communications, specialising in internal, change and project communications.

Fiona has worked for some of Australia’s largest corporates, including ANZ, Bupa, Vicinity Centres (formerly Centro) and Toll Group.

Currently, Fiona is an Internal Communications Manager at Foxtel, Australia’s largest subscription television provider. At Foxtel, Fiona is responsible for communications to the Customer Service, Customer Installations and Digital Service, spanning strategic, leadership and operational communications.

With a passion for writing engaging communications, Fiona joined the IABC Victoria Board with the intention of reinvigorating the chapter’s communications channels and learning more about the operations of a not-for-profit.

Phone: 03 8325 2851 (work)

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Rhianna Furdson

Membership Co-Chair (Individual)

Working across the spectrum of corporate and financial communications, Rhianna draws on close to ten years of executive advisory experience gained while providing strategic communications advice to companies operating in the infrastructure, resources, energy and agricultural sectors.

Currently, Rhianna is an Associate Director with Australia’s leading public affairs and corporate financial communications firm, GRACosway, a member of the Clemenger Group.

Rhianna enjoys being at the intersection of media, government and markets, having worked with a range of listed and private organisations to support their communications and engagement amid complex, thought provoking and highly scrutinised activity including; initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, organisational restructures and litigation.

Having relocated to Melbourne in 2015, Rhianna joined the IABC after witnessing first-hand the Victorian Chapter’s vibrant sense of community, strong networking and professional development opportunities.

Rhianna holds a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations and Digital Media) with first-class Honours from the University of Newcastle and a Diploma of Investor Relations from the Australian Investor Relations Association (AIRA). She is currently completing a Master of Finance and Banking at RMIT University, Melbourne.

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Kate Gore

Membership Co-Chair (Corporate)

Kate Gore is a Divisional Communications Manager at NAB and her current role involves advising and supporting leaders in the bank’s Business & Private Bank and Corporate & Institutional Bank divisions to engage their people on the company’s vision and strategy.

Prior to that, Kate worked at Telstra for ten years with her most recent role leading the internal social and digital publishing teams, which included Telstra’s innovative use of business collaboration tool Yammer. Other highlights included project management of the content for the 2014 Annual Report, responsibility for internal communications for Telstra’s FY14 Financial Results and running the communications program to support Telstra’s major property refurbishment projects in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.

Prior to Telstra, Kate worked for ANZ providing internal communications support for their wealth management division and also spent three years as a media spokesperson in their Media Relations team.

Kate joined IABC Victoria because she is passionate about creating valuable career development opportunities for the profession. Please contact me if you are interested in discussing how an IABC corporate membership can support your team by accessing industry leading insights, education, recognition and networking opportunities.

Phone: 0477 349 999

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Cerise Paul-Igai

Education Chair

Cerise is a communications all-rounder with a decade of corporate communications experience in government, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Cerise has developed internal and external communications for print, digital, face-to-face, social media and audio-visual channels. She has also worked with creative agencies, managed suppliers and provided strategic communications advice for executive leaders. Her expertise includes strategy development, stakeholder management, leadership, tailoring communications solutions for micro and mass audiences, and meaningful change communications.

In 2015, Cerise won a Gold Quill for a groundbreaking communications initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences, featuring small business stories from the community.

Cerise joined IABC Victoria to make connections and contribute to thought-leadership in the industry locally, internationally and in the Asia-Pacific. Cerise has an affinity with this region, having lived in Malaysia and Australia, and wrote her Master of Communication thesis on public relations campaigns and the Australian identity.

Phone: 0404 015 896

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Monika Lancucki

Public Officer

Monika brings 20 years’ experience to her corporate affairs and investor relations practice. During that time she has advised senior management and Boards on all manner of internal and external corporate communications and provided strategic counsel on issues impacting clients’ industries and businesses. She has developed comprehensive communications strategies to deal with capital restructure, receivership, corporate restructure and change and has managed communications strategies across both traditional and social media platforms. Monika has taught public relations at Deakin University and currently works in corporate affairs at a top performing ASX listed company.

Monika has an Honours degree in Law, a degree in Commerce, a Diploma of Investor Relations and is an IABC Accredited Business Communicator (ABC).  Monika is also a four-time IABC Victoria Bronze quill winner and a multiple IABC Gold Quill winner. She serves as the Vice Chair of the IABC Gold Quill Awards Program and will Chair the program in 2016.

In her spare time, Monika can be found pounding the pavement, swimming, working on her yoga practice or exploring the world with her son or writing about it in her "traveling with kids" blog. She is also active on twitter @niska7.

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