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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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Danielle Jorgensen

President

Whether it be corporate or personal, Danielle is thoroughly fascinated by brand behaviour and the stories we tell. 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 most importantly, 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 MarComms 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.

Now the Director of Tribe Twenty, a consultancy specialising in brand transformation, Danielle focuses on the actions, stories 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.

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Jane Dullard

Vice President

Jayne is a former journalist, Executive and company CEO who develops communications programs to help leadership teams and the organisations they manage reach and influence essential audiences.

Before establishing Jayne Dullard Communications in February 2017, Jayne was Executive Director Communications at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne. She developed the hospital's award-winning social media footprint, and positioned RCH as Australia's most visited, online health service destination; and created the quarterly Australian Child Health Poll, which in its first year reached a cumulative audience of more than 100 million people with critical new research.

Jayne managed issues including a Royal Commission hearing into an historical child sex abuse case and an Ombudsman's corruption inquiry, and coordinated a nationally celebrated protest by RCH doctors against the held detention of refugee children. Jayne and her team at the RCH won the 2016 Asia Pacific Communications Award for internal/change communications, and the Victorian Public Healthcare Award for Community Engagement.

Before joining the RCH, Jayne was a Senior Adviser and ultimately CEO of the national issues management consultancy, Communications & Public Relations Pty Ltd, where she specialised in the design and delivery of campaigns to help regulated and risk averse businesses gain leverage, and build support for challenging decisions.

During a journalistic career spanning almost 20 years, Jayne worked for newspapers including The Age and The Kalgoorlie Miner, and was foundation Editor of Burma's first English-language newspaper, The Myanmar Times. She was co-host of 'The Body Politic' on radio 3RRR, and held a number of roles at ABC Radio including, most recently, Senior Producer of the Jon Faine morning news and current affairs program.

Jayne is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a certified practitioner of the Hermann Brain Dominance psychometric assessment tool, and Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

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-Dickens

Secretary

Ingrid 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.

She is a highly regarded expert in strategic media, public and government relations plus community outreach as well as in crisis communications and reputation management. This is built on a career in Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs of more than 15 years’ experience in internal, external and marketing communications across multiple business topics, with a track record of delivering change communications in large, multifaceted organisations.

Her strengths include delivering employee engagement, coaching senior leadership teams, and developing and empowering others to achieve their goals. Prior to working in Australia, she has held roles in Europe and Asia Pacific for a large global company in the issue-rich chemical industry.

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Lauren Nowak

Treasurer

Lauren leads WE Buchan’s corporate and investor communication practices in Melbourne, providing strategic direction and consultation to clients while managing a number of account teams to deliver results, and providing mentorship to junior staff.

She is responsible for developing integrated communication strategies, managing and leading national, regional and local communication campaigns to drive behavioural change, developing brand positioning in both B2B and B2C markets, and managing issues as required for clients.

Lauren has almost nine years’ experience in public relations and communication in Australia, working in local government, emergency services, regulation and the business sector - both agency and in-house.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) from Victoria University.

Phone: 03 8866 1211

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Carlos Fernandez

Partnership Chair

Carlos is a senior communications and corporate affairs leader. Currently working for online employment markets operator SEEK Ltd as Internal Communications Manager, Carlos has over fifteen years of international experience working with executives and other senior business leaders across multiple languages in a wide range of industries: Professional Services; Technology; B2B; B2C; Engineering; Manufacturing; and FMCG.

Passionate about business storytelling, new communication technologies and leading teams in cross-cultural contexts, Carlos’s personal strengths include adaptability, determination and lateral thinking.

Throughout his career, Carlos has worked to forge strong partnerships between private entities, governments, universities, and other industry stakeholders worldwide. He decided to join the IABC Victoria Board to create strategic partnerships that will provide long-term value and benefits for our members.

Carlos holds a Master of Marketing degree from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Marketing (with Honours) from San Ignacio de Loyola University in Lima, Peru. In his spare time, Carlos enjoys running, travelling, and going to the cinema.

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Kane Lillywhite

Events Chair

Kane commenced his communications career sitting atop a six foot chair, convincing the world’s best tennis players at the height of their competitive frustration that the ball was, in fact, out. You can’t be serious?

After 10 years as a professional tennis chair umpire, Kane returned to Melbourne and took up the position of Communications Advisor with the Parliament of Victoria, before moving to a leadership role at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as Communications Manager.

Kane is currently the resident Communications Specialist at Bunch, an independent communications and engagement group that partners with organisations to bring strategy to life.

With a passion for building authentic brand narratives that resonate and inspire action, Kane’s a firm believer that there’s not many problems that good communication can’t solve - but concedes that a nice home cooked meal could also do the trick.

Kane holds a double degree in Business and Commerce and Communications from Monash University, and a Masters of Business (Sport Management) from Deakin University.

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Christine Elmer

Student & Academic Chair

I am a corporate affairs leader with more than 20 years’ experience gained in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and industries including financial services, infrastructure, consulting, publishing, education and health.

Currently I am the Director of Marketing & Community Relations at Cabrini Health, a large multi-site healthcare service, where I report to the Chief Executive and lead a team of six staff.

I am at my best when leading communication & stakeholder engagement strategies for organisations that have a strong mission and alignment with purpose. My expertise includes reputation stewardship, branding, media/issues management, corporate & stakeholder communications, and community participation.

I have degrees in leadership, marketing, public relations, and professional writing and editing. I love my profession and am passionate about learning and professional development.

My membership of professional bodies includes the IABC, Asia-Pacific Association of Communication Directors, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Public Relations Society of America and the Melbourne Press Club.

Since 2015, I have been a member of the IABC’s Editorial Advisory Committee, which helps to shape the narrative of the organisation and serves our membership in a tangible way, and I am an Advisory Board Member at Seven Women Australia, a social enterprise working to empower marginalised people in Nepal.

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Sia Papageorgiou

Professional Development Chair

Sia Papageorgiou is an award-winning 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 where 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 extraordinary value of strategic communication.

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Rita Zonius

Brand & Communication Co-Chair

I'm an experienced corporate communications professional focused on helping organisations be the most collaborative they can be by using social technologies at work.

Before establishing The Enterprise Social Engineer, I led the Internal Digital Communications team at one of Australia’s top four banks, ANZ. It was there that I discovered the hard business benefits of working in a social way.

My work has been widely recognised as a ‘textbook’ example of building digital capability in an organisation and its people in a way that has delivered real business value.

My passion for social extends to sharing insights about social ways of working through my involvement as a co-host of weekly Twitter chat, #ESNchat.

As a seasoned communications professional who’s taken on the challenge of working with social technologies, I’m in a unique position globally to provide perspectives on the challenge of communicators learning to give up some control and shift their focus from being the message gatekeepers to being effective business partners in a digital workplace. This includes supporting people in their organisations to be effective and confident brand ambassadors through the purposeful use of social media generally.

My work has included providing CEOs and their senior leadership teams with advice and counsel spanning a range of specialist communication practices, including internal communications, media relations and issues management.

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Rhianna Fursdon

Membership Chair 

Rhianna draws on more than a decade of experience managing strategic communication and stakeholder engagement across controversial and highly contested environments. Beginning her career in the corporate sector, Rhianna has worked on a number of significant communications and investor relations programs for both private and ASX-listed entities.

Currently, Rhianna is a Director with Australia’s leading public affairs and corporate financial communications firm, GRACosway, a member of the Clemenger Group. Based in GRACosway’s Melbourne office, Rhianna advises on reputation and issues management, often in the context of intense public and regulatory scrutiny. She also provides strategic support to clients engaged in M&A, IPO and other transactions.

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) from the University of Newcastle and a Diploma of Investor Relations. She is currently completing a Master of Finance and Banking with RMIT University.

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