Having served as a senior planning officer in the United Kingdom and with five years' experience as a senior engagement specialist with Auckland Council, Jo has extensive knowledge and skills when it comes to consulting communities and stakeholders. Her job? To bring the views of stakeholders and the community to the project team, which better informs decisions and outcomes.
As an engagement specialist, Jo has consulted on several large New Zealand Transport Agency projects including an indicative business case for the Melling Intersection (SH2) and a new expressway from Ōtaki to north of Levin. On projects like these, Jo uses multi-platform tools to inform and gather feedback from affected landowners, key stakeholders, and the wider community. For large projects, it often takes several rounds of community engagement to maintain client reputation and community trust.
When Jo isn’t designing and running engagement processes, she might be playing the tourist in her own city, swimming at Parnell Baths, or working in her apiary.