A big hearted team

What makes us different is our unique skills and experiences from our varied professions. What unites us is our passion for community contribution. We have heart and we can relate with your community, because we are all active in our own communities.

Cindy Plowman (aka The Strategist)

Community and Urban Development

Conversation Caravan founder Cindy has extensive experience in social planning, placemaking and delivering programs across a wide range of government and non-government organisations. She is adept in both community and urban development sectors, undertaking social infrastructure planning, engagement, research, analysis and evaluation. She holds a Masters in Environment and Planning and is trained in behavioural profiling as well as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Cindy brings her understanding of human behaviour to her project management to create environments and opportunities conducive to conversation. She is passionate about fostering relationships between organisations and agencies, and the communities that they are working in. She does this by upskilling staff and mentoring people through the consultation process. Cindy is effective at building understanding to create favourable experiences within communities. She enjoys building trust with the community, who are then willing to give their precious time to participate in projects and process, rather than go directly to decision makers.

When not working she finds people and causes to contribute to, whether it’s developing a Strategic Plan for a local sporting club or applying for grants for her local Lifesaving Club, Cindy is always looking for ways to improve communication.

Kate Wilby (aka The Good Samaritan)

Youth Engagement and Participation

Kate’s career is solidly grounded in youth work - she has worked with young people at risk and families experiencing financial and emotional hardship. She has held roles with the YMCA and YSAS and is passionate about giving young people the opportunity to shape the creation and future direction of their communities. Kate holds a Bachelor of Art - Youth Affairs and is an advocate for learner-centred education, ensuring young people access education that is best suited to their learning style and capability.

Kate volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House providing entertainment and support for children in care. When she is not there she is in the garden at her children’s school teaching children about sustainability and food.

Liz Orlov (aka The Sounding Board)

Community and stakeholder engagement

Liz is an experienced health planner and has worked in a variety of community health sector environments, public, private and not-for-profit organisations included. She is experienced in working and engaging with rural communities where health is often an afterthought and working with primary care providers to improve community health outcomes.

Liz has extensive experience designing and delivering recreation, health and capital works engagement projects. Liz’s last five years have been focused on community development and the improvement of recreation infrastructure. Working within organisations like Inner South Community Health Service, City of Kingston and Bayside City Council.

Liz holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion) and IAP2’s Certificate in Public Participation. Taking the conversation to the community rather than expecting them to come to you is a philosophy that underpins all of Liz's work. She also believes no group is too hard to reach!
Liz is passionate about people being connected to their communities and holds a volunteer position on a community engagement committee with her local Council.

Liz is a retired netballer, sausage dog enthusiast and loves nothing more than entertaining friends and family at home.

Monique Cosgrove (aka The Expeditionist)

Social planning and development

Monique has experience across a range of sectors that include not-for-profit and private organisations, as well as local and state government agencies. In each of these roles she has created opportunities for society’s more vulnerable members to engage and participate in their community.

Monique holds a Bachelor of Planning and Design (Architecture) and postgraduate qualifications in social science. She has more than 15 years’ experience designing and delivering social justice initiatives and is passionate about challenging stereotypes and social norms. Her experience ranges from community engagement and development, strategic program design, policy, research, and health promotion.

Recent Project Experience:
• Youth Strategy (Loddon Shire Council)
• Glenelg Shire 2040 Community Plan (Glenelg Shire)
• Perceptions of Safety (City of Casey)

Yvette Gray (aka The Correspondent)

Media Communications Coordinator

Yvette is our communications specialist, who has almost 20 years’ experience in the media industry. She is an award winning journalist, working as a reporter, presenter and producer for TV, radio, print and online.

Yvette is also experienced in public relations, having worked as a senior media adviser and manager at Life Saving Victoria. She knows what it takes to make a good story and how to gain media interest.

Yvette enjoys spending time with like minded people and giving back to the community. A love of rowing led Yvette into surfboats and volunteer lifesaving. These days she is also busy being a mum and still has a strong passion for health and fitness.

Recent Project Experience:
• Perceptions of Safety (City of Casey)
• Healthy Tracks (City of Port Phillip)
• Youth Strategy (Loddon Shire Council)
• Glenelg Shire 2040 Community Plan (Glenelg Shire)

Andrew Holman (aka The Problem Solver)

Health Promotion and Recreation Planning

Andrew (Drew) holds a Bachelor of Health Science and has spent almost 20 years working in the health sector. He has worked with on the front line as a Physiotherapist and has designed frameworks to improve client treatment and care. He has worked in large agencies like Ambulance Victoria and Alfred Health as well as smaller health practices. Problem solving and finding a better way always the common thread is Drew’s forte`.

Drew’s direct experiences in health ensure his approach is considerate of perspectives advocating for improved outcomes for consumers and balancing strategic direction and funding obligations for agencies. Drew is passionate about having the often difficult conversations about health to ensure systems remain focused on prevention, promotion and care. Drew is also constructs many of the Conversation Caravan props; although not on Pinterest or Instagram himself, he likes it when his props are re-Pinned!

When not in the shed or in the field, he is rowing. Though taking a break currently, he has spent 17 years sitting on sporting club committees, liaising with Council and integrating clubs into the community. He now focuses on maintenance, building racks and maintaining boats in any spare time he has.

Nathan Jackson (aka Design Superhero)

Graphic Designer

Nathan is a creative with interests in Design, Illustration and Photography who is a passionate art & photography gallery attendee. He is a lifelong learner and always on the lookout for new ways to creatively communicate projects.

Nathan has a Diploma in Graphic Design where he was awarded a Dean’s List award.
Whilst studying he entered such competitions as the Adelaide Fringe Festival poster competition, and was a top 40 entrant.

Outside of study and working for Conversation Caravan, Nathan has worked as a volunteer Graphic Designer for clubs he used to DJ at, along with a Cycle Club that he used to be part of whilst a bicycle messenger.

He has entered such competitions as: Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Yarra Trams design, Medela - Breast Feeding poster & Just Another Agency - The Next Level, illustration competition.

Haydn Lock (aka the Spatial Conceptualist)

Spatial Conceptualisation

Bachelor of Architectural Design, Monash University
Certificate 3/4 Building Design

Haydn is a recent graduate of the Monash architecture program which has given him an adept understanding of spatial conceptualisation and application.

Projects that have ranged from small community gardens to large scaling residential constructions have allowed Haydn the chance to refine his 3d modelling, planning, spatial analysis and presentation skills. He seeks to apply this learned knowledge to projects with real world application, aiming to assist in community developments that are of importance to the greater public.

Highly motivated to find meaningful experience and results in the projects he tackles, Haydn seeks to continue to develop his abilities for the betterment of himself and the communities he is fortunate enough to work with.

Jess Fischmann (aka The Global Citizen)

Psychology and Social Change

Jess’ career has centred around teaching secondary school social studies and psychology. With over a decade of teaching experience, Jess has worked with students from a range of diverse backgrounds and abilities in Australia and the UK. Her teaching centres around sustainability and global citizenship and encouraging students to engage with a range of issues in the world around them.
In recent years Jess has spent time working as a freelance curriculum writer and developing teacher support materials for publishing companies. She’s also developing her skills in producing social media content to assist her rowing club to engage with the local community.
When she isn’t teaching, talking or writing she can generally be found either rowing or eating.

Dennis Kamau

Conversation Facilitator

Dennis believes in the opportunity created through conversation. Shared understanding and a diverse viewpoint.
Dennis is fluent in Swahili and Zulu and works also as a teachers aid supporting children that have recently immigrated to Australia adjust to their new life and education.

Lets book in a time to have a coffee and talk about working together.