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.
A big hearted team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yvette also specialises 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 surf boats and volunteer surf lifesaving. These days she is also busy being a Mum and still has a strong passion for health and fitness.
Lee has worked for the likes of the Herald Sun, Postcards Magazine, Computerweek, The State Revenue Office and currently also runs her own Photography Business called Lee Bird Photography.
She moonlights as our Marketing Guru and is loving learning about all things conversation! Lee didn't realise she had a passion for the community until she met Cindy and some of Cindy's passion rubbed off.
Lee also enjoys spending time with her family, is a little bit obsessed for nature and animals and would have a zoo in her home if she could.
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.