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Kylie Cochrane  

Principal, Engagement and Change Advisory, Aurecon

A global engagement leader, Kylie has 30 years’ experience in communication and stakeholder engagement. She specialises in helping clients to maintain and regain their social licence through mitigating social risk and managing community outrage.

Kylie chairs the Australian National University’s Advisory Board for the Institute for Infrastructure in Society (which oversees the NextGen research into community engagement trends). She was the Global Chair of the International Association of Public Participation (the professional association for the consultation/ engagement industry) from 2017-2022 and was on the Australian IAP2 Board from 2011-2021.

In 2022 Kylie was named one of three inaugural Honorary IAP2 fellows across Australia and New Zealand. She was named a Deloitte Outstanding 50 LGBTI+ leader in 2020. She was the opening speaker at the 2019 United Nations Conference on Engagement. She was named the IAP2 Inspirational Engagement Leader in 2019, and she was the 2018 Consult Australia Female Champion of Change.

Over the last decade Kylie has built Aurecon’s Communications and Stakeholder Engagement business from nothing to one of the leading communications and engagement businesses in ANZ. Over the last seven years the Aurecon communications and engagement team has won more than 25 coveted industry awards including the International Engagement Project of The Year, the National Women in Construction Innovative Team award, and Consult Australia’s Gold Excellence Award.

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