About Margaret Dugdale

Social and Environmental Planning Partnerships was established in 1989 and is led by Margaret Dugdale.

Margaret has earned a reputation for sound and quality approaches to community engagement and participation, social impact assessments and strategic planning. She is also a skilled and dynamic teacher. She graduated in Social Science from Sydney University and in Environmental Studies from Adelaide University. Margaret is also a mediator.

Drawing on 25 years experience in the social sciences, tertiary teaching and environmental planning Margaret brings to her work a unique combination of skills and experience in understanding individuals, groups, communities and organisations, and a comprehensive knowledge of natural resources and urban planning issues. Margaret has also published in the area of public participation in planning.
 

Louise Portway

Louise has twenty-five years experience in community development, community information, social policy, management of not-for-profit organisations and adult learning.  She is a skilled and experienced group facilitator and educator.  For the past fifteen years Louise has worked as a trainer and consultant specialising in communication skills, team development, conflict management and leadership skills. For many years Louise ran the very successful Catalyst Women in Leadership program.

 

Jen McDonnell

Jen has been working in the field of community and stakeholder engagement for the past 15 years.  Jen’s background in psychology complements her work in relation to social research, community capacity building, communications, evaluation and community participation and engagement in the environmental planning and management.  Jen has worked in Local Government, in her own private consultancy and some 10 years in a large consulting firm in the field of community and stakeholder engagement.  She has experience working on controversial community engagement projects particularly in the renewable energy field. 
Jen is a skilled and experienced facilitator.

Jen has been working in the field of community and stakeholder engagement for the past 15 years.  Jen’s background in psychology complements her work in relation to social research, community capacity building, communications, evaluation and community participation and engagement in the environmental planning and management.  Jen has worked in Local Government, in her own private consultancy and some 10 years in a large consulting firm in the field of community and stakeholder engagement.  She has experience working on controversial community engagement projects particularly in the renewable energy field. Jen is a skilled and experienced facilitator.

 

Leonie Schmidt - Our Caterer

You work very hard on our courses. The days are full and demanding and we believe that you should be fed good food. Leonie’s food is not only healthy and nutritious but interesting, varied and beautiful. If you have special dietary requirements let us know on your course registration form and Leonie will expertly weave them into her menu planning.

 

 

 

 

 

   

    Margaret Dugdale
 

   

    Louise Portway
 

    

    Jen McDonnell
 

   

    Leonie Schmidt