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Michelle Howard

Michelle Howard

Managing Director

Michelle is an urban planner, social researcher and internationally accredited facilitator with over 30 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

As Managing Director of Collaborations, Michelle is renowned for her inter-disciplinary work in public policy and urban development and her inclusive and practical approach to working with groups. Michelle’s breadth of experience includes working with community constituencies, technical experts, peak organisations, elected representatives and policy makers to support informed decision making and effective change management.  Michelle’s skills have been drawn on by government and non-government organisations, to manage processes of conflict and change.  She has professional accreditation with the International Association of Facilitators and has training and experience in a wide range of consultation and facilitation methods.  Her extensive practical expertise is supported by post-graduate studies in Urban Policy and Planning and a Masters of Social Science.

Born on Palawa country, Michelle works with colleagues and peers to strengthen intercultural relations and support a strong Indigenous voice in public decision making.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma Urban Policy and Planning, Masters Social Science (R.M.I.T), Cert Cultural Awareness.

Memberships & Associations: Fellow Planning Institute of Australia, Accredited Facilitator with International Association of Facilitators, Co-convenor Victorian Facilitators Network, member Indigenous Leadership Network (Vic), member Victorian Council Social Service, member Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association.