Professional Summary

Liesl has 20 years experience in strategy, policy, communications and stakeholder engagement in both the private and public sectors. She brings a wealth of experience in a diverse range of areas including renewable energy, climate change, water policy, urban and social planning, infrastructure development and community engagement.

Liesl has a strong ability for perceptive insights in the strategy and policy work she undertakes. She is able to clearly draw linkages between aspects of the problem and draw them together for a coherent conclusion. She not only excels at thinking through complex problems at the broader, more strategic level, but she also has an excellent eye for detail, bringing both breadth & depth to her strategic work.

Intrinsically people-oriented, Liesl’s core value rests on an ability to utilise a warm approach and palpable commitment to quality outcomes. This positivity and authenticity of character has been the foundation of her success to date.


Stakeholder Engagement  Strategy     Social Sustainability   Policy 
Social Research
  Online engagement    Social Impact Assessment

Work Experience


Freelance and Contracting

I've worked as a freelancer and contractor in a variety of sectors over the last 10 years.  My background as a social sustainability planner and human geographer provides me with the expertise required to support a range of projects in the cities and communities space. Recent policy and strategy work has been in community & place, water strategy & policy and renewable energy. I am regularly engaged to design and undertake stakeholder and community engagement.

Current and recent work includes:

  • Nature-based Tourism Strategy Development, Online workshop facilitation - Destination NSW, in partnership with Jensen Plus

  • Canberra Hospital Redevelopment, Online workshop series - with Tait Network

  • Whyalla Foreshore Master Plan, Stakeholder and Community Engagement - Whyalla City Council

  • Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct, Leadership team for Structure Plan package and Lead for Social Infrastructure Assessment - NSW Government (DPIE)

  • Tweed Regional City Action Plan, Enquiry by Design facilitator and Social Planning lead - NSW Government (DPIE)

  • Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct Community and Social Infrastructure Needs Assessment - NSW Government (DPIE)

  • Internal strategic engagement on ECA Strategy 2021-2024 - Energy Consumers Australia

  • Stakeholder engagement and communications work for the Office of Compliance in the Murray Darling Basin Authority, helping to shape two strategic initiatives to set up a community of practice and benchmarking framework - MDBA

  • Stakeholder engagement program design and execution for the Detailed Business Case for the redevelopment of the Australian Institute of Sport - Sport Australia

  • Working to understand vulnerable consumers in the energy sector, communicate project outcomes and practical implications - Energy Consumers Australia

  • Open space planning, green space living, and communities & place

  • Workshop facilitation, including online engagement and workshopping platforms

  • Public speaking, including on sustainability, gender equality, mental health and wellbeing and communities and place.


Principal Stakeholder Engagement Consultant, WSP

  • Lead stakeholder engagement and social sustainability consultant for the ACT region

  • Prepared tenders under tight timeframes for government sector and private clients,

    involving internal workshopping, leading teams and preparing budgets

  • Provided technical review of project work being undertaken around the country on stakeholder engagement strategies and reports, in the water, energy and planning sectors

  • Technical lead for the Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct Community and Social Infrastructure Assessment, including the preparation of a Communities and Place Strategy for the forthcoming industrial precinct.


Strategy Consultant, Director, Australian Renewable Energy Agency

  • Engaged to lead the creation of a project evaluation framework, evolving to the design of a continuous improvement model aligning high-level strategic vision with operations

  • Conducted ongoing review of business operations and cross-functional projects, working closely with multi-layered stakeholder groups to understand, assess and define strategic priorities

  • Consulted with executives on business challenges, leading interviews and facilitating workshops collating quantitative and qualitative data to understand opportunities and weaknesses

  • Introduced structured business planning processes to document and hold stakeholder groups accountable to organisational vision, facilitating clarity and measurability of project impacts

  • Assessed current funding models and explored alternatives to improve R&D outcomes, taking a lead role in the management of renewable energy strategy, projects and tender processes.


2004 - 2007

Macquarie University, NSW

Master of Environmental Planning

2000 - 2002

The University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Arts (Geography & English)

  • Royal Geographical Society of Australia Geography Prize (Second Year)

  • Royal Geographical Society of Australia Geography Prize (Third Year)

  • The Archibald Grenfell Price Prize for Geography

  • Charles Fenner Prize for Geography

  • Golden Key International Honour Society (top 15% of undergraduate students)


  • Trail running at ultra distances (50km+)

  • Family & friends

  • Netflix (is that an interest?)

  • Reading

  • Mindfulness and holistic nutrition