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Consultant Profile

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Michelle Croker

MA, B. App. Sc.

 

Prior to commencing consulting, Michelle worked as  a Manager of Sustainability Programs for the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries. In this role, she led a team in the design and delivery of sustainability and climate change programs and the administration of environmental grants to local government. Michelle's role involved direct engagement with community groups and stakeholders on a range of environment-related projects. In 2009, her work on the "Deliberative Democracy: Local Voices" project won a State award for innovation.

Prior to this, Michelle worked with The Smith Family as National Manager for ‘Let’s Read’, an early intervention program based on emergent literacy and delivered on behalf of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. This role demanded high level facilitation skills and a solid understanding of community development in order to work successfully in communities with diverse needs and high levels of disadvantage.

Previous roles include a member of the team that established Greenfleet, a carbon amelioration program for private vehicles and employment as the Environmental Education Coordinator with City of Whittlesea.

Michelle has extensive experience in research, strategic planning, facilitation, community engagement and program design.  She has strong skills in systems thinking and strong networks across local and state government, with a reputation for innovation. Michelle's environmental and community development experience inform her pragmatic and holistic approach to working in environments where different priorities must be considered.

Michelle has a Masters in Social Ecology, which is premised on the application of ecological thinking – or the study of interactions between humans and their cultural, physical, spiritual, organisational or recreational environments. As a social ecologist, Michelle utilises creativity to help individuals and groups generate and apply ideas that recognise connection and build common understanding.