We are specialists in helping people come together to consider complex issues and make lasting decisions.
Our specialist skills include:
- The ability to objectively work with varying interests, dynamics and politics,
- Advocating for community & citizens when they are not in the room,
- The ability to support healthy dialogue between stakeholders, politicians and everyday citizens
- Designing and delivery process that is suited to learning needs, group dynamics and uses consensus building techniques
- A commitment to deliberative practice and trailing new methodologies inspired by international experts & ground breaking research
- a belief in the wisdom of all participants, citizens and decision makers alike to arrive at a collaborative decision which they all ‘accept’.
democracyCo offers a localised, skilled and professional approach – and we bring together specialist teams for the projects we work on.
Emma Fletcher - Co CEO
Emma is Co-CEO of democracyCo. In this role she designs, and project manages large and complex engagement projects.
Emma’s strengths are her ability to quickly and deeply understand her client’s needs and objectives, enabling her to customise engagement processes that consistently achieve and exceed her clients desired outcomes.
She has an exceptional ability to support governments in building genuine collaborative relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders.
Emma’s commitment and passion to raise the voices of all citizens within the democratic process is one part of the driving force behind the success of democracyCo. This vision is foundational in ensuring that democracyCo is a national leader in engagement.
Emma’s background is in public policy, having worked at the highest echelons of the public service in South Australia and abroad. Emma has an unparalleled understanding of the workings and challenges of government having worked across many different areas of policy, inter-governmental relations, politics and in Parliament.
Between 2010-2014 Emma headed up the South Australian Government’s centre for community engagement – the Participation and Partnerships team.
Under Emma’s leadership the team was recognised by the United Nations, receiving a second placing in the category “Fostering participation in policy making through innovative mechanisms”. Her team also received an award from IAP2 International for best practice community engagement and a commendation from the Future Gov 2.0 awards for leading use of social media by government in Asia Pacific and was recognised nationally for the best open data initiative ‘Unleashed’.
She led the development of a policy called “Better Together” which acts as a guide for public servants in the State government on how to effectively and successfully engage the community. This policy continues to set the standard globally for engagement in public service settings.
Emma was a political adviser to the State Government in SA between 2005 and 2007. She also worked for the Upper House of Parliament in NSW running parliamentary inquiries, in the United Kingdom for the National Health Service and headed up a policy team within Cabinet Office negotiating agreements with the Federal Government in the areas of education, training, housing and Aboriginal affairs.
Emily Jenke - Co CEO
Emily brings democracyCo’s vision to life – by warmly connecting with all people to enable them to meaningfully participate.
Emily Jenke is one of Australia’s most skilled engagement professionals and an accomplished and talented facilitator of over 20 years.
An annual guest of the Kettering Foundation in the US and of the Singaporean Government, Emily is highly regarded as a specialist in deliberative practice by her clients and peers.
Having been at the pioneering of deliberative work in Australia in the 1990’s, her knowledge and understanding of deliberative practice is unique.
Emily works with large groups (500+) and small teams – on topics that require technical application and/or are highly values driven. Her ability to ‘read the room’ is rare and participants are drawn to her personality and energy.
Emily’s facilitation experience is broad – having facilitated processes around the SA Strategic Plan, the development of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, the recovery from the Black Saturday bushfires, and the worlds largest citizens’ jury on Nuclear Waste Storage. Equally Emily is quite at home working with her local suicide prevention network, landcare group and school community group – all which benefit greatly from her expertise.
Emily is skilled in strategic planning, team building, policy development and problem solving and draws on a huge list of facilitation and support techniques to work with her clients.
She is trained in IAP2, Open Space Technology, Unhurried Facilitation, Participatory Facilitation, and Non-Violent Communication in addition to many facilitation techniques which form her toolkit when working with people.
Emily has a long standing passion for and commitment to the environment, especially for enabling people to be better environmental stewards. Emily is currently the Presiding member of SA’s Native Vegetation Council – a role which she has held for the last 4 years. Emily also sits on the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s ‘Basin Community Committee’ and has a long and deep involvement in South Australia’s water management, most of which she has done on a voluntary basis.
Her contribution for the last 12 years in South Australia has been to support institutions to have stronger, more meaningful roles with their communities, especially in decision and policy making.
Emily runs a boutique food business Talinga Grove with her family (husband Paul and three great kids) on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula.
Leah Bullivant – Business Manager
Leah Bullivant is an experienced business management leader who has a broad knowledge base gained from 20 years working in the vocational education and training sector.
Positions such as State Manager and National Business Support Manager have provided Leah with a solid background in all areas of modern practices in business management and operations.
Achievement in national systems implementation and management, financial acumen, staff management, project management and stakeholder engagement as well as marketing and communications management.
She possesses in-depth experience across the education and training sector in program design and delivery having lead workplace training programs for national clients.
Leah’s successful program management in the education sector has seen training projects exceed targets and importantly participants receive much needed training. Leah has a passion for providing education and pathways for young people and has recently completed qualifications in Positive Psychology as well as undertaken post graduate studies in teaching and education.
Leah is driven by using collaborative approaches to build relationships that build connection in both the workplace and learning environments. She is a highly organised professional driven by exceeding client expectations and achieving best possible outcomes.
Leah also manages all operations, marketing and finances for the small business she owns with her husband Shane. Leah and Shane have two young boys and live in Strathalbyn, SA.
Viv is an incredible asset to our team and when she’s not working with us runs her own successful consultancy business Participation Plus.
Working across government and private industry Vivienne has delivered strategic community engagement programs with innovative approaches to building and maintaining stakeholder relationships, reputation and risk management, community group liaison and public participation in the pursuit of resolving developmental, environmental, health and safety issues.
With BHP Billiton over 5 years Vivienne was responsible for developing and implementing community engagement policies, and liaison with a range of stakeholder groups including mining, pastoral and Aboriginal communities. She delivered successful engagement and communications programs including establishing community consultative groups, community perception surveys and community funding programs.
At the State Government’s Renewal SA agency Vivienne developed and delivered innovative engagement programs for major urban renewal projects including the Riverbank and renewal of the former RAH site. She facilitated the monthly community reference group for the highly successful Bowden project for four years from its establishment.
More recently working in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet SA, Vivienne provided strategic advice to and delivery of, a range of public participation programs and was the department’s coordinator of the highly successful Citizens’ Jury on Sharing the Roads Safely 2014. This role included coordination and liaison with the Core Reference Group and government stakeholder group, jury management logistics and official reporting.
Viv and her partner Les love fishing near their home on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.