Who We Are

democracyCo was born out of a realisation that it is easier for governments to achieve complex reform if they meaningfully involve citizens and stakeholders.

“democracyCo are a safe pair of hands”
Chris Steel MLC, Minister for City Services, ACT (taken from ACT Parliament Hansard) 2018

democracyCo was created in 2015 by Emily Jenke and Emma Fletcher, born out of their shared desire to make a positive difference to the world.

As Co CEO’s, Emily and Emma use their combined skills in deliberative techniques, communications, policy making and group facilitation to bring governments and the communities they serve closer together.

They do this by…

  • Taking a holistic approach that involves communications, policy and engagement,
  • Enabling communities and stakeholders with diverse views to work together in ways that use their knowledge, skills and experience to the best,   
  • Collaborating – Policy making will be more sustainable if it is done collaboratively and meaningfully with citizens and stakeholders,
  • Expertly combining education and information with time and deliberation.

Their specialist skills include: 

  • Enabling diverse groups to reach agreement with each other – overcoming polarisation and building trust
  • Design and deliver engagements that reduce risk and effectively manage outrage
  • Objectively work with varying interests, dynamics and politics
  • Support healthy dialogue between stakeholders, governments and everyday citizens
  • A commitment to deliberative practice and trialing new methodologies inspired by international experts and using ground breaking research. 

Emma Fletcher

Emma is an extraordinary strategic thinker and planner, and has a unique ability to design and project manage large and complex engagement projects with a seeming unending library of ideas and approaches at her disposal.

Leading by her values (her true North), Emma applies warmth, empathy and pragmatism to her work to build resilient, meaningful and productive relationships with all people she works with. 

Emma is the driving force behind democracyCo’s reputation for quality engagement – using her love for planning and project management to great effect – to deliver real outcomes for clients and their communities and in the process growing the demand for this work across Australia and internationally. Having worked in policy, politics, and Parliaments, in Australia and the UK during her 15 year public sector career;  Emma has a deep understanding of the environment in which democracyCo’s work is undertaken.

democracyCo was formed in the shadow of Emma’s greatest A-Ha! moment, when she experienced firsthand the ‘smarts’ and expertise which reside in community, and made a decision to channel her energy into raising opportunities for people to have a greater influence and agency.

People warm to Emma easily – her genuine personality and ability to quickly and easily calibrate what matters shines out in all interactions she has. No matter the size and scale of the project Emma commits all of her talents and the breadth of her life and career experience to ensure success.

Emma Fletcher

Co-CEO

Emily Jenke

With almost 25 years of experience Emily, is one of Australia’s most effective and experienced facilitators.

Great facilitators make people feel at ease, and help them to navigate through tricky or complex times – and Emily does this remarkably well. Her success is due to her deep awareness of the needs of participants (and how groups work), coupled with what the client needs, to design highly effective and innovative engagement experiences and methodologies.

This commitment to considered design and planning, combined with her warmth, high levels of empathy and her ability to nimbly and genuinely respond to the needs of participants – make her a safe pair of hands.

Emily can support all groups! She is experienced in working with diverse multicultural communities, with groups experiencing trauma, groups with differing levels of ability (language or literacy challenges), with randomly selected groups, corporate groups and groups experiencing outrage. No matter the group, Emily will design and lead a sensitive and effective approach that participants love and that achieves her clients’ objectives. She is exceptional at enabling and supporting groups to understand each other, to understand complex issues and ultimately in helping them to reach agreement or find a way forward that they can ‘live with’.

Having worked with national and international leaders in engagement practice to finely tune her skills and methodology, Emily has embraced her unique talent to masterfully facilitate groups to outcomes that leave clients appreciative of the skill it takes to engage well.

Emily Jenke

Co-CEO

Leah Bullivant

Leah is democracyCo’s business manager – expertly guiding our growing business with wisdom and professionalism.

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.

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 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 the small business she owns with her husband Shane. Leah and Shane have two young boys and live in Strathalbyn, SA.

Leah Bullivant

Business Manager

Kerry Reed

Kerry is a people person with an ability to warmly connect with people from the moment they meet her, ensuring that all her interactions benefit from her genuine personality. She has a broad range of experience in design, business, the not-for-profit sector and community engagement. 

Following fifteen years in landscape design, a Master of Sustainable Design led Kerry into the community engagement and facilitation space. Kerry’s’ thesis explored the role of citizen creativity and civic literacy in community engagement processes, with a particular focus on the role of a designer as facilitator.

Kerry believes that we all have a right to a say in the decisions that shape our lives and knows that in any engagement process, the best outcomes are achieved when we have time and space to form social bonds, to learn and process information and to make informed decisions together. She joined democracyCo in early 2021 because they champion processes for citizens that support these rights and enable these outcomes. In her role with democracyCo she hopes to support people to be thriving and active citizens, with strong social and civic bonds, while increasing the awareness of the value of these types of processes in an increasingly complex and sustainability challenged world.

Kerry also manages a not-for-profit organisation, Adelaide Sustainable Building Network, focused on sustainable and regenerative built environments. She is a keen gardener, hiker and (beginner) gymnast.

Kerry Reed

Facilitator

Chad Foulkes

Chad is a Senior Facilitator with democracyCo and also runs his own business Liminal by Design.

Chad Foulkes has worked in community engagement and been at the forefront of community engagement and deliberative practices for over 15 years. He has been involved in the development of community plans, visions, deliberative processes, community engagement strategies and frameworks for numerous Council’s and community organisations.

Chad is relaxed, warm and likeable. His expert skills at facilitating deliberative processes are rare and unique. Chad is also a specialist at online deliberation – his attention to detail ensures we never struggle to deliver complex and time bound projects.

For Chad, surfing and facilitation are his two great loves – but there is no doubt that when the surf is up, he’s a hard man to reach!

Chad runs Liminal by Design out of Victoria.

Chad Foulkes

Senior Facilitator

Natasha Ludowyk

Natasha is an experienced program evaluator and social researcher, with expertise in formative and summative evaluation, as well as qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. 

She brings a collaborative approach, rigour and strategic insight to democracyCo, built on her experience conducting social research and evaluation with a broad range of populations across Australia.

This work has involved bringing highly disadvantaged and disengaged populations together with senior members of government and industry to inform decision making.

Natasha is experienced as devising measurement systems, engaging communities and stakeholders and providing strategic advice for program with long term change agendas, diverse stakeholder interests and notable, a mandate for public good.

Natasha worked for several multinational and boutique evaluation and research consultancies over eight years, prior to founding Ludowyk Evaluation in 2016 to focus on her specialist offering.

Natasha Ludowyk

Evaluator and Social Researcher

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