Originally from Australia, Melanie combines her achievements on Australian infrastructure with a sound knowledge of the UK and US contexts for major projects – resulting in her global best practice approach to communications and engagement.
Melanie is certified with the International Association for Public Participation, and holds a Bachelor of Media and Communications with Honours. She began her career rising through the media ranks, from media monitor with a news intelligence firm to journalist at a B2B publishing and events company – ending up as editor for a group of energy, resources and infrastructure publications.
Melanie moved from journalism to communications to help projects move through planning, approvals, construction and operation with ease and stakeholder support.
Melanie brings diverse expertise to stakeholder engagement on infrastructure and development, drawing on varied experiences in energy, resources, planning, property, technology to implement tailored engagement strategies that move projects forward and enhance their reputation
In the past, Melanie has worked as a consultant to organisations like ExxonMobil, managing their relations with councils, communities, industry, politicians and media. She has managed communications and engagement for the planning and development of large commercial hubs, tourist attractions and property; and has a particular passion for adaptive reuse and urban regeneration.
At Copper, Melanie works to provide strategic advice and support the delivery of consultation on nationally-significant infrastructure projects.