"We engaged Annie to facilitate a community and local government forum around finding positive messages for changing the date of Australia Day. Annie asked all the right questions to prepare for the day and the forum was a great success as it provided us with clear directions for further action. Annie was a well prepared, strong and respectful facilitator that we would recommend to anyone."
Petr Svoboda, Social Policy & Community Development Unit, Moreland City Council
"Annie Bolitho & Associates quickly understood what we were trying to achieve when we brought together our portfolio committees to see the outcomes of our community engagement on the community plan. She was a great guide in shaping a forum looking to 2040, and a trustworthy and independent facilitator on the night."
Eilis Hughes, Acting Coordinator, Leading Communities, City of Wyndham
"The citizens' jury model is a ground-breaking initiative. By opening up the council budget process, Darebin residents not only got a glimpse into the complex environment councils operate in, they also became community champions balancing the needs of the community against financial constraints. Thank you newDemocracy and the consultants."
Bo Li, Councillor, City of Darebin
"Annie Bolitho & Associates' knowledge of what jurors needed in our citizens' jury on acquired brain injury was essential. We were the experienced experts, but it was not about us! We needed to convey concepts that we as health professionals take for granted. We needed to know what would occur on the two days of the jury and how that would play out."
Associate Professor Natasha Lannin, Occupational Therapy, Latrobe University
“Annie's rare mix of process design skills, research background, experience within the public service and academia give her a presence as a facilitator that is hard to match. She doesn't shirk the difficult by either avoiding the issue or coming to premature conclusions, but rather gets people to sit with and have genuine dialogue with what is really going on. Annie can do it all, process design, facilitation, reporting and evaluation. ”
Chad Foulkes, Coordinator, Healthy Together Communities, City of Greater Geelong
“Annie is an excellent designer and facilitator of multi-stakeholder processes and citizen panels. I've often referred people to her and they've been delighted with the outcomes. She has a wealth of experience and works skilfully with people from diverse backgrounds. She knows how to make complex information accessible and will support a group to find its own way, so that it reaches recommendations effectively.”
Prof Lyn Carson, Sydney University
“Annie's deep understanding of people and processes enables her to see and carefully work within the dynamics of groups and organisations. Her broad knowledge of key issues in social sustainability, strong relationships and extensive networks position her well to work across many sectors, and she's fun to work with too!”
Kirsten Larsen, Open Food Network & Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab
“The session with Annie gave us clarity in planning and direction. It pulled together dimensions that are crucial to our future growth: business management, risk management and social enterprise. Laying it out has enabled us to prioritise, tick things off and firm up our foundations.”
The Directors, Bereavement Assistance Ltd
“Annie has a reputation for a mature and collaborative approach. She quickly saw where the issues lay, helpfully clarified the initial brief, and was persistent and thoughtful in engaging the stakeholders. She worked efficiently and with little impact on my team, but was also able to discern where collaborative efforts were really needed to ensure the AQF review would result in change. Many of the recommendations are well on the way to implementation, and the report will guide our curriculum efforts over the coming years. ”
Assoc Prof Kath Williams, Director, Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne
“In a facilitated process, Annie brings in different techniques and approaches. She deals very well with individuals who have the potential to disrupt the process, staying on track while giving everyone the opportunity to have their say. Our project, the Richmond Estate Residents' Panel, achieved the result we were looking for.”
Morgan Scholz, Manager, Collingwood Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Vic
“Our western Sydney council is prioritising sustainability and the creeks. It was great to have Annie conduct a workshop that put people in touch with seeing and using the creeks, which are integral to the landscape of the LGA, which is now so developed, but was settled around farms and access to water.”
Carmel Aiello, Coordinator & Educator, Fairfield Museum and Gallery, NSW
“Annie is a very good event moderator, able to direct discussion to ensure that all participants provide their viewpoint in an authentic dialogue, making discussion engaging and smooth-flowing. She's excellent in managing questions and ensures that you finish on time!”
Helen Duckham, Manager, Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne