Kathy became a trustee of Involve in 2019. She was the founder of KJA, one of Australia’s largest specialist stakeholder engagement and community consultation companies.
After the sale of KJA in 2018, Kathy established a new company in the UK, Engage Communicate Facilitate (ECF), which provides community-focused engagement advice to the property, development and local government sectors. With her UK partner, ECF is specialising in bringing the Australian approach to engagement to the UK and in taking lessons learned in the property sector particularly around Build to Rent and other initiatives, to Australia. In 2023 with her UK partner she has now successfully established ECF in Australia.
Kathy currently provides high-level advice around engagement and governance strategies on complex, politically sensitive projects, particularly in the areas of transport, infrastructure and human services. Through her umbrella Company, Kathy Jones Advisory, she also helps drive city development to achieve more innovative and accepted outcomes.
Kathy also has a deep understanding of and commitment to democratic reform which allows for the direct participation of citizens in the processes of democracy. She is a founding Board member of new Democracy in Australia.
In all, Kathy has over 35 years’ experience devising communications and engagement strategies for government, private sector and not for profit agencies. At the heart of her work is her capacity to successfully manage the interface between government, industry and the community.