Public Speaking

Driven by passion. Leading by example. The Reflective Practitioner. 

As a community engagement specialist, Becky’s clients include countless local, state and federal Government agencies, as well as non-government or oganisations and private enterprise.

Her work has included engaging people in decision-making processes from Natural Resource Management reform to South Australia’s time zone; from potential use of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site through to the relocation of Adelaide’s City Skatepark; from Neonatal Intensive Care Unit redevelopment through to involving older people in Aged Care decision making.

You name the topic, Becky has generally been involved with engaging communities on it and is available to speak on a range of topics relating to this work. 

Becky is also proud to be the co-instigator of Global Community Engagement Day (28 January).

Becky has recorded no less than 50 episodes of her thought leadership vlog on YouTube. Topics have included – 

> Community activism;
> How to spot BAD consultation;
> Community leadership;
> How to engage a troublemaker;
> The People Lens;
> Politics & Community Engagement;
> Is Community Engagement Soft & Fluffy?
> My hatred of surveys;
> Trust & Keyboard Warriors;
> How Santa is building pride and resilience in my community;
> The good, bad and ugly of a social media post going viral.

In 2010, Becky was awarded the prestigious award SA Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has since run a profitable and successful business, all whilst having children and living on the other side of the world from family support networks. Her passion for flexible working and equality is infectious.

Speaking topics 

Keynote topics can be tailored to suit the conference or event, but current topics of interest and relevance include –

> Putting the community back in to community engagement – engagement success beyond decision making
> Distrust and Community Engagement – Engaging communities in an era of low trust
> The Future of Engagement – predicting community sentiment and priorities moving forward
> From behind to in front – the story of how a tiny South Australian Council became a world leader in engagement

Awards & Accolades 

> Appointed by the Premier of South Australia as a Board Member on the Community Engagement Board, 2013-2014
> Winner, Australasian Project of the Year Award, International Association of Public Participation, 2013
Client: Making Marion, City of Marion
> Winner, International Project of the Year Award, International Association of Public Participation, 2012
> Client: Department of the Premier – SA State Strategic Plan Update
> Winner, SA Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 South Australia Young Entrepreneur Scheme
> Winner, Home-based business category, McLaren Vale Regional Business Awards 2010
> Finalist for Excellence in Consumer Engagement, SA Health Service Excellence Awards 2009

Previous Speaking Engagements

FINDING YOUR WHY & CONNECTING WITH YOUR WHO
Keynote speaker, Grow  Your Group Seminar Series 2019, Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.

BEYOND THE SPECTRUM
Keynote speaker, Community Engagement Summit, Perth. Becky spoke on alternative models for community engagement, exploring a range of theoretical perspectives over the last 50 years. 

INFORM, CONSULT, CLICK!
IAP2 Conference, Sydney 2011 – a lively and explorative journey through a range of online tools available for community engagement, in the context of the IAP2 spectrum.  

IDEAS ON THE FLEURIEU
Keynote speaker and panelist at the Ideas on the Fleurieu event held at Goolwa Wharf, January 2019, speaking on the need for community-led localised health care.

ARE CULTURALLY & LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITIES EASIER TO EMBRACE OR IGNORE? YOU DECIDE.
IAP2 Conference 2009, Perth. Becky spoke of her experiences in engaging typically ‘hard to reach’ communities, and reflected on the need to engage beyond the vocal minority.

ENGAGING COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS THROUGH COMMISSIONING SERVICES
Speaker at the Kensington & Chelsea Social Council Commissioning Conference, held at the Natural History Museum, London. 2007.

COVID-19 - Becky Hirst Consulting has withdrawn all face-to-face services for the foreseeable future. We are still available to our clients for community engagement expertise, planning and evaluation; online workshop planning and facilitation; and online training and mentoring. Please get in touch to discuss your needs!
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