Team Mara

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Creative, couragous, collaborative people dedicated to getting the best outcomes for our clients.

Our team

Mara Consulting is a leading regional based urban design and consultation business, providing specialist advisory and design services across sectors.

Kelly Lofberg

Managing Director
Communication & Engagement Specialist
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator

Kelly has more than 19 years’ experience working in public affairs, media and communication, government relations and stakeholder engagement.

Kelly is a strategic specialist, working with senior management, government and Boards to develop long-term plans. A skilled facilitator, she uses a range of methods to gain input froma range of stakeholders. (She’s even a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator!)  Kelly has proven experience managing complex and issues rich stakeholder engagement programs on large community, resource, road and rail infrastructure projects. She has a thorough understand of all levels of government and has a strong background in advocating for policy change in both the public and private sectors, across industries and states.

Kelly is a member of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2), International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and sits on a number of boards including the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).

Tadd Andersen

Manager Urban Design, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Licenced drone pilot

Tadd has 24 years’ experience in the fields of landscape architecture, urban planning, masterplanning and environmental design.

Tadd has a mulitdiscliplinary background that encompasses landscape architecture, urban planning, environmental planning, and science. This gives him an unique skillset to tackle complex projects from inception to delivery. Responsibilities include landscape design, urban design, planning, visual impact and social impact analysis and mitigation, habitat design, environmental reports and management plans.

Shanthi Herd

Corporate Services Manager

Shanthi Herd has more than 20 years’ experience in senior management and executive roles, providing strategic advice and guidance to C-suite management and business leaders.

Shanthi has demonstrated experience in executive management roles, which have included responsibility for organisational strategy and business planning and has also acted as Company Secretary. Shanthi has worked with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders in complex and shifting regulatory environments on policy, operational improvement, and governance projects. Shanthi is a skilled facilitator and strategic adviser. She drives team and organisational culture, through clear communication, creating shared values, and engaging with team members.

Michael Galderisi

Communications and Engagement Speicalist

Michael Galderisi is a communication professional with more than 20 years’ experience working in senior advisory and director roles for government and industry leaders.

Michael is a public policy and government relations specialist, responsible for comprehensive written submissions for State and Commonwealth Parliamentary Inquiries on behalf of private sector clients.

He is highly skilled in stakeholder management and issues resolution, in addition to a demonstrated ability to lead, coach and develop teams.  Michael is a capable project manager with excellent organisational skills and experience to successfully manage a range of projects simultaneously and prioritising tasks as necessary.

Brenda Madden

Senior Communications and Engagement Consultant

Brenda started her community engagement life in local government over 15 years ago. Working within community development, infrastructure and environmental sectors in both NSW and NT she has developed a broad skill set with the ability to facilitate effective engagement with diverse audiences.

Brenda is at ease forming partnerships and developing stakeholder relationships to inform, involve and consult the community during projects. She is an experienced corporate communicator and uses traditional and digital content to effectively communicate complex topics to stakeholders.

Shaun King

Senior Landscape Designer and Consulting Arborist

Shaun has 30 years’ experience in landscape design, landscape construction and horticulture. He has extensive design experience working on award winning residential subdivisions, commercial and industrial complexes, educational facilities, infrastructure projects and parks/open spaces. He has produced all stages of design documentation.

Shaun has worked extensively with local government, understanding the design and documentation needs for complex projects. As a qualified arborist, Shaun has performed tree assessments across NSW, working on both government and private projects. He is an experienced project manager, understanding client needs while supervising construction and seeing projects to completion.