Preliminary Slate of Candidates - 2006 Board of Directors
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IAP2 Board of Directors
Preliminary Slate of Candidates

The Nominating Committee for the IAP2 Board of Directors, in accordance with IAP2 bylaws, announces a Preliminary Slate of Candidates for election to a three-year term on the board.  Five seats are open for election.  

Additional candidates may be nominated by petition of 5 members by September 15, 2005. 

The final election ballot will be sent to IAP2 members by October 1, 2005.


Geoff Fagan
Research Centre Director
University of Strathclyde
Glasglow, Scotland, United Kingdom

  1. How long have you been doing public participation work and in what capacity/ies do you serve in this field?
    I qualified in 1969 as a community development worker and teacher and went into public participation work immediately on graduation. I am now the Director of the Scottish Centre for Sustainable Community Development where we help local people put in place SD ‘for themselves – by themselves’.
  2. Why is public participation important to you?
    If we are to renew our democratic institutions and the very notion of democracy, we have to enable ordinary people to access the process in a way that means something real for them. Power sharing is the key to successful engagement, and effective public participation is a way to achieve that.
  3. What do you think is the most important challenge we face in public participation work at this time?
    Apathy within communities that leads to a feeling of pointlessness and progressive non-engagement.
  4. What do you think is the single most important initiative that should be undertaken by IAP2 and its Board during the next one to three years?  How might you contribute to efforts in this direction?
    The Board needs to grasp the difficult nettle of making the Association truly international. There are many Governments around the world willing yet seemingly unable to develop the systems for active citizen engagement. I have substantial public participation, international experience that stretches from Tibet through Europe to the America’s. It is the use of this experience I can contribute.
  5. What do you see as being the most valuable contribution you could make to the IAP2 Board?
    35 years of political, educational and community development experience. Research and field development expertise, publishing and national and international working group experience.
  6. In what ways have you served to support the growth and development of IAP2 (committee work, presentations at annual conferences, chapter activities, etc)?
    Presentations in IAP2 conferences, ex-officio Board member for the last two years, member of the Research Sub-committee, Co-Chair of the UK Chapter development Steering Group.
  7. Years active in IAP2?
    Two years.
  8. Chapter Affiliation?
    Member of the UK Chapter development Steering Group.

Lonny Gabinet
Director
Gabinet & Associates
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  1. How long have you been doing public participation work and in what capacity/ies do you serve in this field? 
    25 years.
  2. Why is public participation important to you?
    People have every right to have their say and I will go the limit to ensure they do.
  3. What do you think is the most important challenge we face in public participation work at this time?
    We must find ways of sharing our knowledge with each other instead of reinventing wheels.
  4. What do you think is the single most important initiative that should be undertaken by IAP2 and its Board during the next one to three years?  How might you contribute to efforts in this direction? Wild Rose is working on developing a ‘community of practice’ or a virtual ‘village’ that will enable members to share and learn from each other. I would like this initiative to broaden to the international membership.
  5. What do you see as being the most valuable contribution you could make to the IAP2 Board?  
    Mentorship and leadership; years of experience.
  6. In what ways have you served to support the growth and development of IAP2 (committee work, presentations at annual conferences, chapter activities, etc)?
    I’ve served on the Wild Rose Board for 10 years, 5 as president and now past president.  
  7. Years active in IAP2: 
    13                                
  8. Chapter Affiliation (if any): 
    Wild Rose Chapter (Alberta, Canada)

Grant McLaughlin
Senior Associate
Booz Allen Hamilton
McLean, Virginia, USA

  1. How long have you been doing public participation work and in what capacity/ies do you serve in this field?
    As a management consultant for the last 15 years, I have worked with public and private sector clients to design, develop, and implement a variety of public outreach and public participation strategies and tactics. All of these efforts are designed to engage stakeholders and inform my clients’ decision-making processes.
  2. Why is public participation important to you?
    In a democratic society, the ‘voice of the people’ is paramount in the political decision-making process.  Public participation is key to ensuring that voice, or stakeholders, is heard in a proactive, fair, and timely manner in order to take appropriate actions and affect change.  
  3. What do you think is the most important challenge we face in public participation work at this time?
    The core principles of “why” to engage stakeholders is fairly well understood but the concept of “how” is not always a standard operating procedure.  As our society is ever-increasingly global in nature, we must embrace technology in order to facilitate the process without losing the high-touch value public dialogue brings to any given situation.  
  4. What do you think is the single most important initiative that should be undertaken by IAP2 and its Board during the next one to three years?  How might you contribute to efforts in this direction?
    Several initiatives come to mind:  1) identification/deployment of technology-based public participation involvement techniques and 2) sustainable membership growth for IAP2.  As a member of the board, I would seek to create partnerships with technology organizations and proactively engage in IAP2’s recruitment strategy.  
  5. What do you see as being the most valuable contribution you could make to the IAP2 Board? 
    I am an individual who combines my creative skills with the business sense to drive initiatives to fruition.  I bring a strong working knowledge of public participation activities from a variety of sectors and can leverage relationships from within IAP2, my own organization, and a strong client base in order to increase the “shine” on the value of public participation.  
  6. In what ways have you served to support the growth and development of IAP2 (committee work, presentations at annual conferences, chapter activities, etc)? 
    Throughout my career I have been an active member of IAP2. I am a lifetime member of IAP2 and my involvement has taken many forms including presenting during a series of IAP2 conferences (‘95, ‘96, ‘98, ‘99, ‘00 and accepted for a panel discussion in ‘05); serving as the Washington DC Chapter President; serving as a member of the IAP2 board (‘98-‘00) and serving as Chair for the 2000 International IAP2 Conference (Washington DC).  
  7. Years active in IAP2:  
    Eight (Lifetime Member)         
  8. Chapter Affiliation (if any):  
    Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Anne Pattillo
Director
Anne Pattillo Consulting Limited
Wellington, New Zealand

  1. How long have you been doing public participation work and in what capacity/ies do you serve in this field?
    Participation has sat at the heart of my consulting practice over the last 15 years.  Purposeful engagement with the public and within organisations is my passion.  My company is based in New Zealand and works primarily across New Zealand and Australia.
  2. Why is public participation important to you?
    My passionate belief is that our community life is strengthened when we are active participants in community life. My first love was a voluntary commitment to helping young people be more influential on the decisions that affect them. I continue to do this work in a broad range of sectors.
  3. What do you think is the most important challenge we face in public participation work at this time? I believe there are three key challenges to public participation work.
    -  Growing the professional public participation practice
    -  Building the understanding and commitment of policy mangers and decision makers to engaging people in their decision-making
    -  Creating a connected profession that learns from its own practice.
  4. What do you think is the single most important initiative that should be undertaken by IAP2 and its Board during the next one to three years?  How might you contribute to efforts in this direction?
    There are a number of challenges – growing the membership, creating a vibrant virtual web presence, nourishing the life of each of our chapters.  My top choice, however would be strengthening the quality of our public participation practice through extending training delivery and encouraging practitioners to learn from their own practice.
  5. What do you see as being the most valuable contribution you could make to the IAP2 Board? 
    As a board member I would work to extend the international potential of the Association, strong in all of its chapters.  I bring to the board significant experience of as a strategist, business manager consultant and facilitator.  I would also bring the occasional wicked sense of fun.
  6. In what ways have you served to support the growth and development of IAP2 (committee work, presentations at annual conferences, chapter activities, etc)?
    I am currently working towards accreditation as an IAP2 trainer, coordinating IAP2 activities in New Zealand and I represent New Zealand on the IAP2 Australasia (affiliate of IAP2) committee.  In 2005 I facilitated the IAP2 international conference in Sydney. I also presented at the Madison and Sydney conferences.   
  7. Years active in IAP2: 
    5 years                        
  8. Chapter Affiliation (if any): 
    IAP2 Australasia

Scott Russell
Director, Public Involvement Programs
HNTB Corporation
Kansas City, Missouri, USA 

  1. How long have you been doing public participation work and in what capacity/ies do you serve in this field?  
    I have been engaged in the practice of public participation for ten years. My current position is as director of public involvement programs for HNTB Corporation, an engineering/planning/ architecture firm based in Kansas City, MO, USA. I am also a transportation planner specializing in long-range, policy-level planning.
  2. Why is public participation important to you?  
    I believe effective public participation is the difference between a decision that satisfies a technical goal and one that truly serves the public need. As a planner, I recognize that public participation is a critical factor in pushing for innovation and creativity as communities work together to create sustainable futures.  
  3. What do you think is the most important challenge we face in public participation work at this time?  
    The gap between technical and non-technical participants must be bridged or the public will be relegated to roles deemed “appropriate” by process “owners.” We must ensure that the role of the public is broadly defined and that they have the opportunity to access and process information needed to participate effectively.  
  4. What do you think is the single most important initiative that should be undertaken by IAP2 and its Board during the next one to three years?  How might you contribute to efforts in this direction?  
    Grow IAP2’s membership. A strong IAP2 expands opportunities for members and influences P2 practices worldwide. A large, engaged membership grows from great service, which happens when IAP2 connects with its members. I would contribute to this by continuing to develop surveys and other programs to explore member needs and expectations. 
  5. What do you see as being the most valuable contribution you could make to the IAP2 Board?   
    Through my professional practice, I have developed consensus-building, marketing and strategic planning skills – capabilities that I believe would be well suited for board service. I also believe I am a straight-forward problem solver who listens carefully and strives to understand the issues and interests of others while seeking practical solutions.  
  6. In what ways have you served to support the growth and development of IAP2 (committee work, presentations at annual conferences, chapter activities, etc)?  
    For the past two years I have been a member of the IAP2 board of directors, chairing the marketing committee this past year. I also gave a presentation at the 2005 Asia-Pacific Conference in Sydney on P2 practices in North America. I also served as alternate liaison for my chapter.  
  7. Years active in IAP2: 
    3                                 
  8. Chapter Affiliation (if any): 
    Great Plains
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