Communication Link team


Communication Link has a strong team that is scalable to suit project requirements. Communication Link personnel operate at one of three levels:
  • • Leadership/Senior Advisory
  • • Specialist Consultants
  • • Business Support

Meet the Communication Link team.
Helen Leayr
Helen Leayr
Managing Director
Helen has over 25 years’ industry experience across community, government and business sectors including five years as Executive Director of the Canberra Business Council. Helen is an outstanding facilitator who produces clear outcomes for clients. She delivers empathetic, dynamic and balanced engagement programs where all stakeholders feel they have contributed.
Adam Leayr
Adam directs the operations of Communication Link to ensure projects are delivered on time and to the client’s financial specifications. Adam has over 15 years’ experience in web design and development which he draws on to ensure we have the right technology in place to meet client needs including managing data analytics associated with understanding extensive community or stakeholder feedback.
Ellen Samuels
Ellen Samuels
Executive Manager – Communication and Engagement
Ellen has over 15 years’ experience in communication, stakeholder engagement and community education across industry, business and government. She has been part of Communication Link’s team since 2011. Ellen is an experienced project manager and strategic thinker. She has outstanding communication skills and excels at explaining complex, technical information in accessible ways.
Catherine Russell
Catherine Russell
Senior Communication and Engagement Advisor
Bringing over 20 years’ experience in communication, stakeholder and community engagement across not-for-profits, business, infrastructure projects and government. Catherine thrives on translating the complex and driving meaningful engagement for challenging projects with audiences and stakeholders.
Harley McNamara
Harley McNamara
Community and Stakeholder Engagement Consultant
Harley brings to the table 13 years’ experience in corporate communications, stakeholder engagement and project management. He values good communications planning that delivers tangible and measurable outcomes. Harley is also passionate about understanding the target audiences and harnessing the right communications channels to make the biggest impact.
Jenea Mitchell
Jenea Mitchell
Communication and Change Consultant
Jenea is a communication specialist with 10 years’ experience in both public and private sectors. She is passionate about communication and the opportunity for change it creates. Throughout her career she has partnered with C suite executives to deliver their change and communication strategies.
Jessica Smith-Roberts
Jessica Smith-Roberts
Community and Stakeholder Engagement Consultant
Jessica is a genuine connector. Currently providing community and stakeholder liaison to several construction projects, she has built lasting relationships to underpin this work. She is experienced in developing communication and engagement strategies, communication materials, social and digital media products and coordination of a variety of engagement activities.
Julia Teale
Julia Teale
Communication and Change Advisor
Julia is a leader in communication, change and stakeholder engagement with extensive experience overseeing multi-discipline teams. She delivers high quality outcomes on programs of substantial size and complexity and has worked extensively with government, business and community on projects that include Canberra’s light rail and Australian Government security projects.
Karen McSwan Silsby
Karen McSwan Silsby
Graphic Designer
Karen has extensive experience across private and public sector positions across many industries. She has also run her own graphic design business for over 20 years. At Communication Link, Karen provides high quality graphic design, including production of collateral, reports, discussion and consultation papers, infographics and the creation of logo’s brand and styles guides if required.
Kate Clement
Kate Clement
Communication and Engagement Advisor
Kate is an experienced group process designer, facilitator and consultant. She has strong communication skills and is dynamic, creative and skilled at process design, stakeholder engagement and working with diverse groups. Her facilitation specialties include facilitation with Deep Democracy and communication management support, including stakeholder engagement and team development.
Katrina Duncan
Katrina Duncan
Communication Consultant
Katrina is a senior communications professional, problem solver and collaborator. With experience across various industries in the private and public sectors, she prides herself on establishing excellent working relationships and delivering strategically-led, creative solutions. With a keen interest in great design and clear messaging, Katrina always ensures the target audience and their needs are front of mind.
Kerri Hannaford
Kerri Hannaford
Communication Consultant
Kerri has been part of the Communication Link team since 2010. With over 20 years’ experience in the management of government-based programs, Kerri builds sound working relationships with stakeholders and provides support to management in all the roles she fulfils. Kerri has excellent communication and coordination skills, providing considered input to projects and taking responsibility for outcomes.
Lina Blair
Lina Blair
Community Liaison and Event Manager
Lina is a detail-oriented communicator with over 15 years’ industry experience. She values stakeholder and community member contributions and always ensures people feel valued and heard. During her international career, Lina has supported senior management teams in administration, human resources, communications, marketing and public relations.
Liz Marshall
Liz Marshall
Communication Advisor
Liz is a communication professional with an extensive history working with corporate, government and not for profit clients. Her strengths include stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and development of communication materials to a wide range of target audiences. Liz proactively builds strong relationships with clients to ensure business goals are understood and achieved.
Lincoln Wright
Lincoln Wright
Communication Advisor
Lincoln is a specialist in media and communication with an accomplished record managing high-profile teams. He is an analytical problem solver with excellent editorial and content creation skills. Trusted adviser on strategic media and communications issues to CEOs, ministers, agency heads, and diplomats. Earlier background as a political reporter for News Corporation and op-ed contributor for the Wall Street Journal.
Marty Elliott
Marty Elliott
Communication and Change Consultant
Marty Elliott is a change communications professional with 10 years of content production and management experience across traditional and new media in advertising, organisational communication and change management. Marty is a communication all-rounder, capable of delivering with a multifaceted approach to organisational change communication.
Melanie Calvert
Melanie Calvert
Communication Consultant
Melanie has a passion for writing. She produces concise, error-free text, drawing on excellent research and analytical skills. Her background is in government communication and web publishing, including development of content, standards and policies, communication plans, and project management. She has a flair for ‘translating’ technical or complex information into accessible and engaging content.
Nicola Butler
Nicola Butler
Communication Consultant
Nicola is a strategic communicator specialising in change communication, event management and stakeholder engagement. She has extensive experience building linkages with key stakeholders in the government and non-government sectors. She’s highly adaptable and innovative and recognises strategic opportunities to bring about change and improvement.
Rebecca English
Rebecca English
Communication Consultant
Rebecca is a communication professional with experience in delivering creative and strategic communication in government, international and not for profit sectors. Rebecca’s strengths lie in social media, events, video development, and media liaison activities. She is a proactive communicator and understands the needs of a target audience and builds a targeted, dynamic suite of communication activities to deliver true engagement with her audience.
Tanja Dullemond
Tanja Dullemond
Communication Consultant
Tanja is a flexible all-round communicator with skills in developing communications to meet strategic needs while engaging the target audience. She has a background in marketing, graphic design and web design and is experienced in event management, research, and document control. Her work drives engagement with stakeholders, enhances brand reputation and focuses on the needs of the end user.
Tim Dawson
Tim Dawson
Senior Communication and Engagement Advisor
Tim is a media, corporate communication, and PR professional with over 13 years of experience working for private enterprise, the Federal and ACT governments, NGOs, and the European Union. He is an experienced manager and team leader with sound content writing, presenting, public speaking, facilitating, speech writing, film and social media, project management, and events management skills.
Trent Pollard
Trent Pollard
Communication Consultant
Trent is a content producer with experience in content strategy, ideation, and production. Trent has delivered digital communication results for clients in the private and public sector, using both traditional and contemporary platforms of communication. Trent’s passion is in creating truly impactful content that is relevant and useful to target audiences.
Trish Philpott
Trish Philpott
Recruitment Manager
Trish has been working within recruitment and human resources since 2001 and is a CAHRI member with the Australian Human Resource Institute. Passionate about business growth and development, Trish is focused on delivering operational solutions to achieve strategic objectives and enabling initiatives which bring business and people strategy to life.
Vanessa Mann
Vanessa Mann
Communication and Change Consultant
Vanessa is skilled and experienced in communication management, transformational change and training. She is committed to delivering results, focusing on identifying and addressing business user needs as the primary driver for sustainable change. She is able to distil and communicate business and technical information that leave audiences feeling supported and confident with changing environments.
Victoria Sylvester
Victoria Sylvester
Communication Consultant
Victoria is a highly experienced and talented communicator, writer, media manager and entrepreneur. Her strengths lie in communication strategy development and implementation. She has particular skills in taking complex or minimal briefs and developing key messages, press material and social media content. Victoria creates clear, concise content that is delivered in a timely manner.
Zarmina Nasir
Zarmina Nasir
Communication and Change Consultant
Zarmina has 20 years’ experience in communication, engagement and change working in cross cultural contexts. She has significant leadership experience, strong partnership management and policy and strategy development skills, and a background in field and academic community and change-based endeavours including research methodologies and participatory techniques.