We are a creative, friendly and professional team that prioritises customer service and delivery of high-quality work.

We build flexible teams with the right skills that are scalable to suit project requirements.

Our team comes from a range of professional backgrounds including project management, marketing, journalism, science communication, public relations, training, human resources, event management, financial services, the diplomatic corps and economic development.

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Managing Director

Helen Leayr

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Director

Adam Leayr

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Executive Manager

Ellen Samuels

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Lead Advisor

Rosie Garland

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Corporate Coordinator

Belinda Roche

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Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Amelia Simson

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Finance Manager

Ann Walker

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Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Dominic Lavers

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Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Emily Heath

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Communication and Engagement Consultant

Jackie Beanland

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Communication and Engagement Advisor

Jax NiCarthaigh

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Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Joss McAlpin

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Graphic Designer

Karen McSwan Silsby

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Communication Advisor

Katrina Duncan

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Junior Graphic Designer

Lauren Waldock

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Communication and Engagement Advisor

Martine Bilen

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Communication Consultant

Melanie Calvert

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Communication and Engagement Advisor

Naomi Lee

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Senior Communication and Change Consultant

Nicola Butler

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Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Rennae Sillett

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Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Tenille McClelland

Managing Director

Helen Leayr

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.
Director

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.

Executive Manager

Ellen Samuels

Ellen has spent nearly 20 years developing her skills in engagement, communication, program evaluation and education management across industry, business and government. She has been part of Communication Link’s team since 2011 and Executive Manager since 2020. Ellen is a strong leader and strategic thinker. She is passionate about ensuring her projects are accessible, equitable and authentic.

Lead Advisor

Rosie Garland

Rosie is a skilled professional with more than 15 years experience in communications, change management, media, and strategy and policy development. Rosie has led and delivered various projects across industries in the public and private sectors. She is passionate about getting communication right, particularly during change management where effective communication is key.

Corporate Coordinator

Belinda Roche

Belinda has worked in both private and public sector organisations in a range of different roles including contract & program management, recruitment and HR. This has prepared her well for managing the diverse and competing demands of providing corporate support to the Communication Link team to ensure the smooth running of the internal workings of the business.

Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Amelia Simson

Amelia is a passionate and experienced communication and engagement professional with over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. Amelia finds creative ways to present concepts and visions to those she engages. She is dedicated to authentic collaboration and creates avenues for voices to be heard in the places where they matter most.

Finance Manager

Ann Walker

Ann brings an enthusiasm for numbers and data and the ability to translate them in to meaningful and useful information to support the delivery of projects efficiently and effectively. She has 25 years career experience in both private and public sector, with experience in accounting roles and 10 years as a classroom teacher.

Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Dominic Lavers

Dominic is an expert communicator with more than 10 years’ experience in a broad range of not-for-profit and public sector organisations. He is a positive and solutions-focussed team player, whose background spans from strategic engagement and proactive public relations, to government advocacy and change communications.

Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Emily Heath

Emily has over 10 years’ experience in developing and leading the implementation of complex projects and events across government, not-for-profit and private sectors. Emily brings with her high-level liaison, negotiation and stakeholder management and engagement skills, with extensive experience in working with government agencies.

Communication and Engagement Consultant

Jackie Beanland

Jackie is a communication consultant with a background in marketing and communications. She has a passion for learning and trying new things and is interested in market research, data analysis and report writing.

Communication and Engagement Advisor

Jax NiCarthaigh

Jax specialises in change and problem-solving through strategic stakeholder engagement. She offers 25 plus years’ communication and leadership experience across multiple sectors including finance, adult and community education, not-for-profits, emergency management and community resilience building. Jax is a proactive and lateral thinker who will work collaboratively to help you achieve your project outcomes.

Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Joss McAlpin

Joss is an articulate, creative, and versatile professional with a strong foundation in digital communications strategies. Through extensive experience in both private and public sectors, he can translate complex ideas into compelling messages tailored to diverse audiences. Joss is a strong collaborator who is passionate about delivering the best results for his clients.

Graphic Designer

Karen McSwan Silsby

Karen has extensive experience across private and public sector positions in 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 logos, brand and style guides.

Communication Advisor

Katrina Duncan

Katrina is an award-winning communication professional with strong leadership skills, sound judgement and creative flair. With extensive experience across the private and public sectors, Katrina is a versatile team player who can shape strategy and deliver on objectives. She takes a positive and solutions-focused approach, working with clients to deliver outstanding communication results.

Junior Graphic Designer

Lauren Waldock

Lauren is our Junior Graphic Designer. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design. Lauren has had experience in a range of design types and briefs alike. She is passionate about branding, data visualisation and print design. Lauren contributes to a range of design projects at Communication Link, incorporating new and interesting design approaches.

Communication and Engagement Advisor

Martine Bilen

Martine strives to instill focus in delivering influential communications in her work and always seeks opportunities to bring her unique skills and experience to tell stories, show impact and engage with the audience.
As an engagement, communication and marketing specialist she has led high performing teams delivering communication solutions to support key government, industry, and business programs across the public, private and not for profit sectors.

Communication Consultant

Melanie Calvert

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.

Communication and Engagement Advisor

Naomi Lee

Naomi has over 20 years’ experience delivering outcomes for the community in the not-for-profit and government sectors. Naomi has tertiary qualifications in marketing as well as health and community development. She has delivered projects across the full engagement spectrum, from consultation to deliberative democracy and is committed to taking a partnership approach to enable deep and broad participation. She also has expertise in communications, social marketing, behaviour change and workshop facilitation.

Senior Communication and Change Consultant

Nicola Butler

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.

Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Rennae Sillett

Rennae is a communication and engagement specialist with experience in leading the implementation of complex projects on behalf of government, not-for-profit and private sectors. She approaches each project with empathy, creativity and inclusivity to empower the voice of lived experience and impact design and systems.   

Senior Communication and Engagement Consultant

Tenille McClelland

Tenille is a communication specialist with over 10 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. She is passionate about developing clear and effective communication solutions for her clients.