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Our Board

The Canberra Chapter board consists of ten peer-selected members.


Leanne Joyce, Past President

Leanne was President of IABC Canberra from 2013-2016 and has been a member since 2009 when she first attended the IABC World Conference. She is also Past Chair of IABC Asia-Pacific region and continues to play an active role across Australia and APAC.

Leanne has 20 years’ experience in policy and strategic communications roles in the government, not for profit, and corporate sectors. She has skills and qualifications in journalism, public policy, business administration and executive coaching.

Leanne works as a consultant providing strategic advice and on-the-ground support in government relations, media and communications, public policy and advocacy, stakeholder management and reputation management. One of her key current roles is External Relations Adviser for Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a not-for-profit foundation working on antimalarial drugs.


Victor Zalakos, SCMP, President 

Victor is the change and comms guy™, a change and communications consultant living in Canberra, Australia. He is a passionate agent for change – bringing simplicity and certainty to a changing world. Victor has managed successful change programs for a diverse range of clients in consumer electronics, government, utilities and manufacturing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in organisational change and communication.

Victor is a pragmatist, optimist, creative thinker and devil’s advocate. His background in engineering, marketing, psychology and business, coupled with boundless enthusiasm, makes him a potent agent for change. Victor has also served as chair of IABC’s Policy Review Committee, is on the IABC Foundation Fundraising Committee and was part of the organising committee for Fusion, the IABC 2018 APAC Conference.

Victor was one of the first recipients of the Strategic Communications Management Professional certification.

Connect on Twitter: @vzalakos
Connect on LinkedIn: Victor Zalakos


Alison Senti, SCMP, Vice President 

Alison has almost 20 years working in public and private sector roles in communication, marketing, stakeholder engagement specialising in international and industry engagement. She currently works for KPMG Canberra in the People and Change team and works in strategic communication and behavioural change management roles in Government.

Alison loves to keep across ‘who’s doing it best’ when it comes to communication and bring these insights into her work. She joined the Board in order to connect with like-minded communication ‘busybodies’ to share, grow and change the communication profession. In February 2018 Alison was accredited as a Strategic Communication Management Professional by the Global Communication Certification Council.




Connect on Twitter: @AlisonSenti
Connect on LinkedIn: Alison Senti (Murray), SCMP


Leonora Nicol, Secretary 

Leonora has worked in senior government communication roles for over 15 years including media roles, large advertising campaigns, and developing digital communications and social media. She is currently heading up communications at the Productivity Commission where she has built team capabilities to produce infographics and animated videos to support releases of their reports, and which feature regularly on new sites such as the SMH, Age and the Financial Review.



Connect on LinkedIn: Leonora Nicol


Damian Tunney, Treasurer

Damian is a highly skilled senior communication and digital professional with over 17 years’ experience across the private and public sectors in strategic communication, marketing, brand and sponsorship. He started his career working in brand and event agencies with clients such as Optus, Sony and McDonald’s (to name a few) before landing a dream role with Sony Ericsson as Brand Manager across Oceania.

Shortly after starting a family he moved back to his home town of Canberra where he has worked in a number of senior communication roles across Federal Government including with the Australian Sports Commission, Department of Employment and most recently as Head of Communication for the National Australia Day Council. He currently works for Cordelta, a local management consulting firm, as an Engagement Lead/Delivery Manager overseeing the delivery of major digital projects. Beyond his experience and skills, Damian is an immensely proud Canberran—and has a strong interest and desire to contribute to the growth of our city and to the communication profession.


Connect on LinkedIn: Damian Tunney


Michael Liu, Director of Events

Michael is a Media and Events Strategist with Dionysus – a cultural development and placemaking consultancy based in NewActon – and manages project-based communications and marketing for a variety of clients such as Molonglo Group, Hindmarsh, In The City Canberra and Australian National University.

He has held roles in a variety of industries including sub-editor, media advisor, business development manager and events manager. Michael is also a professional musician and regularly performs throughout Canberra.

Connect on Twitter: @mrmichaelliu
Connect on LinkedIn: Michael Liu


Prem Vasudevan, Director of Digital Communications

With a career in advertising spanning over a decade in two continents, Prem has partnered international clients such as Procter & Gamble, British American Tobacco, Heineken, Volkswagen and Glaxo Smith Kline.

He’s worked with some of the biggest advertising agencies in the Asia-Pacific region such as Bates Advertising, Grey Worldwide, DDB and George Patterson Y&R, and has influenced communication outcomes at the not-for-profit and public sectors. Along the way, Prem has picked up numerous creative and effectiveness awards for his work. Prem has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a specialisation in Advertising under his belt and is working towards a Master of Marketing Management. He currently manages social media for a federal government department.



Connect on Twitter: @copychek
Connect on LinkedIn: Prem Vasudevan


Amanda Dennett, Director of Member Communications

Amanda has 13 years’ experience in digital communication strategy, crisis communication, and media issues management. She is currently Head of Digital Experience at the Australian War Memorial.

Amanda is completing a Master of Research at Swinburne University of Technology, researching Australian Government use of social media to engage with citizens. She has previously worked as a media adviser, lead a government video production team, and implemented social media customer service at the Department of Human Services. Amanda is passionate about the ethics of technology, GLAM, gender equality and sport.


Connect on Twitter: @mandyintransit 
Connect on LinkedIn: Amanda Dennett


Claire George, Director of Professional Development  

Claire is a passionate Senior Communications leader with over 20 years experience in Marketing and Communications. Working for IBM, she has had the opportunity to work on transformation communications projects for one of the biggest global brands. Claire has worked across all facets of the marketing and communications discipline and enjoys working closely with leadership teams to develop communication programs that deliver real business results.

Claire joined the IABC board to share her passion for the discipline with other communication professionals in Canberra. She would love to inspire more members to continue to upskill and hone their expertise to elevate the role of communications as strategic advisors and creative engagers.




Connect on LinkedIn: Claire George


Jaimee Thorpe, Board member

Having transitioned from a communications and marketing based role in the sports sector, Jaimee now specialises in recruiting professionals within the marketing and communications sector in the ACT. She cover a diverse range of roles and works with candidates and clients from large private enterprises, not-for-profits through to small start-ups on a daily basis, providing her with insights into their roles, organisation and the trends within this field and market.

Jaimee joined the IABC board to gain a greater insight of what communicators across Canberra look for throughout their professional journey, to stay up-to-date with trends across the market, and to add value by providing her insights gained through her regular dealings with clients as to how the chapter can enhance the value of the association to its members.


Connect on LinkedIn: Jaimee Thorpe


Virginia Cook, Board member


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