Brenda Madden


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. She also has skills in programming, events, project management, education and communications.

Brenda is passionate about sustainability, place activation and community wellbeing. She is committed to collaborating for best practice outcomes that are meaningful and transformative. She believes in sustainable, productive local economies existing within green, healthy, interconnected communities that provide inclusive opportunities and acknowledge cultural diversity.


2016-present | Director: Cocus CoDesign (Principal)

Providing communications, community engagement and media strategy services for government and non-government organisations.

Company: Rolling Ball Productions
Project Summary: Engagement facilitator for new communications campaign. Co-design communications campaign with Indigenous stakeholders to develop on point visual messaging, tagline and key messages for a new national ear health campaign.

Company: Soldiers Point Public School
Project Summary: Prepare funding application and project manage the construction of an Indigenous Yarning Circle on campus co-designed with the student Yarn Up group and Worimi elders.

Company: Jupiter
Project Summary: Coordination of Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshops for high school students in the Port Stephens LGA, including the co-development of workshop content with Macquarie University, KYDS, COPSY and local practitioners and the design of resources and materials for workshop delivery.

Company: Logan City Council
Project Summary: Preparation of a Community Engagement Plan for the rethinking of Animal Keeping Laws for the newly amalgamated Logan City Council.

Company: Hunter Primary Care
Project Summary: Develop Practice Guidelines and procedure manuals for the Partners in Recovery Program to include new requirements under the NDIS including collaboration with staff and practitioners, document layout, branding and design.

Company: Healthy Land and Water
Project Summary: Develop a 12-month media strategy to support the rebranding of the organisation, highlight annual projects and generate greater participation in the annual awards ceremony.


2011-2014 | Employer: City of Darwin
Role: Program and Events Officer
Example project: Healthy Communities
Establish a Reference Panel and Community Advisory Group for the new Healthy Communities Program. Facilitate group meetings and workshops to develop strategic direction and content.

2006-2011 | Employer: Gosford City Council
Role: Road Safety Education Officer
Example project: Establish a Central Coast Road Safety Advisory Group to inform strategic direction for community education and behaviour change programs. Facilitate group meetings and develop communications plan and media strategy.

2006 | Employer: North Sydney Council (12mth contract)
Role: Sustainability Project Officer
Example project: Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability
Facilitate Focus Groups, Advisory Panel and assist with Public Meeting to repurpose a large community asset for a Centre for Sustainability. The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability is now a prominent landmark on the Waverton peninsula. Facilitate Advisory Group meetings and present at Precinct Committee Meetings elements of the regional Education for Sustainability project.

1994-2004 | Employer: North Sydney Council
Role: Bushcare Education Officer


  • 2018 – QUT: Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Relations)
  • 2002 – Macquarie University: Post-Graduate units in: social impact, cross-cultural negotiation and sustainability
  • 1992 – Newcastle University: B.App.Sc.of Env. Management; Majors: Social Impact and Community Education
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