Ruth McLeod

Ruth McLeod


Experienced facilitator and social researcher, Ruth McLeod works with diverse groups to identify issues, shared objectives and achievable solutions. On behalf of The Creative Ingredient, Ruth is currently the Community Reference Group facilitator for Newcastle City Council’s Coastal Revitalisation Project.

Ruth is a senior researcher with well-developed quantitative and qualitative skills. With over 20 years’ experience in conducting social research programs, she utilises a range of survey research tools and stakeholder engagement processes with:

  • general community groups
  • specific user groups
  • internal workplace units
  • government and business representatives

Ruth has successfully delivered major research programs with Hunter Research Foundation, Hunter Medicare Local and Newcastle City Council and is currently managing corporate projects at Hunter Primary Care.


2020-present | Lead CRG Meeting Facilitator
Subcontracted: The Creative Ingreident
Project: Newcastle Harbour Foreshore CRG meetings, City of Newcastle

2020 | Research Consultant
Project: Newcastle City Council Land Reclassification Public Hearing

2019-2020 | Research Consultant
Subcontracted: Rollingball Productions
Project: Hearing Australia Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Research Programs Stakeholder Workshops, Interviews, Surveys

2019 | Research Consultant
Project: Cessnock City Council Business from Biodiversity Workshop

2019 | Research Consultant
Project: NovaCare Strategic Planning Workshop

2019 | Research Consultant
Project: Hunter Joint Organisation Environmental Management Workshops

2018 | Research Consultant
Project: Regional Waste Education Focus Groups

2018 | Research Consultant
Project: St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Financial Wellbeing Service Pilot Evaluation

2017 | Research Consultant
Project: Newcastle City Council Newcastle 2030 Key Stakeholders Workshop

2017 | Research Consultant
Subcontracted: University of Newcastle
Project: Transport for NSW Newcastle Light Rail Focus Group Program

2014-16 | Senior Research Fellow, Hunter Research Foundation

  • Hunter Wellbeing Watch Survey Program (2016)
  • Newcastle City Council Wickham Master Plan Workshop Program (2016)
  • NSW Minerals Council Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue Perceptions Research (2016)
  • Hunter Founders Forum Innovation in Hunter Business (2015)
  • Manufacturing our Future Regional Competitiveness Research Program (2014)

2013-14 | Consultation and Planning Coordinator, Hunter Medicare Local

  • Stakeholder Workshops (Health Consumers, Service Providers) (2014)
  • Stakeholder Framework and Engagement Strategy (2013)

2011-12 | Senior Strategist Integrated Planning, Newcastle City Council

  • Community Development Practice Project (2012)
  • Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan (2011)



  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle Graduate
  • Diploma Medical Statistics, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma Project Management, Australian Institute of Management


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