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Kylie Cochrane appointed Design Director at Aurecon

Kylie Cochrane, Managing Principal, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, Australia & New Zealand

Kylie brings a unique perspective to the design and construction of infrastructure projects, elevating the value of a human-centred approach.

16 September 2020 – Kylie Cochrane, Managing Principal, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, Australia & New Zealand at engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon has been appointed to the position of Design Director, the first non-engineer to join the select group.

Aurecon CEO William Cox commented, “This appointment represents Aurecon’s continuing evolution of reimagining engineering to be even more human centred. Kylie brings a wealth of diverse experience to the Design Director role and our clients will benefit from her rich experience and critical thinking approach to solving and resolving essential community issues.”

Kylie has a rich background in community and stakeholder engagement, strategic communication and issues management in the government, infrastructure, resources, energy and community development sectors. She leads an award-winning team across Australia and New Zealand and is a tireless advocate for the importance of genuine community collaboration in delivering exceptional infrastructure outcomes.

Kylie brings a unique perspective to the design and construction of infrastructure projects, elevating the value of a human-centred approach where end-users play a vital role in designing infrastructure that lives within communities, rather than imposing infrastructure that communities must live with.

Design Directors are Aurecon's most eminent practitioners and represent the pinnacle of technical mastery within the organisation. They are the custodians of design quality at Aurecon and play a key role in bringing unconventional design approaches to solving clients’ most vexing and challenging problems.

John McGuire, Chief Design Officer at Aurecon said, “Kylie is at the peak of technical achievement within her profession. Her advisory pedigree and engagement expertise are the perfect accompaniment to our technical expertise, to ensure we can bring our clients ideas to life.”

Kylie is the International Chair of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2), the global professional association for the consultation and engagement industry. She sits on both the Australasian and International IAP2 Boards.

In 2019 Kylie was honoured with the global “IAP2 Inspirational Leadership” award and she was the 2018 Consult Australia Female Champion of Change.

Kylie is a respected thought leader, publishing on issues such as the importance of co-design in the evolution of engineering and the power of community engagement in infrastructure development, inspired by her keynote presentation at the conference held by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on the challenges and opportunities posed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“I’ve been in the fortunate position to witness the power of engineering expertise within an advisory environment. A certain magic happens when we bring together the lived experience of communities with the deep technical mind of an engineer, it brings about a completely new framework and approach, that I look forward to taking to more clients,” said Kylie.

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