Trista Hill

Auckland, New Zealand


Trista has 10 years experience in developing and maintaining a social licence to operate through sustainable community development. Using a carefully crafted stakeholder engagement process, Trista acted as Principal Consultant on community investment reviews, social impact assessments, policy development and developed practitioner-training options. She has a Masters level qualification in Community Relations and experience in social policy development for the Queensland Resources Council.

In 2007, Trista joined the not-for-profit peak industry association representing Queensland’s minerals and energy sector, the Queensland Resources Council. Trista took on the specially created role of Social Policy Advisor to create a collaborative process between member companies and all levels of government to ensure a Social License to Operate through sustainable community development. Drawing on an extensive knowledge of government policy, reviews of housing, rural health and mining and community development, Trista improved the QRC’s 
position on key social policy issues. This was maintained through an expertly assembled functioning network, which included non-government organisations; government bureaucrats; politicians and member 
company representatives. The network collaborated on relevant community development projects and social policy initiatives across Queensland.

Prior to working with the Queensland Resources Council, Trista worked at a grassroots level, assisting local community groups to access Natural Heritage Trust funding in Southern Queensland. Trista has published material on indigenous participation in facility closure planning and in the use of narrative inquiry as an effective data collection methodology.



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