Our people

We have a talented team of problem solvers, the best and brightest in their fields of interest and expertise. They are delivery and results-oriented, accountable, partnership-oriented, innovative, enterprising and committed to clients' needs.

The skills of the team include: risk management and communication, community and stakeholder engagement, change management, proactive issues management, sustainability, biodiversity, corporate responsibility, futures analysis, psychology, sociology, media and human rights.

The sectors we’ve covered include: banking, mining, energy, pharmaceuticals, media, agriculture, international relations, government and NGOs.

Katherine Teh

Managing Director

Katherine has a deep understanding of and connection with the way a community thinks, and the essence of community expectations. This knowledge led her to develop a unique methodology that, in this new era of instantaneous communication, assists businesses and organisations to access, plan for, and deal with rapidly changing community beliefs and trust. In…

Kristina Ringwood


Kristina has worked as a geologist, sustainability and environmental manager in operational and corporate roles with major mining companies such as Rio Tinto in Australia and internationally. She has worked at an international level with the leadership organisation World Business Council for Sustainable Development; as a Partner in a global consulting firm working with mining,…

Alison Penfold


Alison has a forensic understanding of and first-hand experience in community engagement, risk and issues management, policy development, advocacy and political and bureaucratic processes. She has an applied knowledge of Futureye’s social licence and risk communications methodology and achieved results with it. Her 20 years’ experience includes: Chief of Staff to a Federal Cabinet Minister,…

Priya SaratChandran

Associate Director

Priya SaratChandran joined Futureye because she was attracted to the company’s values and commitment to the community, together with its demonstrated understanding of business drivers. After a career in human rights, and in business, Priya saw Futureye as the perfect platform for her combination of skills. Priya has seen an increasing understanding in many businesses…

Nick Lane

Associate Director

Nick founded PassivePlace in 2016, and brings 20 years of experience in logistics, project management, construction, key account development and relationship management in both the residential and commercial construction service sectors. Nick applies systems-thinking to address homelessness, economic regeneration and manufacturing innovation to the Community and Affordable Housing sector. By using the internationally recognized building…

Caroline Chernov


Caroline brings a wealth of board and executive-level expertise to Futureye with more than 25 years’ experience solving complex problems with entrepreneurial thinking. Caroline helps build effective boards and executive teams by fostering high-performing work cultures, market relevance, stakeholder trust and authentic participation in social and environmental causes. She has a demonstrated record using systems…

Brigitte de Boer

Practice Manager

Brigitte is a human resources professional with over 25 years of experience working for professional services firms.  She has extensive experience in developing and implementing HR strategies and to provide guidance, advice, and support, with the objective of adding value to the business.  Through the pursuit of best practice, she is positioned to partner effectively…

David McCallum

Senior Consultant

With a background in law and international studies. David has experience dealing with angry stakeholders and activists on behalf of clients, developing and testing outrage mitigation messages, running focus groups and engagement processes. He has developed social licence strategies, risk communication solutions, and dialogue mapping. As such, he is an expert guide of how to…

Polina Silakova

Senior Consultant

Polina is passionate about ensuring companies and organisations are “future-proofed”. Her work in the area of changing consumer values and the impact of this on business decisions further enhances Futureye’s expertise in managing social licence issues. She has Master’s Degrees in Strategic Foresight and Business Administration and has worked extensively in brand communications and market…

Patrick Stafrace

Senior Consultant

Patrick will be utilising his journalism, strategy consulting and digital technology experience to lead Futureye’s digital dialogue and hubs. Previously, he worked as a corporate and public affairs adviser at Edelman Indonesia. His practice focused on developing advocacy strategies to support major investments, public diplomacy and social interventions across the Indo-Pacific region. Patrick provided strategy,…

Sarah Louise Knoll

Senior Advisor

A community engagement and development professional with extensive experience across the “social licence to operate” space in Australia, Africa and the Americas. With experience building sustainability strategies for mineral resource projects across several countries, Sarah is deeply familiar with leading practice human rights, community engagement and social investment frameworks. Sarah speaks Afrikaans, Spanish and French,…

Luke Gebert


Luke brings to Futureye a detailed background in environmental science research and has particularly unique skill of developing clear and accessible technical solutions to complex problems. He has worked on projects including urban sustainability, water-sensitive urban design and heat mitigation, such as considering the thermal performance of green roofs in varying climates. Luke achieved a…

Trang Le


Trang started her career as an advertising practitioner in Vietnam and has a masters degree in media studies at Monash University. Trang loves to explore the potential of linking research to policy and practice, creating an impact outside academia. This includes her role at the National Ageing Research Institute, where she looks into media coverage…

Our network of national and global experts

As well as our highly qualified in-house team, Futureye has a national and international network of experts who work with us on specific projects, helping to ensure that every aspect of every challenge is addressed effectively and efficiently. Our clients can be assured that, wherever they are, Futureye knows who to engage and how to deal with issues, enhancing the strategies that help to ensure enduring success.

Here are profiles on some of them.

Steven Münchenberg

Melbourne, Australia

Steven Münchenberg has 30 years’ experience in public policy, working at the interface between business, government and the community. During his career he has built positive change with a constructive and collaborative style. As Chief Executive of the Australian Bankers’ Association (2010-2017), he elevated the ABA from a reactive, issues-management association to a strategic partner…

Andrew McLeod

London, UK

Professor Andrew MacLeod is a London-based director of Futureye. He has a track record of leading organisations through challenge, crisis and change and he has experience in governance, crisis communications, geo-political risk assessment, as well as the understanding of dynamics in culturally and economically diverse markets and communities. He brings a genuine diversity of thinking…

Bob Lamb

Washington, DC

Bob is a strategist and policy adviser who during his career has developed new approaches to assessing the effectiveness of problem-solving systems in complex environments. Drawing on knowledge of how engineers, entrepreneurs, and other specialists in a wide range of fields have solved complex problems, he developed methods for determining what it takes to hold…

Susan Benedyka

Victoria, Australia

In line with Futureye’s mission and processes, Susan’s great strength is the way in which she uses her highly developed communication and facilitation skills to enable other people’s visions to become reality. She has often dealt with highly controversial and potentially inflammatory issues, designing forums to allow constructive engagement between all parties. She has high-level…

Professor David Kinley

Sydney, Australia

David is a researcher, writer and teacher, and is an expert in international and domestic human rights law and globalisation. He has worked for 25 years as a consultant and adviser in many countries, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Iraq, Nepal, Laos, China, and Myanmar/Burma, for many organizations, including the UN High Commissioner for Human…

Dr. Peter Sandman

Brooklyn, USA

Dr Peter Sandman has experience on all sides of debate. He has helped activists to generate interest and instigate change, and he has helped businesses and government entities deal with public controversies that threaten their survival, including oil spills, vaccine scares, hazardous waste facilities, and many others. His work and his innovative thinking have been…

Internships with Futureye

Futureye provides opportunities at various times of the year for final year university students to undertake internships as part of their course requirements. Interns are given the opportunity to work on various client projects dealing with current issues. The internship provides exposure to our methodologies including social licence to operate strategy development, risk communication and crisis management. The experience may include working on client project teams; conducting research and media scanning; working on new business proposals and writing media and communications pieces for clients.

Internships at Futureye may lead to paid casual, part-time or full-time work.

If you are interested, please provide your CV, contact details and a covering letter to: info@futureye.com