We were very excited to welcome Bec Patterson to our expanding team last month as a Senior Consultant.
Bec brings a new approach and unique skill set to us as a specialist in policy-making, strategic planning and sustainable community development, with over 10 years’ experience in senior roles in local government and more recently in the world of community and social services consulting.
We look forward to introducing Bec to our existing client partners over the next couple of months. We are excited about the opportunity to welcome new clients who we can support with our broadened service offering into the local government and community development sectors.
We asked Bec the usual questions to learn a little more about her:
How would you describe your job to a child?
My job is about working with the people who look after the places and activities where you can go to get help if you are upset, sick or need some help working things out.
What kind of projects are you looking forward to working on?
I enjoy working on dynamic projects that make a difference and believe that we can and should work with organisations to deliver better outcomes and create places that communities love to call home.
What has been your biggest learning in the past 5 years?
It is hard to pick just one, but one of the most valuable learnings has been about investment. You must invest in your stakeholders (whoever you identify them as) and equally in the planning and evaluation phase of any project.
Before Beacon Strategies, what has been the most rewarding or interesting job you’ve had?
I’ve been lucky enough to always work alongside community/community organisations I think my highlights would be:
- Being part of the 50 lives 50 homes project in 2010
- Shaping the Aged Care, Seniors and Disability Space for Redland City Council with the development of the Age Friendly Redlands committee and Cleveland Community Hub Concept
- Coordinating the recovery work in the aftermath of Ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie 2017 for Gold Coast City Council
- Managing complex stakeholder relationships across community and all levels of government to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes, such as planning of the Redland City Council’s Age-Friendly City Strategy
What appealed to you about working here?
Lots of things, working on a variety of projects across multiple sectors, being able to use my skills in a new way and being part of a forward-thinking organisation that is happy to operate outside of the square.
What is something not many people know about you?
I was going to be a dentist and completed a year of a dentistry degree following high school.
If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
If you want my honest opinion.
About Beacon Strategies - We are a mission-based health and social services consultancy committed to supporting organisations to effectively plan, design, implement and evaluate their projects and services.