“We have worked with Cate and her team from Invigor Consulting (now Wise Point) as community and stakeholder engagement specialist consultants for over five years. During this time, Cate has worked on and successfully delivered many projects, including Fit for the Future, which achieved higher engagement than any other Council in NSW on population percentages for community input. Cate also delivered a very successful communication and consultation services during the development phase of the 28.3 million Quipolly Water Project that achieved regional and state recognition.
By providing strategic advice for public relations throughout the years, Cate resolved issues in ways we never thought possible, including contentious planning matters. She worked successfully with many different departments to obtain their support and buy-in and create paths for moving forward.
As part of their services, Wise Point conducted many successful workshops and provided training and advice for professional development. Cate delivered media training to staff , developed communication materials (including websites, surveys, relevant social media posts), and organised and ran a large number of community workshops, expanding our Council’s networks for the betterment of our community.
Highly organised, professional and responsive, Cate always sees opportunities in the face of adversity. She has improved our engagement dramatically and is extremely well-connected, both in the private and public sector. We have always found her advice to be timely, meaningful and fit for purpose.”
“Working with Cate McMahon on strategies to extend our business network and community engagement has achieved outstanding results. She has worked with us to connect with relevant people, organisations and sponsorships to improve our business and benefit the local community.
She has shown exceptional skills in identifying issues and opportunities for our business, and has helped us to develop and implement smart strategies for both the short and long term. The results of which we are still benefiting from.
We have been most impressed with Cate’s communication skills. She has an uncanny ability to connect with people at all levels and build positive rapport. This is very evident in the respect shown to her throughout her extensive networks. Importantly for us she has been able not only to identify opportunities but to take advantage of them to benefit our business.
Cate is a pleasure to work with as she makes people feel at ease with her open and honest approach. She is a very savvy project, community and public relations strategist and I highly recommend her services.”
“I cannot recommend Cate’s services highly enough. She is extremely skilled at both stakeholder engagement and project management, with the ability to operate at all levels, including senior management and government stakeholders.
Cate very quickly grasps the issues at hand and is able to identify pathways designed to achieve the project’s objectives. Too often, the need for stakeholder engagement is not understood and yet it can make or break a project.
The need to bring your key stakeholders along the journey with you is even greater in regional communities where the stakes for the community are also that much greater. Having a highly skilled third-party perspective is invaluable and Cate is amongst the best I have seen.”
“Working in a highly complex environment, I found Cate to be highly approachable and knowledgeable of the challenges and opportunities faced by communities with respect to their interactions with businesses.
Her committed efforts to build good relationships with community groups and individuals, particularly by responding to their questions and concerns, were appreciated and respected – despite this being no easy feat.
I would therefore recommend Cate for projects with detailed stakeholder management requirements.