Our Team

At EllisKent our growing team consists of permanent staff and highly skilled associate consultants. 

Our people have extensive skills locally as well as global expertise across the areas of climate change, communications, emergency management, ESG, human rights, public health, risk management, and sustainable development.

Below are the profiles of our core staff and key consultants. We also have access to a global network of professionals to ensure we find the right solutions for your organisation. 

Deborrah Jepsen


Deborrah Jepsen is a highly skilled senior executive with experience in economic investment and strategy development.   


Aligned with her work in senior roles within the Victorian Government, Deborrah has extensive experience in corporate, business and risk planning. Her high-level responsibilities have included oversight of sector governance structures, community-focused programs, and the development of business cases for State Government funding for all emergency management agencies.  


Deb is a practical, hands on leader with proven experience in partnering across business, all levels of government, agencies and community. She was responsible for leading the clean-up and recovery of communities after major bushfires in Victoria in 2015. 


Outcomes driven with a progressive mindset and approach, Tai is an experienced business strategy and sustainability professional. Adept in stakeholder management with a proven ability to foster change through relationship building and collaboration, Tai has highly developed project, organisational and team management skills.  

A respected corporate leader, Tai has extensive experience in planning, implementing and evaluating influential engagement and behavior change programs, events, and communications to achieve strategic objectives across a variety of organisations.  

Tai appreciates the importance of understanding environmental and social risks and opportunities in order to harness these to drive innovation, improve operational efficiencies and create more sustainable business practices. 

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Shehani Noakes 

Shehani comes with extensive international experience in strategy development and execution. 


She has a strong commercial background and is experienced in evaluating and prioritising investment opportunities as well as building operating models to successfully execute and govern.  She worked on a range of ESG initiatives including during her time at ANZ Bank where she managed the development and execution of ANZ’s position, associated policies, and investment to support the shift to a lower Carbon economy. Most recently, she has been working with a Global Resources company to develop their position and commitments around Climate Change. 


Shehani is a Non-Executive Director of the International Women’s Development Agency. She has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics and Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD. 

Rebecca Rennie


Rebecca is a public health and resilience professional with over 15 years of experience across government and health and not-for-profit sectors.  


Rebecca has developed and delivered a range of high impact projects notably at City of Melbourne and Beyondblue. Through this work, she achieved demonstrable benefits, including but not limited to, increased awareness and access to services for residents and vulnerable community members, increased participation and engagement, and created innovative solutions to tackle entrenched problems in communities.  


Rebecca possesses strong project and program management skills, including a sound understanding of risk management approaches and process improvement. She holds a MA of Public Health from Deakin University. 


Natalie Staaks

Communications strategist Natalie Staaks has demonstrated accomplishments in senior leadership roles within state and local government in Victoria. She has a well-developed reputation as a strategic thinker driving corporate reputation through positioning, with a strong focus on emergency management and building community resilience.


As Director of The Art of Why Communications, Natalie specialises in strategic communication planning and implementation and crisis communication. She has a strong track record in leading the formulation and delivery of change programs, policy reform and crisis management in government and business, working with stakeholder and community through complex issues. 

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Heidi Winder

Heidi has over 18 years’ experience across the international development and humanitarian sectors. Recently she managed Australia Assists, the Australian Government’s flagship civilian deployment mechanism supporting Pacific Island Countries to prepare, respond and recover from disasters.  


Heidi designed projects for the Qatar Foundation combating Human Trafficking, including the Arab Initiative for Building National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking co-managed with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 


Heidi specialises in strategic planning, project design, capacity development and social inclusion. She holds a Masters of Social Science and Bachelors of Economics and Asian Studies.