Fiona Court

Partner & Managing Director, SEC Newgate Engage

Fiona is one of Australia’s leading stakeholder and community engagement practitioners, with deep experience gained from over 30 years in planning and communications. Fiona has held executive management positions in major corporates and the public sector.
With science and planning qualifications, she plays a central role in critical infrastructure projects, leading teams working across complex issues. Understanding how to balance competing interests, she is particularly skilled at helping stakeholders working on complex problems in contested environments.
High profile projects include Sydney Metro, the Pacific Highway Upgrade; Sydney motorway network; Lucas Heights Research Reactor; and Sydney’s Second Airport.
Fiona was previously Manager Project Communications at Leighton Contractors and spent eight years as General Manager Infrastructure Communications at NSW Roads & Maritime Service.
She provides communication and engagement training for project managers and has guest lectured at universities. She understands customer focused digital tools and established the NSW Government’s first Digital Panel. Fiona and colleagues established the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) in Australia in 1997.