Doing more good things… Introducing Julia Hovenden
Our team is growing quickly! This week, we are excited to introduce Julia Hovenden as part of the Cube Group team. Julia joins us after a four year stint in Canberra, where she worked in both the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the Attorney-General’s Department.
Julia has a strong background in emergency management and stakeholder engagement. One of her earliest roles was with the Victorian Bushfire Authority, supporting community engagement following the Black Saturday bushfires. Coincidentally, that was where she first met Cube Partner, Deb Symons, then Head of Community Engagement at the Authority. Julia continued to build on her experience in Canberra, taking on a variety of policy, strategy, communications and engagement roles in the emergency management and water sectors.
We are thrilled to be working with Julia, and look forward to tapping into her experience and fresh perspectives to help create public value for our clients. We asked Julia some questions to find out what makes her tick!
Getting to know Julia
What professional experiences have been most influential in your career to date?
My experience working in the Community Engagement team at the Victorian Bushfire Authority following the Black Saturday bushfires was integral to shaping my thinking on the importance of genuine community engagement, effective communication and a collaborative approach to resolving complex issues. More recently, my experience working for the Commonwealth Government has provided me with invaluable insights into the government processes critical to translating policy proposals into reality.
You worked in the public sector for a while, what are the biggest lessons you’ve learned?
- Policy reform takes time
- Always define the objective of your engagement before you start consulting
- Back yourself!
Who has inspired you?
There are too many to list! They are typically people who are genuine about making a positive difference for communities, they’re bold and courageous yet understand their weaknesses, they’re always open to learning from others, and they’re not afraid to stand up for the values they believe in.
What motivated you to make the change to consulting?
Consulting offers me a unique opportunity to contribute to public value outcomes across a broad range of service offerings and portfolios. I’m excited about working with the dynamic and passionate Cube team to unpick complex public sector challenges from a different perspective, and about delivering a variety of public value projects for, and with, communities, not for profits and governments.
What are your passions outside of work?
I’m passionate about exploring new places and meeting new people. A six-week camping trip through Africa was probably the highlight of my travels so far! And a bit closer to home—after four years living in the capital—I’m one of the few people who can genuinely say I love Canberra!