Meet the Comme Consulting team

Led by Amber Brodecky, Comme Consulting is a collective group of communications and community engagement experts.  

Amber can work directly with your organisation to provide senior strategic advice and support; or she can assemble a team for project delivery or to meet you specialist business requirements, including
in-house placements.

 
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Amber Brodecky

DIRECTOR

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A specialist crisis and issues manager, Amber Brodecky is known as a trusted advisor and reputation manager.

With more than 15 years public sector experience, a broad working knowledge of the private sector and inter-organisational relationships; Amber's experience spans the emergency management, regulation, infrastructure, health and environment sectors.

Amber held a key leadership role for the State of Victoria during Australia's largest emergency, Black Saturday, for which she was awarded a National Emergency Medal by the Prime Minister.

She has a record of achievement in delivering integrated strategies and plans targeted at complex stakeholder and public issues, and led Australia’s first successful negotiations for all commercial radio stations to become emergency broadcasters.

Amber has assumed key roles on a wide range of independent government inquiries, and has held central and senior roles in response to a broad range of high profile events and emergencies.

She has worked across local, State and Federal governments, in multi-jurisdictional and national environments, closely with political offices and extensively with media.

Amber is a strong advocate for the importance of active and empowered communities and has engaged directly with hundreds of regional and metropolitan community members in emotive, robust and complex situations.

A leader and senior manager of large teams, Amber has an extensive network of successful relationships at the most senior levels.

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Emma Smith

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

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Emma Smith has extensive experience in public relations, media and communications management, specialising in services for corporate, government and not-for-profit clients.

Her knowledge of local government is highly regarded having worked as a Media Adviser at the City of Melbourne, and as Media and Communications Coordinator at Frankston City Council from 2009-2014.

She is highly proficient in strategic communications and media relations, issues and reputation management, internal communications, social media management and community engagement.

Emma earned national recognition from Government Communications Australia for the best internal communications/staff engagement tool for Frankston City Council’s staff intranet in 2014, and won silver for Frankston City Council’s 2012-2013 Annual Report from the Australasian Reporting Awards.

Her understanding of media trends and innovative communication platforms ensures Emma maximises the delivery of information across traditional mainstream media and social media applications for her clients.

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Courtney Carthy

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MEDIA AND EVENTS

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A communications specialist with well-developed skills in media and major events, Courtney has worked as a producer, reporter & presenter with the ABC for nearly a decade.

In that time he's produced breaking news, entertainment, and emergency fire and flood coverage for ABC Local, on radio and online.

In 2016 he began in the newly created role of Development Producer working in the Digital Content and Strategy department of the ABC. The antonymous role focused on developing new podcast-first programs from the ground up, working intimately with those involved - musicians, designers, audio engineers, publicists, senior management, and executive producers, in aiding the publication of digital first content.

Courtney's strong background and knowledge in social media afforded him the opportunity to advise the National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea on their corporation wide social media strategy. Across all departments he worked closely with employees from senior management to regional reporters to build capacity and consistency among the varied departments and networks.

His passion and experience with major events helped him grow Inflatable Regatta from a fun afternoon out with friends on the Yarra River to a recognisably highly successful and innovative event. Leading a core team of 6 organisers with 130+ volunteers on event day, Courtney is the person ultimately responsible for the event's success or failure. From 2016 to 2017 participant numbers for Inflatable Regatta grew over 300 percent from 550 to more than 1700.

Growth in numbers is largely due to Courtney’s successful publicity campaign, personalised participant communication, and consistency of branding, messaging and optics. Inflatable Regatta plans on expanding to other major cities in 2018.

Courtney's depth of communications experience has taken him from broadcasting potentially life-saving bushfire information, to completing a documentary on Melbourne's start-up scene for ABC Radio National, to making small talk with Cat Stevens, and everywhere in between.

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Lisa Gercovich

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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Having worked in marketing and advertising roles with a breadth of leading corporations over the past 15 years, Lisa now specialises in corporate visual communication as a qualified graphic designer.

Regularly designing for a diverse portfolio of clients, from big name brands like Lexus and Toyota, to government agencies and boutique businesses; Lisa works hand-in-hand with companies to design their websites, develop and style their brand, and produce infographics, print materials, reports and presentations.

Lisa’s design skills coupled with her marketing background offer considered thinking through visual communication to add value to businesses and help them realise their vision.

Every project undertaken by Lisa is communicated creatively, approached intelligently, and crafted with care. Her detail oriented, organised and flexible approach complements her proven ability to successfully deliver to tight deadlines and create stand-out materials.

Lisa believes design is a way to demonstrate how things function, not just how they appear.