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Established in 1970, the International Association of Business Communication (IABC) is a vibrant global membership association of communication professionals committed to improving organisational effectiveness through strategic communication.

With around 10,000 members in more than 70 countries, the IABC sets the Global Standard of excellence in communication through its educational offerings, certification, awards program, resource library, webinars, online magazine and annual World Conferences.

IABC serves professionals in the field of business communication, bringing together the profession’s collective disciplines to share innovative thinking, best practices, in-depth learning and career guidance.

Learn more about the types of IABC memberships available for professionals, corporate groups and students who want to take their business communication skills to the next level.


The Board

Alana Buckley-Carr Twitter:  @abcalana

Alana Buckley-Carr
Twitter: @abcalana


Alana Buckley-Carr

As recent-past Communications Manager for a national energy organisation, Alana was responsible for building the profile and reputation of NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) as a leader in innovation, technology and energy resources. A key part of her role was the development of strategic opportunities for the business and stakeholder, media and political engagement.

Alana is an experienced communications professional, achieved through her strong network of media relationships and reputation for developing and implementing successful strategic communications campaigns.

She has held several corporate and media communications roles for a range of companies including Western Australia's peak resources membership lobby, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy. Alana has over 15 years' experience in print journalism, working across  national and state publications including The Australian, Sunday Times and West Australian.

Jill Thomas Twitter:  @cnd_grl

Jill Thomas
Twitter: @cnd_grl

Vice President; Director of Professional Development; Events

Jill Thomas

Jill is a senior communications and investor relations professional with 19 years of experience spanning in-house, government and consultancy roles in Australia and Canada.

Her strengths are in both internal and external communications, with a strong emphasis on strategic communications, reputation management, crisis communications, internal communications and employee engagement, media/social media, promotions and events.

For the last decade, Jill has held in-house roles with publicly listed companies in the resources sector including Woodside, Hardman Resources, Otto Energy, Sundance Resources, South32, OceanaGold and IGO. Prior positions also include Corporate Communications Manager for Mitsubishi Motors Australia, and a consultant with Professional Public Relations (PPR) and Hill and Knowlton Canada.

Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts (English), a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations), and Diploma of Investor Relations. She is a former member of IABC Canada (Calgary chapter) and current member of Women in Mining in Western Australia.

Isabella Lipinski Twitter:  @Isascribla

Isabella Lipinski
Twitter: @Isascribla

director of finance & administration

Isabella Lipinski

Isabella Lipinski has been a member of IABC since 2013, where she first joined the Canberra Chapter and soon became a board member. In fact, her first IABC board meeting resulted in the delivery of her second child later that night.

Isabella has a portfolio of professional communication, coaching and training skills and experience designed to integrate and influence desired business and customer outcomes.

Delivering a suite of professional communication services for 20 years within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, Isabella has learned to listen without defending and speak without offending!

“Whether it is to raise awareness, desire, knowledge, ability and/or interest in any assignment, campaign, event, person, product, project and service - I chase and embrace the task at hand by meshing creativity, collaboration and discipline.”

Currently, Isabella is working at Curtin University teaching Public Relations coupled with all sorts of other communication projects including judging the IABC Gold Quill Awards

Isabella’s professional motto is thanks to Anne Morrow Lindbergh, "Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after."

Lydia Gallant Twitter:  @GallantLydia

Lydia Gallant
Twitter: @GallantLydia

Director of Communication

Lydia Gallant

Lydia has nearly 20 years’ Australian and Canadian experience in consultancy and in-house strategic communication and public relations, as well as tertiary teaching and executive education roles. She specialises in reputation management, stakeholder engagement, brand journalism, media relations and marketing communication and has taught these disciplines in both corporate workshop and university environments. 

Her most recent work is with the public relations (strategic communication) stream at Murdoch University and Curtin University’s Business School - delivering innovative, integrated and creative teaching practices that utilise digital tools to encourage a participatory culture. She is a co-author of the “Reputation Management in a Digital World” MOOC (massive online open course) delivered on the edX platform:


Her academic qualifications include Master of Arts (Journalism), Postgraduate Diploma in eMarketing and Postgraduate Certificate in Writing as well as two Bachelor degrees: B.Commerce (Public Relations) and B.Arts (Asian Studies). She is currently a PhD - Marketing candidate.

Current member of IABC Western Australia. Past affiliation with @IABCBC (Vancouver, BC, Canada) as Assistant Director, Communication, @IABCAPAC member-at-large and @IABCNSW (Sydney) — membership moves with life and career.

Claire Walker

Claire Walker

Director of Membership 

Claire Walker

Claire has spent the past 15 years working in corporate communications and stakeholder engagement across industries that drive Western Australia’s economy; agriculture, mining and transport and logistics.  

Her career is built on her skill and drive for managing relationships between the corporate world and the wider community for mutual benefit. 

Claire is currently Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications at Arc Infrastructure, who are the managers of WA’s freight rail network. She is responsible for establishing and improving relationships across all stakeholder groups.

Kate McNamara GAICD Twitter:  @Kate_E_McNamara

Kate McNamara GAICD
Twitter: @Kate_E_McNamara

PAST President

Kate McNamara

Kate is an accomplished, senior leader and corporate affairs strategist with more than 20 years' experience in communication, media, public relations, stakeholder engagement, government relations and issues and crisis management both domestically and abroad.

Kate has managed the corporate affairs functions for some of Australia’s largest and best-known brands and projects and has been a member of, and advisor to corporate leadership teams for more than a decade.

Her experience spans public and private sectors, across some of the largest industries in Australia, including oil and gas, mining, construction and infrastructure.

Kate brings a depth and breadth of experience, understanding of corporate drivers and analytical skills that combined offer unique perspective and deliver desired results.

Kate is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Non-Executive Director of Tennis West.



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