Geoff Barbaro

Geoff Barbaro GAICD CMgr FIML

National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact

Geoff is an experienced leader, strategist, communicator and educator who has worked across multiple industries, including education, health, hospitality, community organisations, peak professional bodies, government and law. He has led major stakeholder engagements and consultations and has almost 20 years' experience in post school education at Universities. He is a Chartered Manager (Fellow) of the Chartered Managers Institute, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders and a Member of the International Association of Business Communicators. He holds degrees in eLearning, Communications Management and Law.


Industry Advocacy in Parks and Leisure and Emerging Trends

The use of open spaces, parks and green life is a critical part of society, the economy and the well-being of the community. Access to open spaces and parks has never been more crucial than now in a time of ever increasing urban density with the benefits of access to parks and green spaces undeniable. Also critical to the industry is the continued attraction and retention of new members into viable, innovative and exciting career options in parks and leisure. This is achieved through nationally recognised training in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Skills Impact are the designated organisation whom advocate to the federal government on behalf of your industry to ensure a future competent workforce.

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What our Delegates are Saying

"I'm going to seek new ideas and learn from experience of other projects to constantly improve the way we manage our parks and open space . I'm looking forward to learning more around Parks & Open Space, Healthy Active Play and Trees and Gardens"

Jacqui, Manager City Reserves, City of Albany (WA)

"I love to listen, learn, share and spend time with likeminded and inspirational colleagues who are transforming the world park by park, facility by facility, program by program. I am looking forward to seeing Kia Dowell and Katie Sarah. I love being inspired and challenged to make a difference and grow as a leader and contributor to our industry".

Carly, Team Leader Recreation Planning, City of Casey (VIC)

"It is important to keep abreast of latest industry trends, best practice case studies and the valuable networking opportunities. I am looking forward to hearing from Jack Kardys regarding the evolving role of parks - driving health, happiness and economic prosperity".

Matt, Manager Active Communities, City of Holdfast Bay

"I can't wait to meet new people and catch up with old friends at PLA2019. I haven't been to Perth for many years and I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful parks"

Neil, Parks Planner, Parks Victoria

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