What others say
"We brought Strata Communications in to lead the Waikato District Council's Long Term Plan (LTP) communications and consultation team. Helen's ability to grasp the 'big picture' along with her extensive knowledge of local government, enabled her to write and manage the design of these documents with ease.
Helen attended numerous council workshops and staff meetings where she was required to filter information to capture not only the legislative requirements but also articulate the linkages with the council's strategic direction. We received comments on the easy-to-read style of the LTP documents from councillors, staff and submitters alike.
In addition to producing the LTP documents, Helen wrote multiple press releases, and provided consultation material where required.
Her cheerful personality and sense of humour has been sorely missed since her contract ended and we would have no hesitation in utilising Helen's services again." - Alison Diaz, Project manager, Waikato District Council
"Strata Communications provides the skill-sets to develop and deliver multi-faceted strategies. They are responsive,quick to pick up the nuances of often complex subjects, and deliver. They have a great work ethic and sense of humour, even when the pressure is on. In the time we have worked together, Helen has demonstrated a high level of competency, knowledge and professionalism. She has provided sound advice to me and my senior executive team, and latterly for my clients, and has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to see the wider picture; to bring a strategic perspective as well as implement on a practical, hands-on level.In a crisis, I have found Helen to be composed and professional, adept at dealing with media, internal and external stakeholders and adapting to rapidly changing circumstances." - Leigh Auton, Auton & Associates
"Your campaign management skills, ability to juggle numerous requests and deliver on tight timeframes were very much appreciated. . . The weekend's excellent result of 50.5 percent voter turnout met our expectations and is higher than recent local government elections in Auckland. It is because of your work, and that of the wider elections project team, that we reached this achievement. Thank you for your enthusiastic participation in the campaign. It would not have been so successful without your involvement and skills." - Grant Taylor, Advisor Auckland Transition Agency
“I have had the pleasure of working with Helen for four years. Helen is a very capable and proactive communications advisor. She is aware of the wider implications of issues and provides very sound advice. She is passionate about clarity in communication and focuses on keeping the message understandable and succinct.” - Dave Foster, Director Finance, Manukau City Council
“Helen is passionate in all that she does, and is extremely pragmatic. She has an excellent knowledge of all aspects of communications and public affairs, and has advanced strategic thinking and analytical skills. Helen is reliable, conscientious and frequently goes 'over and above' to deliver.” - Kylie Gibbon, Web Manager, Manukau City Council
“I have worked with Helen on several projects over many years and also know her as a friend. The quality of work that Helen produces is superior - it is imaginative, well constructed and accurate. Her work reflects her expansive knowledge of industries and situations, as well as her ability to craft analytical yet enjoyable and informative messages. She is able to see linkages and bring stakeholders together to produce good communication outcomes. Helen's ability to take a helicopter view of all the possible ramifications of an actual or potential scenario (as in risk management), combined with her ability to respond logically and reasonably make her an asset to a strategic role in any organisation.” - Deborah Callahan (currently Senior Project Manager, Pegasus Health)