Andrew Watt

Director – Engagement, Planning, Education + Ageing

Andrew is a senior executive at Creating Communities and has a passion for achieving positive outcomes for all communities in which he works. Andrew leads Creating Communities’ Community Engagement, Research, Education and Resource Sector project teams, where he has conceptualised strategies - even when faced with complex scenarios - and delivered initiatives that have produced positive outcomes for communities and clients.

Andrew has experience in facilitating and managing community engagement processes in a range of challenging scenarios and is able to use his well-developed facilitation skills to negotiate positive outcomes. Andrew has directed several substantial community, property and resource development projects across the State with clients from state government, local government, the resources industry and community organisations. He has led a range of advocacy projects that have generated significant investment from government and industry and has directed strategy planning, community development and consultation projects across various communities, achieving outstanding results for his clients and the communities in which they operate. Andrew has led a number of community infrastructure consultation projects, including the Kings Square Development Project in Fremantle, which was awarded the 2013 International Association for Public Participation Core Values Award. With a reputation for outstanding leadership, strategic planning and communication skills, Andrew has brought expertise and knowledge to Creating Communities that comes from working within the WA Department of Education and Training. He has been a School Principal, Deputy Principal, District Operations Manager and Senior Project Manager in various communities, and led Local Area Planning in the rationalisation of schools and establishing new schools. Andrew was also a board member of Healthway from 2008 to 2013 and he chaired their Sports Advisory Committee. He is also past president of the WA Branch of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation - an organisation that bestowed on him the inaugural Award of Honour for outstanding service in 2006 and honoured him as a Fellow in 2012.