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Dr. Joan Young

CEO, Colmar Brunton

About Dr. Joan Young

Joan is the CEO of Colmar Brunton and has spent almost three decades working with government agencies to create better products, services and communications. In her role Joan works with many of Colmar Brunton’s largest and most important government clients in New Zealand, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Joan first joined Colmar Brunton Wellington as a qualitative researcher where she founded one of the first government and social research businesses in New Zealand. She moved to Australia to establish Colmar Brunton Social Research which has grown to become a leading supplier of social marketing research for Australian government and not-for-profit agencies. Joan was appointed as CEO of Colmar Brunton Australia in 2010. Joan has dedicated her career to working with government agencies to deliver better social outcomes. She is recognised as a leading expert in behavioural research internationally regularly speaking at national and international conferences including most recently at the World Social Marketing Conference receiving the Best Practitioner Paper Award for research which resulted in a 500% increase in the number of female firefighter applicants. This paper was also Highly Commended at the 2016 AMSRS Research Effectiveness Awards. Joan is well known as one of Australia’s leading social researchers and has extensive experience in community preparedness and emergency warnings research. She has worked with Attorney General’s Department, Emergency Management Australia, NSW SES and the Country Fire Authority in South Australia. With her unique combination of expertise in behavioural research and extensive experience in community preparedness and emergency warnings research she is ideally placed to contribute to this research program.

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