About Daren

Daren McDonald MA, BCom (Hons) is a director of Deliberately Engaging.

He has thirty years’ experience in designing, project managing and facilitating stakeholder and community engagement processes, often around complex and politically or industrially sensitive issues.

Prior to joining Deliberately Engaging, Daren held senior management positions in the public and not-for-profit sectors. He has a deep understanding of the processes of government and the dynamics of member-based organisations, and has extensive experience consulting with citizens, industry, customers, members and staff.

Daren has a special interest in governance and the application of engagement processes and innovations to further the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.6 to build more effective, accountable, transparent and capable institutions at all levels. 

He brings to Deliberately Engaging expertise in the design and execution of major change management programs and public policy initiatives and the engagement strategies that have made them a success.

Daren is passionate about safe and meaningful employee engagement to provide decision makers with insights into what people really think and value. He also advises on building more effective teams and capable organisations through staff engagement that lifts employee and organisational self-awareness.

We seek to build the capabilities of government, business and civil society to realise the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 16 to:

“Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels” and

“Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels”