Village Well

Gilbert Rochecouste

Ai Ogawa

Alisha baker

Tamara Coles

Marli Roberts

Marcus Dessewffy

Beth Howard

Consultants

Jacque Robinson

Gilbert Rochecouste

B Bus Marketing, BA (Applied Psych)
Founder and Managing Director

Gilbert is recognised both nationally and internationally as a leading voice in placemaking. He is a sought-after speaker and motivator, known for his innovative thinking, dynamic engagement processes and inspirational approach to community activation. His catalyst ideas have regenerated iconic places and enlivened many urban and rural communities. As one of the first Al Gore climate leaders, Gilbert sees the potential of placemaking to inspire a deeper cultural and social environmental awareness and stewardship to make a difference both locally and globally. Gilbert has worked with hundreds of mainstreets, developers and businesses over the last 20 years to create more vibrant, connected and resilient communities.

Ai Ogawa

BS (Civil Engineering and Architecture), M Urban Design
Senior Placemaker

Ai is a placemaker with extensive experience in public art, cultural infrastructure and urban development in Australia and Japan. Ai is passionate about community engagement and has a deep appreciation of the meaning of place and the power of people in creating and fostering it. When Ai is not placemaking she is likely to be busy applying her creative energies to furniture making.

Alisha baker

Ba (Planning & Landscape Architecture)
Senior Placemaker

Alisha is a placemaker who has worked professionally as an urban designer, landscape architect and planner in local government and the private sector, engaging a wide range of stakeholders in meaningful conversations about their places and ways to improve them. Alisha enjoys thinking big while tackling in detail the spatial qualities, functionality and sustainability of places. Being a sensory, curious person, she loves exploring new places, meeting the locals and tasting the local cuisine.

Tamara Coles

B.Eng Hons (Ind & Comp)
Adv Dip Graphic Design
Visual Communications Manager

Tamara is an experienced designer and communicator who believes good design can effect change. Her passion is to solve design problems in a way that benefits our clients the most. She has broad and varied experience working for large established organisations, local government and emerging businesses. Tamara draws her ideas from everyday places including city streets, rural towns and the sunburnt Australian landscape.

Marli Roberts

BA (Political Science & History)
M Urban Planning
Placemaker

Marli provides project support to the placemaking team as a researcher. Having
recently graduated as an urban planner, she has a keen interest in
collaborative engagement, enhancing public participation and equitable
development. Marli brings her local and international experience to Village
Well, having worked as an urban planner in the not-for-profit sector in India
assisting impoverished communities.

Marcus Dessewffy

BA (Political Science & Philosophy)
M International Urban & Environmental Management
Placemaker

Marcus contributes to trends and place research for Village Well projects, along with general support to the placemakers. With a background in Information technology and having established his own retail business, Marcus is now pursuing his passion for sustainable development. When away from the computer, he is likely to be found undertaking urban farming, hiking or exploring around the world.

Beth Howard

Cert III in Bus Admin
Office Manager

Beth provides administrative support to senior management and placemaking team. Beth loves to travel and learn all about new cultures, having visited Thailand, the Cook Islands, England and several different countries across Europe. She also has a love of art and design, and in her spare time likes to cook, watch movies and entertain with friends.

Jacque Robinson

BA (Education)
Community Engagement Consultant

Jacque has over twenty years experience working in the community, arts, government and corporate sectors as a facilitator and creative director. Her commitment to social justice and community development and her skills in theatre and performance underpin her effectiveness as a facilitator of place-based community engagement processes.  Jacque is a founding member of the Melbourne Playback Theatre Company and the former Director of Resources and Training for Volunteering Victoria.