Barbara Romeril can help you get results through:

  • Evaluation, service reviews
  • Writing, Editing, Documentation
  • Policy analysis, Submission writing
  • Strategic planning, Business planning, Project management
  • Facilitation and mediation
  • Grant seeking
  • Mentoring your leaders
  • Public speaking, Media liaison, Campaign planning
  • Lobbying decision makers

We are based in Melbourne, available for statewide and interstate work and interested in international collaborations.

Recent projects include:

  • Assisted a government funding body to analyse evidence of compliance with the funding agreement by a funded agency
  • Led a strategic reform project to deliver outcomes sought by a community service organisation through fundamental organisational reform and renewal, including its governance model, management model and service model
  • Conducted an organisational health assessment of a community service organisation to assist it in negotiations with its funding body
  • Drafted a business case to government to fund a statewide legal service for vulnerable small businesses
  • Conducted a review of a community service organisation to build its capacity to resolve the challenges it was facing as soon as possible in order to institute a course of action to return the organisation to stability
  • Developed a critical analysis of the business case for a community service organisation to enter into delivery of early childhood education and care services in partnership with a commercial developer
  • Assisted a national peak body to establish systematic planning and monitoring of its contact with politicians to strengthen its advocacy

Previous projects include:

  • Evaluated an innovative community arts project which used a partnership approach between the education sector, the arts sector and the housing sector to design and construct a demountable home to serve as the centrepiece of a community drama performance to raise awareness of homelessness
  • Drafted a policy paper for a national peak body advocating a range of potential funding models to provide certainty to member agencies
  • Conducted a scoping project to develop advice to a government agency on a service model to trial in a regional area experiencing particular disadvantage
  • Drafted a successful funding submission to enable a national peak body to conduct ground breaking longitudinal research into the capacity of the community sector to engage in and sustain quality improvement in early years services
  • Developed detailed operational models for a new children’s hub in a regional growth area, including exploration of innovative architectural design to support the local council’s goals for integrated service delivery
  • Supported a newly formed national peak body to develop a consensus on its strategic direction, including travel throughout Australia to consult directly with members with diverse priorities and development of practical resources to support grassroots advocacy and national governance
  • Conducted a workshop to enable the Board of a statewide peak body to plan the implementation of its governance review, including documentation of the process and outcomes to inform funding bodies and other stakeholders of the organisation’s commitment to high standards in governance
  • Evaluated a new child and family hub in the western suburbs of Melbourne which documented successful co-location and preparations for the next steps in collaboration
  • Reviewed a Victorian statewide financial inclusion service in relation to best practice and best fit in the service system
  • Supported two national peak bodies to enable them to participate successfully in government policy debates


Barbara worked with the St Kilda Legal Service on a long overdue reform project which was sensitive to the board and members. Barbara worked methodically, energetically and sensitively to help drive the reform program and deliver critical corporate and business improvements. These were essential to delivering key community benefits and to ensure that the service survived and thrived into the future.
Barbara has done a wonderful job. She has considerable intellectual and personal gifts and is very experienced and knowledgeable. Barbara is very focused and driven but also personable and calm and mindful of people impacts. She has a natural reform focus but ensures that she works closely with people to drive change in a way that works best in both a personal and business sense.
I have no hesitation in recommending Barbara.

~Ian Shepherd, Immediate Past Chairperson, St Kilda Legal Service Board

“Barbara was a delight to work with. She is highly professional, very organised and writes beautifully. She kept us to task by meeting all of our deadlines and was always very clear about what needed to happen next.”
~ Fiona Guthrie, CEO, Financial Counselling Australia

“[The evaluation of Newport Gardens Children’s Centre] is a document that ECMS has and continues to use in our local strategic planning across our whole organisation going forward. It provides ECMS and HBCC with a concise snapshot of the journey so far and a solid base for future decision making. It is a fantastic, easy to read document, which gives a clear understanding of where to now.
I found the process of having this project externally evaluated to be of great value to ECMS. The sector experience, knowledge and deep understandings brought to this project by Barbara was invaluable. As we progress in more responsive ECEC service design and delivery, having an experienced sector professional examining new model design ideas has proven (for ECMS) to have produced a really strong, unbiased and thorough examination of our transition into this integrated hub.”

~ Janet Williams-Smith, General Manager, Service Development, ECMS

“Barbara provided sage advice on our strategy to influence key policy makers. She came to the task without preconceived ideas and was sensitive and responsive to the needs of our organisation. She worked quickly and with close attention, and produced high quality documents.”
~ Simon Gardiner, Manager, Open Place, Support Service for Forgotten Australians

“Barbara undertook an external review of VAC’s emergency relief and financial support service. Barbara was flexible and committed to the task set her, working with shifting timelines without issue. Barbara was committed to working to bring the voice of all stakeholders to the review and in giving voice to their experiences and wishes.”
~ Kent Burgess, Director, Services, Victorian AIDS Council

Specialist areas of expertise:

  • Leadership in the non-profit community services sector
  • Community services hubs – planning, implementation, evaluation and policy support for collaborative ways of bringing services into communities
  • Child and family services – thinking outside the square about how to build communities of support around families with young children

Driven by values:

  • Clarity, transparency and accountability
  • Courage to stand up for social justice, equality of opportunity, community empowerment and inclusion
  • High quality work, on time and within budget