Peter Whelan

Director, Community Relations

Peter Whelan is a senior communications and stakeholder engagement executive with over 15 years of experience in the delivery of major infrastructure projects. He has developed and led large high performing stakeholder and community engagement teams.

Prior to joining Elton Consulting, Peter held senior management and executive team positions within Transport for NSW, including Technical Director Project Communications. In this role, Peter was responsible for managing all project related communications, internally and externally, and oversaw the community engagement process to support key project milestones. In addition, he established effective frameworks for stakeholder engagement, issues management, government relations, the coordination of briefing materials and media relations.

Major projects include the South West Rail Link, Transport Access Program, Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, Rail Clearways Program, Northern Sydney Freight Corridor, Waratah PPP, Intercity Fleet, Inner West Light Rail extension and CBD and South East Light Rail.

At Elton Consulting, Peter leads a team of community relations professionals who are committed to working collaboratively with stakeholders and establishing a genuine relationship with the communities in which they work.

Peter has undertaken a Bachelor of Education from the Australian Catholic University, Foundations of General Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and an IAP2 Certificate in Engagement.

Areas of expertise:

  • stakeholder engagement
  • community relations
  • strategic communications
  • project management
  • government and media relations
  • strategic planning
  • large infrastructure project experience
  • negotiation, facilitation and mediation
  • issues management
  • public relations