Max Hardy Consulting is a small consultancy specialising in deliberative engagement, facilitation, community engagement and training.

Our focus is on delivering engagement that is considered and authentic. Leveraging on the skills of founder, Max Hardy, who has over 20 years of experience, we help clients with their toughest and most complex projects to achieve positive results. 

‘If one were to ask me who was the best facilitator and facilitation trainer in the world, I would unequivocally answer “Max Hardy.”’

- Carol M Anderson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

'Working with Max is a delight. Max’s facilitation, collaboration and problem solving style is respectful and calm, along with being both accessible and professional.'

- Jessie Keating, Moonee Valley City Council

'It has been an absolute pleasure to partner with and learn from the best in the business, and I continue to look for opportunities to work together. I would recommend Max for any project, and especially for complex topics in the strategic community and urban planning.'

- Anna Kelderman, Shape Urban

'Max’s great strength was helping council decision-makers understand their role in the engagement process and giving them confidence to try different techniques to get a better engagement outcome.'

- Lisa Rae, Laing O'Rourke

'An excellent coach, facilitator and trainer and can support the people in your organisation to build capacity and meet these challenges effectively.''

- Lindy Fentiman, Tog Consulting

'Max is a democracy enthusiast. He finds ways to enable, empower and encourage every voice to be heard and designs processes that foster the principle: every voice is worth hearing.'

- Moira Deslandes, Moira Deslandes Consulting

What we do

We work with people at all stages of their projects to understand their unique, and not so unique, challenges and to co-create new ways of responding to those challenges.

Design & delivery of community engagement






Who we are

Max Hardy

Max Hardy is one of Australia’s most sought after facilitators, and a foremost expert in co-design and deliberative process and has designed and facilitated over 40 deliberative panels since 1998. He regularly delivers workshops and master-classes on deliberative processes at conferences and for the professional development programs of the Municipal Association of Victoria, IAP2, Tamarack Institute and Collaboration... Read more

Prue Blake

Prue Blake is a community engagement and planning specialist with over seven years experience designing and facilitating community engagement processes. Her experience includes delivering forums, pop ups, interviews, workshops and deliberative engagement processes within both the private and public sector... Read more

Our clients and partners include local councils, government departments and agencies, health authorities and private companies.


Latest blog posts

Scoping under the microscope

March 16, 2022

I’ve been wanting to blog about how we can better scope and define projects for quite some time, especially for authentic co-design. Now we have a tool to move beyond…

An interview with Prue! (Comedy, collaboration and joining Max Hardy Consulting)

August 30, 2021

M: Hey Prue. Seems like you have been working with me for years, and you have, sort of. When did you start officially with me as a Max Hardy Consulting…

Strategic Questioning to unlock co-design

August 18, 2021

After 20 years I can safely say that Strategic Questioning is the most powerful tool I have employed for helping organisations to become more open to other ways of interacting…

Our clients and partners include local councils, government departments and agencies, health authorities and private companies.