Who we are

A little about us

The Ochre team is small and dedicated and will make sure your project gets the tailored attention it deserves

We plan. We engage. We connect.

Headed by father/daughter duo Dennis and Lisa Ilott; Ochre Community Consulting combines a unique blend of community and stakeholder engagement experience with decades of Indigenous liaison and Cultural Heritage Management knowledge. The Ochre team is small and dedicated and will make sure your project gets the tailored attention it deserves.

Dennis Ilott

Having worked with Indigenous communities throughout Australia since 1978; Dennis’ experience in remote Australia is unparalleled. Dennis started his career working with Indigenous Australians as a field officer for the Northern Territory Government, where he serviced more than 18 remote communities. The experience gained during this time involved managing a range of welfare issues through to training and submission of funding applications. Dennis’ background in business saw him turnaround a number of Aboriginal community stores and warehouses to the point they became successful businesses in their own right, offering local employment opportunities and generating income for each community.

Dennis was instrumental in the development of buying warehouse, Yangangu Stores, owned by seven remote communities.

More recently, Dennis has operated as a service provider for the Wangkumarra Indigenous Group since 2008. Dennis has developed a respected and trusted relationship with Wangkumarra Elders primarily due to his ability to balance the needs of the group, with those of corporations operating within the Wangkumarra Native Title area. Dennis is well-versed in this field due to his vast experience in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

Dennis has owned and managed a number of businesses throughout his extensive career and understands the careful balance required to meet project drivers, whilst ensuring the needs of the Indigenous community are respected.

Lisa Ilott

Lisa has more than 10 years’ experience in stakeholder and community engagement, specialising in infrastructure planning and construction projects. Always looking for the next challenge, Lisa thrives in the fast-paced construction environment and has a proven ability to manage complex issues in a timely and professional manner; protecting the reputation of her clients.

As comfortable in the boardroom as she is at a construction toolbox meeting, Lisa has the ability to bring together a diverse team to get a best-for-project and best-for-community outcome. Lisa is passionate about developing inclusive consultation programs, considering all impacted community members regardless of race, gender, age, cultural beliefs or socio-economic status.

Lisa has prepared national engagement programs aligned with the Commonwealth Governments’ Indigenous Opportunity Policy and provided strategic input into Indigenous Engagement policy documents, taking into consideration Victorian and Queensland Native Title Legislation.

Lisa has developed and implemented community engagement strategies for a number of high-profile clients including Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield Services), nbn™, Powerlink Queensland, Energex Queensland and Transport and Main Roads Queensland just to name a few.

Armed with a construction industry induction card and an experienced network of fellow IAP2 members, Lisa can bring a wealth of knowledge, and a touch of humour, to your project.


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Ochre Community Consulting respectfully acknowledges Indigenous Australians past and present
as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land on which we live and work.