Leila Collins is an experienced social planner who has worked with state and local governments, as well as the non-government and not-for-profit sectors. She has particular expertise working in the areas of health, housing and community services, especially in culturally, socially and economically diverse communities.

Leila acts as a facilitator between policy and project delivery. She researches and evaluates policies, assesses community needs, and facilitates focus groups and stakeholder consultations. Her goal is to balance the needs of clients, service providers and users, while taking into account available resources and infrastructure.

As part of her work at Urbis, Leila has led the need and demand assessments for projects including the Performing Arts Venues of Brisbane, which preceded the development of a State Government business case for a new premier venue. She also led a scoping study for new special education infrastructure across Queensland.

Leila also evaluated the Ipswich Pilot of the Queensland Government’s Housing and Employment Program, developing the evaluation framework and facilitating engagement with providers and service users. She has also undertaken several opportunity assessments for growth of Tier 1 housing providers in Queensland.

I focus on the people elements of how we plan and design communities. Logically framing and quantifying these human-centric needs and outcomes – what is traditionally considered the ‘softer side’ of planning – is incredibly important.