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Ms Jessica Hildyard


Communications Manager: SME Collaboration Initiative


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Jessica is a communications and stakeholder engagement professional who has been with CSIRO since 2017.

Jess is part of Corporate Affairs' Brand and Marketing unit, supporting the new SME Collaboration Nation Initiative for CSIRO.

She has completed a secondment in CSIRO Government Engagement, working with CSIRO Missions in development on federal government relationships and as part of the Stakeholder Engagement: Government Affairs team.

Jess has also been Communications Manager for CSIRO Services - covering a portfolio of 5 distinct business units (SME Connect, Infratechnology Systems, Publishing, Futures and Education & Outreach). Working in Services has given her a wide understanding of the depth of support CSIRO offers including empowering the next generation of First Nations science excellence and opportunities for innovative thinkers.

Jess was formerly at the helm of CSIRO ON Accelerator Communications team promoting emerging game-changing deep tech entrepenaurs and ideas from this extraordinary startup program.

Prior to joining CSIRO, she spent 10 years in federal government portfolios like IP Australia and Climate Change and Energy and private companies such as Croplife Australia and Raytheon Australia.

She also spent 5 years living and working in Manchester, UK as marketing, events and communication manager for a HR startup, Salford University and in not for profit organisations.

As well as a Bachelors Degree in Communications, Graduate Diplomas in Journalism and Business, Jess has RMIT accreditation in UX design, with a strong interest in people-centric design including plain english writing.