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© 2019 Many Small Things Pty Ltd

Meet The Team




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Principal & Founder

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Senior Consultant

Laura Harkins-Small brings a decade’s experience working with communities and businesses across the resources, infrastructure, utilities, financial and not-for-profit sectors.  While she has experience delivering and managing all aspects of the process – from research to implementation – her true passion lies in developing game-changing strategy.  

After spending five years based at Port Waratah Coal Services developing the community and social performance function from the ground up, she went to work in the UK as the national Community Investment Manager for the Prince’s responsible business network – Business in the Community. During this time, she was privileged to be at the forefront of a rethink of the Community Investment platform as well as the response to Brexit.

She is deeply passionate about the development of regions as the heart of sustainable societies.

Laura Harkins-Small


Laura Harkins-Small


For over a decade Laura has worked with communities and businesses across the resources, infrastructure, utilities, finance and not-for-profit sectors. Her background  in community relations and social impact assessment for organisations such as Rio Tinto and Glencore (Xstrata) has given her a strong technical foundation delivering and managing all aspects of the process – from research to implementation. These roles also gave her first hand insights into some of the challenges and opportunities around how communities and businesses interact.

She further developed her passion and skill for game-changing strategy leading the development of the community and external relations function at global leader Port Waratah Coal Services. In late 2017 she returned to Australia from the UK where she worked at the national Community Investment Manager for the Prince's Responsible Business Network, Business in the Community. 

In this role she was charged with reviewing the community investment service offering, including international benchmark tool CommunityMark. She was also involved in initial policy responses to Brexit which has since evolved into the Pride of Place campaign and provided strategic advice and support to leading national and international businesses.

Laura founded Many Small Things in 2018.


Hillary Smith

Senior Consultant

Hillary is a professional strategic marketing, communication and community engagement professional and strategist with over 25 years experience across local, state and federal governments and private enterprise on both client and consulting sides.


Hillary has delivered numerous strategic and coordinated marketing and communication strategies, activities and campaigns via traditional and online formats within government and private organisations.


Hillary possesses a wealth of transferable business skills and expertise. She is highly competent and holds a strong work ethic with an honest and caring nature.


Hillary’s extensive experience is underpinned with solid academic competencies including a MBA and Bachelor of Business, Management both from the University of Queensland.