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Conflict management and mediation

In any situation involving diverse parties or conflicting goals, conflict can arise.

We provide specialist services in conflict management and mediation and apply this expertise to issues impacting at a whole-of-community scale through to disputes between two parties or individuals.

Our core team has training in facilitation, conflict management and mediation, and apply our technical skills to core subject matter areas including:

  • Infrastructure development within local communities
  • Competition for water, e.g. between environment, agriculture and communities
  • Agricultural industry and the interface with rural living development
  • Environmental assets threatened by adjoining land use activities
  • Mining impacts on neighbouring landholders and communities

We have a strong track record in designing and implementing tailored and effective conflict management services.

Team

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Principal

B.Env.Eng. (Hons)

Claire has more than a decade’s experience in strategic planning, facilitation and community engagement in a range of industries. Claire’s people and strategy skills are underpinned by a strong understanding of engineering and policy. She helps communities and organisations deal with complex issues, supporting insight and constructive strategy. Claire has delivered quality projects including investigations of community concerns related to mining, regional strategic planning, socio-economic impact studies and strategic planning for a wide range of organisations.

Simon McGuinness

Simon McGuinness

Principal

B.Ag.Sci.

Simon specialises in strategic planning, critical thinking, evaluation and facilitation.  He works primarily in the natural resource management sector, and also has deep experience in rural and regional development. With expertise in mediation and conflict resolution, he has led numerous projects requiring skilful delivery of community and stakeholder engagement processes.

Adrian Kennelly

Adrian Kennelly

Principal

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), M.Ag.Sci., CPAg.

Adrian has more than 25 years’ experience in agricultural business and natural resource management research, policy, education and extension.  He is a specialist farm business management adviser, who consults to medium to large scale private farmers, agribusiness investors, agricultural industry groups and government agencies.  Adrian has specific skills and experience in strategic planning, business analysis, facilitation, and training and education in rural Australia.  Most recently he led the loss assessment for the Kilmore and Murrindindi bushfire class actions and is the sole accredited deliverer of BusinessEDGE in Victoria and Tasmania.