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Resilience

In times of change, there are people, industries, or places that tend to cope with change better than others. This ability to not only cope, but thrive in the face of change, is called resilience.

When change happens, both positive and unwanted, resilient people, communities, industries and regions can do a range of things to manage that change rather than being forced in unwanted directions.

RMCG has spent decades applying resilience concepts to a diverse range of complex systems, supporting communities, regions, industries, sectors and individual business to persist, adapt or transform in the face of change.

Over the years, we have successfully delivered a range of resilience-focused projects across south-eastern Australia in rural and regional communities as well as with agricultural and environmental clients.

We work with stakeholders to deeply understand their system and apply our knowledge and experience with resilience concepts to ensure people, communities, industries and regions continue to thrive in the face of change.

Examples of our work in this area

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.

Shayne Annett

Shayne Annett

Principal

B.Ag.Sci., M.Res.Admin. (NRM)

Shayne has over 25 years working in land, water and biodiversity management, and during that time has developed the ability to see things from many perspectives, to anticipate issues that might arise and to draw on his experience to develop pragmatic and progressive solutions. He understands on-ground work, private and public land management, planning and managing programs and projects, and policy at local, state and national levels.

Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen

Associate

B.Env.Sci., B.Soc.Sci. (Env.), PG.Cert.CCPI.

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with over 10 years’ experience in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He understands the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, research and development corporations, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, industry development, extension and practice change.

Anna Kelliher

Anna Kelliher

Principal

BA, BE (Hons), GAICD

Anna is an environmental engineer with 20 years’ experience in water and catchment management. She specialises in recycled water planning, irrigation modernisation, land capability assessment, environmental risk assessment and catchment condition reporting. Anna has experience working with industry, government, farmers and the community, and has developed sound teamwork, communication and project management skills.

David Hale

David Hale

Senior Consultant

B.A., MPACS

David brings diverse community development experience from time with the Federal Government, across regional Victoria and abroad. Specialising in strategic development, community facilitation and monitoring and evaluation, he is passionate about enabling local change. With extensive work in government planning, conflict negotiation, youth empowerment and social innovation, David is able to adapt and apply his high-quality reporting and facilitation skills flexibly across a range of partners.

Having worked as a Managing Director and Senior Researcher, David brings an array of technical and practical expertise in community development, participatory research, conflict management, strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation. David enjoys working collaboratively to bring about local outcomes. He appreciates taking time to understand and meaningfully connect with those he works with and takes pride in his ability to synthesise information from those he engages.

Emily Tee

Emily Tee

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci., Grad.Dip.App.Sci. (Hort), Dip.Bus.

Emily is a multi-skilled professional with experience in design, delivery and review of programs and projects in the environmental and agricultural sectors. She combines excellent strategic thinking skills with a proven ability to problem-solve and effectively communicate with colleagues and stakeholders. Emily has particular skills in relationship building and collaboration with individuals, teams and industry groups to lead and implement change and deliver on outcomes.

Dr Claire Feniuk

Dr Claire Feniuk

Senior Consultant

PhD, MSc., BSc. (Hons)

Claire is passionate about working on the interface between research, policy and practice to support sustainable land management. Through her research and policy experience, Claire has gained insight into a wide range of approaches to agriculture and natural resource management worldwide and brings an international perspective to our team.