Dialogue Matters was established in 2000 by Diana Pound who, after delivering a successful team building event for the UN Climate Change department, realised her skills in designing workshop processes – combined with her expertise in facilitation, background in ecology and passion for the environment – could be used to help people have more productive conversations about the environment and guide better decision making.

 

In 2015 the team were delighted to receive the CIEEM award for Best Practice Stakeholder Engagement

Lindsay, Dip. CIM, MSc, Marketing & Process Coordinator

 

Lindsay assists the team with projects, analysis and research, and is the lead for the company’s communications. She holds a Masters degree in sustainable tourism and is an experienced copywriter and editor. Outside of work, Lindsay likes to be outside: walking, kayaking, gardening and working to keep Kent’s public rights of way accessible.

 

Diana, BSc, MSc, CEnv, MCIEEM (IUCN Commissioner), Managing Director

 

Diana has an international reputation and a strong background in stakeholder dialogue and participatory research related to the environment. She has successfully led on the delivery of over 90 contracts, has trained over 1,500 people and provides advice to organisations, governments and UN conventions on good practice participation. An innovator with a solid track record of handling conflicted situations, Diana is also a skilled, engaging trainer. She is a Chartered Environmentalist, an IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Commissioner and has been Chair of the British Association of Nature Conservationists. Diana is also a keen photographer, and much of the nature photography on this website is her own!

 

Joel, BSc, Project Manager

 

Joel’s comprehensive knowledge of environmental challenges and stakeholder participation, his expert research and evaluation skills, and his ability to build rapport across cultures makes him an expert facilitator and project manager. He has prepared, supported and led the delivery of a range of training and workshops since joining Dialogue Matters in 2015. Prior to achieving his degree in Environmental Science, he took part in a coral reef research project in Fiji, and has studied practical conservation management skills. As a keen scuba diver he has a collection of recreational and commercial diving licenses.

Bryony, BSc, Trainer/Facilitator

 

Bryony is in the final stages of completing her Masters degree in Environmental Psychology; between studies she has supported the delivery of stakeholder workshops and training courses both nationally and internationally. Bryony is particularly skillful at helping events run smoothly through thorough preparation, handling logistics, and anticipating and meeting participants’ needs during workshops. With a BSc in Psychology, Bryony enjoys applying both her knowledge and skills to help secure better futures for people and the environment they care about.

Jem, Office Dog

 

Well-being and productivity officer

Jem takes her role very seriously, offering a supportive paw to busy colleagues and encouraging them to eat healthily (preferably something with lots of crumbs). She also believes productivity is significantly improved with exercise and so regularly takes the team out on lunchtime walks.

• We’re passionate about helping people and nature thrive. We believe that happens when people feel empowered to influence and act in ways that improve their lives, opportunities and environment.

 

• We don’t come into projects as top-down experts. Instead we enable people to share their knowledge and ideas.

• We work to create a constructive atmosphere. We do that by helping people focus on what’s working well and use that as a foundation for establishing what else needs to happen.

 

• When it comes to the environment, we believe that integrated systems thinking is the best way forward, and we encourage it whenever we can – it’s a particularly beneficial approach in complex, sometimes chaotic situations. It helps to show the big picture – from which we may identify multiple leverage points that can be addressed to support constructive change. It also helps us see the connectivity between elements in the situation, so as to support joined-up actions.

 

• We help people share understanding and build consensus (not weak compromise) about mutually acceptable and sustainable ways forward.

 

• We work to increase the level of influence stakeholders and participants have by encouraging project leaders to maximise empowerment. When possible we encourage full co-production, which means environmental professionals work with communities and other stakeholders to share power and responsibility to both plan and implement change.

 

• We keep on the cutting edge of best practice through our own innovation and through working with people who are leaders in their field.

We are able to draw on the knowledge and expertise of a broad range of associates when the technical aspects or scale of a project require it. Our associates include…

Lucy Armitage BA, MSc

Lucy has worked with Dialogue Matters since 2006 and is now an Associate, leading on the delivery of training and participative workshops and often working on a number of complex and contentious stakeholder dialogues.

 

Lucy obtained her first degree from Oxford, and went on to postgraduate studies in Social Anthropology. She worked for many years as a senior project manager in the corporate events field and as a teacher, both of which have given her strong interpersonal, project administration, management and liaison skills.

Christiane Valluri-Nitsch

BSc, MSc

Chrissie has worked as a field geologist in the field of sustainable mountain development and has undertaken a PhD in land use visons for rural Scotland.

 

 

Lucy Anne Bishop BSc, MA

Lucy Ann is a freelance environmental sustainability tutor, facilitator and consultant, and she has a strong background in environmental sustainability.

Jim White Dip HE, BSc, MSc, PGCE

Jim has over 15 years’ experience of community engagement in environmental work. He has also worked in environmental management and conservation.

 

 

Greg Wannell BSc (Hons)

Greg works as an ecological consultant, having graduated with a First Class degree in Environmental Science in 2015. He has worked with Dialogue Matters on several projects and has helped deliver workshops and training events.

Laurence Tricker MA

Laurence is a freelance environmental consultant with over 20 years’ experience in public and charity sectors working at chief executive level and as programme manager in regeneration, culture, the natural environment, research and policy development.

 

 

Lucy Fiebelmann BA (Hons)

Lucy is our creative advisor. She has a background in illustration, graphic design and advertising and has worked with Dialogue Matters on its website and marketing materials.

 

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Lindsay, Dip. CIM, MSc,