Diana Pound.

Diana Pound., CEnv, MIEEM, BSc, MSc. Director

Diana is a Chartered Environmentalist with qualifications in Environmental Science and Landscape Ecology, 15 years' experience in protected area management, and over 13 years' experience in designing, facilitating, and managing stakeholder dialogue.

In 1998 she initiated a successful stakeholder consensus building process.  This resolved conflict and led to the well supported management of a coastal and marine area.  This success convinced Diana of the benefits of well-designed stakeholder dialogue and so she started dialogue matters in 2000.

In 2004, in recognition of her work, she was invited to become an IUCN (Global Conservation Union) Commissioner (Commission on Education (Participation) and Communication).  She is regularly asked to speak at conferences and take part in national and international forums.  She is a keen advocate for the integrated and equitable Ecosystems Approach and pioneered using the approach for the integrated management of a protected area. She has written and contributed to numerous articles and publications.

Lucy Armitage

Lucy Armitage

Lucy obtained her first degree from Oxford, and went on to extensive postgraduate studies in Social Anthropology.  She worked for many years as a Senior Project Manager in the corporate field, developing strong interpersonal skills as well as event administration, management, and liaison skills.

Lucy worked for Dialogue Matters from 2006 to 2008 working on process design, facilitation and training.   This included supporting 16 local, national and international dialogue processes.  She was the lead facilitator for workshops for UKCIP and the Wildlife Trusts and has supported or led training of over 8 courses.

She left Dialogue Matters to pursue a career in education where she further developed her ability to build rapport with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages, and has extensive facilitation experience in this context.

She is now returning to Dialogue Matters to further her career in stakeholder dialogue, environmental work and research.

Joel Pound, Project Manager

Joel is a professional project manager, trainer and facilitator with a strong track record for creating rapport with people from a wide range of backgrounds and interests.    He is passionate about using his skills to make a difference and lead to positive outcomes.  He is friendly, innovative, adaptable, and can think on his feet and deliver solutions under pressure. He has a keen empathy for and rapport with young people, he has recently worked with young career researchers in South Africa and received outstanding feedback for his contribution to their development.

Christiane Valluri-Nitsch

Christiane Valluri-Nitsch, Scottish Associate

Chrissie moved to Scotland from Germany in 1999 for her Geology degree at Edinburgh University. After completion she spent a couple of years in New Zealand working as a field geologist in the coal mining sectors. Upon returning to Scotland she decided to move more into the environmental sector and successfully completed an online masters in sustainable mountain development at the University of Highlands and Islands whilst working on various environmental contracts. 

In 2012 she decided to undertake a PhD at Edinburgh University looking at the different ‘land use visons for rural Scotland for 2050’. During this time she extensively engaged with a wide range of stakeholders across all of the Scottish land use sectors through interviews, public surveys and workshops. Her work focused on extracting the different visions and looking at similarities, barrier, opportunities and trade-offs. She has also been working on a Scottish Government Project (RACCE) for Scottish Natural Heritage looking into developing evidence plans for ecosystem resilience and is currently working towards her Chartered Environmentalist status with the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment.

Jim White (Dip HE, BSc, PGCE)

Jim White (Dip HE, BSc, PGCE), Associate

Jim has over 15 years’ experience of community engagement in environmental work, and stakeholder participation in the last five.

Previously involved in environmental management and conservation work as a countryside ranger, Jim has also worked as supervisor on an organic market garden, primary school teacher (Geography and Environmental Education specialism) and project manager with South West Forest (a national pilot for rural development forestry).

It was in this latter role that Jim was able to develop his interest in reconciling human needs with those of the environment through effective training in stakeholder dialogue techniques with Diana. Jim has been an Associate of dialogue matters since 2009 and is currently undertaking an MSc by correspondence with Bangor University.

Jessica Bryson BSc MSc.

Jessica Bryson BSc MSc.

Jessica has over 10 years’ experience as an environmental researcher working on climate change, coastal management and biodiversity projects at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the University of Edinburgh. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Marine and Environmental Biology from the University of St. Andrews and then completed an MSc in Tropical Coastal Management at the University of Newcastle.  Her first job was as a Research Assistant at the University Marine Biological Station on the Isle of Cumbrae.

At the Tyndall Centre she worked as a Research Associate on a project investigating the issue of coastal governance in the UK working with Government Agencies, Local Authorities and Local Communities to envision future scenarios on the "Living with a changing coastline" project. She has excellent interpersonal skills and has been involved in helping to run multi- issue, multi- stakeholder workshops for 50 – 70 people.  She has both trained and worked with dialogue matters and has helped to train staff in core facilitation skills; assisted in running large and complex workshops; and devised stakeholder questionnaires.

For the last two years Jessica has been the Project Manager (as well as contributing to research on the Scottish case study) for a large EU project coordinated by the University of Edinburgh which aims to bridge the gap between ecosystem science and practice and involves 27 partners across Europe. 

Lucy Anne Bishop

Lucy Ann is a freelance environmental sustainability tutor, facilitator and consultant.  She regularly works as an associate of dialogue matters to support training and dialogue workshops.   She has a strong background in environmental sustainability, environmental education and community involvement.  She has a BSc in Biological Sciences and an MA in Museum Studies.  She has been associated with a number of projects including the UK Government's independent think-tank for the Sustainable Development Commission, a member of the Government's DCMS Sustainable Development Committee and involved in the International 'Attainable Utopias' forum in the Sustainable Design Department, University of London.

Bryony Pound

Bryony Pound, Stakeholder Process Coordinator

Bryony started work for dialogue matters in spring 2010 working part time whilst studying for qualifications in Psychology.  She supports delivery of stakeholder workshops and training courses.   She is particularly skilful at helping events run smoothly through thorough preparation, handling logistics, and anticipating and meeting stakeholder and team members needs during workshops.  She has helped to deliver numerous training courses including for 30 people in Slovenia.  She has also ensured the smooth running of a variety of stakeholder workshops including high level and tense negotiation workshops with international stakeholders. 

Helen Fermor, Office Administrator

Helen has a diverse range of experience, skilled in providing management support and leading adminsitrative duties.

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