Meet Our Team

Our Team

The Dialogue Matters Team is small but perfectly formed. In addition to the core team we also draw on the knowledge and expertise of a range of associates as and when a project requires.

If you have a stakeholder project you need assistance with or need facilitation training, just get in touch!

Diana Pound
BSc, MSc, FCIEEM, CEnv (IUCN Commissioner), Managing Director

With a strong background in stakeholder dialogue and participatory research in the environmental field, Diana has an impressive reputation internationally! She has successfully led the delivery of over 90 contracts, has trained over 2000 people and provides advice to organisations, governments, and UN conventions on good practice participation. An innovator with a solid track record of handling conflict situations, Diana is also a skilled, engaging trainer. She is a Chartered Environmentalist, an International Union for Conservation of Nature Commissioner, and has been Chair of the British Association of Nature Conservationists. In her spare time, Diana is also a keen photographer. Her favourite topic - you guessed it - nature.

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Joel Pound
BSc, Project Manager & Deputy Director

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 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.

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Ross Freeman
BA, MSc, Climate and Nature Lead

Ross brings more than 10 years of senior leadership and management experience with him to Dialogue Matters. He recently completed a Masters’ degree in Sustainability and Adaptation, where he explored solutions to the climate change and biodiversity crises, and how collaboration and cooperation lead to the most effective outcomes. He enjoys blending his experience and knowledge together to help organisations and companies catalyse change. Outside of work you’ll find Ross with muddy boots, freshly baked bread, and a big smile.

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Mitchell Rae
BSc, MSc, Stakeholder Dialogue Coordinator

Mitchell completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology, going on to accomplish a Masters’ degree in Conservation Biology the following year. With professional experience within psychology and ecology, Mitchell considers issues with a holistic approach. His environmental knowledge, ability to connect with people, and his experience in social science research means he plans and facilitates events with professionalism. Outside of work, Mitchell’s always on the go, you’ll likely find him surfing or running through the woods.

Lena Valentine
Office Manager

Lena is originally from Germany and in true German style likes things tidy and organised! She therefore enjoys making sure the office is running smoothly, helps prepare for events and is the first point of contact for any enquiries. She has a degree in English and Media Studies and has previously worked in online marketing, but has also held various administrative roles. With a young son to look after Lena doesn’t get much spare time but when she does, she likes to sew, bake, walk and talk for hours about her love for greyhounds.

Jem
Office Dog & Wellness Officer

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.

Bryony Pound
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 skilful 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.

Lucy Armitage
Associate

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 post graduate 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 Vallury-Nitsch
Associate

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

Kathryn Soares
Associate

Kathryn is an internationally experienced environmental scientist and has built an excellent reputation as a facilitator of principled negotiation, stakeholder dialogue and consensus building. She has a solid track record of building rapport across a diverse spectrum of people on contentious issues and has successfully led and mentored multidisciplinary teams in a variety of contexts and scales.

Lisa Chilton
Associate

Lisa is an accomplished facilitator and public engagement specialist who has extensive experience of working with stakeholders in the marine environment. In her 20+ years in nature conservation, she has worked collaboratively with local communities, industry, academia, statutory bodies and other stakeholders, building successful partnerships at the local, regional and national level.