Director – Legal, Governance and Mediation
Emma is a qualified lawyer and nationally accredited mediator with over 15 years’ experience in the local government sector. She has gained valuable experience within the sector in Sydney, the United Kingdom, and regional New South Wales.
Over this time she has specialised in providing legal, governance and conflict resolution services. Emma has also an established reputation for her professional approach and practical and quality advice. She is also known for her calm and empathetic qualities and excellent facilitation skills.
In 2012 Emma joined as a Director and established Locale Consulting as an incorporated legal practice. We have since provided legal advice to numerous regional local councils on a range of planning, contractual and legislative issues.
Emma is also a nominated conduct reviewer for numerous local councils across northern New South Wales and undertakes conduct reviews under the Code of Conduct about alleged misconduct by elected officials.
Previously, Emma held a senior manager position at a large coastal and regional council (being Shoalhaven City Council) where she successfully established an in- house legal area to service council’s legal needs and managed the records and information areas. At the City of Sydney, Emma provided legal advice on a range of planning and contractual matters.
She has extensive experience on legal issues which typically occur in regional areas and is passionate about helping others solve problems and work together for the benefit of their community. Emma is also an avid community volunteer and has held various positions on community boards and organisations.
Emma provides workplace, community and public dispute resolution services, legal advice and governance services including bespoke training programs to her local council and not for profit clients.
Nationally Accredited Mediator – Resolution Institute – 2015
Admitted Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW – 2001
Bachelor of Commerce/LLB, Macquarie University – 2000
Appointments and Memberships
Current Member of Law Society Mediators Panel
Current Member of Law Society of NSW
Current Member of the Resolution Institute
Independent Conduct Reviewer for multiple local councils in NSW