Gae Synnott – Facilitator

Gae applies her social sciences perspective across diverse settings – from research and engagement projects in remote Aboriginal communities through to facilitation of board room discussions and strategic planning workshops. Gae has more than 30 years of consulting experience, plus experience in corporate, government and academic roles. Her industry exposure covers resources, health, waste, water, infrastructure, local government, the arts, and not-for-profit sectors, with a keen interest in social enterprises.

In particular, she is a specialist in community and stakeholder engagement and bringing diverse values and issues into planning processes early enough to be listened to. Rarely rattled, Gae keeps discussions on track and asks the questions that get participants thinking.

Gae’s areas of speciality and examples of client experience include:

  • Local government strategic community planning: Assisting two local/regional councils to identify community priorities and to carry those priorities into planning of services and allocation of resources into the future.
  • Strategic planning: Assisting organisations – government agencies through to NFPs – to create a picture of the future and then work out what actions to take to get there.
  • Project partnership facilitation: Working with small high-level teams on two separate road projects to create workable partnerships to explore innovation.
  • Workshop facilitation: Facilitating an online consultative process followed by a one-day workshop to develop guidelines for medical requirements for adventure activities and events. Leading the discussion with four Local Government Authorities about issues surrounding amalgamation during WA’s local government reform process; facilitating the strategic planning discussions of a government agency as it separated into two organisations. Facilitating a working group across a number of LGAs to develop a regional program to address illegal dumping.

Gae holds a Communications degree, an MBA, a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, and a PhD in Psychology exploring issues of culture, values and identity. She is a Graduate from the AICD Company Directors Course and is on the Board of a not-for-profit in the family and domestic violence sector.

Outside of work Gae immerses herself in music and performance and travelling, with dreams to experience the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Berlin jazz scene, and to spend a year in New York.