Emma Walters


Emma Walters is a consultant writer, trainer and facilitator.

She has designed and facilitated workshops, strategic planning sessions and training programs for Allygroup including Informed Purchasing and Legal Project Management training for various agencies, including the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Emma has planned and facilitated strategic planning workshops for organisations including the Australian Copyright Council, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Scripted Ink., Copyright Agency Limited, the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN), the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), the Sydney Institute of Agriculture and the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney and the Australian Writers’ Guild. She also has extensive experience in facilitation and training internationally, including facilitating a series of workshops for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) throughout the Pacific (including in Samoa in 2017 and Timor-Leste in 2016) and at the ADB’s headquarters in Manila in 2016. She has been engaged as a soft skills trainer for the Australian Government-funded Australia Awards in Africa short courses, from 2012 to present.

She has completed numerous consulting assignments for Allygroup as technical writer including for the Department of Defence, Transport for NSW, Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Treasury. She was the technical writer and training design advisor for a training manual Allygroup developed for the NSW Government, The Informed Purchaser: Obtaining value for money in the government’s external legal spend. This training workbook is the only comprehensive training manual on applying informed purchasing principles to procurement of legal services. She was the technical writer for Allygroup’s NSW Treasury Legal Panels project, for an Allygroup options paper to establish a legal services cluster panel in a NSW super ministry, and for several legal spend reviews conducted by Allygroup.

She has researched and written many other published works. Recent examples (in the past three years include) the AAUN Strategic Plans; ADB Civil Society Briefs for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga and PNG; the Evaluation of the AES 2015 International Evaluation Conference; and the WUN Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

Emma has experience in preparing large-scale grant applications, business cases, conducting reviews of processes and reviewing/designing governance frameworks. She has worked on teams attracting multi-million dollar funding for several large-scale research projects. She was responsible for realising the establishment of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre, of which she was the first Executive Director from 2014-2015, including designing the governance framework, establishing the constitution, registering the company and calling for Board nominations. She has completed process reviews for the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, UTS, the University of Sydney and several other organisations.

From 2007 to 2010, Emma worked at the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP), first as a Development Manager and later as Deputy Director.  Her role was to identify, develop and secure international research and consultancy grants for the University and its staff. Prior to working with RIAP, Emma was Projects Director with the International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific Office (2002–2007), where she was involved with training journalists throughout the Asia and Pacific region.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours from the University of Sydney in 1994, has postgraduate qualifications in Community Management from UTS (2002) and a Masters of Evaluation from the University of Melbourne (2016).  She has various industry training qualifications including Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (2011), Couse and Program Design (2004), Training Techniques for Experience Trainers (2004) and Train the Trainer (2002).