our Team

Leon Soste

Philosophy & values – longer-term planning for regions, health-care, transport etc is characterized by complexity, uncertainty and pluralism. Such problems require the collaborative engagement of key actor groups in issue framing, priority setting, strategy development and implementation planning.  On a more personal level, years of searching for answers to life during the hippie era led me to faith in Jesus.


DipCE (Gipp Inst), BE (Hons) (Monash), MEngSc (Hydrology)

Skills & Expertise

I have 10-20 years of experience in:

Engaging the perspectives, knowledge and experience of heterogeneous groups of stakeholders to collaboratively address complex issues.

Facilitating participant development of (a) future operating environments (scenarios) which are beyond prior experience; (b) consideration of likely systemic response to change; (c) identification of risk or opportunity and (d) development of robust adaptation strategies.

Sectors in which I have worked include regional agribusiness, NRM, local government and community flood preparedness.

Leon’s CV


LinkedIn, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, NCCARF Emergency Management Network, APEN, Melbourne Emergence Meetup

Rob Chaffe

Philosophy/Values – Working with the grain gets the best out of natural timber.  Engaging people’s strengths, knowledge and experience gets the best for their community.  Every individual has innate knowledge and experience that has a right to be heard and respected.  Diversity and complexity in plans and action are essential for effective sustainability.  Change is an opportunity provided by a dynamic healthy system.


DDA (Hons), Certificate IV in training and assessment

Skills & Expertise

I have 40 years experience in land management (soils)

I am a pioneer in effective facilitation and community engagement.  Recent work has included  facilitation of conferences and major regional  projects (eg Irrigation Futures, Victorian Climate Change Adaption Project), the development of the Effective Communication Took Kit, developing and delivering the training course for community engagement facilitators, and special programs for persons working in the disability sector.

Competent in Open Space Technology, The Technology of Participation (ICA), Non Violent Communication


Australasian-Pacific Extension Network (APEN), Grassland Society of Southern Australia, Open Space Institute Australia, Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), Victorian Climate Change Adaption Network, Rotary International

Stephen Kelly



BAgric Econ, PG Dip in Assessment and Evaluation

Skills & Expertise

I have many years experience in group facilitation and project evaluation, with particular expertise in rural (wool, grain, meat and horticulture) and research sectors.  I use up-to-date evaluation and facilitation technologies to provide high quality service to project managers across Australia and overseas.  I have worked for many organisations to improve project planning and team work.

I have particular skills in Sociometry to collect evaluation data; Psychometrics (quantitative evaluation); People focussed logic (people changing practice); Disaster and crisis intervention; Training to collect stories for evaluation