Catherine Searle

Sr. Human Environment Specialist

PhD Politics and International Relations (in progress)
MSc Middle East Politics
BA (Hons) Archaeology

Catherine Searle has a 25+ year portfolio career in Australia and the UK, as an interim executive in UK local government, including executive board roles on multi-billion-pound urban regeneration programmes; project and programme management; political advisor roles in defence and environment portfolios in Australia and the UK; and cultural heritage impact assessment on infrastructure projects as a qualified archaeologist specialising in Australian Aboriginal heritage. She has worked on a wide range of developments in mining, transport, water and sewerage, telecoms, urban regeneration and architecture, including project management of specialist health and social care facilities.

She also provides community and stakeholder engagement on controversial infrastructure projects, having developed a unique, conflict-preventative methodology to build a robust evidence base for social licence, to support development, transformation and economic growth. 

Catherine also has a special interest in the Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has an MSc in Middle East Politics, with a dissertation on the World Bank’s feasibility study for the proposed Red Sea / Dead Sea water conveyance project. She is currently undertaking a PhD to develop a framework for peace and conflict impact assessment on development projects in regions prone to conflict.

Fun fact

Catherine is a two-time cancer conqueror, including one with a terminal prognosis in 2001. After beating her last cancer, Catherine completed a MSc in Middle East Politics, went skydiving in the Middle East, took up amateur boxing, and authored a book entitled How to have a mid-life crisis.