Head of Consultancy
As Head of Consultancy, Gráinne is ultimately responsible for the delivery of consulting services for Stratagem. Gráinne works to ensure there is a high quality client service through best practice in the organisation and through performance appraisal among Stratagem staff.
As a member of the management team, she plays a key role in all aspects of the business including external communications and Stratagem’s award winning corporate social responsibility activities. Gráinne also delivers the organisation’s Business Plan and contributes to organisational strategy and direction, taking a lead role in business development and winning new business.
Previously, as a Senior Consultant with Stratagem, Gráinne advised some of Stratagem’s longest-term clients and has provided project management to a range of organisations working in complex legislative and regulatory environments.
Gráinne has worked in Stratagem since 2002 and has developed an expert knowledge and understanding of the energy arena both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, providing high level public affairs support and advice for a range of clients in the industry and sector.
Client work includes policy activity, communications and government relations with the Energy Saving Trust, ESBI, Carillion, firmus energy and AES, as well as EirGrid, National Energy Action and the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO), NIE Energy and Renewable UK.
Other client work includes the Institute of Public Health in Ireland and the League Against Cruel Sports.
Gráinne regularly delivers Stratagem training courses as well as delivering training for partners GovKnow and the Consultation Institute (TCI).
Gráinne provides best practice support and training in the discipline of consultation and stakeholder management through her work with the Consultation Institute. In terms of consultation work, she has also led Stratagem's pioneering work on consultation processes with Monaghan County Council and Community Forum.
Gráinne Walsh grew up in Dublin, attending University College Dublin and then the University of Bergen, Norway, graduating with a BA (International) degree in History and Politics (1995). Having travelled in Canada and the USA, she moved to Belfast in 1997, completing an MA in Irish Politics at Queen's University Belfast.
A Common Purpose graduate, Gráinne is a Vice Chair of the Housing Rights Service and a Trustee of the Amnesty International UK Charitable Trust.