The CoSolve Team


Ewen McConchie

B Econ, Grad Dip Sociology, MBA


Ewen is an experienced facilitator, mediator and advisor with over 15 years active involvement in business process improvement and resolving operational problems and workplace conflicts within large organisations ranging from publicly listed corporations to local, state and federal government agencies.

Ewen's background includes employment in corporate HR roles, as a full-time IR advocate and as a union official in both the aviation and public sectors.

Clive Thompson

BA (Hons) LLB


Clive is a lawyer and accredited mediator, arbitrator and facilitator. He has been engaged in major workplace change and dispute resolution initiatives at both enterprise and industry level in Australia and overseas. He has been admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Clive is a former arbitrator of the Workers Compensation Commission of New South Wales and former senior commissioner of the South African Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

As a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Clive is currently presenting the postgraduate courses Workplace Law andNegotiating Change & Managing Conflict in the Workplace. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Cape Town.



Louise Silburn

BA Hons, Dip Health Services Management, Accredited Executive Coach


Louise is an accomplished facilitator and team coach. She is known for the strength and flexibility with which she holds tension and divergent interests in group coaching and possesses the skills to support teams as they work out ways of moving through discomfort to high performance. 

In the last four years she has specialised in coaching senior teams building public sector infrastructure.  Before that she consulted in policy, strategy, organisational and leadership development in government, the not-for-profit sector and industry.

Louise started her career in the UK. She held executive roles in the National Health Service (NHS) and in private health care and then moved on to head a division of the NHS Executive. In 1998 Louise moved to Australia and initially worked with the NSW government before becoming a management consultant and later an executive coach.


Peter Bartos

BEng, Masters Analytical Pschology, GradDip Adult Ed, Dip Mgt, Cert IV TAE, PNC


Peter is a broad-based organisational development professional with over 25 years experience in facilitating organisational change initiatives ranging from organisation-wide executive strategies to frontline-line projects. Key areas of his expertise are:

  • Business Strategy Development and Business Culture Change facilitation
  • Systems and Process Development and Improvement
  • Business Restructuring
  • Team Building
  • Project Management
  • Learning & Development
  • Performance & Career Management

He supports organisations and individuals through coaching, career counselling, facilitation of groupwork, organisational interventions to resolve workplace problems (including Search Conferencing) and training for skills development (including Influencer and Crucial Conversations).




Michael Johnston

B.Comm. (Hons) UNSW; Cert IV TAE, Associate Fellow Australian Institute of Management


Michael has extensive experience with public and private corporations in the education, water, petro-chemical, construction and finance sectors. His career spans four decades in which he has specialised in Human Resource management notable for innovative practices such as workplace reform at ICI, remuneration and broadbanding at Sydney Water, industry-wide strategic interventions at CIDA and innovative organisational architecture and work organization at Westpac.

Michael has been a proponent of systemic change ever since he was introduced to the work of W Edwards Deming (‘Out of the Crisis’, Cambridge University Press, 1982). Deming pioneered new management approaches that primarily focus on systems improvement rather than individual employee accountability and blame allocation.

Michael’s vision is to transform sound theoretical research into applied best practice outcomes. He is accredited in the Vital Smarts programs Influencer and Crucial Conversations) and is also an accredited Search Conferencing facilitator.