Our Workplace Mediations Team
Karen Streckfuss - Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
Karen Streckfuss specialises in human resources, employment/industrial relations law. Karen has appeared in Courts and Tribunals as well as advising clients on all aspects of their cases including legal/contract entitlements, general written advice and settlement outcomes.
Karen’s earlier career in sales and marketing brings a practical and commercial approach when working with her clients.
Karen has acted as a mediator in a number of employment disputes as well as representing clients at mediation.
Karen has delivered training for clients in sexual harassment, discrimination and workplace policy compliance and can provide practical advice on all aspects of workplace change and restructure.
Karen holds a Masters of Laws, Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Karen is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator with the Victorian Bar.
Dr. Leigh Hodder, PhD MAPS – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
Dr. Leigh Hodder is an experienced consultant, workplace mediator and investigator who has also trained internal investigators at various organisations. Alongside her skills in coaching, mediation and training, Leigh is a consulting psychologist with over 18 years’ experience.
She has provided investigation and consulting services to organisations of various sizes and has worked in a wide range of industries including the government, not for profit and private sectors. In providing services to organisations, Leigh has gained valuable skills in negotiating with unions and has the required insight and analytical ability to conduct in-depth investigations while following the principles of procedural fairness.
Leigh has conducted over 700 workplace mediations across a variety of industries since commencing mediation practice in 1996. She is a preferred workplace intervention supplier to Queensland Government departments and conducted her Honours Thesis on the mediation process with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (QLD).
Her current activities include conducting independent workplace and safety incident investigations, organisational culture development partnering, team dynamics diagnostics, team and individual coaching and mediation for various clients.
Leigh is a qualified and experienced Mediator, Victim/Offender Community Conference Convenor and Trainer/Assessor. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society, a registered Medicare Provider and Work Cover (Queensland) Provider.