Lynette Simons has been teaching Passion Peace and Poetry at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies since 2001 and is currently Unit Convenor. Lynette is also a Casual Lecturer in Mediation and Negotiation at Warawara, the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University and an Educator in Conflict Management at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.
Previously a print and radio journalist in New Zealand, Chief of Staff with ABC Radio and a news reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald in Sydney, Lynette was later Training Manager at SBS Radio for a period of 10 years.
During the 1980s, she was an activist in the anti-apartheid movement in Australia and as Secretary of the Mandela Foundation of Australia she recorded and presented a range of radio documentaries and current affairs segments for ABC Radio. She is the co-author of Australians Against Racism: Testimonies from the anti-apartheid movement in Australia published by Pluto Press in Australia in 1995.
Lynette studied English Literature at the University of Cape Town in the 1960s; holds an MBA (Human Resource Management) from the University of New England, a Diploma in Second Language Teaching from Massey University in New Zealand and the Certificate IV in Workplace Training.
She is a consultant to the’ Conflict Resolution Network and in this capacity conducts workshops in the public and private sector and mediates in disputes at home and in the workplace.
Lynette incorporates the skills of conflict resolution in all the Media Skills workshops she conducts for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC).