Peter Woodward – Founding Director

Peter is in high demand for facilitating dialogues and conferences related to the sustainable development agenda. He set up Quest Associates in 1995, which has delivered facilitation services to hundreds of clients on every continent.

Peter covers interventions on a huge range of subjects and has wide experience of helping to bridge differing perspectives on challenging issues. He has a special interest and expertise facilitating dialogues and conferences related to the sustainable development agenda. This includes responses to the challenge of climate change; moving to a circular economy, future cities, eco-innovation to implementation, quality of life, social inclusion and governance issues.


Mia Forbes Pirie – Senior Associate

An international facilitator, mediator and coach, Mia has had careers in law and science. In addition to her corporate clients and former career as a solicitor in a top City of London law firm; Mia has worked with governments, religious organisations and Members of Parliament. She has advised the US Department of Energy on using facilitated negotiation to develop controversial legislation.

Mia is trilingual. Educated in the UK, France and Belgium, she holds both a Masters of Law and Science. She has spoken at Chatham House on Conflict Resolution and hosted the European Commission’s Business Awards for the Environment. Recognised by We Are the City as an Inspirational Woman, Mia works with leaders on some of the most challenging issues of our time.


Tory Batten – Senior Associate

Tory Batten is an accomplished facilitator, moderator and host of conferences, retreats and other industry events, employing these skills in the arena of sustainability.

Tory’s career spans the worlds of academia, media, central government departments and local government, third sector, membership associations, financial services, infrastructure businesses and global corporations, where she brings stakeholders together to discuss and address challenging issues, presenting their different perspectives and working together to develop a practical way forward. This spans everything from facilitating small groups and workshops to generating discussions and positive action among larger audiences.

Through Tory’s work with Quest, she combines these skills with her particular passion for all elements of the sustainable development agenda. In 2019 this encompasses very diverse areas including air conditioning, sustainable communities and plastics. Her most recent project is on financial inclusion, improving access to banking for the UK’s most vulnerable residents.


Liz Gray – Senior Associate

Liz runs training courses and workshops for schools, universities and conferences all round the world. She has an enviable ability to bring the spoken word to life visually, stemming from her background in graphic design and illustration. She complements the Quest team by graphically illustrating the discussions at workshops and conferences, facilitating debate while creating a memorable visual record.

Liz worked with Raleigh International as an expedition artist and spent four years living in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Belize and Chile. She’s led expeditions all over the world as a qualified mountain leader/outdoor instructor, most recently for the global education organisation Round Square, and is a Travel Risk Advisor and trainer for Earthwatch, as well as for schools and universities across the UK. Liz sits on the British Standards Committee with an overview for Voluntourism and Expedition Safety Standards and is a trustee of an educational Trust that brings students from Eastern Europe and the Middle East to pursue academic research in London.


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