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consultants:

Michael Flaherty
Director and security specialist

Michael Flaherty was a Federal Agent with the Australian Federal Police for more than 13 years. Michael was a specialist in covert surveillance operations mainly targeting illicit drug rings, national and international fraud and terrorism.

Michael Flaherty’s expertise provides clients of Hunter Valley Public Relations with specialist insights for crisis management planning and he is an invaluable liaison during significant issues.

He is able to advise on ensuring public statements do not compromise any potential investigations, security considerations and management of security breaches, liaison and assistance to emergency service and specialised government agency personnel, workplace investigations, advice on preserving evidence and taking and preparing statements for potential legal matters.

Michael Flaherty began his career in community policing, a field where he developed skills of relating to a broad cross section of community in often strained situations. Communicating and engendering cooperation from a range of people, with sometimes competing priorities, is a skill that is crucial during crisis management.

He is currently working in the occupational health and safety field for the transport and mining industry. Michael Flaherty has a Bachelor of Social Science – Policing Studies from Charles Sturt University, a Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Newcastle and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.


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