2016 Symposium Speakers

Patrick van Grinsven



Former Government Legal Officer and Senior Policy Officer Queensland Police Service; Counter-Terrorism Hostage Negotiator Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Government. Operational Police Hostage Negotiator; Mediator and Specialist Facilitator for the Queensland Police Service.

Before his call to the bar, Patrick was employed by the Queensland Police Service and was regarded as one of Australia’s leading Counter-Terrorism Negotiators with the Australian Government’s Attorney-General’s Department and was highly regarded as a Police Hostage Negotiator and specialist facilitator for the State of Queensland.

Patrick’s extensive and practical expertise is on ‘Strategic Communications’ – the skill of using communications to achieve a specific and pre-defined outcome; and ‘Strategy Development’ – the skill of analysing a problem and identifying and developing the plan and methodology to best resolve it.

Patrick has in excess of 12-years operational experience in this specialist field and more than 15-years experience as a dynamic and highly sought after facilitator who has trained specialist personnel in Law Enforcement, Military and Government both Nationally and Internationally. In 2006, Patrick traveled to India to assist with preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and to enhance India’s Counter-Terrorism Negotiator capabilities.