Board of Directors
Margaret Halsmith (Chair) >>
Margaret Halsmith has been in practice since 1995, and provides mediation for individuals, business and government and PD for new and highly experienced mediators. An active member of the WA Chapter for many years, a Board member since 2004 and Chair of the Board since 2007, Margaret is committed to the promotion, development, acceptance and usage of ADR. Margaret is a founding member of ADRAC, a founding member of the Management Group of EMAN and is Vice-Chair of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute.
Mark Beech (Vice Chair) >>
Mark Beech, partner in NZ law firm Holland Beckett, has particular expertise in commercial and employment disputes. Mark was the Treasurer of LEADR NZ from 2005-2011, Chair of LEADR NZ from 2011-2013, and joined the LEADR board when our NZ and Australian offices integrated (now Resolution Institute), where he has since served two terms as vice chairperson. His training includes advanced mediation training at Pepperdine University, School of Law, California and negotiation training through Harvard law school.
Russell Thirgood (Company Secretary) >>
Russell Thirgood BA, LLB (Hons), LLM (Hons), FACICA, FIAMA, is a practising arbitrator and partner at McCullough Robertson Lawyers. He is a visiting lecturer in ADR at the University of Melbourne and University of Queensland, and has been General Editor of the arbitrator & mediator since 2002. Russell has also authored the ADR chapter in Butterworths Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents.
Alysoun Boyle >>
Alysoun Boyle was an active member of IAMA (now Resolution Institute) for over 15 years, holding several positions, including Chapter Chair (ACT), National Councillor and National Vice-President. She has also been a member of LEADR (now Resolution Institute) for many years. As a facilitative practitioner, Alysoun provides DR training/education and her practice areas include public housing, human rights, guardianship, mental health, family, workplace and community disputes. She is a member of the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (ADRAC) and of the Law and Society Association (USA).
Jon Everest >>
Jon Everest is a Trainer, Assessor and Coach for Resolution Institute, as well as an independent mediator on the advanced panel. Jon works mainly in workplace and family matters and facilitates restorative justice conferences and safety culture evaluations. He has provided an independent conflict resolution service to the Victoria University of Wellington since 2003, has previously served as Head of Security at the International Mobile Satellite Organisation, and holds qualifications in risk management and DR. Jon held positions as Chair of the Board of Wellington Ending Abuse and Violence (WEAV) in 2005/2006 and of the Best Practice Committee in 2009.
John Fisher >>
John Fisher BSc, P Cert Arb, CEng MICE, FAPM (CertPM), FCIArb, FRI, is a chartered civil engineer with over 40 years in international project management. He currently serves on Resolution Institute’s WA Chapter and has been a Board member since 2012. John is an arbitrator, adjudicator (in WA and NT), mediator, and Senior Sessional Member at the WA State Administrative Tribunal, undertaking expert determinations and acting as expert witness. John’s own practice specialises in construction, project recovery and DR.
Dr Rosemary Howell >>
Dr Rosemary Howell holds a Doctorate in Negotiation and is the Founder and Chairperson of Strategic Action Pty Ltd. Rosemary is a Professorial Visiting Fellow at UNSW and is the architect of its Master of Dispute Resolution program. She is also a Senior Fellow at Melbourne University. Rosemary has successfully coached UNSW student teams at CDRC (Vienna) and ICC (Paris) international mediation competitions. She is an accredited Mediator and Former Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia.
Jeanette Kinahan >>
Jeanette Kinahan, GAICD, FRI AdvMed, NMAS, MASORC, MHFESA, CDMP, is an awarded and internationally credentialed personal injury management practitioner and work health, safety and wellbeing specialist. Jeanette is a Coach and NMAS Assessor for RI – and Co-Chair of the Victorian Chapter. Jeanette facilitates, mediates and coaches for workplace complaint, conflict and dispute resolution. Jeanette also specialises in advising and assisting regulators and organisations with design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategy, management systems, services and programs in her specialist fields.
Gary Ulman >>
Gary Ulman is a lawyer in private practice, as a mediator and adviser on dispute resolution. A former partner with MinterEllison for over 30 years, he specialised in commercial dispute resolution and conducted litigation in most State and Federal Courts and Tribunals. Gary was the 2016 President of The Law Society of New South Wales and is the current Chair the Society’s Professional Conduct Committee and Deputy Chair of the Litigation Law and Practice Committee. He is admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and on the High Court of Australia Register of Practitioners.