Board of Directors
Gary Ulman (Chair) >>
Gary Ulman is a lawyer in private practice as a mediator and adviser on dispute resolution, and a Senior Member (part time) of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 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 a former Chair of the Society’s Professional Conduct Committee and 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.
Margaret Halsmith (Immediate Past 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.
Siddharth Soin (Treasurer) >>
Siddharth Soin is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years in public practice. He is currently a Principal of Countplus One, an accountancy firm which specialises in Small & Medium sized businesses and Not-For-Profits. With specialist skills across a number of areas, Sid’s aim is to simplify complex issues while still presenting the finer details required to make good financial decisions.
Russell Thirgood (Company Secretary) >>
Russell Thirgood is a partner at McCullough Robertson Lawyers. Since 1998, Russell has represented clients in major and complex dispute resolution. In particular he acts for clients in the arbitration, adjudication and litigation of complex construction and infrastructure disputes. He is on the panel of arbitrators for both international and domestic arbitral institutes and has chaired the Regional Arbitral Institute Forum (RAIF). Russell is listed in Best Lawyers in three categories: International Arbitration; Construction Law; and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is recommended in Doyles Guide for Leading Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Lawyers and in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018.
Sarah Blake >>
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).
Jeanette Kinahan >>
Jeanette Kinahan, GAICD, FRI, AdvMed, MASORC, MHFESA, CDMP, is an awarded and internationally credentialed personal injury management practitioner, advanced nationally accredited mediator and conflict management coach. Jeanette facilitates, mediates, coaches and utilises restorative engagement practices with individuals and teams to resolve workplace matters and restore relationships. Jeanette also specialises in matters where injury or illness has occurred. A qualified and experienced Company Director, Jeanette was elected to the Resolution Institute Board in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. Jeanette was previously Chair of LEADR’s Victorian Chapter and Co-Chair of the Victorian Chapter of Resolution Institute following the LEADR and IAMA merger.
Ben Thomas >>
Hayden Wilson >>
Hayden Wilson is a partner at Kensington Swan and leads their Government and Regulatory team. Hayden specialises in helping government agencies and private sector organisations that work closely with government to resolve complex disputes and navigate through the often complex process of working with the public sector. Hayden and his team also provide crisis management support and advice in relation to government or regulatory investigations, inquiries or prosecutions. As well as litigation, Hayden practices as a mediator with specialisation in commercial and public law disputes. Hayden initially trained with LEADR (as Resolution Institute then was) and completed further training with Pepperdine University in California, and most recently completed the Advanced Mediation - Mediating Complex Dispute programme at Harvard University.