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Historically influential members

In Resolution Institute there have been many members who have made a significant contribution to fostering and growing both these organisations. Here we highlight the particular members who have been honoured for their very significant volunteer effort over many years. Resolution Institute continues to value their contribution in creating and leading influential organisations. Their vision for growing and promoting ADR continues to sustain Resolution Institute.

Honorary members

David Williams QC was a founding Board Member of LEADR NZ

Miriam Dean QC was a founding Board Member of LEADR NZ


In 2009, LEADR acknowledged and thanked five people from among the LEADR community who had made a particularly selfless, sustained and significant contribution to LEADR over many of the previous 21 years. The Board especially acknowledged that this contribution has been in a voluntary capacity and that it is a commitment to LEADR that continues today. The five luminaries were honoured and their contribution recognised by the naming after them of five rooms in the mediation suite at the Bridge Street offices. Margaret Halsmith was honoured as the sixth luminary of Resolution Institute in 2018.

Margaret HalsmithMargaret Halsmith served as the Chair of Resolution Institute from 2007 to 2017. Her numerous achievements during this period include completing two integrations - one between LEADR and LEADR NZ (November 2013) and one between LEADR and IAMA (November 2014), growing membership from 1600 to about 3200 and making the financial health of the organisation more robust.

Michael Klug was the Founding Vice-Chair from 1989 until the end of 1995. He was also Chair in 1996 and a Director for nine and a half years during the period 1989-2001. Michael created the acronym and name of LEADR, then Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution. A managing partner in Clayton Utz, Michael held, and still holds, the view that lawyers should embrace ADR.

Alan Limbury was a Founding director until 1994 and the second Chair of LEADR in 1992-93. A leading lawyer, Alan perceived that lawyers needed ADR education. To that end, he has promoted ADR extensively. Alan also established the first LEADR international conference — at the time, a bold move which was overwhelmingly successful. Alan was instrumental in opening the membership to non-lawyers.

Michael MiMichael Millslls was Chair of LEADR from 2003 until July 2007, a Director for nine and a half years between 1996 and 2009 and a founding member of the WA Chapter. A leading commercial lawyer with a Masters from Stanford, Michael helped forge a close and dynamic relationship within the Board and with the CEO. Michael kept LEADR contemporary at a time of change and invigorated its altruistic approach.

Gerald RaftesathGerald Raftesath was the Founding Chair from 1989 until 1991, in 1994, 2000 and 2002. He was a Director for ten and a half years during the period 1989-2003. A leading commercial litigator with an outstanding reputation, he attracted and retained key LEADR staff, Therese Skinner, Sue Duncombe, Jennifer David and Judith Heap. Gerald’s commitment to the philanthropic objectives has given LEADR enormous credibility.

Oscar ShubOscar Shub was LEADR’s Chair from 1997-99, as well as being a Director for six years from 1995 to 2000. Before this, he was the inaugural Chair of the WA Chapter for four years bringing experience from South Africa that was at that time ahead of Australia.


Hon Sir Ian Barker QCHon Sir Ian Barker QC was a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand for more than 20 years, during which he made numerous distinguished contributions to the evolution of the New Zealand court system. He was knighted in 1994 for services to the law. As Patron of Resolution Institute between 1997 to 2018, Sir Ian spoke at numerous training courses and events and served on several committees, He inspired many by championing mediation and dispute resolution in New Zealand.

Sir Laurence Street was a former Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales, and a Companion of the Order of Australia. As Resolution Institute’s Patron and Honorary Life Member, Sir Laurence was active in supporting our mission to increase the widespread use of ADR. His influence spread over a period of more than 30 years in gaining the acceptance of ADR by the judicial and wider legal community.