Recognition and awards

Join with us in acknowledging the contributions that so many have made to the resolution of conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.


The Resolution Institute Ambassador, an honorary role, acknowledges a person of professional stature, who:

  • promotes the use of dispute resolution
  • fosters awareness of Resolution Institute as the leading dispute resolution membership and advocacy organisation in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Ambassadors are active for Resolution Institute by presenting to local groups of members, speaking at conferences, presenting webinars and presenting to wider audiences.

Previous notable Ambassadors

(earlier known as Fellow)

The Hon. Wayne Martin AC QC |Ian Govey AM | Annabel Shaw | Professor Laurence Boulle | Tom Howe QC | Geoff Sharp | Joanna Kalowski | The Hon. Tony Fitzgerald

Read about previous Ambassadors

Resolution Institute Awards

The Resolution Institute Awards are a series of four awards designed to celebrate and honour outstanding contribution and/or practice across the dispute resolution spectrum in the following categories:

Nominations for 2022 are now closed.

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Resolution Institute Awards ceremony 2022

The previous year's awards ceremony can be viewed here

The awardees for 2022 are:

Achievement by an emerging practitioner

Annette Andrews

Innovation in practice

Shelby Timmins

Service to dispute resolution

Cheryl Bryan

Michael Hyde

Bianca Keys

Stephen Lancken

Moira Ransom

Libby Taylor

Previous awardees

Achievement by an emerging practitioner
Nicole Davidson

Exceptional practice
Lynn Booker

Innovation in practice
Wi Pere Mita | Matthew Clayton | Chris Morrow

Service to dispute resolution
Ruth Charlton | Muaausa Pele Walker | Samantha Hardy | Delcy Lagones de Anglim | Professor Jeffrey Waincymer

Michael Klug Award

The Resolution Institute Michael Klug Award is presented annually by the Resolution Institute Board to someone who has, in the previous 12 months, contributed towards the peaceful resolution of conflict in the best interests of the community.

Michael Klug AM was the Founding Vice-Chair from 1989 to 1995, Chair in 1996 and a Director from 1989–2001. Michael created the name LEADR – Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Michael's well-known view that lawyers should embrace alternative dispute resolution contributed to him being honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia.

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Justine Davis (2021)

Justine Davis contributed towards “Intercultural peacemaking - both ways of learning: the Mawul Rom journey” as recently presented at the National Mediation Conference.

Justine uses her social justice conflict resolution skills to advocate for peaceful change, including the coordination of a campaign to advocate for funding to be extended to the NT Community Justice Centre (CJC), to enable it to continue to provide Territory-wide conflict resolution and mediation training.

Previous awardees

Dr. Hanna Jaireth | Wayne Marriott | Sarah Blake | Professor Chris Marshall | Chris Lilleyman | Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw | Micheline Dewdney | The Hon. Murray Kellam AO | Dr Michael King | Dr Stella Cornelius AO OBE

Read about previous awardees

Law Awards

The annual law awards in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are an amazing opportunity to highlight the achievements of mediators and arbitrators to the legal community. Resolution Institute has sponsored the Mediator of the Year in Aotearoa New Zealand since 2012 and the Arbitrator of the Year and Mediator of the Year in Australia since 2017.

Australasian Law Awards: Mediator of the year and Arbitrator of the year

Award nominations

In Aotearoa New Zealand during June:
Nominate in New Zealand

In Australia during February:
Nominate in Australia

See the finalists for 2020 in Australia at The Australasian Law Awards auslawawards.com.au

New Zealand Mediator of the Year

Wi Pere Mita (2021)

Mark Kelly
Paul Sills (2020) with presenter Trevor Slater

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly (2019) with presenter Trevor Slater

Grant Allan (2018) | Timothy McMichael (2017) | Sharon Stewart (2016) | David Hurley (2015) | Maria Dew (2014) | Warren Sowerby (2013) | Geoff Sharp (2012)

Australian Mediator of the Year

Nina Harding (2022) with presenter Toby Shnookal

Dr. Anne Purcell (2021)

Dr. Anne Purcell (2020)

Tom Stodulka (2019) with presenter Fiona Hollier

Dr Anne Purcell (2018) | Stephen Lancken (2017)

Australian Arbitrator of the Year

Russell Thirgood (2022)

Donna Ross (2020)

Brian Millar & Scott Ellis (2019)

John Wakefield (2018) with presenter Gary Ulman

Alex Baykitch (2017)

New Zealand mediation training scholarships

A limited number of scholarships for the five-day mediation training in Aotearoa New Zealand are awarded each year.

You can submit an application as explained below at any time, however, depending on availability this may be considered for the following training year. (Please note currently we are gathering all applications through until the end October 2021 for consideration for 2022 training year. Applicants to be notified in January 2022)

Resolution Institute Aotearoa New Zealand, in consideration of scholarships, are guided by the following:

  • Current needs within the dispute resolution context and community context
  • Offering and being responsive to diversity within the dispute resolution context and community context
  • The background, experience and aspirations of the applicant and what they will offer within the dispute resolution context into the future

Please submit your application as follows:

In email format to infonz@resolution.institute

In subject line please state: application for scholarship for mediation training

In the body of your email please include the following:

  • Name
  • Contact email, mobile
  • Your current role or learning pathway and why a scholarship would make a difference for you
  • Your background, experience and aspirations in relation to dispute resolution

2020 scholarship recipients

Lisa Gibson

Lisa is a Samoan/ NZ'er, an English teacher and educator who has worked for a number of social enterprises including Great Potentials Foundation, The Brainwave Trust and Greenlight Foundation.

She is currently the Family and Youth co-ordinator and trainer with the Peace Foundation and is passionate about providing conflict resolution skills to adults and youth so that they can be role models for others. Her aspiration as a mediator is to help families navigate their way through separation in a way that maintains respect and harmony for all involved.

Maximillian Scott Murray

He uri ahau no Ngā Puhi
Ko Te Mahurehure te Hapū
No Waima ahau
Ko Maximillian Scott Murray ahau

Kia ora, I’m Max, I am a manager at the community Law centre in Wellington, and a practitioner of restorative approaches. Most of my practice has revolved around the court based restorative justice process, but I have more recently delved in to the mediation space, seeing a real potential here to support community and whānau through situations of distress, in a way that veers from the adverse court setting, with more potential to uphold everyone’s mana and rangatiratanga in the space.

I am looking forward to further developing these practises, using these base processes to step off, and explore what needs and offers the community holds.

Lily Wilkie
Lily (Ngāti Maniapoto and Tainui) has recently graduated from the University of Waikato with an LLB. She is currently waiting to be admitted to the bar, and is working in ACC law at a boutique firm in Hamilton. Her interest in mediation stemmed from seeing how effective it can be at agency level for relationship improvement and preservation, particularly when the parties must continue in partnership.

She is currently studying part-time postgraduate Māori and Indigenous studies, then intends to undertake a Master of Laws.

Lily is able to apply skills learned on the mediation training in her legal practice and is grateful for the opportunity to access this experience.

Jo Wailling

Jo is a registered nurse and has worked in multiple healthcare settings for over twenty years, holding leadership roles in Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK. As a research associate and facilitator with the Diana Unwin Chair of Restorative Justice, she currently works with healthcare stakeholders to influence safety systems. Jo has been applying restorative approaches in healthcare to respond to adverse events and nurture resilient organisations since 2013.

She researches the relational nature of safety systems and has published and presented in international forums. Her PhD is focusing on how restorative approaches might respond to healthcare harm and support resilient healthcare systems.


Historically influential people

Many members have made a significant contribution to fostering and growing Resolution Institute and its predecessor organisations. Here we highlight members who have been honoured for their very significant volunteer effort over many years.


The Board acknowledges as luminaries members who have made particularly selfless, sustained and significant voluntary contribution to the organisation. The luminaries contribution is recognised in the naming of rooms in the mediation suite at the Sydney office.

Margaret Halsmith

Margaret Halsmith AM

Margaret 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 (2013) and one between LEADR and IAMA (2014), growing membership from 1600 to about 3200 and making the financial health of the organisation more robust.

Michael Klug

Michael Klug AM

Michael Klug was the Founding Vice-Chair from 1989 to 1995, Chair in 1996 and a Director from 1989-2001. Michael created the name LEADR – Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Michael's well-known view that lawyers should embrace alternative dispute resolution contributed to him being honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia.

Alan Limbury

Alan Limbury

Alan Limbury was a Founding Director until 1994 and the second Chair of LEADR in 1992-93. Alan saw that lawyers needed education in alternative dispute resolution and promoted alternative dispute resolution extensively. Alan was instrumental in opening membership to non-lawyers.

Michael Mills

Michael Mills

Michael Mills was Chair from 2003 until 2007, a Director between 1996 and 2009 and a founding member of the WA Chapter. A leading commercial lawyer, Michael helped forge a close and dynamic relationship within the Board and with the CEO. Michael kept the organisation contemporary at a time of change and invigorated its altruistic approach.

Gerald Raftesath

Gerald Raftesath

Gerald 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, Gerald’s commitment to the philanthropic objectives gave the organisation enormous credibility.

Oscar Shub

Oscar Shub

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


Former patrons who have contributed to the growth of Resolution Institute:

Hon Sir Ian Barker QC

The Hon. Sir Ian Barker QC

The Hon. Sir Ian Barker QC was a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand for more than 20 years and was knighted in 1994. As Patron of Resolution Institute between 1997 to 2018 Sir Ian championed mediation and dispute resolution in New Zealand.

Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, KStJ, QC

Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, KStJ, QC

Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, KStJ, QC was a Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales, and a Companion of the Order of Australia. As Resolution Institute’s Patron Sir Laurence influenced the acceptance of alternative dispute resolution by the judicial and wider legal community.

Honorary members

Members whose contributions have been recognised by the Board with honorary membership:

Fiona Hollier | David Hurley | Professor Doug Jones AO | The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG | Michael Klug AM | Rowena McNally | Michael Mills | Gary Ulman | The Hon. Sir Ian Barker | The Hon. John Batt | Mark Beech | Adrian Bellemore |The Hon. David McCartin Byrne QC | The Hon. Ian Callinan AC QC | Prof the Hon. Justice Clyde Croft AM SC | Antonino Albert de Fina | Miriam Dean QC | Li Dianxun | Sue Duncombe | Margaret Halsmith AM |Robert Hunt | The Hon. Christopher Legoe QC AO | John Muirhead | Ian Nosworthy |Carol Powell | Eric Pratt QC |Gerald Raftesath | Prof the Hon. Andrew John Rogers AO QC | The Hon. Frank Shelton | Oscar Shub | Tim Sullivan | Sir David Williams QC