Recognition and awards

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

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

Current Ambassador

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC

The Hon. Wayne Martin AC QC

The Hon. Wayne Martin AC QC was Chief Justice of Western Australia between 2006 and his retirement from the bench in July 2018. Prior to his appointment he practised at the Western Australian Bar in the field of commercial litigation, mainly involving disputes in the mining, energy, resources, construction and financial sectors. His practice included international and domestic arbitration. As Chief Justice he created and managed the Arbitration List of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and he has published many decisions in that field (and others). He is a qualified and experienced mediator. Since leaving the Bench he is taking appointments as a mediator and arbitrator.

Previous Ambassadors

(earlier known as Fellow)

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

Read about previous Ambassadors

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 for 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.

Nominate here

Wayne Marriott (2019)

Wayne has demonstrated the capacity to enhance community peace building through a range of dispute resolution services including mediation, restorative justice and capacity development work. In particular, Wayne's efforts to support community recovery from the Christchurch shooting are exemplary of the types of peacemaking that help communities heal and move forward through conflict.

Previous awardees

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 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 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 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

Mark Kelly (2019)

Mark Kelly

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

Dr. Anne Purcell (2020)

Tom Stodulka (2019)

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

Australian Arbitrator of the Year

Donna Ross (2020)

Brian Millar & Scott Ellis (2019)

John Wakefield (2018)

Alex Baykitch (2017)

New Zealand mediation training scholarships

This scholarship offers New Zealand students, recent graduates, or workers in the not-for-profit/NGO sector the opportunity to attend one of Resolution Institute's Mediation training workshops.

Applying for a scholarship

We will advertise here when the next scholarship application process opens.

2019 scholarship recipients

Carla Eglinton

Carla Eglinton practised law for five years before becoming an accredited Restorative Justice Facilitator with the Ngāti Hine Health Trust. Carla works with Offenders and Victims throughout Northland following a guilty plea and prior to sentencing in the District Court. Carla promotes all forms of alternative dispute resolution within her community and looks forward to becoming an accredited mediator.

Don Lye

Don is a student at the University of Auckland taking his LLB (Hons) who has received several awards for academic excellence.

Outside law school, Don has been actively involved in supporting charities in Singapore and in New Zealand. In 2011, he co-founded Project Keep-In-Touch which raised $31,273 for TOUCH Community Services over 6 months, mobilising more than 2,000 student volunteers and reaching out to 80,000 members of the public.

In New Zealand, he has been supporting Foster Our Future through tutoring students. Serving as the President of the Singapore Students’ Association (Auckland), Don has also been actively advocating for greater unity and collaboration between on-campus clubs. He aims to promote alternative dispute resolution in his legal career by becoming an accredited mediator.

Jo Wailling

Jo is a registered nurse and has worked in multiple healthcare settings for over twenty years, holding leadership roles in 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:

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 |The Hon. Justice Clyde Croft | Antonino 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 | The Hon. Andrew John Rogers QC | The Hon. Frank Shelton | Oscar Shub | Tim Sullivan | Sir David Williams QC