Meet the Organisers

Annabel Shaw, LOC Chair

Annabel Shaw is a private mediator and adjunct lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington's Faculty of Law. She has over a decade's experience in both the theory and practice of dispute resolution (DR). She has practiced across a wide range of processes as a provider and lawyer, including mediation, restorative justice, conciliation, arbitration and litigation. Annabel has researched and taught a broad range of DR topics including DR theory and skills, conflict management, and mediation advocacy. She has also held roles in DR policy, management and governance. Annabel was recently appointed as the Resolution Institute New Zealand Ambassador.

Catherine Cooper 

Catherine Cooper is the General Manager New Zealand of Resolution Institute. Resolution Institute leads excellence in resolution by supporting its 4,000 members to offer preventative, facilitative and determinative resolution services such as conflict coaching, mediation, arbitration, adjudication and restorative justice in business, commercial, workplace, family and community settings.  Resolution Institute, formerly known as LEADR, has been training and accrediting mediators in New Zealand for over 20 years.  Catherine has been the Resolution Institute General Manager New Zealand since 2013 and has a background in management in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

John Green

John is the founder and a Director of the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre (NZDRC); the New Zealand International Arbitration Centre (NZIAC); the Building Disputes Tribunal (BDT); the New Zealand Family Dispute Resolution Centre (FDR Centre); and the BuildSafe Security of Payment Scheme - BuildSafe®. He is the Editor of BuildLaw® and ReSolution®.  John is a past President of AMINZ, a Past President of the Master Builders Association (Auckland) Inc. and a founding Council Member of the Society of Construction Law New Zealand Inc. He acted as a Weathertight Homes Adjudicator for nine years and has been appointed in more than 1,200 building, construction and infrastructure disputes over the past 26 years relating to residential, commercial and industrial construction projects, power stations, gas fields, manufacturing and processing plants, stadiums, hotels, land subdivisions, roading, railways, wharves, marinas, drainage, wastewater treatment plants, recycling plants, mining, services, and utilities, involving domestic and internationally based parties, complex technical and legal matters, and sums in dispute exceeding $100M. 

Ian Macduff

Ian is a Teaching Fellow, Centre for ICT Law at Auckland Law School. He was, until June 2016, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Dispute Resolution Initiative at Singapore Management University. He has been a practising mediator for over 30 years, in commercial, environmental, policy, intercultural, family, online mediation and other fields. He is a member of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation); and a member of the IMI's Task Force on Intercultural Mediation accreditation, a member of the Global Organising Committee of the Global Pound Conference series, and a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution []. He is co-editor of Ethnic Conflict and Secessionism in South and South East Asia (Sage, 2003); contributing author of Dispute Resolution in New Zealand (OUP 1999), and of Guidelines for Family Mediation (Butterworths, 1995) and contributing author to An Asian Perspective on Mediation. He is editor of Essays on Mediation: Dealing with Disputes in the 21st Century, (Kluwer 2016)

Grant Morris

Grant is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Victoria University of Wellington.  He joined the Faculty in 2002 after working as a negotiator for the Office of Treaty Settlements.  His research and teaching specialty areas are New Zealand legal history and negotiation and mediation.  Grant is the author of "Law Alive: The NZ Legal System in Context" (OUP), "Prendergast: Legal Villain?" (VUP) and numerous articles and chapters.  Recently Grant has been exploring the nature of the NZ commercial mediation market and the styles of mediation used in NZ employment disputes.  Grant is the recipient of a Victoria University 'Excellence in Teaching' Award.  He is an accredited mediator with the Resolution Institute.  Grant helped to create the SibSupportNZ programme to support young people with disabled siblings and has been the lead facilitator for this programme since 1997.  In 2015 he served as the academic representative on the Government Centre for Dispute Resolution Advisory Group.

Grant is a member of the LOC responsible for programme development.

Carol Powell

Carol Powell is a barrister and mediator with more than 20 years experience in mediation and dispute resolution across a range of practice areas.  Carol is a Resolution Institute Fellow and mediation trainer, and is part of the advanced mediation training team in the Masters Programme at Monash University. Carol writes regularly on dispute resolution.  Prior to focusing on mediation, Carol worked in commercial litigation in large city firms in Auckland and London. 

Sarah Ramsay, LOC Treasurer

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Sarah leads the Early Resolution team at the Real Estate Agents Authority. She is on the New Zealand Committee of Resolution Institute and convenes network meetings for the Institute in Wellington. In 2014 she received the LEADR practitioner award for “Best Emerging Mediator.”  In her spare time she co-manages a community mediation scheme in Wellington. 

Hayden Wilson

Hayden is an experienced litigator and mediator and a partner at Kensington Swan, heading their Wellington based Government and Regulatory practice. He specialises in commercial and public law and acts for a range of organisations in both the public and private sector. He assists those organisations to manage complex disputes and advises on compliance with regulatory obligations. Hayden has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the High Court and in various other Courts and Tribunals.