Session 1

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Session 1: Access to Justice & Dispute Resolution Systems: What do Parties/Users Need & Expect?​​

8:50 - 10:45 am

Geoff Sharp (Moderator) is a commercial mediator working in New Zealand, UK and the Asia Pacific facilitating private negotiation of disputes assisting individuals and business to address increasingly complex relationships. He is recognised by Who's Who Legal as one of the Ten Most Highly Regarded International Mediators in the World for a number of years running and in 2016 was named Best Commercial Mediator in Asia Pacific by APAC Insider Magazine. He regularly mediates cross border disputes in a variety of locations, including the trusted dispute resolution hubs of London, Singapore and Dubai. 

John Swan is a barrister and solicitor with 37 years experience  in the insurance industry. He was at McElroys in Auckland prior to running his own legal practice. John is also a chartered loss adjuster and ran a loss adjusting business in tandem with his legal practice prior to joining Vero Liability in October 2004. John has represented insurers in all areas of insurance law at mediations and has appeared in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Although much of his time is spent dealing with claims, part of his time is spent on assisting our clients in areas of risk management. John is a Fellow of the Australasian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Chartered Loss Adjusters.

Katherine Anderson is a senior lawyer with extensive private and public law experience.  In 2007 Katherine joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as an advisor to the Prime Minister, serving Prime Ministers Clark and Key.  During her time with DPMC she was a member of the Officials Committee supporting the Cabinet Domestic Policy Committee and an ex officio member of both the Legislation Advisory Committee and the Legislation Design Committee.

In 2011 she moved to the New Zealand Police representing it in the Pike River Royal Commission and later joining Police's Executive Team as General Manager: Policy, Performance and Legal. In 2013 Katherine was appointed as a member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal. Katherine joined Auckland Council as a member of its Executive Team in February 2014 leading the delivery of Legal Services and Risk Management (including insurance).  She will shortly be joining the Anthony Harper partnership as a Litigation Partner and Public Law Specialist.

Amanda Greenwood is General Counsel for the Construction Division at Fletcher Building. Prior to moving back to New Zealand and in-house in 2013, she worked as a Senior Associate with Norton Rose Group in Australia and London, U.K.

Amanda has an LLB/BA from the University of Canterbury and is a CEDR accredited Mediator. She has advised on variety of large and complex construction, engineering and energy Projects and disputes in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

Karen Scott-Howman leads the organisation's commitment to advocate for good quality regulation for the industry to ensure we continue to maintain a world-class banking system that benefits New Zealanders and the New Zealand economy. Karen brings over fifteen years' professional experience from both private and public sector senior roles. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Executive at the Broadcasting Standards Authority. She has extensive experience as an advocate on legal, regulatory and policy issues affecting the banking industry from her previously held positions as Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Advocacy at NZBA, and as Regulatory Director when she first joined the NZBA in 2009.

Karen also has broad commercial, public and media law experience and a deep understanding of policy development, administrative and regulatory processes. She was a commercial lawyer at Chapman Tripp in Wellington, and has worked in leading law firms in Australia and Canada. Karen holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Victoria University of Wellington. 

Greg Arrowsmith has over 25 years' experience in human resources. His most recent position was as the Northern Regional HR Manager of the NZ Defence Force. His HR background prior to the NZ Defence Force encompassed senior HR management roles with the Australian Defence Force, AUT and the NZ Police. Since leaving the Defence Force, Greg has been working as an HR Consultant for the ANZ Bank in New Zealand.