Conference Design Committee Members

Chair: Alysoun Boyle, University of Newcastle
Deputy Chair: Dr Susan Douglas, ADR Research Network and University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Dale Bagshaw, University of South Australia
Toni Bauman, AIATSIS; Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU; Dodson Bauman Associates
Andrew Bickerdike, Relationships Australia
Helen Bishop, Batchelor Institute
Jane Bolitho, University of NSW
Margaret Halsmith, HDR Consulting
Tom Howe QC, Australian DR Advisory Council
Craig Pudig, Macquarie Bank
Professor Tania Sourdin, University of Newcastle 

Dr Dale Bagshaw, University of South Australia

Dr Dale Bagshaw – currently adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of South Australia; previously Head of School, Research Portfolio Leader, Program Director of Mediation and Conflict Resolution programs and Director of the Centre for Peace Conflict and Mediation. Convened the first National Mediation Conference, a foundation member and past President of the World Mediation Forum, founder and longstanding President of the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (has conducted conferences in 8 countries in the region). She is the founder and Chair of the Elder Mediation Australasian Network, a Board member of the Elder Mediation International Network and an EMIN certified elder mediator. Has trained mediators in 11 different countries; researched and published widely.

Toni Bauman, AIATSIS; Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU; Dodson Bauman Associates

• Senior Research Fellow, Governance, Cultural Competence, and Public Policy, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Director Dodson, Bauman Associates
• Anthropologist, mediator, facilitator, researcher, trainer, policy adviser over 30 years in Indigenous sector
• Participatory process expertise: governance and capacity building; decision-making and dispute management; agreement-making; community engagement; partnerships and relationships; land and native title claims; alternative consensus building like Deep Democracy; free prior and informed consent
• Chief investigator, Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project, AIATSIS and Federal Court’s Indigenous dispute resolution case study project, ‘Solid Work you Mob are Doing’; member NADRAC, Indigenous Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management Project.

Andrew Bickerdike, Relationships Australia

Andrew Bickerdike is CEO of Relationships Australia Victoria. He holds tertiary qualifications in economics and psychology and a Doctorate in Dispute Resolution. Andrew has experience in individual, marital and family therapy, and family dispute resolution and has practiced as a mediator for over 20 years. Andrew is a member of ADRAC, a Director of the Mediations Standards Board and a foundation Board member of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Andrew has a particular interest in research and evaluation of family services and in particular mediation services. Personally, Andrew is interested in his children, wooden boats, old books, travel, wine, and pre-history (in that order).


Helen Bishop, Batchelor Institute

• MA Conflict Resolution- specialist Social Justice, Human Rights, Indigenous ADR, Governance
• Member of NADRAC, Convenor of Indigenous Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management Project
• Consultant for Federal Court of Australia’s Indigenous Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management Project; Mediator in Right People for Country Project; Facilitator; Trainer; Coach
• Keynote Speaker ADR Indigenous Communities Conference, Victoria.
• Peer reviewer SCU & QU; Published national and International IADR. Sessional Mediator Youth Justice Conferencing; Supports, trains, develops & coaches Indigenous mediators across the NT
• Kungarakan woman and researcher undertaking PhD from the Northern Territory.

Jane Bolitho, University of NSW

Jane Bolitho is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales Sydney. Over the last fifteen years her research has focused on restorative justice, violence, conflict resolution and justice innovation. She’s interested in the experiences of those involved in criminal justice systems, the operations of formal and community based justice models, innovations in justice, and alternate models of conflict and dispute resolution. Her research is empirically based with a view to informing social & justice policy. She is a nationally accredited mediator and facilitates restorative youth justice conferences.


Alysoun Boyle, University of Newcastle

Alysoun Boyle is a mediation/dispute resolution practitioner, and educator, with extensive experience in dispute system design. She has a recognised long-term professional and personal commitment to DR. Alysoun is a foundation member of ADRAC, a recent Director of Resolution Institute, and a member of the ADR Research Network. Her abiding interests are in the fundamental humanity of dispute resolution, and in the need for a strong, evidence-based approach to DR practice. She is a current PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle where she is doggedly investigating the effectiveness of mediators. Alysoun resides on a high altitude rural property, and is the Training Officer for her local fire brigade.


Dr Susan Douglas, ADR Research Network and University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Susan (Sue) Douglas is a legal academic with the School of Law at University of the Sunshine Coast. Her areas of research and teaching interest are focussed on DR and Employment Law. Sue volunteers at the Suncoast Community Legal Service and is a member of that service’s Management Committee. She has a strong commitment to access to justice. Sue conducted an empirical study of mediators’ understanding of neutrality for her PhD. She has published several papers on the applicability of this concept as interrelated to that of self-determination. Sue is the current president of the ADR Research Network Roundtable.


Margaret Halsmith, HDR Consulting

• Principal Mediator and Director of ‘Halsmith Dispute Resolution’ mediation practice since 1996
• Provider of professional clinical supervision and mentoring while easing into retirement 2018 & 2019
• Chair of Board of Resolution Institute 2007 to 2017
• Member of NADRAC then ADRAC (Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee) 2008 ongoing
• Member of inaugural EMAN (Elder Mediation Australasian Network) Executive Committee
• Passionate about describing forms of ADR in ways that assist potential participants to choose their process.
• Ponders on Twitter @HalsmithDR and in Mediation Musings regarding what distinguishes mediation from other forms of ADR including conciliation, settlement conferences and facilitation from participants’ perspectives?

Tom Howe QC, Australian DR Advisory Council

Tom Howe QC is the professional head of the Australian Government Solicitor’s dispute resolution and litigation practice. He specialises in court and tribunal advocacy and dispute resolution in public law matters involving Commonwealth Ministers, departments and agencies. He was previously a member of NADRAC and is a foundation member of ADRAC. In 2007 he was appointed a Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel and in 2015 he was awarded a Public Service Medal for provision of litigation and dispute resolution services to the Commonwealth. Tom has a long term interest in ADR in public law disputes and eliminating obstacles to its expansion in disputes involving Government.


Craig Pudig, Macquarie Bank

Craig Pudig brings the experience of being a practitioner in a significant Australian business and in private practice. He is currently a Senior Advisor at Macquarie Group. He was the global head of dispute resolution and litigation at Macquarie for 5 years. Prior to working at Macquarie, Craig was a partner at two major Australian law firms for 20 years. A lawyer for more than 35 years, he brings a wealth of commercial experience. His areas of expertise include financial services, regulatory, infrastructure, construction, engineering, contract administration, dispute avoidance, ADR, and domestic and international litigation and arbitration.


Professor Tania Sourdin, University of Newcastle

Professor Tania Sourdin is the Dean of the University of Newcastle Law School. She has led national research projects and in the past two decades has conducted research projects into aspects of the dispute resolution and justice system (in 12 Courts and Tribunals and 6 EDR schemes). Other research has focussed on justice innovation, technology, ADR and systemic reform and includes various international consultancies. Tania is the author of a number of books, articles and papers, and has published and presented widely. She has retained a practice focus and has worked for more than 26 years as a mediator, 25 years in various tribunal positions and since 2014 has been the NBN industry dispute resolution advisor.