Our Mediator Panel

Nigel Biginell

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

  • Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) UTS, Sydney
  • Batchelor of Arts (Modern Asian Studies) Griffiths University, Qld
  • Accredited under the National Mediation Standards
  • Advanced Practitioner Member with Resolution Institute 
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment

Skills and Strengths

Nigel is the Principal of Biginell & Associates Pty Ltd, a company specialising in workplace mediation and conflict resolution. 

In 2002, he became an accredited mediator with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and went on to complete advanced training with Conflict Resolution Services. He has been a CRS Panel member since and has received National Accreditation approval as an Experienced Qualified Coach and Practitioner.

In 2008, he completed a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution at the University of Technology, Sydney.   

From 2004 to 2012, he was a conciliator for health complaints within the ACT Human Rights Commission. He was then invited to be a Part-time Senior Member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal and a mediator on the mediation panel of the Supreme Court of the ACT.

As a practicing mediator, Nigel has worked for over 18 years in training and developing people skills, facilitation, workplace mediation and dispute resolution. Since 2017, he has been the principal trainer for the Australian Dispute Centre mediation courses conducted in Canberra.

Being on three different panels provides a diverse range of clientele and subject matter. Nigel has undertaken mediations involving family, deceased estates, commercial, workplace, and relationship issues in both the private and community sectors.

David Lyle Purnell

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) from ANU, 1962
  • Mediation accreditation since CRS began

Awards

  • Medal of Order of Australia (1998) for peace activities

Skills and Strengths

Experienced writer and researcher; member of community groups including UN Association, Quakers, University of the Third Age, Social Developers Network, Committee on Racial Equality. Capacity for ‘neutrality’ when mediating; good listening skills; mediation trainer, coach and assessor. Strongly committed to supporting Canberra as a place of innovation and harmony.

Interests

Building peace at all levels of community and internationally; politics; music and choral singing; movies and live theatre; cycling and walking; keeping in touch with family (siblings, partner, children, grandchildren, great grand-children, in-laws).

Judy Scott

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

  • Accredited under NMAS

  • Certificate lV community mediation (CRS)

  • Certificate lV business and workplace coaching

  • Certificate lV training and assessment

  • Registered Family Dispute resolution practitioner (Attorney generals department)

  • BSC (hons) Psychology Birmingham University UK

  • Masters of Business Administration Southern Cross University Lismore

  • Masters of Adult and Workplace Education Queensland University of Technology

Skills and Strengths

Judy completed her initial mediator training in 1996 and provided part time mediation services to uniformed personnel whilst serving as a training officer and business improvement consultant in the RAAF.  In 2006, as a Commonwealth Public Servant, Judy completed a certificate lV in mediation and subsequently delivered mediation; family dispute resolution; and training and accreditation services for Relationships Australia.  In 2009, whilst employed by Relationships Australia, Judy managed the training and accreditation process to ensure that Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners met the qualification requirements to be registered by Attorney Generals department as Family Dispute resolution practitioners under the Family Law Act. Judy also delivered community mediation and dispute resolution services for Conflict Resolution Service and workplace mediation services for Employee Assistance Providers.  Judy now runs a small business providing services as a facilitator; coach; mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner to public service, private sector and community organisations.

 

Terry Watson

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

  • Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (Leader/IAMA)
  • Masters Degree in Commerce and Accounting UC
  • Graduate Diploma of Business Management UWA
  • Certificate IV in Building CIT
  • Certified Practicing Accountant (Retired)

Skills and Strengths

Terry has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, personnel management, leadership, financial management and policy development.  For four years prior to retiring from the Department of Defence in 2013, he was responsible for managing and resolving the more serious grievances and disputes between employees, between Defence and employees and between Defence and the public.  Since 2014 he has been a CRS mediator and the principal mediator in BrunskillWatson Mediators Pty Ltd.

renee toy

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

  • Bachelor Communications (Journalism) / Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Canberra
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University
  • National Mediation Assessment, College of Law, Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution, College of Law, Sydney
  • Professional Member – Resolution Institute

Skills and Strengths

Renee Toy is a nationally accredited mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner. Renee understands the complex nature of the family law and family violence system, having worked as a family lawyer in a leading firm in Canberra; as an Associate to a Federal Magistrate; and with Legal Aid ACT.

Renee gained experience with the workings of parliament and public service, having supported a range of federal parliamentary committees with the House of Representatives. Renee has volunteered her time at the Women’s Legal Centre and as a Board Member and Deputy Chair for the Women’s Centre for Health Matters. Renee has conducted conferences with the ACT Magistrates Court in family violence and personal protection matters; and currently holds a conciliation and review role with the complaints team at the ACT Human Rights Commission.

Renee believes in providing a safe space for people to work through conflict and find a way forward, without the need for court-imposed decisions.

Vesna Flower Cvjeticanin

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

  • NMAS Mediation Accreditation, 2018, Australian Mediation Association
  • Organisational Behaviour, 2016, Macquarie University
  • Admission, Legal Practitioner, 2003, ACT Supreme Court
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, 2003, ANU
  • Diploma in Law, 2000, LPAB University of Sydney
  • NAATI Accreditation, 1995

Skills and Strengths

After 25 years of working at senior manager and director levels for both ACT and Commonwealth Governments, including the ACT community sector, Vesna decided to further her career by becoming a professional mediator. Her already existing qualifications in Law and Cultural Studies have provided Vesna with a unique set of skills, enabling her to practice mediation with a profound understanding of human nature and human behaviour.  Alongside the NMAS Standards, the diverse experiences from her employment portfolio guide Vesna in her dealing with the many and complex aspects of conflict resolution.

Vesna is a professional interpreter certified with NAATI.

Dr hanna jaireth

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

 

  • Accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) (2014 – current)
  • Master of Arts & Doctor of Philosophy (Politics & International Relations), Australian National University, ACT (1991, 2001)
  • Bachelor of Arts/ Law (Hons),  Australian National University, ACT (1985)
  • Admission to practice as a barrister & solicitor in NSW and ACT (1985, 1987)

Skills and Strengths

Conflict resolution has been part of Hanna’s employment for many years, including as a farm debt mediation officer, researcher, tribunal member, and parliamentary inquiry secretary. Hanna recognises the relief that confidential, dignified, facilitated mediations can bring for parties in conflict, and especially for people in ongoing relationships such as work colleagues, neighbours, partners and family members. She has mediated franchising, community, workplace and interpersonal disputes. Hanna has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in arts/law and international relations and has held national accreditation as a mediator since 2014.

In the 1990s Hanna researched and contributed to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community. Hanna has served on the boards of several non-government environmental law organisations and law journals for many years. She has also volunteered with ACT ParkCare since 2001 and continues to enjoy working in the Territory’s bushland.

Hanna is the Principal of Hanna Jaireth Mediation and Consultancy Services Pty Ltd, a company specialising in dispute resolution and consultancies in good governance and sustainability. 

Kerry Henderson

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) University of Southern Queensland

  • Accredited Mediator under National Mediation Standards

Skills and Strengths

Experienced People Manager, Business Owner and Commercial Manager.  Kerry has a broad range of life and business experiences, which contribute to her ability to mediate conflicts.  She is committed to being a good listener and working with parties to find workable solutions in conflict resolution. She is interested in working with families, businesses, neighbours and community groups to find workable solutions.

 

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