Our Mediator Panel

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.

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).

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