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.

 

janine brissett

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

  • National Accreditation as a Mediator from 2009-2020 ACT
  • Cert IV Mediation 2007
  • Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (Attorney Gen. Dept) 2009-2020
  • BA in Communication and Counselling (UC) 2003
  • Graduate Diploma in Community/Family Counselling (UC) 2009
  • Ongoing Study in Non-Violent Communication. (2014-2020)
  • Primary School Teacher (TPTC) Victoria.

Skills and Strengths

Motivated by an empowering personal experience of mediation at Conflict Resolution Service in 2001, Janine decided to return to university to change her career direction from teaching to mediation. She completed two degrees from 2001 to 2009 combining studies in mediation, psychology, counselling, and communication.  Since that time Janine has divided her time between non-profit Family Support services and developing a Mediation and Communication Coaching private practice in public and private sector workplaces.  During this time, she has also delivered workplace training for the APS and private sector in both Conflict at Work and Dignity at Work.  

Janine was consulted by CRS as they began their Family Treehouse program for Adolescent/Parent conflict in 2008 and has worked in that team from 2016-20.  The program was featured in National Mediation Conferences in 2018 and 2019, where she delivered papers on their innovative approach to addressing family conflict and dysfunction. She is committed to communication coaching as a vital aspect of conflict resolution and is inspired by a vision that families and workplaces can learn to live and speak together respectfully, inclusively, and equitably.  In 2019, she received an ACT Yogi award for Outstanding Contribution to Young People in the ACT.  

 

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. 

jenny devlin

Panel Mediator

Qualifications 

  • BA (Hons)/LLB (Hons), Uni. Melb, (1998)
  • MA (Peace Studies), ICU, Tokyo, (2010)
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (2002)
  • Practitioner Member, Resolution Institute
  • Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)(2002; 2008)
  • Certified Life Coach (2018)
  • Restorative Practice (2017)
  • Caux Scholar Program for Conflict Transformation, Initiatives of Change, Switzerland (2009)
  • Non Violent Communication (2009, 2014)
  • Certificate in Process Oriented Psychology, Process Work Institute (2005)
  • Admission to Practice, Barrister and Solicitor, N.T. (2000)

Awards

  • Resolution Institute Practitioner Award for the Creative Adaptation of Dispute Resolution to meet Specific Needs, 2015
  • Rotary World Peace Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • NT Law Society Award for Contribution to the Community, 2003

Skills and Strengths

Jenny is an experienced Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) who is passionate about supporting people to transform conflict.  Her commitment to peace and understanding was recognized in 2008, with a Rotary World Peace Fellowship that allowed her to complete a Masters of Peace Studies that focused on Mediation practice and training.

Jenny’s practice includes workplace, family, community, Indigenous, cross-cultural, education, health, environmental and international settings. In addition to mediating for the Conflict Resolution Service, Jenny currently serves as a Family Dispute Resolution Convenor for ACT Legal Aid and conducts workplace mediations as a Senior Consultant with Converge International. Previous related roles included Manager of FDR for Relationships Australia NT and Solicitor at NT Legal Aid Commission.

Having trained, supervised and coached Mediators and other conflict professionals in many different contexts in Australia and overseas, Jenny has developed considerable expertise in the knowledge, skills and ethics of professional Mediation practice. Her empathetic and inclusive approach, particularly in cross-cultural contexts, was recognised with a Practitioner Award for the Creative Adaptation of Dispute Resolution to Meet Specific Needs by the Resolution Institute. Jenny has been the Principal Trainer for the CRS Mediation Training course since 2016. Previously, she trained urban and remote Indigenous practitioners with the NT Community Justice Centre and Relationships Australia; coached for the Resolution Institute; assisted the Caux Scholars Program for international conflict transformation in Switzerland and co-facilitated mediation design and training with the Peace and Democracy Foundation in Timor Leste. In her private practice, Jenny provides training and coaching in topics such as Compassionate Communication and Restorative Practice. She is also contracted by Converge International to provide training and coaching to various Government Departments on diverse topics including Tackling Difficult Conversations, Positive Parenting and Mindfulness.

 

anna wynne

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

  • Accredited under NMAS
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law Degree (Honours
  • Lawyer of the ACT Supreme Court
  • Accredited by the Family Division of the Law Council of Australia as an Independent Children’s Lawyer.
  • ACT Legal Aid Commission Panel member as both an Independent Children’s Lawyer and Family Dispute Resolution Conference Convenor.
  • Member Family Law Committee of the ACT Law Society

Skills and Strengths

Anna has worked as a lawyer practising predominately in family law, dispute resolution and wills and estates law since 2008.  In 2015 Anna completed her training in order to become an accredited mediator.  Anna is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution through the College of Law. Anna has worked as a lawyer and mediator in private practice and most recently was a senior lawyer at the ACT Women’s Legal Centre. Anna works with the ACT Legal Aid Office to convene Family Dispute Resolution Conferences which assist clients to resolve and finalise disputes without lengthy court proceedings. Anna also runs a small business providing mediation services and legal advice with a focus on early resolution to legal issues. 

dr anne macduff

Panel Mediator

Qualifications

  • NMAS Mediation Qualification, 2019, Australian Mediation Association
  • PhD (Law) 2017, Australian National University
  • Admission as a Legal Practitioner, 2008, ACT
  • Masters of Higher Education, 2006, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Laws, 1999, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons) 1997 Australian National University

Skills and Strengths

Anne brings to mediation considerable experience in resolving conflict in a range of contexts. As SubDean of the LLB and JD programs for 2 years and a parent of two adult children, she has experience resolving disputes raised by children and young adults. Whilst volunteering at a number of community legal services, including Legal Aid and the Tenant’s Union ACT, Anne has advised individuals in the ACT community about their legal and no-legal options to resolve disputes.

As a law lecturer, teaching and researching in a number of areas of law, including family law. She has considerable knowledge about the family law system in Australia, including issues concerning family violence. In her teaching and research, she also raises awareness about legal issues related to gender, race, cultural and sexual diversity.

Anne has a broad range of skills, including listening and reflection skills. She also brings cross cultural skills which have been developed working and living in different countries and languages. She has a Mental Health First Aid certificate.

She is committed to creating a space to support individuals to communicate and resolve disputes by devising their own workable solutions.

In her spare time, Anne enjoys listening to music, riding horses, and learning languages.

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