Meet the Organisers




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The Hon Murray Kellam AO is a former Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria. As a judge he was an enthusiastic supporter of the introduction and use of ADR in the courts and engaged in training of judges in the Asia Pacific region in ADR processes.In 2005 he was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia the citation reading 'For service to the law through a range of judicial and legal training roles in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and to the community, particularly through support for the activities of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Thailand and for disadvantaged people in Melbourne.' He was the Chair of the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) from 2003 to 2010.



Fiona Hollier is the Chief Executive Officer of Resolution Institute. Resolution Institute leads excellence in resolution by supporting its 4000 members to offer preventative, facilitative and determinative resolution services such as conflict coaching, mediation, arbitration, adjudication and restorative conferencing in business, commercial, workplace, family and community settings. Fiona is an accredited mediator (NMAS) with experience in mediating workplace, interpersonal, strata and health dispute, facilitating team problem solving, and providing skills development training and coaching sessions in conflict management and interpersonal communication skills. 

Elisha Dixon.jpgElisha Dixon is currently the Business Development Lead for the Disputes Resolution practice in Australia and Asia at Herbert Smith Freehills, a role responsible for driving business development and growth strategies, in parallel with the firm’s global strategy. Elisha’s career has spanned over a decade in professional services, having worked for global law firms in Hong Kong, Singapore, Canberra and Sydney. Her areas of expertise includes practice group business development, marketing, client management and people/project management. Elisha has worked with lawyers across a number of areas of law, with a key focus and passion for the Dispute Resolution team, including arbitration, contentious regulatory, class actions, corporate crime & investigations, IP and Competition.

Committee members (in alphabetical order)

BOULLE HR, Oct16_cropped.jpgProfessor Laurence Boulle is a Resolution Institute member, an accredited mediator (NMAS) and has practiced for 25 years. He has undertaken research and teaching at universities across Europe, Africa, Australasia, the Pacific and North America. He has held significant public DR roles as a former Chair of NADRAC and Chair of the Mediator Standards Board. Professor Boulle regularly delivers presentations, including at the National Mediation Conference in Australia. He was Fellow of Resolution Institute between 2013 and 2016. During his term, Laurence presented to chapters and other local groups of members on ‘Minding the gaps in dispute resolution’ in which he reflected on the past developments and future aspirations for DR in Australia, New Zealand and overseas. He established the Dispute Resolution Centre at Bond University, was Director of the Mandela Institute in Johannesburg, became inaugural Fellow of the Australian Dispute Resolution Centre and is currently Professor of Law at the Thomas More Law School, ACU Sydney.

Angela Bowne - Mediator, Expert Determiner, Barrister

Peter Butler - Partner Herbert Smith Freehills (Sydney office)

Steven_Goldstein.jpgSteven Goldstein was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1993 and has specialised in all types of building and construction disputes. Aside from being a barrister, Steven has also acted as a Supreme Court and District Court Referee, District  and Local Court arbitrator, undertaken commercial arbitrations, acted as mediator and expert determiner. From 1990 to 1993 Steven was employed as an engineering consultant by Evans & Peck. From 1976 to 1990 Steven was a practising civil engineer in the construction of roads, bridges, dams, tunnels, buildings etc in NSW, Victoria, ACT, Fiji and UK. A Fellow member of Resolution Institute and Grade 1 Arbitrator, Steve has also served as NSW Chapter Chair of IAMA and Resolution Institute.

Anne Hoffman - Herbert Smith Freehills

Steve Lancken_cropped.jpgStephen Lancken is an internationally regarded mediator, trainer, coach and commentator about DR. Having practised at partner level in commercial litigation and as the managing director of Negocio Resolutions, Steve has accrued over thirty years of experience in litigation, mediation and arbitration, endowing him with a unique set of skills and insights into dispute resolution. Stephen Lancken has encouraged and trained emerging mediators for 15 years. Steve has facilitated practical mediation training and currently teaches dispute resolution at Sydney University. He has advocated for the growth of ADR as a member of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the NSW Law Society and NADRAC. A Fellow member of Resolution Institute, in 2015 he was awarded a Resolution Institution Practitioner Award for significant contribution to DR, specifically for his contribution to the professional development of others in DR.

Deborah-Lockhart_JOW-150206-1960_cropped.jpgDeborah Lockhart has been Chief Executive of the Australian Disputes Centre since 2013 following a career spanning 25 years as an executive, consultant and ADR specialist to a range of Fortune 500 companies. An early advocate for ADR in Australia, Deborah’s corporate experience has included ING Australia where as Head of Dispute Resolution she established a green field’s in-house litigation team, various executive and ADR-related roles at AMP Financial Services and as an independent consultant to national and international organisations including UBS, Swiss Re, Westpac and TAL. Admitted to the High Court of New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor, Deborah undertook her initial mediation training in the early 1990s and is accredited as an Advanced Mediator. Deborah is a Member of the Steering Committee for the Australian ADR Industry Forum, Editorial Panel Member of the Lexis Nexis ADR Bulletin, the Commercial Dispute Resolution contributor to the Thomson Reuters’ Australian Dispute Resolution publication and an Advisory Committee Member of the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre.


Elizabeth Macknay, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, works with Australian and international clients, primarily in the mining and resources sectors. She has experience in all forms of dispute resolution including mediation, litigation, expert determination and arbitrations (both domestic and international). Liz specialises in advising clients about the unique risks and sensitivities – both legal and commercial – that arise in connection with contentious regulatory issues, and bribery and corruption. Liz was named as one of the leading Perth Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers in Doyle’s Guide 2016. She was also named on the ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ list for Corporate/Governance Practice and Litigation three years running (2014, 2015 and 2016), for Alternative Dispute Resolution (2015, 2016) and for Mining Law (2016). Liz is on the Steering Committee of the Perth Centre for Energy and Resources Arbitration.

Robert McGrory - General Counsel - Institutional & Regulatory, Westpac Group

Craig Pudig.jpgCraig Pudig is Executive Director at Macquarie Group Ltd. Prior to that, he was (for 5 years) the Global head of dispute resolution and litigation and, before that (for almost 4 years), he worked in the Macquarie's investment bank division.  Before joining Macquarie, Mr Pudig was a partner at Clayton Utz for 16 years and at Minter Ellison for four. His areas of expertise include financial services, regulatory, infrastructure, construction, engineering, contract administration, dispute avoidance and alternative dispute resolution, and domestic and international litigation and arbitration. Mr Pudig has worked with clients in Australia, Asia, Europe and New Zealand. Mr Pudig is on the Board of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). Mr Pudig has been a member of a number of not-for-profit boards, including the Committee for Sydney.

Leah Ratcliff - Associate General Counsel - Dispute Resolution, BHP Billiton

Robinson_Graeme.pngGraeme Robinson is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Member of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, DRBF, Resolution Institute member, previous director IAMA, an accredited arbitrator, adjudicator, court referee and mediator, consulting engineer (NPER), and has practiced for 35 years. He has held senior executive roles for several major mining houses and managed / conducted dispute resolution processes. He has completed several multi-billion dollar resource and infrastructure projects from commencement to commissioning and conducted dispute resolution across Western and Central Africa, UK, Australasia, China, the Pacific, and the Middle East. 

Robinson_Graeme.pngZeynep Selcuk is a lawyer, mediator and educator specialising in alternative dispute resolution and negotiation. With 20 years of professional experience in the legal, government, film and not-for-profit sectors Zeynep brings a broad perspective to her work. She has degrees in Law and International Development from UNSW and has studied Management at UTS. Zeynep currently works with Negocio Resolutions to provide negotiation training to high level professionals across different sectors and conduct complex commercial mediations. Zeynep project manages Voluntas, a pilot project providing pro bono dispute resolution services to volunteers in the not-for-profit and NGO sectors. Zeynep is a regular coach and judge at negotiation and mediation competitions, in Australia and Europe.