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Mediation Profile

Dr Paul Gibson is the principal of Gibson ADR - a firm which specialises in:
• Mediation, conciliation, facilitation and complex dispute resolution (multi-party & high conflict), 
• Education and training in mediation, negotiation, facilitation  and conciliation, and
• The design and implementation of conflict management systems within organisations.

Paul is also the Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Management (based in Sydney, Australia).
He has special expertise in multi-party conflict and resolving complex stakeholder disagreements & disputes (including Community Dialogue). He is capable of applying a full range of ADR techniques and processes – facilitation, conciliation, mediation, neutral evaluation, arbitration and hybrid techniques.

Over his career, Paul has worked across a diverse range of businesses and industry sectors, and has consulted to large corporations in Australia and overseas. Paul has worked with international organisations and governments in South East Asia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Europe and USA. 

His clients include large corporates, SMEs, government agencies and statutory bodies; he has also worked successfully with “uniformed” cultures of the military, police and prison services. He is skilled and practised in working with Boards, JV Partnerships, CEOs, senior executives, management teams, work groups, unions and in situations involving significant turmoil and conflict.

Paul Gibson has been a full-time professional mediator since 2006. Prior to that he had 25 years of dispute resolution using facilitation, negotiation and conciliation techniques. He combines 40 years of management, consulting, training and dispute resolution experience, with current international knowledge and specialist training. 

As an example of the complexity of the work which Paul undertakes, in 2007 he conducted a successful large scale multiparty negotiation and consensus building assignment with a large agricultural industry. This involved resolving conflict between more than 950 growers, 15 processors, various marketing companies, industry consultants, and the elected Board of the peak industry body. More than 290 people were involved directly in this assignment.

Paul uses Facilitative Mediation almost exclusively but uses Evaluative techniques if requested to by clients. He is also experienced and adept at multi-party mediation, as well as applying hybrid forms of dispute resolution to disputes. Paul also practises ”transformative mediation” if required to by either the conflict situation, or when preferred by the parties to the mediation. Often he will work with clients and parties to construct a workable process for them.

Commercial contracts and supply arrangements; Workplace, employment & industrial relations; JV and Alliance agreements; Organisational dysfunction; Family business & partnerships; Neighbourhood & community relationships; Industry & agricultural associations; and International & cross-border disputes.

Please contact Paul by email to discuss fees.

Member Resolution Institute (Aust. & NZ.)                                                          Former Member, LEADR (Aust. & NZ)
Former Member, IAMA (Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia)
Registered EU cross-border Mediator (Federal Mediation Commission, Belgium #1446))
Member, European Centre for Dispute Resolution
Senior Fellow of the Corporate Directors’ Association of Australia
Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Former National Councillor of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Australia (IAMA), and Chair of IAMA’s National Facilitative Practice Committee
Former Chair of the NSW Chapter Executive of LEADR.

Mr Francis (Frank) Handy, The Trillium Group
Ms Leta Chen, Momentum, Mediation & Psychological Services
Dr Sallie Strickland, Mediator & Consulting Psychologist

Training and Education

LEADR Accredited Mediator (Australia & NZ)
IAMA Accredited Mediator (Australia)
NMAS Accredited Mediator and Mediation Instructor (Australia)
EU Qualified Mediator (EMTPJ 2011, European Mediation Training for Practitioners of Justice, AIA, Brussels)
Graded Arbitrator (IAMA)

Paul is active in the education and training of dispute resolution skills. He trains and coaches mediators and is regularly asked to participate in the training and up-skilling of facilitators and conciliators. He is a NMAS qualified Mediation Instructor, and has taught NMAS mediation qualification programs for The Trillium Group and IAMA.

He teaches conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation to postgraduate students at Deakin University and the University of NSW, as well as teaching ADR to masters students at the College of Law in Sydney. He also adjudicates the University of NSW Law Faculty Negotiation Competition, and as part of this role coaches law students in negotiation skills. He was also a Judge in the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018 ICC International Mediation Competition (Paris).

Paul was appointed to the Faculty of the European Mediation Training for Practitioners of Justice (EMTPJ) training program at the University of Brussels, where he taught the six day practical skills component of the program in 2012 and 2013. He has also lectured on ADR and taught mediation in New Zealand, Milan, and Prague. Paul also conducts Mediator Master Classes for experienced and advanced mediators by request.

Additionally, Paul has conducted bi-lingual training of facilitators and negotiators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Fiji and PNG.

Various TBA


“International Mediation” - a Guide to European Mediation, AIA publication, 2012
“Intercultural Mediation”- The Arbitrator and Mediator, June 2013
Various Book Reviews
Regular Blog - Centre for Conflict Resolution – 
Pending Publication – ”Constructive Disagreement”


IMI Code of Professional Conduct

Resolution Institute Complaint Process; IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process

Insured with AON Risk Services Australia Limited - world-wide coverage (except North America – USA and Canada and the protectorates)
(Limit of Liability for Professional Indemnity is AUD10m)

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