Helen Ridley

Fellow (Panel/List)

Present Position

Self-employed mediator, professional supervisor and trainer

Professional Experience

Helen Ridley is an experienced mediator, facilitator and trainer, and a qualified professional supervisor. She is a Fellow and current Panel member of AMINZ, and has been an intake assessor for AMINZ Fellowship for since 2007. She has been part of the AMINZ working groups involved in submissions for the recent Family Court changes, an educator/trainer for AMINZ family mediators (2010-11), and an assessor for Massey/Law Society family mediation training (2012-13).

Helen's work is relationship and community focused, primarily in contexts of family, workplace, health and disability, education and government and community groups. She has co-facilitated (with Paddy Twist) a number of substantial community consultations. Helen has also contracted to Massey University since 2003 to teach and tutor mediation practice, and since 2009, to teach the Law and Mediation paper for the Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution.

Helen has lengthy experience as a facilitator for the Wellington Restorative Justice trust (2003-2011), and for WEAV (Wellington Ending Abuse and Violence) education and support programmes (2003-7). She was a mediator for the Family Court Mediation Pilot in NZ (2005-6) and is currently part of AMINZ's panel of assessors for FDR.

Career Summary

1998-2013 Private dispute resolution practice; mediation/facilitation/education/training/supervision

2012-13 student, Master of Music Therapy, Massey University (practice focus on family work)

2002-3 Massey University Disability Adviser

1998-9 Otago University Liaison Officer Wellington

2000-2001 and prior to 1998, 14 years teaching in secondary and primary schools, Morocco, Collingwood, Wellington, Otaki, Fiji, and self-employed musician.


Ministry of Justice family court mediator for Family Mediation Pilot, 2005-6

Ministry of Justice accredited restorative justice facilitator 2003-2011

Ministry of Justice accredited facilitator for WEAV 2003-7

Otago University/MAF co-facilitator community consultation on climate change

Contracts with AMINZ to provide staff trainings in working with conflict; MAF/Veterinary Association, Retirement Villages Assoc, Health Care workers

Various private contract facilitations (NGO, Housing and Social Development, rural, disability services, mental health services)


Research interests: unpublished but available research papers completed for academic quals, and for AMINZ conference presentation and trainings.

Family mediation: mediating in a family violence context; intake and screening procedures; victim-offender mediation in the context of family violence; cultural issues in family mediation; evaluation of mediation practice and programmes; the children's voice in family mediation; the practice of elder mediation in NZ.

Speciality Areas

Supervision, family/relationship, workplace, restorative justice, community groups, education, health and disability, community consultation, research.


FAMINZ (Fellow and Panel Member);

MMgt(Dispute Resolution)(Distinction)(Massey);



PGDipBusAdmin(DisputeResolution)(Massey); DipBusSt(Dispute Resolution);

Certificate Supervision(Weltec)

BMus(Hons)(Otago); BA(Otago); DipTchg.