Helen Ridley

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 was part of the AMINZ working groups involved in submissions for the FDR Ministry of Justice Family Dispute Resolution scheme, and has continued as an accredited FDR mediator, and a trainer, supervisor and AMINZ assessor for family mediators.

Helen's wider dispute resolution work is relationship and community focused, primarily in contexts of family, workplace, health and disability, education and government and community groups. She has provided trainings in conflict resolution in all of those contexts.She has co-facilitated a number of substantial community consultation projects.

Helen has contracted part time to Massey University since 2003 in various teaching and tutoring roles in the dispute resolution programme, and is a list mediator for Massey University.

Helen has had 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).

Career Summary

1998-2016 Private dispute resolution practice; mediation/facilitation/education/training/supervision.

2013-16 part-time private music therapy practice

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.


Accredited FDR provider for Ministry of Justice (current)

Registered music therapist (current)

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


Research interests: unpublished but available research papers and theses completed for post graduate quals, and for AMINZ conference presentation and trainings in the areas of;

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, 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.