Resolution Institute names new chief executive after extensive trans-Tasman search

by Sol Dolor 29 Nov 2019

Australia and New Zealand’s largest dispute resolution membership organisation has a new chief executive.

Amber Williams has been picked to lead the Resolution Institute, the organisation announced Thursday. She succeeds Fiona Hollier, the long-standing chief executive of the institute.

The organisation’s board announced the appointment after what it said is an extensive search across Australia and New Zealand, which includes a rigorous interview process.

Williams is an experienced executive with a diverse background in both the private and public sectors. She moves to her new role from the New South Wales Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, where she was chief executive.

Williams was also previously was chief human resources officer for the New South Wales Department of Justice. She has overseen the operational delivery of significant business projects, government reforms, and workplace changes across the justice cluster of agencies, the Resolution Institute said. She also provided high-level advice and support to the Department Secretary and Ministers.

“We are confident that Amber’s professional experience and expertise will promote the future success of Resolution Institute. We were impressed with Amber’s leadership skills in fostering teamwork, designing strategy, overseeing sound governance and implementing operational excellence,” said Gary Ulman, Resolution Institute chairman.

“We believe these skills will enable Amber to engage effectively with members, to grow member services and expand the profile of Resolution Institute and dispute resolution within the community,” he said.

Williams said that she is truly honoured to have been picked to lead the Resolution Institute, which she said is an “incredible organisation.”

“I look forward to working closely with the members of the board, our members, as well as the talented team at Resolution Institute. I am fully committed to spearheading its next stage of growth by exploring new avenues, while remaining focused on providing the best value for our members and championing the use of dispute resolution,” she said.