Board of Directors
The Dispute Resolution Services Ltd. Board of Directors are:
Peter Blades - (Chair)
Peter Blades has more than 35 years of board and senior management experience; in recent years he has held several Chief Executive positions. He has a finance and accounting background and has had experience in a wide range of industry sectors.
He has been heavily involved in reform processes in a number of industries including, electricity, gas, health and telecommunications and Information Technology.
He has been involved in a diverse range of consulting assignments, several performance enhancing exercises, and has developed a stakeholder profiling (strategic alignment) methodology.
Peter has an extensive record of Board involvement and currently is a Board member of the Wellington Regional Council Holding Co Ltd (NZ) and Southern Cross Computers Pty Ltd (Victoria). He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors.
Dr Marie Bismark is a health lawyer who specialises in patients’ rights and complaints resolution. She holds academic appointments with the University of Otago and the University of Melbourne, and is a Consultant with a Wellington law firm.
Marie has served on the NZ Law Society Health Law Committee, the ACC Board of Directors, the Bioethics Council, and the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Veterans’ Health. She is currently a Member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Medico-Legal Expert Advisory Group, and a Board Member of the Young and Well CRC.
She has previously worked as a doctor in a number of hospitals and served as a legal advisor to the Health and Disability Commissioner. In 2004-2005 Marie completed a Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Anita Chan is a specialist family law barrister. Her practice is in complex relationship property and child law cases.
Anita is a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (London). She became a Governor of the Academy in 2008, Parliamentarian in 2010, and presently serves as its Vice-President.
Anita has presented at numerous national and international family law conferences, including in Seoul, Brisbane, Shanghai, Adelaide, Capetown, Vancouver and Singapore. She is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Otago.
She was a foundation director of the New Zealand Law Society Continuing Legal Education Board, and of Childfund New Zealand Limited.
Tupara Morrison is of Te Arawa descent – Ko Ngati Whakaue te Iwi, Ko Ngati Hurungaterangi, Ngati Pukaki nga hapu.
Tupara is a Massey University business studies graduate, Chartered Accountant, and member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
He is a ministerial appointment to Lakes District Health Board and chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. He is a trustee of Te Kotahitanga o Ngati Whakaue Assets Trust, the receiving entity of the CNI Collective Treaty Settlement for Ngati Whakaue, and a director of CNI Iwi Holdings Limited.
He is also a director of Te Puia – the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, Healthpoint Ltd and the Apostolic Training Centre in Hamilton.
Tupara owns and operates a business consultancy company providing governance and business management services to a variety of clients across New Zealand.
John Spencer is Chairman of KiwiRail Limited, WEL Networks Ltd, the Tertiary Education Commission and Raukawa Iwi Developments Ltd. He is a Director of Tower Limited, Dairy NZ Ltd, Mitre 10 and Dispute Resolution Services Ltd (DRSL). He is also the Audit Committee Chairman of Tower and Dairy NZ.
John was the Chief Executive of New Zealand Dairy Group prior to the formation of Fonterra, and has held a number of senior management positions in New Zealand and overseas in various industries.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he was a member of the Accounting Standards Review Board for nine years.