Philip Crisp is a copyright and IT lawyer based in Canberra. He was a systems analyst on early legal information retrieval systems, then a copyright policy adviser, and eventually joined the Australian Government Solicitor where he became Special Counsel—Commercial. He developed a number of IT- and IP-related legal solutions for Commonwealth agencies. He also designed a copyright trading system, AEShareNet, under which around 30,000 registered training materials were accessible at much reduced transaction costs. His IP manual was, for about seven years, the most comprehensive source of guidance on Commonwealth IP management. On retirement Philip had arguably done more than anyone to shape the way the Commonwealth manages its copyright. Philip enjoys philosophy, carpentry, recreational mathematics, family history research, and occasional satirical writing for children in his extended family.
Margaret Halsmith is principal of Halsmith Dispute Resolution. She has almost 20 years’ experience mediating disputes in a range of contexts, including interpersonal and relationship, family and extended family, community and government, and business and commercial. Her areas of particular interest include the language of peacekeeping and peacemaking, standards of dispute resolution, dispute resolution for entrenched conflict, apology in dispute resolution, and participants’ overall wellbeing during and after dispute resolution. She chairs the entity (as yet unnamed) formed on 1 January 2015 from the merger of the former LEADR: Association of Dispute Resolvers and IAMA: Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. Other current roles include member of the former National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC); vice-chair of the International Mediation Institute’s Independent Standards Commission and, as part of that role, chair of the Standards Design and Implementation Committee; and deputy convenor of the Western Australian Dispute Resolution Association (WADRA).
Peter Acton has an MA in classics from Oxford, an MBA from Stanford, where he was a Harkness Fellow and an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a PhD in ancient history from Melbourne University. He was a vice-president of the Boston Consulting Group for 13 years. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management, and a member of the Peter McCallum Research Advisory Board and of the Industry Advisory Board of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at Melbourne University. Peter’s book, Poiesis: manufacturing in classical Athens, was published by Oxford University Press in October 2014. He is founding president of Humanities 21, a group whose objective is to bring academics who work in the humanities closer to the community and especially to business.
Associate Professor Lucas Walsh is Associate Dean (Berwick) in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He was previously director of research and evaluation at The Foundation for Young Australians. He has published two co-authored books: In their own hands: can young people change Australia? (2011) and Building bridges: creating a culture of diversity (2008), and his research covers a diverse range of areas related to young people.