Members & Committees

Our Team

The team at Pacifica Congress includes our board members and committee members

Our Members

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The Honourable Steven Strickland QC

PRESIDENT

Steve ia a recently retired Family Court Judge having been on the bench for 22 years.  He has returned to practice in the field of Family Law as a Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator and Consultant.
 As a Judge Steve made innumerable decisions resolving a myriad of family disputes including attempting to provide a better future for the children.  As a practitioner he has continued to look to assist children and their families to overcome the harm that family conflict causes. 
Pacifica Congress provides a vehicle for him to advocate for and to improve the lives of children and their families. 

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Dr Andrew Bickerdike

VICE PRESIDENT

Andrew is committed to the use of non-adversarial dispute resolution processes. He works to improve access to FDR and to ensure the quality and effectiveness of those services.  He believes that where possible, better outcomes are achieved when families are able to resolve matters in FDR.

By joining  Pacifica Congress, the interdependent processes and professionals who work in partnership to achieve the best outcomes for separating families are brought together, thereby improving the outcomes for all participants.  

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The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

With over 45 years working as a lawyer, barrister and judicial officer, The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC is highly-regarded, nationally and internationally, as an outstanding leader in the area of family law and for the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Diana was the inaugural Chief Federal Magistrate of Australia, the head of the Federal Magistrates’ Court, thus being the first woman appointed to the position. In 2004 she was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, a role she held until her retirement in 2017.

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Ms Kirstie Colls

TREASURER

Kirstie is a Director and Head of Family Law at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers in Brisbane.   Kirstie  gained Specialist Accreditation in 2009, certification as a Collaborative Practitioner in 2017 and certification as an accredited Mediator in 2020. She is recognised  as a Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer and in Best Lawyers since 2020.

Dr Jennifer Neoh

Secretary

Jennifer is a clinical psychologist whose private practice is focused on family law. She works as a single expert witness and has completed over 1000 psychological reports for the Family Court of Australia. Jennifer’s focus is on reportable non-confidential therapy which allows her to work closely with the Court to provide better outcomes for families.

Ms Julie Jackson

Julie is the Director Early Intervention Services Division at Legal Aid WA. Prior to that she was the Director of the Family Law Division at Legal Aid WA. In 2009, Julie was awarded WA Woman Lawyer of the Year in recognition of her commitment to her clients and the legal profession.

Ms Lilia Szarski

As a Child and family psychologist, Family Report writer, Parenting Coordinator and FDRP, Lilia’s discipline and training and knowledge of the Family law sector has been important in supporting families in distress to navigate, support and resolve many of their entrenched issues though change and conflict management to build sustainable and liveable arrangements  for their children.

Being part of the Pacifica Congress Board is an exciting and wonderful opportunity to engage and support good practice, research and the connection of psychology and the law to assist the families in distress who use the Family Law process.

Dr David List

David is a clinical psychologist and Member Board Of Directors with a demonstrated history of working in health and mediation. He is skilled in Negotiation, Collaborative Practice, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy and Dispute Resolution. David has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Clinical Psychology from California Graduate Institute.

Justice Ciara Tyson

Ciara graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia in 1994 and was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1996. She practiced primarily in family law, across a number of firms in Australia and London. In 2015, Ciara was appointed as a Magistrate and Registrar of the FCWA, and in 2019 was appointed to serve as a judge of the Family Court of Australia.

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Ms Fiona Darroch

Fiona’s role in Family Law includes  working as a Single Expert Report Writer in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA).

Fiona helps separated families to find ways to support their children going forward.

Pacifica Congress is important to her because being part of the Pacifica Congress means being part of a wider community of professionals working in the family law arena. It also provides opportunities for networking and learning.

 
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Mr David Edney

David is a solicitor in practice with a specialist family law firm. His work involves the representation of children and therefore being a member of Pacifica Congress means that he has access to the most up-to-date research on children and families involved in separation. It gives him opportunities to speak with experts from Australia and overseas in the areas of psychology, psychiatry, the courts, lawyers,  social work and academia.  There is no other organisation in the Pacific Region that offers the depth of experience and diversity as Pacifica Congress with respect to protecting children and families going through separation.

Timothy McMichael

Mr Timothy McMichael

As with many in the sector, Timothy wears a number of hats; he’s a Family Law writer for Lexus Nexus, a busy FDRP and he works in a model akin to Judicially ordered parenting coordination in Aotearoa New Zealand.  He’s also the Resolution Expert Oceana/Pacifica for OurFamilyWizard.  He also works as a coach and assessor for Resolution Institute and in practice as a therapist.  He sits on a number of Boards on both sides of the Tasman.
 In these differing roles, Timothy is always able  to connect with tamariki children, to help keep him grounded, and to remind him why he does what he does.
 He’s stoked that Pacifica Congress can now take the lead across the sector, not just in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand but into other Pacific Nations of Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Darren Mort

Mr Darren Mort

I have been a Family Law Barrister over 30 years. In that time I have realized there is more than just being a lawyer, a psychologist, a Judge or social scientist. For me it is about using my skill set to accomplish something special that will advance the best interests of children; its about resisting any apathy which may result in kids  being labelled as silent victims  between warring parents. The imperative is  about making a real positive difference for children, giving them a voice and therefore impacting upon future generations, by effecting change. This is something at the core of Pacifica Congress (‘PC’) and something that aligns with my professional goals and ideals. For me PC is a place of hope, where experienced minds from various fields gather so as to make a visible and practical difference to the lives of kids.

Pacifica Meet the Board Circle photos 9

Ms Elizabeth Picker

Liz practices as a barrister, formerly a Solicitor for 12 years. She is a Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and accredited Arbitrator.
Dispute Resolution is her specialty.

Liz’s preference is to preserve relationships wherever possible, be they personal, (family) or commercial (business).

In Family Law settings She feels privileged to be able to take on the role as an Alternate Dispute Resolution Practitioner which enables her to achieve the goal of keeping families out of court.

She is able to assist families to improve their communications which benefits the most important people in the equation in family relationship breakdowns – the children.

Pacifica Congress is close to her heart as a living example of like-minded Family Law professionals seeking to achieve the same end goal – Doing it for the Kids!!

 

Our Members

Meet the Board - Steven Strickland
President

The Honourable Steven Strickland QC

Steve ia a recently retired Family Court Judge having been on the bench for 22 years.  He has returned to practice in the field of Family Law as a Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator and Consultant.
 As a Judge Steve made innumerable decisions resolving a myriad of family disputes including attempting to provide a better future for the children.  As a practitioner he has continued to look to assist children and their families to overcome the harm that family conflict causes. 
Pacifica Congress provides a vehicle for him to advocate for and to improve the lives of children and their families. 

Meet the Board - Andre Bickerdike
Vice President

Dr Andrew Bickerdike

Andrew is committed to the use of non-adversarial dispute resolution processes. He works to improve access to FDR and to ensure the quality and effectiveness of those services.  He believes that where possible, better outcomes are achieved when families are able to resolve matters in FDR.

By joining  Pacifica Congress, the interdependent processes and professionals who work in partnership to achieve the best outcomes for separating families are brought together, thereby improving the outcomes for all participants.  

Meet the Board - Diana Bryant
Immediate Past President

The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC

With over 45 years working as a lawyer, barrister and judicial officer, The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC is highly-regarded, nationally and internationally, as an outstanding leader in the area of family law and for the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Diana was the inaugural Chief Federal Magistrate of Australia, the head of the Federal Magistrates’ Court, thus being the first woman appointed to the position. In 2004 she was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, a role she held until her retirement in 2017.

Treasurer

Ms Kirstie Colls

Kirstie is a Special Counsel in the Family Law team at Barry.Nilsson. Kirstie  gained Specialist Accreditation in 2009, certification as a Collaborative Practitioner in 2017 and certification as an accredited Mediator in 2020. She is recognised  as a Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer and in Best Lawyers since 2020.

Secretary

Dr Jennifer Neoh

 Jennifer is a clinical psychologist whose private practice is focused on family law. She works as a single expert witness and has completed over 1000 psychological reports for the Family Court of Australia. Jennifer’s focus is on reportable non-confidential therapy which allows her to work closely with the Court to provide better outcomes for families.

Ms Julie Jackson

Julie is the Director Early Intervention Services Division at Legal Aid WA. Prior to that she was the Director of the Family Law Division at Legal Aid WA. In 2009, Julie was awarded WA Woman Lawyer of the Year in recognition of her commitment to her clients and the legal profession.

Ms Lilia Szarski

As a Child and family psychologist, Family Report writer, Parenting Coordinator and FDRP, Lilia’s discipline and training and knowledge of the Family law sector has been important in supporting families in distress to navigate, support and resolve many of their entrenched issues though change and conflict management to build sustainable and liveable arrangements  for their children.

Being part of the Pacifica Congress Board is an exciting and wonderful opportunity to engage and support good practice, research and the connection of psychology and the law to assist the families in distress who use the Family Law process.

 

Dr David List

David is a clinical psychologist and Member Board Of Directors with a demonstrated history of working in health and mediation. He is skilled in Negotiation, Collaborative Practice, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy and Dispute Resolution. David has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Clinical Psychology from California Graduate Institute.

Justice Ciara Tyson

Ciara graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia in 1994 and was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1996.  She practiced primarily in family law, across a number of firms in Australia and London. In 2015, Ciara was appointed as a Magistrate and Registrar of the FCWA, and in 2019 was appointed to serve as a judge of the Family Court of Australia.

Meet the Board - Fiona Darroch

Ms Fiona Darroch

Fiona’s role in Family Law includes  working as a Single Expert Report Writer in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA).

Fiona helps separated families to find ways to support their children going forward.

Pacifica Congress important to her because being part of the Pacifica Congress means being part of a wider community of professionals working in the family law arena. It also provides opportunities for networking and learning.

David Edney

Mr David Edney

David is a solicitor in practice with a specialist family law firm. His work involves the representation of children and therefore being a member of Pacifica Congress means that he has access to the most up-to-date research on children and families involved in separation. It gives him opportunities to speak with experts from Australia and overseas in the areas of psychology, psychiatry, the courts, lawyers,  social work and academia.  There is no other organisation in the Pacific Region that offers the depth of experience and diversity as Pacifica Congress with respect to protecting children and families going through separation.

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Mr Timothy McMichael

As with many in the sector, Timothy wears a number of hats; he’s a Family Law writer for Lexus Nexus, a busy FDRP and he works in a model akin to Judicially ordered parenting coordination in Aotearoa New Zealand.  He’s also the Resolution Expert Oceana/Pacifica for OurFamilyWizard.  He also works as a coach and assessor for Resolution Institute and in practice as a therapist.  He sits on a number of Boards on both sides of the Tasman.
 In these differing roles, Timothy is always able  to connect with tamariki children, to help keep him grounded, and to remind him why he does what he does.
 He’s stoked that Pacifica Congress can now take the lead across the sector, not just in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand but into other Pacific Nations of Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Meet the Board - Darren Mort

Mr Darren Mort

I have been a Family Law Barrister over 30 years. In that time I have realized there is more than just being a lawyer, a psychologist, a Judge or social scientist. For me it is about using my skill set to accomplish something special that will advance the best interests of children; its about resisting any apathy which may result in kids
 being labelled as silent victims  between warring parents. The imperative is  about making a real positive difference for children, giving them a voice and therefore impacting upon
future generations, by effecting change. This is something at the core of Pacifica Congress (‘PC’) and something that aligns with my professional goals and ideals. For me PC is a place of hope, where experienced minds from various fields gather so as to make a visible and practical difference to the lives of kids. 

Meet the Board - Elizabeth Picker

Ms Elizabeth Picker

Liz practices as a barrister, formerly a Solicitor for 12 years. She is a Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and accredited Arbitrator.
Dispute Resolution is her specialty.

Liz’s preference is to preserve relationships wherever possible, be they personal, (family) or commercial (business).

In Family Law settings She feels privileged to be able to take on the role as an Alternate Dispute Resolution Practitioner which enables her to achieve the goal of keeping families out of court.

She is able to assist families to improve their communications which benefits the most important people in the equation in family relationship breakdowns – the children.

Pacifica Congress is close to her heart as a living example of like-minded Family Law professionals seeking to achieve the same end goal – Doing it for the Kids!!

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