complaints of workplace bullying and harassment ( including cyber bullying)
other alleged employee misconduct
personal relationship breakdowns
intra organisational conflict
occupational health and safety
Why an external investigator?
To achieve both actual and perceived independence, and hence credibility
To avoid conflicts of interest
To enable and encourage frankness
To benefit from the standing and expertise of the investigator concerned
To achieve an outsider's objectivity and perspective
To avoid the time and attention of an internal person being otherwise lost to the organisation as they investigate.
My qualifications to investigate
I have 30 years of experience as a court lawyer. Much of that has been in criminal law.
I have some 25 years of experience as a fact finder and decision maker. This experience derives from my being:
A longstanding member of 2 statutory tribunals: the Mental Health Review Tribunal, appointed by successive Ministers of Health, and the International Education Review Panel, appointed by successive Secretaries for Education.
An adjudicator under the Retirement Villages Act 2003, appointed by the Retirement Commissioner.
The Chair of the Complaints Committee of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ (AMINZ).
If any of these links to external websites are broken, I am happy to provide files of such publicly issued decisions on request.
My experience as an investigator
I have undertaken 13 investigations for:
The NZ Defence Force
The NZ Police
The Ministry of Education
The University of Otago
The Department of Corrections
An integrated special character school
These investigations have included allegations of bullying, sexual harassment, discrimination, relationship breakdown, organisational conflict and dysfunction, unfair treatment under employment law, incompetency and dishonesty.
My qualities as an investigator
I bring to bear the following qualities to my investigation work: