Our Workplace Mediations team

Our Workplace Mediations Team


Consultant Profiles:

Dr. Leigh Hodder, PhD MAPS – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Dr. Leigh Hodder is an experienced consultant, workplace mediator and investigator who has also trained internal investigators at various organisations. Alongside her skills in coaching, mediation and training, Leigh is a consulting psychologist with over 20 years’ experience.

She has provided investigation and consulting services to organisations of various sizes and has worked in a wide range of industries including the government, not for profit and private sectors. In providing services to organisations, Leigh has gained valuable skills in negotiating with unions and has the insight and analytical ability to conduct in-depth investigations while following the principles of procedural fairness.

Leigh has conducted over 800 workplace mediations across a variety of industries since commencing mediation practice in 1996. She is a preferred workplace intervention supplier to Queensland Government departments and conducted her Honours Thesis on the mediation process with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (QLD).

Her current activities include conducting independent workplace and safety incident investigations, organisational culture development partnering, team dynamics diagnostics, team and individual coaching, learning and development and mediation for various clients.

Leigh is a qualified and experienced Mediator, Victim/Offender Community Conference Convenor and Trainer/Assessor.  She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society, a registered Medicare Provider and Work Cover (Queensland) Provider.

Paula Bruce – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Paula Bruce is a workplace dispute resolution expert. Since 1999, she has worked conscientiously to support organisations achieve conflict resolution both through models of early intervention such as mediation, education and collaboration and by providing workplace behavior reviews/audits and investigations when necessary.

Paula is an investigator, mediator, researcher, coach and trainer.  Paula’s experience is with commonwealth, state and local government, public and private hospitals, aged care providers and organisations such as airlines and hotel groups. Her past experience includes the development, management and delivery of a national workplace dispute resolution service for a large Employment Assistance Program (EAP). She has extensive experience undertaking investigations and working with parties in addressing allegations of bullying and harassment.

Paula has delivered training for clients in Bullying and Harassment, Resilience, Mediation and models of collaborative issue resolution for teams, managers and HR personnel. Her dedication and commitment to developing best practice includes undertaking research relating to high conflict relationships, culturally reflexive dispute resolution and challenges to mediation in Australian workplaces.

She has tertiary qualifications in law, psychology, mediation and management and maintains a NSW practicing certificate as a solicitor. She is a panel member with NSW Law Society and has developed pilot mediation programs for Local, District and Federal Magistrates Courts.

Dr Verena Marshall, PhD – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Verena Marshall specialises in workplace investigations, mediations, and training. Verena brings to these areas over 30 years’ experience as an HR manager and organisational development consultant in private and public sector organisations. Examples of industries for which Verena has provided investigation, mediation and training services include resources (mining, oil and gas), transport, retail, government (federal, state and local), and not-for-profit businesses.

As an academic with Curtin Graduate School of Business for 18 years, Verena taught in the Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Leadership programs. In this role she focussed on researching and facilitating units in Organisational Behaviour, Strategic HR, Employee Relations, Employment Law, and Occupational Health and Safety Law.

In addition to her PhD in Performance Management and Master of Business degree, Verena is legally qualified, holding a Juris Doctor of Law and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, as well as a Graduate Certificate of Migration Law. Verena is admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW, licensed as an Investigator (pursuant to the Security & Related Activities Control Act (WA)), and a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Mary Crean – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Mary Crean is a specialist in Workplace Investigations. Adept in providing advice post investigation, she is able to assist in managing the workplace after the inevitable disruption of an investigation, providing solutions and recommendations going forward.

Mary has conducted investigations all over South East Queensland for Local Government, not for profit organisations, multi-national companies as well as small medical practices and is very proud of the way she has helped improve long established poor workplace cultures to mitigate future workplace conflicts for many organisations.

After thirteen successful years at the English Bar practising in Crime, Family and Civil Law Mary emigrated to Queensland were she undertook a Post Graduate Diploma in Law at University of Queensland and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2010. Since that time Mary has worked in State and Local Government as well as private enterprise.


See Workplace Mediations Services

iHR Australia also offers Workplace Mediation related training:

Workplace Mediation Skills Public Training Programs

Workplace Mediation Skills In-House Training Programs