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Sarah Blake



Sarah Blake is a multi Award-winning Mediator and Conflict Strategist. Her expertise in complex multi-party and cross-cultural conflict focuses on practical solutions.

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Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste
English
Mediation Profile

Multi Award-winning Mediator - Regional Business Awards 2018, Winner of Resolution Institutes Michael Klug Award 2018 and Young Mediator of the Year Award, Australian Disputes Centre 2016

Sarah has combined over 20 years of experience to establish Sarah M Blake Pty Ltd in 2018. As Director and Principal Consultant Sarah is driven to help you turn conflict into opportunities for positive change.

Pioneering a strategic, comprehensive model for conflict management, Sarah’s expertise in the field of multi-party mediation and cross-cultural decision-making allows her to customize services that bridge cultural, commercial and legal divides. 

As Director for Resolution Institute and Rockingham, Sarah brings a focus on helping the industry position itself with a clear value proposition to clients.  Her work with Executive teams and Boards have resulted in cultural and systemic change and she continues to provide comprehensive conflict advice to state and federal government.

Sarah has a Master’s of Indigenous Knowledge and Master’s in Strategic Affairs, she is recognizes as a Peace-Maker by Dhurili Clan Alliance and holds Mediation accreditation through Australian National Standards and IMI. She is currently a Director for Resolution Institute and is a mediator for the Australian Federal Court Native Title Panel.

Sarah is passionate about helping people in complex situations make good decisions and achieves this through the creation of legitimate cross-border negotiation spaces.  

Contact Sarah via [email protected] or our website at https://smblake.com/

With more than  20 years’ practice experience, Sarah understands the complexities of conflict and recognizes the high cost impact on business, community and individuals when resolution isn’t achieved.

Pioneering a strategic, comprehensive model for conflict management, Sarah’s expertise in the field of multi-party mediation and cross-cultural decision-making allows her to customize services that bridge commercial and legal divides. Her realistic approach to the challenges of working in the cross-cultural space have resulted in her training gaining international recognition in the Pacific and Europe.

Sarah is uniquely experienced in Australia as a Cross-cultural Mediator, with authority from the Western and Traditional mediation systems. Sarah has over 6000 hours of experience as Mediator and Conflict Management Specialist and over 2000 hrs as Mediation Trainer.

Her focus in about designing practical decision-making models that allow parties to achieve real, practical and sustainable solutions. Her work in cross-cultural and cross-border spaces enables legitimate and authentic decision-making.

As a second generation mediator, Sarah has gone on to manage complex multiparty mediation's including Court Referred Community Disputes, Whole of Community Conflicts, Organisational Conflict (including workplace disputes) and Commercial and Contract disputes. 

Sarah is recognised as one of Australia's leading Mediation Trainers and is called upon for the challenging cross-cultural cases where sensitively, experience and integrity matter. This includes facilitation of Burial Disputes Resolution, Native Title Negotiations and Commercial cases.

Sarah's Mediation style follows a facilitation interest based approach and maintains a strong focus on pre-mediation preparation. Generally the process is delivered in joint sittings with minimal caucus interventions. That said, each mediation is designed in consultation with clients to ensure that the process reflects a legitimate decision-making forum. This is particularly so when delivering within a cross-cultural, cross-border or international jurisdictional environment. Often multiply negotiations occur regarding the process prior to focusing on the content of the dispute. Regularly her work has included a significant focus on education and capacity development, giving people the skills and confidence to respond more effectively to conflict. She has designed multiple dispute resolution process that engage both traditional and western contemporary ADR practices. Her work at Federal, State, University and Community sectors provide unique insights into the complexities of multiparty decision-making. This broad base knowledge and her respect for the value that each party brings to a mediation process enables her to engage in hard and often difficult conversations. Sarah understands the importance of working collaboratively with all parties to minimise the risk of conflict escalation. Where possible and appropriate, Sarah works with cultural counter-parts or co-mediators.

While broadly experienced as a community and commercial mediator, Sarah specializes in delivering legitimate cross-cultural decision-making services that bridge cultural and legal divides and empower sustainable solutions. Most often these cases are complex multiparty conflicts. Sarah has also been involved in design and delivery of specialized cross-cultural Mediation training for over 10 years, and continues to deliver mediation training across Australia and Internationally. With extensive experience in the cross-cultural field, Sarah works with parties to design and implement legitimate decision-making and negotiation processes. Sarah is committed to delivering structured, fair and legitimate mediation processes that occur within the context of the Law. Her areas of expertise as a mediator include: Cross-cultural - Law, Land, Cross-Border, Burial and Culture conflicts Multiparty - commercial, Land & Native Title and Court Referred Government & Community Mediation & Negotiations - Commercial & Development Commercial - Contract, Mining, Workplace and Legal Education & Capacity Development - Cross-Cultural Conflict Management, Mediation & Skills

Please contact Ms Blake for details on her fee structure - rates will vary depending on client capacity.

Resolution Institute - Australia & New Zealand 
Mawul Rom Association: Cross-Cultural Mediation & Leadership Training
Aboriginal Mediation Service - WA Department of Attorney General

Robert Taddaeo, Director Policy & Aboriginal Services
Department of the Attorney General, WA
Ph: 08 92641908 or Mb: 0417999213
Email: [email protected]

Stephen Wright
Chief Operating Officer
Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council
Ph: 0437 034107
Email: [email protected]

Training and Education

Master of Indigenous Knowledge (Mawul Rom) 2011: Charles Darwin University
Mawul Rom Graduate 2009: Cross-cultural mediator & peace-maker, recognised by Dhurili Clan Alliance Elders & Mawul Rom
Master of Strategic Affairs 2004: - Australian National University
Bachelor of Arts 2001: Northern Territory University 
Mediator training – LEADR, 1998
Accredited Mediator Resolution Institute (formally LEADR) (current)
Accredited Mediator National Mediation Standard, 2008 - current
Accredited Mediator International Mediation Institute (IMI), 2010 – current
Recognized Peacemaker Madayin Law, Arnhem Land

World Mediation Organisation Summit - 2015
LEADR 10th International ADR Conference 2009, 2015
African Perspectives on Statebuilding, Conference - Crisis Management Initiative and the Institute for Security Studies 2009, Brussels
Australian Mediation Conference 2008
Advanced Facilitator CPM: Facilitation & Representation Skills a Master Class 2005

Sarah is recognised as a leading Mediation Trainer in Australia, particular within the cross-cultural environment. She has delivered training and professional development sessions internationally in locations such as Solomon Islands, Fiji, Scotland and Germany. She has extensive experience designing and delivering Nationally Accredited Mediation courses and is committed to nurturing the next generation of mediators. With more than 1500 hours of specific training delivered in the past few years, Sarah facilitates adult learning to a high standard. 

Sarah has been instrumental in the delivery of the Mawul Rom Project, which has focused on promoting cross-cultural peace-making and mediation skills for leaders. For more than 10 years she has been involved in the negotiation, delivery and teaching processes for the project. 

Sarah has also delivered significant projects, including an 18mth project, in remote Aboriginal Communities to increase understanding of conflict and alternative dispute resolution. She continues to adopt a capacity development approach through all areas of service delivery in support of peaceful conflict resolution.

  • Legal Aid Summer Series – Mediating Burial Disputes: what this means for Indigenous Clients: Feb 2017
  • Australian Dispute Centre: Understanding the Cross-Cultural Mediation Space 2016
  • Supreme Court WA Mediation Panel, 2015: Culture & Context: Engaging in the Context for Legitimate Decision Making
  • Kongress, Perth 2015: Cross-Cultural Decision Making – The Role of Context
  • World Mediation Summit, Berlin, 2015 – Mediating the Space Between: Negotiating legitimacy for Cross-Cultural Mediation in Australia
  • Mawul Rom Projects – Leadership Gathering 2009, Law & Justice Gathering 2008, Madayin Law Ceremony 2009
  • A Cross-Cultural exploration of our role as peace-makers in helping to calm fears during cross-cultural mediations, 10th International LEADR Conference 2009
  • Paper: ‘Cross-cultural Mediation – Foundations & Preparation’ - Core Solutions & Turcan Connell, Edinburgh UK, 2009
  • Paper: ‘Balanda & Yolngu bring fear to negotiations. How do we help to calm that fear?’ co-authored with Brenda Mutha, Mawul Rom Association, 2008
  • Paper: ‘Mediation: Cultural Healing through Community Healing’ delivered with Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, National Indigenous Justice CEOs Forum, 2007
Publications

Legal Aid Summer Series: Mediating Burial Disputes: what this means for Indigenous Clients: 2017
Australian Dispute Centre: Understanding the Cross-Cultural Mediation Space 2016 
Supreme Court WA Mediation Panel, Culture & Context: Engaging in the Context for Legitimate Decision Making, 2015
Kongress, Cross-Cultural Decision Making – The Role of Context, 2015
World Mediation Summit, Mediating the Space Between: Negotiating legitimacy for Cross-Cultural Mediation in Australia, 2015 
Paper - Reflecting on Mediation: a journey of peacemaking – 2015
Paper – Cross-cultural Mediation in Australia: Negotiating Legitimacy - 2015
Paper: A Cross-Cultural exploration of our role as peace-makers in helping to calm fears during cross-cultural mediations, 10th International LEADR Conference 2009, 
Paper: ‘Cross-cultural Mediation – Foundations & Preparation’ - Core Solutions & Turcan Connell, Edinburgh UK, 2009
Paper: ‘Balanda & Yolngu bring fear to negotiations. How do we help to calm that fear?’ co-authored with Brenda Mutha, 2008, Mawul Rom Association.
Paper: ‘Mediation: Cultural Healing through Community Healing’ delivered with Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, 2007, National Indigenous Justice CEOs Forum
Article: ‘What Mediation means to me’, published in the ‘Here & Now’, South Australia 2008.

Compliance

IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process
Mediator Standards Board - National Mediation Standards
Resolution Institute - Complaints Process
Aboriginal Mediation Service - WA Department of Attorney General

IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process Mediator Standards Board - National Mediation Standards Resolution Institute - Complaints Process Aboriginal Mediation Service - WA Department of Attorney General

AON – Professional Indemnity & Public Liability & Management Liabilty

Contact
Sarah
Blake
Sarah
+61 419841184
+61 419841184
Director
Sarah M Blake Pty Ltd
PO Box 117
Rockingham
Western Australia
6968
Australia