Leadership Team

The Inaugural RPI Board took office on 23 February 2009 when RPI was officially constituted as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
The current Board, elected at the December 2021 Annual General Meeting, brings together RPI members from across Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

CHAIR Margaret Thorsborne OAM (AU)

Marg is a co-founder and founding member of RPI. My first exposure to restorative justice felt like I had been struck by a bolt of (good) lightning. It has continued to be so for me, as I work to help transform relationships and organisations. It is truly exciting work. I enjoy connecting with some truly outstanding and wise folk who share the same vision to make a difference.

VICE CHAIR Kirsty Ferguson (NZ)

I love the potential that Restorative Practice has to resolve the tricky stuff whilst holding the wellbeing and care of all parties central to the process. I love the potential for transformation, that people emerge from these difficult moments in life with a greater understanding of themselves, others and the organisations that they are a part of.

TREASURER Sue Attrill (AU)

I first learned about Restorative approaches when working in a support role in schools and am excited and passionate about spreading the word. As a longstanding Branch Member of RPI QLD, I joined the RPI Board of Directors in February 2020.

SECRETARY Clare Nocka (AU)

I have worked in education for 30 years and am passionate about supporting young people to be conflict competent, build healthy relationships and thrive.


I stumbled into Restorative Justice in 2000 and it was love at first bite! Having facilitated many restorative processes, it was when I participated as a victim, in a victim-offender conference in 2005, that went terribly wrong, I experienced the true value of skilfully facilitated processes.
I firmly believe that safe practices can help heal hurt and harm and am passionate about facilitating courageous conversations to help resolve conflict and tension restoratively.

DIRECTOR Everard (Ev) Halbert (NZ)

After completing my last law elective in 2001, I said ‘yes’ to attending a restorative justice training course. I continued on to the ocean of restorative practice where I see hope and healing. My background in Māori studies, law, mediation, and restorative practice has drawn me into restorative spaces with community law, police, education, corrections, youth, justice, and communities in conflict.

 DIRECTOR Jim McGrath (NI)

My formal RP experience was honed as a Social Worker and community mediator. However, my informal training came from my father. He taught his children to always consider the two sides of the story. He guided us, especially the boys, through the Northern Irish Troubles with a message that violence was not the answer.