CHAIR & SPEAKER PROFILES

Chief Judge Christina Inglis,
Employment Court of New Zealand

Judge Christina Inglis was sworn in as an Employment Court Judge in 2011 and appointed as the Chief Judge on 10 July 2017. She holds an LLM (Hons) from Victoria University and an MA (Hons) from Canterbury University. She was a Crown Counsel at Crown Law for many years, with a primary focus on civil litigation, public law and employment law. Most recently she led the Human Rights Team at Crown Law. While in practice she appeared in most Courts and Tribunals. Until recently she was on the Advisory Board of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice.

 

Graeme Colgan,
Barrister and Employment Law Specialist; Former Chief Judge of the Employment Court of New Zealand

Graeme Colgan graduated LLB(Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1976 and was admitted to the bar in the same year. Graeme practiced as a barrister and solicitor in the fields of employment law, family law, criminal law and general civil litigation until 1987 when he joined the independent bar as a barrister in Southern Cross Chambers in Auckland.

Graeme’s practice continued in the same fields of law until 1989 when he was appointed as a Judge of the Labour Court of New Zealand. At 35 years of age he was the youngest appointee to that Court or its predecessors. In 2005, Graeme was appointed as Chief Judge of that Court. He retired from judicial office in 2017 after 28 years on the bench, the last 12 as the Chief Judge. Graeme is the longest-serving judge of that Court and its predecessors. He has presided over cases dealing with significant issues of employment law and practice. He has also presided over numerous Judicial Settlement Conferences (in effect mediations) resolving difficult and sometimes notorious cases confidentially and without need for a public hearing and judgment.

 

Dr Bill Hodge,
Honorary Academic, University of Auckland Law School

Bill Hodge is the author of Criminal Procedure in New Zealand, joint author of Torts in New Zealand and a co-author of Thomson Reuters' Employment Law. He contributes the annual chapter on employment law to the NZ Law Review.

Bill was a founding member of the Institute of Employment Arbitrators and Mediators, and is on the panel list (Employment Law) of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand.