About the Panel

The Dilworth Redress Programme is managed independently of Dilworth. Redress determinations are made by three independent Panellists. The Dilworth Independent Redress Panel has no direct involvement with the Dilworth Trust Board, and is independent in its decision-making from that Trust Board. The Dilworth Trust Board must, however, honour the determinations of the Dilworth Independent Redress Panel.

Former High Court Judge Dame Judith Potter DNZM CBE chairs the Dilworth Independent Redress Panel, and she is joined by clinical psychology Professor Ian Lambie ONZM and governance expert Ms Rukumoana Schaafhausen MNZM

Dame Judith Potter


Dame Judith became the first female President of the New Zealand Law Society in 1991. She was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1997 and served the judiciary for 15 years. Dame Judith continues to serve as a Judge of the Cook Islands High Court.

Dame Judith has broken a number of barriers during her judicial career. After graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1965, Dame Judith went on to become a senior partner at law firm, Kensington Swan. She was the first female president of a district law society, the Auckland District Law Society, and then became President of the New Zealand Law Society from 1991-1994.

In March 1997 Dame Judith was appointed a High Court judge. She has held directorships at the Electricity Corporation and the New Zealand Guardian Trust Company, chaired the Broadcasting Standards Authority and was a member of the Securities Commission. She is a member of the Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service and was a member of the Fonterra Inquiry Committee into the botulism scare from 2013 to 2015. Dame Judith recently retired as expert lay advisor on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ New Zealand board.

After retiring from the bench in New Zealand in December 2012, Dame Judith became the second woman to serve as a judge of the Cook Islands High Court.

Recognition of her service to New Zealand includes receiving the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal in 1990, and in 1993 she was awarded the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal. In 1994 she was awarded the CBE and in 2013, she was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the judiciary and became The Honourable Justice Dame Judith Potter DNZM CBE.

Professor Ian Lambie

ONZM, Clinical Psychologist

Professor Lambie is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Auckland. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society and in 2020 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Youth Justice and Clinical Psychology. His clinical work has been predominantly with male survivors of trauma, including sexual abuse.

Prof Lambie has worked as a clinical psychologist for more than 30 years. His experience also includes work within academic settings as well as government organisations, and has received numerous awards for his contributions. Prof Lambie’s career began as a comprehensive nurse in acute psychiatric and surgical nursing, before he gained his clinical psychology registration in 1991.

Over the course of his career, Prof Lambie has contributed to over 150 journal articles, chapters and reports. In recognition of his long-standing research and clinical work in the field of adolescent sexual offender treatment, the New Zealand Psychological Society awarded him the Public Interest Award in 2001.

In 2011 he was awarded the William Friedrich Memorial Child Sexual Abuse Research and Treatment Award by the American Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, San Diego, California. Since 2016, Prof Lambie has been the Government’s Justice Sector Chief Science Advisor. He has also been on the Board and Clinical Advisory Group of SAFE Network in Auckland and on the Clinical Advisory Group of Youth Horizons Trust.

Rukumoana Schaafhausen

MNZM, Governance Expert

Ms Schaafhausen practised law before assuming a number of challenging and high profile managerial and governance roles for Iwi, public and private entities in New Zealand. In 2022, Ms Schaafhausen, who is of Ngāti Haua descent, was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and the community.

Ms Schaafhausen was recently the Chairperson for Waikato-Tainui and currently holds a number of public and private directorships including Contact Energy, AgResearch, Miro Berries Limited, Te Waharoa Investments Limited and Alvarium (NZ) Limited. She also serves as a trustee for the Tindall Foundation and the Princes Trust Aotearoa.

Ms Schaafhausen is a Member of the Institute of Directors. She graduated from Waikato Law School and has practised commercial and property law.

In 2017 she was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Award for leadership and the previous year won the US Embassy Wahine Toa Award.


A secretariat function (administration) will provide the day-to-day administrative and support services required by the Panellists and others.

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