Penny Mudford

Present Position

Dispute resolution practitioner and independent director.

Professional Experience

Arbitrator, mediator, and conciliator for commercial, rural, and agricultural disputes.

Experienced in complaints investigations and disciplinary matters.

Independent director, governance advisory, and leadership coaching.

Career Summary

Principal and Director, Resolution World Limited, 2007-

Chair, Rural Women New Zealand, 2016-

Board Member, NZ Walking Access Commission, 2012- 2018

Independent Director, Excel Digital Print Limited, 2009-

Presiding Member and Board Member, Electrical Workers Registration Board, 2007-13

CEO, Institute of Financial Advisers Inc., 2012-13

Chair, Liquor Promotions Complaints Board, 2010-12

Council Member, Veterninary Council of NZ, 2006-12

Independent Directors, Fronde Systems Group Limited, 2004-09

CEO, Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand Inc., 2000-07

Trustee, Eastern & Central Community Trust, 1999-2002

Mudford Dairy Farming Partnership, 1981-2001.


2018 Appointed Office of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to arbitration and the primary industries sector.

Chair Investigations, NZ Registered Architects Board, 2015-

Complaints Assessment Committee, Veterinary Council of NZ, 2016-18

Panel of Mediators for Domain Name Commission, 2008-

National Panel of Conciliators (Sharemilking) 2007-

MAF Appeals Committee for Agricultural Recovery Programme, 2005-07


Various articles and conference papers, available at

Author, Rural Arbitrations chapter in Green and Hunt's Arbitration Law and Practice, Thomson Brookers, 2008.

Author, Dispute Resolution in Retirement Villages chapter in Elder Law in New Zealand, Thomson Reuters, 2014

Speciality Areas

Farm Debt Mediation

Penny Mudford practises as an arbitrator and mediator and in 2018 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contributions to arbitration and the primary industry sector.

Penny has a wide experience in rural and commercial disputes including resolving disputes related to farming contracts, livestock agreements, farm equity partnerships, and farm succession. She is a Fellow of AMINZ, a member of the AMINZ Panel of Mediators and chairperson of the National Panel of Conciliators for sharemilking and contract milking.

Penny has a background in the primary sector with 20 years’ experience dairy farming in Manawatu. She is a former provincial president of Federated Farmers and has previously sat on the Veterinary Council of NZ. She is currently National Chair of Rural Women New Zealand and Independent Chair of the Racing Safety Development Fund. She also authors a chapter in Green and Hunt’s Arbitration Law and Practice (Thomson Reuters NZ) titled Rural Arbitrations.

Penny holds the following qualifications in the below primary sector economics and financial areas:

  • Implications of trading in global commodity markets
  • Role of primary and secondary creditors in farm operations
  • Land holding and business arrangements, e.g. family trust, corporate farmers, Maori land, lairage, sharemilking and cross loans
  • Farm financial and business planning tools
  • Role of cooperative structures and arrangements
  • Tax arrangements and obligations
  • Knowledge of insolvency processes including receivership's, and succession planning


Fellow (Arbitration), Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand Inc.; Accredited Director, Institute of Directors; GDipBusStuds(Dispute Resolution), Massey University; Kellogg Rural Scholar, Lincoln University, Canterbury.