Rosemarie Brown FAMINZ (Med), PRI, FDRP, CA, MInstD, BMS

Present Position

Mediator, FDRP (NZ & Australia), Solutionist, Chartered Accountant, at Bayside Mediation & Strategies, Auckland; Director: Family Business Strategies, Auckland; Managing Director - Peace Promise.

Professional Experience

Rosemarie has been mediating since 2006, starting with workplace and industrial relations disputes, then adding family dispute resolution in 2008. Having worked for 11 years doing commercial, business and family related mediations and Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) work both privately in NZ and Australia and as a contractor to various Australian FDR providers & through NZ suppliers. Rosemarie has a wide experience of mediating different cultural, religious, lifestyle, financial, psychological, emotional, physiological issues and people (from teenage parents to grandparents and retired parties).

As a member of Elder Mediation Australasian Network (EMAN), Rosemarie has attended some of their webinars on Elder Mediation issues. Having attended and been an active participant for the past 2 years of the Retirement Village Stakeholders Forums, Rosemarie is very aware of the way in which Retirement Villages operate within New Zealand and the issues that can arise for anyone involved.

Rosemarie is a Chartered Accountant and has worked as such for almost 30 years in many industries and sectors from CA firms to leadership and governance roles from not for profits to large or global organisations. Though in the past10 years Rosemarie has worked with family businesses as a family business solutionist.

Career Summary

2006- Present Bayside Mediation & Strategies (Mediator, FDRP (NZ & Australia),Solutionist, Chartered Accountant) Melbourne & Auckland (Included in this time was 'Acting Manager' of a Womens Refuge service, and active member of a Domestic Violence steering committee,Victoria, Australia.)

2014 - Present Peace Promise (Managing Director)

2013 - Present Family Business Strategies (Director) Auckland

1997-2011 NZICA (Voluntary roles: Branch Committee member, Branch Chair Waikato/BOP, National Committee member, Councillor representing Waikato/BOP, Branch Chair Melbourne) Hamilton, Wellington, Melbourne

2005 R L Polk (Finance Director) Melbourne

2000-2005 Department of Conservation (Business Analyst - Northern Region) Hamilton

1994-2000 NZ Dairy Group (now Fonterra) (Internal Audit, Regional Revenue Accountant) Waikato

1991-1994 Matamata-Piako District Council (Financial Accountant) Te Aroha

1988-1991 KPMG (Business Advisor, Auditor, Consultant) Hamilton

Personal Summary

Rosemarie has contributed to the community through voluntary roles in education, arts, sports, not for profitsand professional membership organisations in both NZ and Australia.


Chartered Accountant 30 years; Dispute Resolution 13 years. Grew up in the Waikato. Worked in NZ & Australia, as an employee and owning businesses. Worked in rural sector, manufacturing, service industry, retail, financial sector, local government, central government, not for profit and for family owned businesses. Currently located in Auckland and open to travelling throughout NZ.

Speciality Areas

Farm Debt Mediation

Born and raised for formative years on a dairy farm in the Waikato. Moved to the city. Lived for a short time as a teenager on a dairy farm in Victoria, Australia. Lived on lifestyle block for a couple of years in the Waikato, leasing land to neighbours for grazing. Have worked at Matamata-Piako District Council, NZ Dairy Group (now Fonterra) and Department of Conservation. Have worked with farming families regarding farm succession. Also helped many rural families post separation. Rosemarie started professional life as a Chartered Accountant in the Waikato and has been mediating since 2006 in both Australia and New Zealand.

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

  • Implications of trading in global commodity markets
  • Role of cooperative structures and arrangements
  • Tax arrangements and obligations
Other Areas of Speciality

Family and Business issues & projects. Farm succession, family business succession, commercial sector succession. Solutionist for family business (cultivating healthy relationships between the family (within the family) and the business so they do not negatively impact each other). Work in the collaborative law space as a conflict coach, mediator & 'financial interpreter'. Working with organisations to assist them to deal with conflict in a healthy and constructive way, which changes the organisational culture.


FAMINZ (Med) Mediation Panel Member, Family Dispute Resolution Provider, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (Australia), Chartered Accountant, Supervisor -Professional Supervision, Chartered Accountant, Grad. Dip (Dispute Resolution), BMS.