William Jermyn

Professional Experience

Bill Jermyn is an accredited mediator with qualifications in dispute resolution (Massey), agricultural science, and commerce( Lincoln and Saskatchewan). He grew up on a farm in Nelson. He has a wide background of experience in agriculture and horticulture, and governance roles in both commercial and not-for-profit boards and committees.

He has recently transitioned from berryfruit to sheep and beef on his farm near Lincoln, Canterbury.

Bill’s mediation experience has covered employment, neighbour, tenancy, grazing, and contract disputes in both rural and urban environments, and committee dysfunction in not-for profits. He has a particular focus on succession planning in the family business environment.

His preference is for a facilitative approach to dispute resolution, however he is prepared to ask the hard questions and be forthright when necessary.

Bill is comfortable in both secular and Christian settings.

He is an Associate Member of AMINZ, and a Fellow of the Agronomy Society of NZ.

Matrix Mediation offers dispute resolution South Island –wide.

Speciality Areas

Farm Debt Mediation

30 years in arable & horticultural crop research in NZ. Farming livestock and horticulture in Canterbury for last 25 years. 10 years experience in rural mediation.

Recently completed training in Rural Debt Mediation and accredited by AMINZ in June 2020.

Bill holds 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, eg family trust, corporate farmers, Maori land, lairage, sharemilking and cross loans
  • Farm financial and business planning tools
  • Role of cooperative structures and arrangements


G. Dip. Business Studies ( Dispute Resolution). Massey University. 2010

PhD in Crop Science, University of Saskatchewan. 1976.