Bruce Cottrill

Professional Experience

Mediation, Conciliation, Negotiation and Arbitration. Facilitation. Conflict Management, Dispute & Complaints system design, Change Management, Partnering Facilitation, Independent Investigation and Expert Opinion. Teaching, Training, Mentoring, Conflict Coaching and Professional Supervision

  • 30 years experience as a professional working in the field of conflict management & dispute resolution practice, associated system design, training & development.
  • Adjunct Lecturer in dispute resolution, Massey University (1998-2015).

Major work assignments have included:

  • Design and implementation of CERA (Christchurch) dispute resolution program & associated training
  • Design & implementation of Family Dispute Resolution Service for Crown Company & associated training
  • Design & implementation of conciliation programme for ACC & associated training
  • Complex multi school closure mediations
  • Exotic disease incursion facilitations & negotiations, including national Varroa buffer zone & PMWS compensation.
  • Regional & District Council pre-hearing facilitations
  • Waste water & industrial waste consultation process design & facilitations
  • Designed & implemented complaints system for Financial Service sector
  • Facilitation of major post fire review for NZ Fire Service
  • Designed & implemented Farm Safe programme for ACC
  • Major employment related investigations on behalf of Corrections, NGOs & private sector
  • Led & project managed major restructure of Federated Farmers’ of NZ (Inc)
  • Many hundreds of mediations & facilitations covering most areas of enterprise & trade in NZ
  • Many hundreds of mediations involving the interpersonal lives of New Zealanders’.
  • Numerous rural mediations, conciliations & arbitrations
  • Training, coaching & personal development design & delivery for numerous individuals & sectors across NZ.
  • Experienced in multi culture dispute resolution, including in the Pacific


  • General Manager, Consulting. FairWay Resolution Ltd (2013-2015).
  • Cottrill& Associates (1998-2013)
  • National Project Manager, Federated Farmers’ of NZ (1998-2002)
  • 1975-1992 Farmed 1,100 hectares on own account, Nth Wairarapa coast (Akitio)

Fee: By arrangement


Master Conflict Resolution (La Trobe) GDipBusStud(DisRes) GDipBusStud(SmlBus) DipIndReln

Fellow (mediation), AMINZ. Resolution Institute Accredited Mediator. National Accredited Mediator (Aus)

Mediation Panel Member & Rural List AMINZ