Barbara McCulloch

Barbara has been a practising Mediator for more than 20 years and has worked in a number of different environments to provide Assisted Dispute Resolution processes. Her areas of expertise include resolving workplace conflict, family mediation, commercial and education disputes. Barbara trained initially in victim-offender mediation, was a Disputes Tribunal Referee for 11 years and has most recently provided conflict resolution processes to the University of Auckland since 2005. She was a practitioner member of the Family Court Pilot Mediation programme, has operated a private practice and has consulted with employing organisations, and with schools and families to deal with conflict and bullying.

Barbara is accredited to practice as a Mediator by AMINZ (Mediation Panel) and LEADR (Senior Panel Member). She is also a Member of the International Ombudsmen’s Association.

In 2009 Barbara began a coaching practice and currently provides coaching in conflict resolution skills and “boss whispering” or coaching abrasive executives in more effective interactions.

Mik Smellie

Mik has worked as a mediator with the Department of Building and Housing, Tenancy Services completing on average 50 face to face mediations per month. He also assisted in the redevelopment of services to tenants and landlords for straight forward disputes. He has completed LEADR training and individual trainings with Laurence Boule and Ken Cloke. Mik initially trained in social work and has developed and delivered group work programmes in a number of social settings. With the Auckland City Council, Mik had five years of firsthand experience as a manager in their Community Development service.