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Professor John Sturrock QC

Founder and Senior Mediator

Collaborative Scotland

Professor John Sturrock QC is founder and senior mediator at Core Solutions ( in Scotland and also acts as a mediator with Brick Court Chambers in London. As a pioneer of mediation in the UK, with an international reputation, his work extends to the commercial, professional, sports, public sector, policy and political fields. He is identified as a Global Elite Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal, is a Distinguished Fellow of the international Academy of Mediators and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh. He writes extensively and recently published a book entitled “A Mediator’s Musings.”

John also specialises in facilitation, negotiation, mediation and conflict management training and consultancy for leaders in the private and public sectors, sport, the professions and government. For many years, he has worked with various parliaments throughout the UK on improving effective scrutiny of policy. He is founder of Collaborative Scotland (, which promotes non-partisan respectful dialogue about difficult issues and is one of the initiators of the Mediators Green Pledge (

In 2019, John conducted a major review for the Scottish Government into allegations of bullying in NHS Highland and the subsequent “Sturrock Report “was well received across the public sector. He was a member of the Stewarding Group of the first Citizens Assembly in Scotland in 2019 - 2021. In 2019, John also co-chaired an Expert Group under the auspices of Scottish Mediation which produced a significant report entitled “Bringing Mediation into the Mainstream”.


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