I spent the first 15 years of my working life as a science teacher. I later studied law and trained as a solicitor and worked as a family lawyer in the Brighton area for over twenty years. I trained as a mediator in 1995 and developed my work as a family mediator alongside my legal work. My interest in mediation grew and now includes community mediation and work place mediation.
I left legal work behind in 2013 and am now a self employed family mediator. I really believe that with the right support and information, people facing the many problems that relationship breakdown throws at them can find the confidence to make difficult decisions for themselves and their families. I enjoy working with the other professionals in Brightpod to find the best team to help support people in their decision making.
I am a Family Mediation Council accredited mediator and can therefore conduct Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings.( MIAMs) I am trained to directly consult with children. (This is now known as Child Inclusive Mediation.) I am delighted that more and more parents are agreeing to give their children a voice in their separation I find it a real privilege to be able to work with children, young people and their parents.
I also work as a Professional Practice Consultant PPC supporting other mediators in their mediation practice.
I am a member of both the FMA (Family Mediators Association) and Resolution.
I was really pleased to discover that there was an alternative to the traditional essentially adversarial process around divorce. For me the collaborative approach resonated strongly with my personal values of trying wherever possible to achieve a win – win; or at the least reducing the harm to either party.
"I also felt supported throughout by knowing that my lawyer was both looking after my interests, and honouring the process.
"It wasn’t easy, but in the end, I felt that both I and my ex-partner were able to close the chapter knowing that we had done the “right” thing by each other.