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Our Team

The Divorce and Separation Centre mediators are members of the Family Mediators Association which sets standards in England and Wales. Our mediators come from a variety of professional backgrounds including family law, social work, counselling and management. Our team members are:

Christopher Richards

Christopher Richards

Managing Director and Family Mediator

Christopher is the managing director of Divorce and Separation Centre. He has been a family mediator since 1986. Having originally a background in social work and family therapy, he has learned, by mediating with thousands of separating couples, to help them resolve all issues of difference- financial, parental, psychological and legal.


Sue Nelson

Sue Nelson

Sue Nelson, LL.B., M.A. Mediator

Qualified as both a Barrister and as a Solicitor, Sue has been mediating since 1993. She is a member of The College of Mediators and of the Law Society's Family Mediation Panel. Initially she worked in the field of healthcare and neighbour disputes before moving into family mediation. Her work with family finance builds on her many years of experience as a lawyer in high value litigation.

Sue has a sharp analytical mind and is a creative and pragmatic problem solver. She keeps clients focused during mediation sessions as well as ensuring there is time to deal with the emotions that run alongside conflict. Sue's clients warm to her empathetic style and appreciate her ability to be both patient yet make progress, even when things seem stuck. Her M.A. in philosophy inclines her towards encouraging clients to take the long view, seeing their way to brighter, less conflict ridden futures. She is very happy to work alongside lawyers finding that the provision of legal advice to clients assists in finding good resolutions quickly.

For 6 years Sue held a non-executive board position in a business with a £130 million turnover. She has worked in a top City of London law firm as well as with deprived clients facing life changing engagement with the law. She writes and trains on aligning personal values in professional life. When not mediating, Sue finds time for gardening, her dogs and weaving.


Shomini Whiting

Shomini Whiting

Shomini qualified as a family mediator in 2006 and has been mediating since then and qualified to consult with children in mediation in 2010. Previously, she qualified as a social worker in 1989 and has worked with all client groups, but mainly with children and families. Her previous experience has included Court work, helping couples and families in crisis and direct work with children.

Shomini is enthusiastic about the benefits of mediation for families. She practices with a high level of expertise and has experience of working with a wide range of clients.


Sue Tilley

Sue Tilley

Sue trained as a mediator with the Family Mediators Association 23 years ago. She is a non-practising solicitor, professional practice consultant, mediation trainer and an assessor for the Family Mediation Council. She has a MSc in Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies.


Sue Jago

Sue Jago

Sue Jago is an experienced Mediator who undertakes mediation alongside her practice as a specialist Family Solicitor. She is a trained collaborative lawyer , an accredited member of Resolution and is committed to helping clients resolve issues resulting from the breakdown in their relationship in an amicable way by agreement.

Sue is trained in Direct Consultation with Children and is also a Professional Practice Consultant to other Mediators.


Margaret Pendlebury

Margaret Pendlebury

Margaret is a fully accredited mediator and Professional Practice Consultant. She has been mediating since 1992 and is a practitioner, trainer and practice consultant to several mediation services. Her previous professional background was as a children and families social worker.

Margaret is skilled in mediating all issues arising from divorce and separation, including property and finance and parenting disputes, with a particular focus on the well-being of the children concerned. She routinely invites children for their voice to be heard within the mediation, where it is right to do so.

Margaret is committed to promoting and developing the highest standards of mediation practice. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Family Law ADR Practitioner award, and in 2015 she won the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) award for Family Mediation.

Mumtaz King

Mumtaz King

Mumtaz is a qualified solicitor and an Accredited Mediator. She is also trained to see children in mediation. She has a diploma in Group Facilitation, Conflict Resolution and Counselling Skills.

Mumtaz is passionate about empowering people to resolve their issues in an effective and holistic way in order to achieve peaceful solutions. She also helps couples with children to keep the focus on their children, whose voices are absent from the room.

By encouraging dialogue between clients, unlike the adversarial process, clients are generally able to value and appreciate more positively the process that takes place in mediation.


Tracey Given LLB (Hons)

Tracey Given LLB (Hons)

After 25 years of being a litigation lawyer, Tracey believes there is an alternative route to resolving conflict. In many disputes there is an infinitely preferable option to using the legal process. This alternative is mediation and Tracey is now a trained family mediator committed to facilitating people to come to a lasting agreement and moving on with their lives with economy of cost and conflict.


Our Administrative Team

Dawn Duffy

Service Manager

Debby Smith

Administrator

Angie McMorrow

Administrator

June Richards

Administrator

Sue Hardy

Finance

Divorce and Separation Centre (Head Office)

Bridge House
1 Brighton Road
Redhill
Surrey
RH1 6PW
Phone:  01737 772 333
Fax:  01737 767 090
E-mail:  office@fml.uk.com

Office hours are 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.