National Mediation Awards 2018

9th October 2018 - 6pm - 9.30pm,

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London


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Jonathan Lux

Jackie Roberts

Jonathan practised for over 37 years as Solicitor, more than 30 of which as Partner at International City Lawfirm Ince & Co. In 2013 he was called to the English Bar and now practices from Gray's Inn as Mediator, Arbitrator and Barrister (legal advisory work). He was awarded Global Shipping and Maritime Lawyer of the Year for both 2010 and 2011 by Who's Who Legal. In December 2011 he featured in Lloyds List Top 10 Legal Personalities and was a finalist for the Lloyds List Global Shipping and Maritime Lawyer of the Year award 2012. In 2015 he was elected a titulary member of the CMI. He is also a member of the International Mediation Institute ( Jonathan has received regular appointments as Arbitrator and Mediator both in relation to Maritime disputes and international commercial disputes more widely.

Jackie Roberts is a professional management accountant and has been involved as a volunteer in the charity sector of mediation since 2011. Her involvement started with a senior management post at Essex Mediation and on leaving in 2013, became a Director at Cambridge Family Mediation. The service delivers family mediation, SEND mediation and CAFCASS parenting programs. She has an Engineering Science Degree from Oxford and her early career was spent at British Gas. More recently, Jackie worked at Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club, and in the Bio Tech Industry near Cambridge.



Ewan Malcolm is current Chair of the College of Mediators, Chief Executive of Relate London North West and Hertfordshire, a mediator who has practiced across disciplines and jurisdictions and a trainer. He first trained as a commercial mediator in 1995, as a family mediator the following year, as a community mediator in 1999 and then as an SEN mediator. He was accredited as a mediator by the New York State Court System in 2012 and ran the Manhattan Civil Court mediation service. Ewan established Scottish Mediation in 2002 and was its Executive Director until 2009 when he transferred his practice to London. He served at Secretary of the European Mediation Network Initiative and organised the European Mediation Conference in Belfast. He holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation with distinction. Ewan was named at the Law Awards of Scotland their first ever Mediator of the Year.



Marie Coombes

Marie Coombes holds an MBA from Huddersfield University and has worked for Royal Mail since 2001. In 2014 she moved from a change management role to become a full time in-house workplace mediator, completing her accredited training with TCM. Since then she has completed many mediations across all levels and all functions, focusing primarily on industrial relations, bullying and harassment and grievance cases. She has a special interest in mental health and the impact conflict has on employee wellbeing and has recently become both a mental health ambassador for Royal Mail and a Time to Change Champion. In 2016 she was awarded Highly Commended for her article "Mediation & Mental Health" at that year's National Mediation awards. Marie is also a Member of the Civil Mediation Council (CMC) and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Mia Forbes Pirie

Mia is a mediator, facilitator and executive coach. Formerly a City solicitor and head of the Alternative Dispute Resolution group of a boutique law firm, she is known for being both empathic and strategic. Mia specialises in resolving difficult conflict as a Commercial and Workplace mediator and facilitator. She has worked with directors and boards restructuring organisations, and individuals in conflict.  In addition to Commercial clients, she has worked with Members of Parliament, governments, religious organisations, NGOs and charities. Mia also speaks about Conflict Resolution and provides training for clients in mediation skills, having difficult conversations well and facilitation.

Nani Lata

¨Nani Lata is a former entrepreneur, holds a Bachelor in Business and has spent nearly two decades at the front line of a British airline. After completing mediation training, by The TCM Group in 2011 and Surrey Mediation Training in 2013 for her NOCN accreditation as a workplace and community mediator, followed by extensive CPD, she has mediated as a volunteer for East Surrey Community Mediation (ESCM) dealing with a variety of anti-social behaviour (ASB) cases as well as facilitated a number of family and small business disputes pro-bono. She has recently completed the PGDip in Mediation and Conflict Management run by Loyola University which meets the official requirements of the Ministry of Justice's Register of Mediators in Spain and has acted as a judge for the National Mediation Competition 2018, hosted by the University of Law. She is a Member of the Civil Mediation Council (CMC), a member of the Association for Project Management (APM) and an affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Linguistics (CiOL). Nani is a dedicated independent professional focused on adding value and driven by her enthusiasm for learning to enable processes of self-awareness that nurture our inner voices and empower us to change.¨


A barrister, mediator, trainer and author, with many years of litigation and mediation experience.  He is Course Leader of the Mediation Course at Regent’s University London, which adopts a unique psychological approach to conflict. Paul is on the Board of the Civil Mediation Council, the Tutu Foundation (UK), and is involved in many other leading mediation organizations in the UK and Europe.  Paul has written two books:  Mediation - A Psychological Insight into Conflict Resolution (2004), and The Psychology of Conflict. – Mediating in a Diverse World, (2016) with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He has delivered talks on the psychology of conflict throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, America and South Africa.

Ryan richardson

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Ryan is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa as well as being an accredited Civil/Commercial and Workplace Mediator. He has had varied cross sector experience having left full time legal practice to act as a consultant, from developing strategies to reduce conflict between teams working in high pressure environments in the Petro-Chemical and Oil and Gas Industry to working with large retailers to effectively communicate with their massive staff compliments to assisting community development organisations in Africa to effectively build relationships with support organisations in their locale, Ryan has learnt the value of communication in preventing and resolving disputes. Ryan is passionate about alternate dispute resolution and his major focus at the moment is using technology and mediation to prevent and reduce international conflict.

Tom Thomas OBE has been the Deputy Chair of the Civil Mediation Council Limited since April 2017, having previously set up Greater London and East Anglia Mediation LLP (GLEAMED) in April 2008.  He is a practicing civil, commercial and workplace mediator and has previously been the Chair of a NHS Market Dispute Resolution Panel and a Visiting Fellow at The Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution at University of Essex.  Before that Tom spent 10 years working in The City, ultimately as Director, Strategic Development, at Amey PLC and before that was a senior Army officer.


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