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Our non-executive directors provide an independent oversight regarding how the company is run. Their role is to provide a creative contribution and objective criticism to discussions with the Senior Management Team. They also contribute to the development strategy of the services provided by Direct Mediation Services, but not to the day-to-day running of the company.

Maria Moscati


Non-Executive Board

Maria is a mediator and an advocate. She was awarded a PhD from SOAS and she is Senior Lecturer in Family Law at the University of Sussex. She has lectured at many prestigious universities and before doing her PhD, she worked for Save the Children in Italy, specialising in the rights of children. She is co-director of the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health.



Non-Executive Board

Paul Philbert studied at Trinity College of Music, London, during the time he was the President of the College’s Students’ Union. Having completed his postgraduate studies, he began working as a freelance musician in the UK and abroad. He has performed with many professional orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic to name but a few. He is currently the Principal Timpanist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Nicky Hains


Non-Executive Board

Nicky is currently the headteacher of a primary school in Lancashire. She has had a number of leadership roles during her career of twenty-two years in education and a proven track record of successfully facilitating change and improvements in organisations. Nicky’s last OFSTED inspection judged her teaching to be outstanding. Nicky also has extensive experience with working with children on the autistic spectrum. 

Brian Egan


Non-Executive Board

Brian has been a private-practice family and business mediator and facilitator since 2001, after a 26 years as an engineering manager at a global corporation.  He has lived in the UK and Germany, and is an advocate for global conflict resolution through discussion.  He is on the board of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and is a former president of the Oregon Mediation Association.  Brian lives in the northwest United States, and travels internationally whenever possible.

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Direct Mediation Services

Direct Mediation Services is a trading name of The Intelligent Solutions Group Ltd. The company is registered in England and Wales - Company number 7760633. The VAT registration number for the company is 334 8141 12. Our company’s registered address is 5 Carla Beck House, Carla Beck Lane, Carleton, Skipton, BD23 3BQ.


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