MEET YOUR TEAM
It is good to put a name to a face and that is why we have this page! We are immensely proud of our diversity and believe it gives us a unique outlook. Together we embrace difference ranging from age, gender, sexuality, race, culture, language, religion and disability. We are looking forward to meeting you and supporting you through family mediation.
Stuart Hanson B Mus (Hons), FMCA, PPC
Managing Partner, Internal Supervisor & Family Mediator
Stuart is a Family Mediator accredited by the Family Mediation Council (FMC) in all issues and a member of Resolution. He is also a Professional Practice Consultant (PPC) and the Legal Aid internal supervisor at the firm. He also delivers training for mediators nationally on the subject of the LGBT+ family in the mediation room and the international family. He was previously a family magistrate in Leeds. Stuart works as a mediator both in the UK and abroad. He is the founder of the company and was instrumental in building the national network of mediators which the firm has. In 2018 Stuart was presented with a National Mediation Award and for a number of years was on the board of directors at The College of Mediators.
Dorian Ramirez Sosa PhD
Office & Finance Manager
Dorian initially studied in his home country of Mexico and later graduated with a PhD from the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Leeds. His research focused on the development of alternative biological routes for the conversion of waste-to-energy. Dorian’s scientific and analytical approaches are applied in his managing of the company’s office and finances. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and is supporting the business in its development in Spain.
Jan Coulton LLB (Hons), FMCA, PPC
External Supervisor & Family Mediator
Jan has been a mediator for 30 years. She is accredited by the FMC and has held many senior positions. She was previously the Director of the Family Mediators Association and a Member of the Ministry of Justice Family Mediation Steering Group. She is also a qualified solicitor. Until 2021 Jan was the Chair of The College of Mediators and in 2018 and 2020 won Family Mediator of the Year at the National Mediation Awards. She is the firm’s Legal Aid external supervisor.
Sandra Ospina B.Eng
Sandra graduated from the National University of Colombia, with a degree in civil engineering, specialising in materials testing and quality management systems. In addition to this, she is also a professional translator, English to Spanish. Sandra works alongside Dorian working on maintaining the company’s compliance. In her free time, Sandra enjoys dancing and travelling.
Ferdinard Chimere BA
Ferdinard is the voice of Direct Mediation Services, as he handles all the calls coming into the business. He graduated from University of Nigeria Nsukka with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. Previously, he was a client service and quality assurance specialist for an outsourcing company. In his free time, Ferdinard loves football, music and literature. If you have heard him speak, you won’t be surprised that he is also a voice-over artist!
Nemanja Marinkov BA
Nem is our resident IT guru. He graduated from The Modern Business School in Belgrade, Serbia, with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He thoroughly enjoys developing and executing content marketing strategies. In his free time, Nem likes playing football and playing with his pet parrot.
Lesley Dudleston FMCA
Lesley trained as a mediator with the FMA (Family Mediators Association) in 2014. She is accredited by the Family Mediation Council in all issues. Lesley mediates on both financial and child cases with particular experience working with families with teenagers – she is a mum with two teenage children. Lesley also has experience of working with clients on the autistic spectrum. Lesley is a member of Resolution and the Family Mediation Association.
Belinda Jones BA (Hons), MBA, GDL, LPC, FMCA
Belinda is an accredited family mediator. She completed her legal studies (GDL and LPC) in 2015. She also has an MBA from CASS Business School. Belinda is open to adopting new family justice initiatives, such as the invitation of Independent Financial Neutral Advisers into mediation sessions to discuss matters relating to business valuations, pensions or trust assets. Belinda is also an at Court Mediator at the Cambridge Family Court. In addition, Belinda is one of the first UK practitioners to be trained as a parenting co-ordinator under the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. In her spare time, Belinda is also the Treasurer for the Cambridge and Ely Child Contact Centres.
Rachel Marsden LLB (Hons), LPC, FMCA
Rachel practiced as a solicitor specialising in family law for 14 years. She then decided to embark on a new challenge and retrained as a Family Mediator. Since January 2016 she has worked exclusively as a Family Mediator accredited by the Family Mediation Council and is a member of The College of Mediators. Rachel is a busy working mum with two young children.
Rishma Gudka BSc (Hons), FMCA
Rishma graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) and has been working as a financial consultant for over 10 years. After a number of years in banking, and as a result of her voluntary work with Childline, she decided to train as a family mediator with Lorraine Bramwell Associates. Rishma is an accredited mediator with the Family Mediation Council and is also a member of The College of Mediators. Rishma is a working mum with two children and is passionate about helping to resolve issues in a way that will work for everyone involved.
Alan Nairn LLB (Hons), FMCA
Alan served in the Royal Navy for 23 years travelling the world. In 2008 he graduated with a degree in law from the Open University and then went on to train as a mediator with the ADR Group. Alan specialises in family, workplace, civil and commercial mediation. He is also a registered as an accredited mediator with the Family Mediation Council. Alan is a member of Resolution.
Jack Bickerton LLB (Hons), LLM, FMCT
Jack is a graduate in both Law (LLB) and International Human Rights Law (LLM). He specialised in child law, divorce law, and disability human rights law. At DMS, Jack is a family mediators and is a member of Resolution. He is also “autism champion” and works with both staff and clients around autism. Before his career in mediation, Jack worked as a welfare benefits advice worker for Engage Leeds where he would represent clients at tribunal. During his studies, he volunteered at Support Through Court. As well as mediating, Jack leads the Family Court Application Service. In his free time, he is a senior editor of the legal journal, King’s Student Law Review where he has two published articles.
Annabelle Flinn LLB (Hons), PGDL, FMCT
Annabelle studied law at Aberystwyth University and gained a LLB (Hons). She then went on to do her postgraduate diploma in law. Annabelle has been a solicitor for 20 years practicing in many areas. She also works with community organisations to help those who are survivors of Domestic violence and provides support to vulnerable families and the homeless. Annabelle is working towards her full accreditation. Her aim is to help families find their new normal in difficult times.
Fran Bishop LLB, PGDL, FMCT
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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