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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 & Family Mediator

Stuart is a Family Mediator accredited by the Family Mediation Council (FMC) in all issues. 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

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

Jan Coulton LLB (Hons), FMCA, PPC

Practice 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. Jan is the Chair of The College of Mediators and in 2018 and 2020 won Family Mediator of the Year at the National Mediation Awards.

Jack Bickerton

Jack Bickerton LLB (Hons), LLM

Project Manager

Jack holds both a LLB and a LLM in law. He has a strong interest in family law and has done extensive volunteer work at Support Through Court. Jack is training to be a family mediator and and in his free time he is the senior editor of the prestigious academic journal, King’s Student Law Review. Jack previously worked as a case worker for GIPSIL, a housing charity in Leeds, where he provided support with families and vulnerable people, and did welfare benefit tribunals. Jack has undergone training on autism and is the firm’s champion. 

Lesley Dudleston

Lesley Dudleston FMCA

Family Mediator

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.


Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden LLB (Hons), LPC, FMCA

Family Mediator

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. 


Brigitte Jonsson LLB, LLM, FMCT

Family Mediator

Brigitte is a trained lawyer, and has experience working in the voluntary sector helping families with no resources with their legal issues. Earlier in her career she specialised in International Commercial Law and worked for the banking sector. Alternate Dispute Resolution has always interested her and this inspired her to train as a mediator. She is also fluent in English, Spanish and French and is able to help people for whom language may seem like a barrier to mediation. 


Annabelle Flinn LLB (Hons), PGDL, FMCT

Family Mediator

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 has undertaken training in high conflict resolution and is working towards her full accreditation. Her aim is to help families find their new normal in difficult times.

Fran Bishop

Fran Bishop LLB, PGDL, LPC, FMCT

Family Mediator

Fran studied law at the University of Leeds and then went on to York Law College, where she received a commendation for her Legal Practice Course (LPC). She was admitted to Law Society of England & Wales to practice as a solicitor in 1998. In 2021 she qualified as a mediator with the Family Mediation Association (FMA). Her past work has been as a commercial and non-contentious employment lawyer. She has worked with various charities including Citizens Advice, a prisoner rehabilitation charity and Harbour Project, an immigration charity. She leads a busy life in Wiltshire with her family and numerous pets.

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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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