As a registered charity, the governance of National Family Mediation is overseen by its Board of Trustees: 


Andrew James (Chair) spent most of his working life at Standard Chartered Bank in the UK and across Asia and the Middle East. He joined Save the Children International in 2011 where he led change projects across many countries in Africa and Asia. Andrew has always been involved in the not-for-profit sector, with 30 years’ experience at the Brunswick Trust for Young People in Fulham. He is also chairman of Kais Kids in Cambodia (officially known as Foundation for Cambodian Children). Otherwise he spends his time enjoying the countryside as a cyclist, marathoner or gardener.

Liz Walsh (Vice Chair) is the Editor of the UK national journal Family Law and also International Family Law. She has been an independent NFM Trustee since 2011 and is also a Trustee of NFM's Thames Valley FMS and Amersham Child Contact Centre. She is a Family Mediator, a Family Magistrate and co-wrote the UK version of Divorce for Dummies. Liz is Mayor of Amersham.




William Downs has over 30 years’ experience as a business and transactional lawyer, acting for clients throughout the world, negotiating and managing strategic sales, acquisitions, flotations and joint ventures.  He also advises boards and senior management on corporate governance. Prior to joining NFM he worked for two years with Pilotlight, the charity that helps growing charities plan strategically through a facilitated process  with business people providing coaching and mentoring. 



Sarah Fairbairn National Family Mediation Trustee



Sarah Fairbairn has been a Trustee of NFM since March 2013 and previously from 2006-2012.  She is Manager & Head of Service at Cambridge Family Mediation Service  and was previously a Family Law Solicitor after graduation from St Anne's College Oxford and training at Mills and Reeve, Cambridge.  In her spare time she enjoys swimming and cooking.

Louise Fluker National Family Mediation Trustee


Louise Fluker is currently a non-executive chairman of the Board of Governors of Richmond Adult Community College having been appointed a governor in 2009. She is also a public member of Network Rail and a consultant for Transparency International’s Defence Project. Previously, Louise was a trustee of Farnham Castle and the general counsel and company secretary of De La Rue plc where she chaired the risk committee of the board. She has also been chairman of the employed barristers committee of the Bar Council and vice chairman of Training for the Bar Committee and is a master of the bench of Gray’s Inn.


Denise Ingamells National Family Mediation Trustee


Denise Ingamells  is Head of Mediation for a London based solicitor firm; she has over twelve years post qualifying experience as a mediator and has undertaken thousands of hours of family mediation. She is a Professional Practice Consultant for Kent Family Mediation where she supervises other mediators. She has developed and delivered training for a range of organisations and is the original author of the Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP), and the accompanying book. She was awarded the Avril Reid Award for Innovation in Mediation by the President of National Family Mediation in 2007 and also won the Jordans’ Family Law ADR Practitioner of the Year 2012 Award.



David Lawrence has a broad background in the development of organisations from a strategic, financial and general management perspective. Having joined the voluntary sector in 1993 as Director of Finance for Mencap, he joined Rainer in 2006 as Director of Finance and led their Strategy and Performance directorate. Since 2010 he has been undertaking a number of consultancy and interim roles. David has also acted as a Trustee of the National Development Team, a consultancy group focused on learning disability and as a member of the Education Committee for the Corporation of London.


Margaret Pendlebury National Family Mediation Trustee


Margaret Pendlebury  joined the NFM board in 2013 as representative for the Thames Valley region, and previously had a stint as London regional rep some ten years earlier. At that time, she was a founder member of the NFM Professional Practice Committee and she continues to contribute. A mediator since 1993, Margaret now works as a practitioner, trainer and PPC to several mediation services, including MiD Mediation. Her professional background before mediation was in social work with children and families. She has a particular interest in developing child-inclusive mediation practice.


Stephanie Smith joined West Yorkshire Family Mediation Service in 2001, taking over as Service Manager in 2004.  She joined the NFM Board of Trustees in 2013 as representative for the northern region.  Stephanie is currently a trainee family mediator, having undertaken core training with NFM in 2014.  Her background is in private business, managing small to medium sized organisations involved in standards development and training provision.  Stephanie’s interests include involvement in the annual Holmfirth Film Festival as a trustee and enthusiastic volunteer.  Any spare time is spent in the open air, on the allotment or walking. 


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