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

Nigel Fishwick (Chair)  After graduating with an MA from Cambridge University, Nigel gained many years’ experience in marketing services companies, both in UK and internationally. He has worked alongside many blue chip organisations including Asda, MasterCard, and Nestlé, as well as with numerous household names from Anadin to Zanussi.


Nigel was Managing Director of FCA Impact, which was named Agency of the Year. He is a marketing evangelist and has spoken at numerous conferences. He is a passionate believer in marketing accountability and has won two IPA Effectiveness Awards as well as the coveted Gold Award for Marketing Effectiveness.


He has worked on numerous projects in the public and not-for-profit sector, including the Queen’s Award for Industry, BTEC and Leonard Cheshire. As former Head of Operations at Education Development Trust, he has also provided operational guidance to numerous private schools, free schools and academies, as well as being a multiple school governor and Trustee. He has additional volunteer experience with Reach and Crisis.


Nigel is married with two daughters. He is a keen bridge player and cook, a member of Archery GB and an amateur conjuror.



Andrew James 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.

William Downs - NFM Trustee

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. 



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.


Mike Stepan

Mike Stepan went into the advertising agency world straight from Oxford, and did not emerge until the day of his retirement in February 2006. For about half of his career, he specialized in international account management, and spent much of the last six years in the Far East, ending up as CEO of the Singapore office of Publicis, Asia Pacific ‘hub’ of the fourth largest communications company in the world.


He is now firmly committed to the charitable sector, and has worked professionally as a fully accredited family mediator since 2007. He undertakes this work solely for MiD, a long-established NFM service, and is dedicated both to the principle of not-for-profit mediation, and to the holistic model practised by NFM mediators. He has published a number of articles in Family Law.


However, he is also happy to be called on from time to time to exercise his business and communication skills, for various social enterprises, and is delighted to have become a Trustee for NFM.   



Carole Brown - Biography to follow


Steve Griffiths joined the NFM Board in 2017 after several years as a mediator with families with special needs children and ten years as a magistrate Steve can appreciate the challenges facing parents going through separation. He also brings experience as a board member for a large charity to help him understand the complex business of NFM.


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