Thelma Fisher died peacefully in her sleep at home on Thursday 30 March 2017 in the bosom of her family.
For many in the mediation world Thelma is known as the Doyenne of our profession. Her career began in social work and she became the co-ordinator/mediator of the Swindon Family Conciliation Service in 1981 before returning to teaching at the University of Bath. 
In 1989 she became the first Director of National Family Mediation (NFM), developing the provision and standards of mediation, many of which we still recognise today. She represented mediation during the passage of the Family Law Act 1996 which provided a landmark arrival for family mediation and paved the way for family mediation as we know it today. 
Following retirement from NFM in 1999 Thelma took up as Chair of the UK College of Family Mediators, the first body that attempted to set standards for the whole family mediation community.
She edited two books on family mediation and wrote two consumer guides in furtherance of our cause.
Her commitment to family mediation was unwavering as she recognised the damage caused by protracted conflict to the children of divorcing parents. 
The legacy she leaves behind is of a solid foundation based on high professional practice principles that have hitherto stood the family mediation profession in excellent stead.
Rest in Peace
The Thanksgiving service for Thelma was a well-attended, joyful occasion where many came together to celebrate her life.
A eulogy given by Baroness Brenda Hale reminded us of the pioneering work Thelma tirelessly undertook in the early days of NFM and how, although retired from mediation, Thelma had been very busy and involved in a number of other pursuits that included uniting two parishes and transforming the Wells Literary Festival. You can read the eulogy in full using this link.

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