It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to be part of this training. The feedback was not only that they enjoyed the day but learnt a lot which they said would be extremely useful in dealing with conflict issues and more generally. The school intends to implement a peer mediation scheme and now has potential mediators queueing up to be involved. I also picked up a few tips for myself along the way. Anne Heseltine, Mediator and Governor of Calday Grange Grammar School.
Board of Trustees
TalkingWorks’ activities and its continuing development are led by a board of five unpaid trustees who form TalkingWorks’ Board”. All five are accredited mediators with first-hand experience of the power and creativity of the mediation process.
They also bring a range of additional skills and experience that, between them, cover the needs of an active and growing educational charity.
Tim Fairhurst Co-Chair
Tim trained as a barrister and is an accredited mediator. He is head of policy and strategy at the European Tourism Association. He was formerly director of operations and product development at EF Education. He has been a volunteer coach with Talking Works since 2011.
Gill Mansfield Co-Chair
Gill is an experienced commercial mediator (CEDR accredited in 2006) who has successfully mediated disputes on both sides of the Atlantic. She is a member of the CIArb’s Panel of Experienced Civil and Commercial Mediators (London) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s panel of IP Mediators (Geneva).
She is also a trained barrister and busy in-house commercial lawyer with over 20 years’ legal and commercial experience.
Tim has over 35 years experience working in conflict resolution among young people as a teacher, pastoral lead and as an ordained minister of the Church in Wales. He was appointed Chaplain at St David’s College in Llandudno in 1990 and began introducing mediation skills training there in 1996. Since then his work has drawn him into facilitating conflict resolution in every facet of school life.
In 1994 he pioneered a programme in Rwanda and Uganda to help young people share cross-cultural experience.
He qualified as a Peer Mediation Trainer with The Scottish Mediation Network in 2009 and as a Civil and Commercial Mediator with ADRg in 2011.
He has been collaborating with TalkingWorks since 2011.