Robin Burley was appointed a Trustee of Scottish Mediation in 2011 and elected Chair in 2012. He is a mediator and business coach having trained in mediation in 2003 with Core Solutions and gained a Masters with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde in 2013. Robin brings to the board considerable organisational experience. He was chair of the Built Environment Forum Scotland (2005-11); Blackwood (2003-07); ELCAP (1993-97) ; and has been a non-executive director of Lothian Health Board and Queen Margaret University. Earlier in his career he worked in social housing and commnity care and led the Edinvar Group from 1976 to 1998. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was made MBE in 2002 for services to the housing association movement and disabled people. He lives in Musselburgh with his wife Lindsay who is also his partner in their mediation and coaching business.
Linn has been a Trustee for nearly 4 years. She is one of the two Vice-Chairs, and chairs the SMN’s Committee for Excellence in Mediation. Additionally she chairs the SMN’s WEIG – its Workplace and Employment Initiative Group, which is open to all SMN Members, and volunteers with the Strathclyde Mediation Clinic. Originally trained as a mediator by CEDR, Linn practices as an independent coach and mediator, focussed particularly on workplace conflict, and has a range of non-executive and advisory roles. Linn is a passionate advocate of how mediation approaches can enable better relationships, and help people to reach better outcomes and lead happier lives.
Based in Clydebank Gary is Team Leader for Housing Operations (Clydebank Waterfront) with West Dunbartonshire Council. Part of Gary’s remit is to manage the Council’s mediation service which provides Neighbourhood, Young Persons & Families and Workplace mediation on behalf of the Local Authority.
Gary has been a practising mediator since 2000, trained initially by The Mediation Bureau and has received further training from SACRO, Scottish Community Mediation Centre & The Peoples Resolution Group.
Gary was an assessor with the Scottish Community Mediation Network’s accreditation scheme for eight years and has been involved in the inspection of service providers, training providers and mediators throughout the country. He is a SCMN accredited mediator.
Gary has been an active member of the SMN Board for the last six years and is a member of the Excellence in Mediation committee.
Gary has a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Studies from the University of Glasgow.
Hilary is the Regional In-Court Adviser for the Tayside courts funded by the Scottish Legal Aid Board. Her role is to manage and develop the In-Court Project and is responsible for the management of a team and running a programme for volunteer law students along with providing Advice & Assistance for unrepresented parties and negotiating on their behalf. Hilary was instrumental in initiating and developing a dispute resolution scheme within the project.
Prior to her current role, Hilary, who is a management fellow, has worked in a variety of roles in senior management and in development. As well as having a sound management background, she also offers knowledge of the judicial systems. After having trained as a mediator she keeps her skills up to date by volunteering for the Edinburgh sheriff court Mediation service.
On the board since 2015, Hilary brings to the board an unusual mix of both management and development experience, combined with a working knowledge of dispute resolution within the court system.
Catriona has worked within the Scottish Community and Economic Development sector for twelve years and currently works within Community Planning. During this time her professional interest in the use of mediation for the purpose of strengthening Communities has developed and evolved. She also has an active interest in the role of mediation in the strengthening of democratic structures and participatory practice, including how Scotland can learn from, and collaborate with, our Nordic and European neighbours. She is keen to encourage the use of mediation within alternative areas of Scottish civic and Community life, especially within the Third Sector and the Scottish Community Planning system.
I am a Senior Lecturer at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. My teaching is split between the University’s Architecture School and the Law School. I am an active researcher, with much of my current work at the University spanning the two disciplines. I have recently completed a book which aims to shed a light on how Court-Connection and Lawyers’ perspectives have shaped Court-Connected Construction Mediation Practice in different Common Law jurisdictions. My professional background is in Property and Construction, and when I am not on Campus I also run an active Consultancy Practice, where I help Clients improve their Business Operations. I have recently established a Mediation Practice, and been actively involved in a range of disputes, covering the Commercial Field through to Family Matters. I have been a Trustee of the Network since September 2015. I decided to become involved as a Trustee to champion and advance public knowledge of mediation and promote public recognition of the Mediation Profession. As someone that comes from the Academic Community, I would like to think I can help the Network engage actively with the research community, to seek research funding and partnerships to generate evidence relating to the use and benefits of Mediation
I have a long held interest in alternative dispute resolution methods and
am an accredited legal mediator (member of CALM since 2005) working in Orkney.
As a board member of our local mediation service we have taken it to national standard and from this I have developed an interest in continuing development of mediation and training for the mediators.
I have first hand experience through work of the difference good mediation can make to families in separation situations and am therefore keen to see promoted and rolled out to the Scottish family law courts.
I am interested in the prospect of integrating into other areas of dispute and raising awareness generally.
Stuart Valentine is the Chief Executive of Relationships Scotland, which provides relationship counselling, family mediation and child contact centres through a network of 22 member services covering the whole of the country. Over 15,000 people receive face-to-face support each year.
Stuart completed the Core Flagship Course in Mediation in 2014. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Carolyn and their son Harry.
I am a passionate believer in the power of mediation as a tool to build relationships and transform conflict. I feel that in our society mediation is currently underused and misunderstood and see the role of SMN of promoting both the potential of mediation to civic leadership in Scotland and of good practice amongst those practicing mediation as really important.
I am a qualified mediator and have been very privileged to work with Mediation Northern Ireland and later with the Centre for Good Relations in promoting and developing civic mediation in England and see that there is strong potential for civic mediation to be further expanded not just in Scotland, but more widely. The current political context, the increase in migration and the impact of terrorist attacks across the globe is impacting on Scotland and the more skilled our society are in managing and building good relationships the better.
Amanda specialises in equality and inclusion and holds a law masters degree (LLM) in UK and EU employment and equality legislation and works as an independent equality and inclusion consultant, with a diverse profile of clients from the public and private sector. She trained as a mediator in 2008, with a focus mediation in employment. Having founded a community engagement social enterprise, 360 Engagment, she is particularly interested in community empowerment and capacity building, and promoting mediation skills and practice as an effective way of resolving conflict, which can drain resources and energy from community projects.
Amanda is a former trustee of Disability Sports Yorkshire, a charity which champions and enables inclusive sport and the participation of disabled people in public life. Her key focus as a trustee will be to promote mediation in the community, voluntary and business sectors, as well as raising the profile of accessibility and inclusion.
Scott is a family mediator and partner with McArthur Stanton, Solicitors. He is a member of CALM Scotland, the Family Law Association, and is an Advisory Board member of the Voices in the Middle charity campaign. He created and manages a number of mediation and legal websites, actively promotes mediation on social media, and is a published author in the field. With Ewan Malcolm he has developed a training course on how to mediate online, and is pressing for an increase in access to training for child-inclusive mediation in separation. He is happy to work with all like-minded individuals, organisations, state bodies and the government in re-imagining from the ground up our approach to conflict resolution in Scotland.