NFMS is a charity lead by an inspirational group of Trustees.
Thirty years' experience working with national organisations as a leader and senior manager. He has been chief executive of two national charities, on the board and chair of national and local charities, leader of a London borough and represented local government across London. Currently he is director of two pioneering social enterprises and chair/trustee of several housing, care, health and older people's organisations.
Most of Lesley's working life was spent in local government where she held various posts including residential social worker, under-fives officer, head of early years, assistant director of education and finally assistant director of children's services. She retired from local government in October 2013 in order to spend more time with her grandchildren who live locally and to pursue her own personal interests. Lesley is delighted to be a trustee for the Norfolk Family Mediation Service. She has significant work experience and some personal experience of the effect of family breakdown on children and young people and hopes to use that experience to contribute to the ongoing development of the service.
Andrew went to high school in Norwich and worked as a news journalist with the Eastern Daily Press after leaving university. He is currently Head of Corporate Communications at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and has previously worked in the NHS and in financial services with Virgin Money and Aviva. Andrew is a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Chartered Practitioner. Happily married and a father of three, Andrew has, in the past, had personal experience of a difficult relationship breakdown and is committed to helping families and children access mediation.
Sophie is a solicitor and trained collaborative lawyer at Cozens-Hardy LLP in Norwich. With over 12 years’ experience helping clients navigate the issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship, Sophie sees on a daily basis the effect of separation on the family. Sophie is a committed advocate of mediation, recognising through her work how the process can help reduce the impact of the relationship breakdown on the family.