Polly Rowan Hamilton
An accredited Family Mediator with FMNI and is currently working towards Professional Practice Consultant status. Polly was formerly a teacher with some twenty years’ experience. Polly is currently employed by FMNI as a Mediator and has completed specialist training in Older Persons Mediation. Polly is also a member of the FMNI training team.
Over 20 years’ experience working with children and families in Educational and Community establishments. Particularly focusing on families at risk, in crisis and experiencing varying degrees of family conflict. Valerie has experience of working with families in Contact Centres and is an FMNI certified mediator who is on course this year to gain accreditation status through the College of Mediators (UK). She is also a member of the College of Mediators.
Carol Blackwell Smyth
A former teacher with 18 years’ experience in the primary and secondary sectors, Carol completed her certified mediation training in 2012 and is currently employed by FMNI. She is a member of the College of Mediators and will shortly gain her College of Mediators accreditation.
Training & Supervision Team
A Family Mediator and Professional Practice Consultant with FMNI. She was accredited as a Practitioner Member of The MII in 2002 and has worked with the Family Mediation Service, Ireland, as a mediator, trainer and supervisor since 2002. Eimear participated in MNI’s MOST Programme for international peace-building and exchange (2009-2013). She is also part of a new all-island study group looking at Child Inclusive Practice in family mediation and other fields. Eimear chaired the Mediators’ Institute Ireland Ethics & Standards Committee.
A Family Mediator and Professional Practice Consultant with FMNI. She also specialises in Workplace Mediation for various organisations in the United Kingdom. She is a Practitioner Member of The MII and an Associate with Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI). Janni is on the Policy and Standards committee for The College of Mediators UK. She also participated in MNI’s MOST Programme for international peace-building and exchange (2009-2013). Janni is an ambassador for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Peace Building and lectures on the Masters in Mediation at NUI Maynooth.
Davina is a qualified Social Worker and worked in a variety of Family & Child Care services, including with the Social Services Trust and later employed in Barnardos providing therapeutic and assessment work with families. She has experience managing and developing operational services to meet service outcomes. Davina qualified as a Family Mediator in 2008 and went on to achieve accreditation status through the College of mediators. She continues to work in the area of restorative practice and is a member of the College of Mediators. Davina has just completed a post-graduate Diploma in Strategy & Leadership at QUB. Davina works with FMNI as Lead Practitioner and Direct Child Consultant within the Charity.
An accredited Family Mediator and Professional Practice Consultant with FMNI. She is also a practicing Family Lawyer with over 25 years’ experience and is on the Children’s Order panel for Northern Ireland as well as a practicing Collaborative Law Solicitor.
An accredited Family Mediator with FMNI. He is also a practising Family Lawyer since 1981. Malachy has experience as a Disability Conciliator and Youth Justice Conference coordinator.
Sessional Mediator Panel
FMNI contracts with a Panel of sessional Professional Mediators, who have completed the approved Foundation Training Programme and who adhere to College of Mediators UK and Mediators Institute Ireland standards and FMNI policies. As a condition of their Service Level Agreement, Panel members are required to be registered with membership bodies, attend supervision, group supervision and Continuous Professional Development training events.
Mediators are required to work towards accredited status and are fully insured to practice on behalf of FMNI.