Our Team

Our Trustees

Francis Preedy

Francis Preedy

Chair of Trustees

Francis is a lawyer by profession, having been registered as a Trade Mark Attorney and working within the Intellectual Property departments of McKenna solicitors, Shell International Petroleum Company Limited as well as the very first U K trade mark practice, Trade Mark Owners Association Limited. Today Francis helps at both Kingston University and Surrey University and is a consultant for a number of companies keen to remain on the right side of the law as their business grows, substantially in the United Kingdom.

Francis had been married for twenty years with three children but encountered difficult times to the extent that the only way forward was divorce. His marriage was brought to an end through the courts but his solicitor was a trustee of Surrey Family & Mediation Services. His solicitor recognised his interest in negotiating a settlement rather than fighting a court case and as a result Francis became a Trustee in 2015 and Chair of the Charity in 2022.

Jane Olsen

Jane Olsen

Trustee

Jane worked for 17 years as a senior HR business partner in a global pharmaceutical company. Prior to that she spent 10 years in commercial roles in central and eastern Europe, including postings in Russia, and before that 5 years in business travel and exhibition organisation in the former Soviet Union. Jane has a degree in Russian.

 

Now retired, she volunteers at her local foodbank as the warehouse manager, responsible for stock management and order delivery and a team of 30 volunteers.

 

Since February 2021, she is HR Trustee for Surrey Family and Mediation Services. She experienced work place mediation in her HR career, and is interested in seeing mediation work in other settings, as well as wishing to use her work experience to support local community services.  

David Brooks

David Brooks

Trustee

David has had a long career multilateral development banking. These are organisations which channel funds provided by G7 and other member states to support market-based investments in developing countries and to also provide concessional financing such as grants through separate funds.  David’s work has included almost 25 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where he was Director of Financial Strategy and Budget, responsible for financial policies and planning, as well as resource management across the organisation.

Now in semi-retirement, David is currently consulting for the Finance team at the African Development Bank Group, working on financial innovations to better deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and to support low-income countries.

 

He originally qualified as a chartered accountant in the 1980s.

 

David has been the finance trustee of SFMS since April 2020.

Management Team

Tamsin Remnant

Tamsin Remnant

Service Manager

Tamsin completed her family mediation training with National Family Mediation in 2017 and attained FMCA status in December 2021. She then went on to train as a Child Inclusive Mediator in November 2022.

Prior to completing her mediation training, Tamsin received a law diploma with CILEX in 2014 and worked as a Family Contact Worker, facilitating contact between for parents and children of separated families. 

Tamsin joined SFMS in March 2021 as Deputy Service Manager and was recently promoted to Service Manager in July 2023.

Sheila Parkes

Sheila Parkes

Professional Practice Consultant and Family Mediator

Sheila qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 1981 and in England in 1986 and continues to practice as a Family lawyer in Hampshire.

She trained as a mediator in 1996 with Hampshire Family Mediation and joined Surrey Family Mediation in 1998. She is a Professional Practice Consultant and also mediates for the Service.

Sheila particularly enjoys the challenge of helping clients with the financial aspects of relationship breakdown, but always endeavours to approach cases with empathy and understanding.

Chloe Evans

Chloe Evans

Deputy Professional Practice Consultant and Family Mediator

More information coming soon

Administration Team

Debbie Wilton

Debbie Wilton

Administrator

Debbie has worked in administration for a number of years. Her roles have included working for Marks & Spencer Head Office and after having her family she worked in the Education sector, in schools and colleges.

 

Debbie has been with SFMS for over 12 years.  Her first role was administrator co-ordinator for the SPIP programme. Debbie then moved over to the mediation team where she has worked ever since. 

Mary-Jane Newell

Mary-Jane Newell

Office Administrator

More information coming soon

 

Mediators

Tamsin Remnant

Tamsin Remnant

Family Mediator

As well as managing the service, Tamsin is also a family mediator and a Child Inclusive Mediator for SFMS.

Sheila Parkes

Sheila Parkes

Family Mediator

In addition to providing supervision for the mediators, Sheila is also a family mediator and a Child Inclusive Mediator for SFMS.

Chloe Evans

Chloe Evans

Family Mediator

In addition to providing supervision for the mediators, Chloe is also a family mediator and a Child Inclusive Mediator for SFMS.

Monica Weston

Monica Weston

Family Mediator

Monica trained as a mediator with Resolution in 2021. She is currently working towards full FMCA status.

Monica brings a huge amount of relevant knowledge and experience. She qualified as a solicitor in 2009, focusing on financial settlements for co-habitees and divorcing couples, in addition to assisting separated parents to agree workable arrangements for them and their children.

Through helping parents avoid contested court hearings, Monica  concluded that becoming a mediator was the best way to give clients the benefit of her skill set. 

Romina Kamran

Romina Kamran

Family Mediator

More information coming soon

Emma Ingham

Emma Ingham

Family Mediator

​Emma previously practiced as a family solicitor in Cardiff. Emma changed career paths by putting her legal skills and knowledge to use in assisting families to navigate their divorce away from acrimonious court proceedings She then trained as a mediator with the National Family Mediation in November 2019, and became fully accredited in January 2023. Emma finds working as a mediator and supporting people who are going through difficult times really rewarding. She strives to provide a safe and positive environment, where clients can share their perspectives and understandings, and are able to make decisions for themselves. Emma intends to train as a SEND and CIM mediator in the New Year.

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