It was so exciting to be asked earlier this year to become Chair of the Workplace and Employment group of the Mediation Sectors Committee of the Civil Mediation Council (CMC). Next week is our latest group meeting and I am so proud to be working with such a great team of professionals.
It’s been a long journey for mediation – and there’s still some way to go – but so many developments have given us encouragement that the profession is moving forward, including the recent UK Mediation Awareness Week and many other events besides.

I’ve seen mediation grow over the years from different vantage points. I worked as an HR director earlier in my career and have now practised as an accredited mediator for over a decade, via both CEDR and my own company, most often in the workplace and employment arena.

Regular readers will know that my vision is to be to help create an environment where workplace mediation is the norm, rather than the exception. It’s worth restating how we can bring this about.
Firstly, we need to promote awareness of all resources for workplace and employment mediators, corporate employers and the many other interested parties.

Secondly, we need to create a greater awareness among business leaders, managers, lawyers and worker representatives the concept of mediation as a swift, discreet and cost-effective method of resolving employment disputes.

Thirdly, we need to be at the forefront of changes in law and mediation practice by reinforcing and rejuvenating links with other organisations, such as Acas, the CIPD and the IoD.

Do you have an interest in workplace and employment mediation? I want to hear what any regular reader of this newsletter or blog thinks.

Caroline Sheridan, Chair, Workplace and Employment CMC group and Founder of Sheridan Resolutions