About Us

our vision

A society that handles conflict better.

Our mission

As a mediation development organisation we provide expertise and support to manage, resolve and transform conflict. We do this by providing high quality services, training, and developing new models of practice.

Our Values

Integrity

Confidentially delivering on our promises.

Respect

Recognising the innate dignity and value of others.

Justice

Working through the principles of impartiality and fairness.

Nonviolence

Actively encouraging positive peace.

Creativity

Striving for innovation and supporting others to generate new ways forward.

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Courage

Facing challenges with confidence and perseverance.

Our Staff

Enda Young

Managing Director

Enda Young

Enda holds an MA in “Theory, Culture and Identity” and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast.

He is a certificated mediator with the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII), an accredited Executive Coach with the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He is a Rotary Peace Fellow, a member of Mediators Beyond Borders International and an ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace. He is a Director and one of the Co-founders of FactCheckNI, the first independent fact-checking organisation in Northern Ireland and Co-founder and Event Director of the Garvagh Forest parkrun.

Enda was named as one of the top 40 under 40 in Northern Ireland in 2019 by Business First.

Rob Colwell

Operations Director

Rob Colwell

Rob studied Business and Finance and started his career in the banking industry working as a Foreign Exchange Trader. After a voluntary period in politics, Rob started with Mediation NI over 15 years ago, working on the Social Partnership Programme to develop local mediative capacity in local communities.

Rob currently manages the day-to-day operations of the organisation, including managing the finances of the charity and maintaining the charity’s headquarter premises on University Street.

Laurie Randall

Mediation & Development Director

Laurie Randall

Laurie was born in 1968 in Belfast. She gained a bachelors degree in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford and a Peace and Conflict Studies M.A. at the University of Ulster. She works freelance as a mediator, facilitator and trainer. She is involved in Pastoral Support with the Diocese of Connor and is a member of Connect (an ad hoc multi-denominational group resourcing church mediation). She worked with Mediation Northern Ireland since 1995 as both an Associate and as a staff member (2000-2010). Past involvements include work with police training, the Parades Commission, and integrated education.

Bobby Marno

Business Development Director

Bobby Marno

Bobby is a seasoned entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in business management. His career highlights include founding and successfully growing multiple ventures across various industries from finance to film production. Known for his strategic vision and hands-on approach, Bobby is a collaborative leader who fosters innovation and teamwork, empowering his teams to achieve remarkable results. Bobby is also committed to giving back to the community and has actively supported charitable initiatives throughout his career. With his entrepreneurial spirit and proven leadership, Bobby continues to make a significant impact in the business world.

Board Members

Dr Esther McGuinness

Dr Esther McGuinness

Dr Esther McGuinness is Head of School of Law at Ulster University. She is a founding member and Co Director of the Ulster Law Clinic, where she supervises LLM students and practices/advises on all areas of employment law. A qualified mediator, with 20+ years’ experience in the employment law field, she is also a founding member of the Social Justice Hub/Foyle Family Justice Centre, which specialises in providing advice and support to survivors of domestic violence and their families.

Prof Colin Murray

Prof Colin Murray

Colin has taught Constitutional Law and Counter-Terrorism Law at Newcastle Law School for over fifteen years. His research encompasses prisoner disenfranchisement and the right to vote, imperialism’s impact on the UK Constitution and the human rights implications of special counter-terrorism powers. His ongoing research explores the implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland and culminated a major Economic and Social Research Council project on governance and identity in Northern Ireland amid the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and Trade and Cooperation Agreement negotiations. In the course of this research he appeared before parliamentary committees.

Aengus MacGrianna

Aengus MacGrianna

Aengus Mac Grianna is a former journalist and Newscaster with RTE in Dublin. In 2014 Aengus was elected by RTE colleagues to the position of staff representative on the RTE Board. Aengus held this position until 2018 when he decided to leave RTE to return to education. In 2022 Aengus graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an M.Phil in International Peace Studies. Aengus, a strong advocate of peace and mediation, formally joined the Board of Mediation Northern Ireland in June 2023.

Adriana Morvaiova

Adriana Morvaiova

Adriana Morvaiová is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist, a TEDx Speaker, and NLP Practitioner. Originally from Slovakia with Hungarian heritage, she embarked on a transformative journey to Northern Ireland in 2005. Adriana takes pride in being an Inclusion Champion and leading a Lean In Circle established in 2023, fostering a vibrant community of professional multicultural women across NI. She has previously collaborated with esteemed organizations such as Transport for London, Croydon Council, and Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

Dr Catherine Turner

Dr Catherine Turner

Professor Catherine Turner is an academic, consultant and trainer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of peace mediation and post conflict justice. She is currently Professor of Law at Durham University where she specialises in the international law of peace and security. She has published extensively in the fields of peace mediation and transitional justice, with a particular focus on how these processes can be made more inclusive. She has consulted widely for inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations on the theme of inclusive peace mediation and peace processes, in particular women’s participation in peace mediation. She has been involved with Mediation Northern Ireland since 2003.

Nikita Brijpaul

Nikita Brijpaul

Nikita has over 20 years of experience in business development across a diverse range of industries, including FMCG, pharmaceutical, and construction. However h has spent the majority of his career in the telecommunications sector, having held positions with Telefonica UK and Liberty Global. Nikita currently volunteers as a mentor for Men’s Alliance NI, an organization that provides support for male victims of domestic abuse. Additionally, he holds positions as a Trustee Member of Mutual Energy Nikita currently works as the Commercial Partner for the Lisburn Castlereagh City Council. Nikita holds an MBA from the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow and is a Fellow at the Chartered Management Institute.

Caroline Greer

Caroline Greer

Caroline Greer is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Ireland. She has a master’s in business administration and is currently Finance Director of IRP Commerce Limited. To date her career in business and finance has spanned more than 30 years with a focus on company turnaround, sale, purchase, restructuring and change management. Her roles have given her experience of practice, manufacturing, charity, utilities, digital marketing, and software development sectors. She believes it is important to also use her skills for the benefit of the community and has held non-executive positions in education establishments and a housing association.

Anne-Marie Blaney

Anne-Marie Blaney

Anne-Marie Blaney is a Programme Manager with Irish Rule of Law International and a former Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Irish Branch). She has extensive legal experience in civil litigation and family law, is an accredited mediator, and has designed and delivered professional education courses in conflict management and mediation. Anne-Marie has board experience with the Legal Aid Board Ireland, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Ireland, and Women's Aid Northern Ireland. Anne-Marie holds two postgraduate Master Degrees in Ethics and European Law from Dublin City University and Utrecht University.

Katrina Hinfey

Katrina Hinfey

Katrina is an independent Business & Change Management Consultant, with over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles across various sectors. She has held positions such as Business Improvement and Transformation representative for BBC NI, Director of Carecall NI, Senior Business Manager in Relate NI, and Head of Client Services for the Victims and Survivors Service. Katrina holds a BA in Business Studies and MSc in Business Improvement, is passionate about organizational strategy development and agile operating models, focusing on a person-centered approach to service delivery, good governance, high quality standards, and evidence-based solutions.

Associates

Gordon Douglas

Gordon Douglas

Gordon is an experienced Trainer, Mediator and Facilitator working with organisations. Before this he spent over a decade as the Community Affairs Manager for Queen’s University Belfast and Director of Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union. Throughout his time at Queen’s he practised as a mediator and trainer. Previously Gordon has worked all over the world and has long experience in facilitating conversations in large organisations.

Sean OBaoill

Sean OBaoill

Sean has been involved in Community Relations, Peace and Conflict resolution work for 20 years including time with Corrymeela, the Peace People, Youth for Peace, Kilcranny House, the Parades Commission and Mediation Northern Ireland. He is an experienced trainer who engages effectively with a diversity of people.

Susan Clark

Susan Clark

Susan spent the last 20 years running as Director of her HR consultancy Susan Clark Personnel Consultancy Ltd and acted as an advisor in relation to all aspects of HR, as well as a mentor and business coach. She now focuses solely on mediation and is an accredited workplace mediator and competency assessor.

Lorraine Thompson

Lorraine Thompson

Lorraine is a self motivated, resourceful, creative, calm and dependable qualified youth worker with extensive experience of project management. She has expertise in design and delivery of innovative training programmes for both adults and young people using a variety of methods including experiential learning. She has skills and am particularly interested in people development using methods of facilitation, coaching, mentoring and reflective practice. Her experience includes over 20 years of youth work practice, over 15 years of project management and over 11 years of learning, training and development.

Gordon McDade

Gordon McDade

Gordon is passionate about the business of people development and through his work offer positive and practical coaching, mentoring and consultancy services to individual people on their life journey, to those involved in leadership roles in the large organisations, the community and voluntary sector and the faith sector, and to small businesses, social enterprises, community groups and charities seeking a greater impact with greater resources. Gordon helps groups, charities and businesses thrive, and fulfil their goals and achieve their mission.

Matt Scrimgeour

Matt Scrimgeour

Stefania Gualberti

Stefania Gualberti

Stefania is a trainer, facilitator, and mediator. She has a degree and a Masters in Peace Studies (University of Pisa, Italy). She moved to Belfast in 2008 and has been involved in the peacebuilding and community relations sectors in different roles since then. She is passionate about nonviolence, conflict transformation, diversity and migration, and language.

Rosalind Dunlop

Rosalind Dunlop

Rosalind is a qualified solicitor with over a decade’s experience in mediation and carries out regular mediation work both privately and as a panel with a range of organisations. Rosalind is accredited with the College of Mediators as a Mediator and Professional Practice Consultant.

Paul Hutchinson

Paul Hutchinson

Paul has a professional background in counselling, drama therapy and mediation. He has extensive experience in training, evaluation/research, community relations and community arts programmes.

Ann Burnett

Ann Burnett

Ann has spent a long career in Human Resources in the public and private sector. During this time she has undertaken further development by completing a law degree. Ann obtained her mediation certificate in 2015 and since this time has mainly managed conflict in the workplace. Ann's interests include cake making and she has also opened a self catering lodge to continue her love of meeting and talking with people.

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