Melanie is a full member of Resolution and the Family Mediators Association and is accredited by the Family Mediation Council in All Issues (Children and Finance and Property).
Melanie is passionate about expanding the reach of Family Mediation and encouraging access for all; as such she is a keen advocate of promoting online mediation (video calls). Whilst acknowledging that this not for everyone, she believes that it is a way of opening up availability of the service to people with disabilities; those with child care constraints or simply to satisfy client choice in a changing world.
Melanie has been a Family Magistrate in West Yorkshire for ten years. During this time she has gained a wealth of experience of the family legal system and knows first hand what works well and what doesn’t. She is a firm believer that if parents can reach an agreement between themselves about their children it is far more powerful and effective. This experience led to her qualification as a Family Mediator as Melanie truly sees the benefits
– it saves time, cost and is focused on your children, but most of all, it is far less stressful.
Whilst she works across the full spectrum of issues, due to this first hand experience in the courts, increasingly she is asked to take on complex child cases.
Prior to this, Melanie worked in various roles across the Financial Services Industry, specialising in consumer over-indebtedness and credit and fraud policy. Melanie is an expert in dealing with people across society in highly confidential and often emotive and distressing situations. She worked in many financial services firms such as HSBC, First Direct, Santander and GE. She has been a non-executive director/trustee at PayPlan, Bradford Citizens Advice Bureau and Law Centre and The Registry Trust giving her a wealth of experience to support clients in financial matters.