I was thrilled recently to be asked to become Chair of the Workplace and Employment group of the Mediation Sectors Committee of the Civil Mediation Council (CMC).

It’s been a long journey for mediation – and there’s still some way to go. 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.

It’s a great honour to undertake this new role – and after giving it some thought, I’ve decided that my vision is to be to help create an environment where workplace mediation is the norm, rather than the exception. So, how can we best 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.

Of course, I am very keen to hear the views of readers of this blog and newsletter. Do you have an interest in workplace and employment mediation? I want to hear what you think.

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