Our Staff

 Kent Family Mediation Service Staff

The service is fortunate in having the support of a great team of personable and experienced managers, mediators and administration staff, the benefit of which is passed on to the mediation clients that mediate with Kent Family Mediation Service.


Denise Ingamells: Professional Practice Consultant & Head of Mediation

In August 2013, Denise became the Head of Mediation and the PPC for Kent Family Mediation Services. Denise is a FMC (Family Mediation Council) accredited family mediator.

She is a qualified Legal Aid Agency Accredited Family Mediator. Denise authored the Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) and accompanying handbook on behalf of Relate for Cafcass. She has also delivered training on delivering the SPIP (Separated Parents Information Programme) to approximately three hundred SPIP Practitioners around England.                                       
Denise trained as a Relationship Counsellor with Relate in 1995, qualified as an “all issues” Family Mediator with NFM (National Family Mediation) in January 2002 and as a Professional Practice Consultant in 2005. Prior to this she managed a large mediation service for Relate in North East London for eight years and developed training for a range of organisations including the NHS, and the homeless charity, St Mungo’s. Denise is also the Chair of Governors at a Primary School.
Denise was awarded the Avril Reid Award for Innovation in Mediation by the President of National Family Mediation in 2007, and she also won the Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the Year Award in 2012.


Carol O'Meara: Family Mediator

Carol is a qualified Legal Aid Agency Accredited Family Mediator and has been with Kent Family Mediation Service as a Family Mediator since 1994. Carol is trained in carrying out Direct Consultations with Children. She is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Counsellor. She also currently works for Social Services as a Social Worker and she recently became a Best Interest Assessor under the Mental Health Capacity Act.



Paula Morvan: Family Mediator

 Adv. Dip in Humanistic Counselling, Post Grad Dip in Play Therapy, Cert in Counselling Skills

Paula is a qualified Legal Aid Agency Accredited Family Mediator and is a member of the UK College of Mediators.  Paula is also an FMC (Family Mediation Council) accredited Family Mediator. She has an Advanced Diploma in Counselling.  Paula is also accredited by the Legal Aid Agency to consult directly with children.

Paula has been a Family Mediator since 2003 and has worked as a School Counsellor for the past eight years. She acts as a Consultant for Cafcass and also undertakes parent coaching and counselling. Paula is a SPIP (Separated Parents Information Programme) Presenter and she is a also Presenter for Kent Family Mediation's, Children First and Parenting After Parting Workshops.


Bernardina Selemane: Family Mediator

Bernardina is an FMC (Family Mediation Council) accredited Family Mediator. She completed her foundation studies in Family Mediation in 2005, with Key Mediation Training and Consultancy. Bernardina was employed for nine years as a Mediation Coordinator with South East London Family Mediation Bureau (SELFMB). During this time she also trained and practiced as a Neighbourhood Mediator, and as 'in Court’ Mediator in association with Cafcass, at Bromley County Court.

In 2011 Bernardina gained her Legal Aid Agency Accreditation and since this time, she been working for Kent Family Mediation Service as a Family Mediator.


Martha Monday: Family Mediator

BA (Hons), FE Teachers Certificate

Martha is a qualified Legal Aid Agency accredited Family Mediator and an FMC (Family Mediation Council) accredited Family Mediator.. After many years of working in the Family Courts, Martha began Mediating in 1998, when she trained with Medway Mediation in Community Mediation, dealing with neighbourhood disputes. Martha then worked on a freelance basis for other organisations, and gained training and experience in workplace and SEN mediation.  She qualified with ADR as an accredited Family Mediator in November 2011 and she joined Kent Family Mediation Service in August 2011. 

Martha is also a Barrister, having been called to the Bar in 1998.  She attended Bristol University where she gained a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM)

Martha possesses a great deal of experience in working with people at crisis points in their lives, in conflict with each other, or bewildered as to the way forward.

Sarah Emanuel: Family Mediator

BA (Hons), Solicitor


Sarah is both a Legal Aid Agency Accredited Family Mediator and an FMC (Family Mediation Council) accredited Family Mediator. Sarah joined Kent Family Mediation Service in 2011. Sarah is a qualified Solicitor and has she also worked as a Welfare Advisor and a School Governor for nine years.

Sarah  says "Family Mediation is rewarding when, having met people at a low point in their lives, you can help them to consider and discuss more options than they thought they had and to arrive at a fair resolution and the hope of a new start.

Kent Family Mediation Service is friendly, well organised and professional, up-to-date and the service is quick to introduce the latest ideas, research training and best practice".

Craig Brooks: Family Mediator

 BA (Hons), Solicitor

Craig is a qualified Legal Aid Agency accredited Family Mediator with Kent Family Mediation Service. Craig is also an FMC (Family Mediation Council) accredited Family Mediator and a SPIP (Separed Parents Information Programme) Presenter. He is a graduate in Psychology,  qualifying in 2007 from the College of Law. Craig is a qualified Solicitor and also practices in Civil and Commercial Mediation.  Prior to commencing his legal career, Craig ran his own music management business and he was also an instructor in martial arts.


Karen Clarke: Service Manager

Karen is the Service Manager at Kent Family Mediation Service. Karen oversees the day to day running of the organisation and is supported by a team of six administrators. Prior to joining the service, Karen worked as a Customer Services Manager for the Prudential.


Debbie Hillman: Assistant to Head of Mediation and Service Manager

Debbie has spent the past thirteen years working within the family mediation sector. She holds qualifications in Business Administration and Business Management. Prior to working for Kent Family Mediation, Debbie worked for another Family Mediation provider, in addition to continuing to manage a number of her own business projects.


Emma: Accounts

Michelle: Senior Family Mediation Administrator

"I have been the Senior Administrator for Kent Family Mediation Service for the past twelve years. This has been my only position since leaving the Metropolitan Police Service. I enjoy working in my role as I get great satisfaction from knowing that Kent Family Mediation Service can really make a difference to families who are going through a difficult and emotional time in their lives".

Kaye: Family Mediation Administrator

"My name is Kaye and I work as part of a great team in the Administration Department. We are the initial contact for people who need our help with making future arrangements concerning all aspects of their separation/divorce/children’s matters. We pride ourselves in our ability to offer a sympathetic and impartial ear to all our customers at a time which can be very difficult for them".

Jocelyne: Family Mediation Administrator

"I joined Kent Family Mediation Service in 2009, after working in London as a legal PA. The work I do can be extremely rewarding. There is a very strong team ethic within the Service, and we are all totally focused on achieving the very best for our mediation clients".