Our People

The people at Catalyst Mediation.

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    Mediators with over 86 years experience behind them

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    Trainers with over 86 years of experience behind them

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    Director who has overseen the growth of the company

Jeremy Scuse, Managing Director

I have always been interested in what makes people tick and how central an understanding of how to build relationships is to our working and home lives.  I started with a degree in Psychology, then 25 years in senior international marketing, followed by 10 years running my own companies and acting as a Non Executive Director for entrepreneurs. I accredited as a Mediator with CEDR in 2003 and helped set up Catalyst Mediation in 2005. We have helped people to resolve many different commercial, IPR, workplace, estate, partnership and shareholder disputes. I coach, train, lecture law students, train and share skills and give demonstrations of communication, negotiation, early dispute resolution and mediation to councils, HR staff, legal firms, their clients, mediators, in fact anyone I can persuade to sit still for long enough.

I have two daughters living in France, four grandchildren, steward 40 acres of Perthshire woodland as a Natural Wilderness and red squirrel breeding site and sit as a Chair of the Children’s Hearing panel in Arbroath.

Fiona O’Donnell

Fiona is one of only four Scottish qualified solicitors with a Specialist Accreditation in Mediation. As Director of Legal at the University of Dundee, she introduced the University’s Early Negotiation Resolution strategy. She mediates regularly throughout the UK in the public, voluntary and business sectors with senior management, multi-disciplinary groups and collaborative agencies. She served as Board Member of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board for 8 years, which provides a governance structure for negotiating terms and conditions for agricultural workers.

Alison Ebbitt

Alison runs the Family Mediation Practice from Glasgow, as one of Scotland’s most experienced family mediators. She specializes in supporting families affected by separation, divorce and other family difficulties. She brings commitment, professionalism, patience and compassion to her work.

Alison holds professional qualifications in training, social work, counselling and mediation.  Starting her career as a nurse, she went on to qualify as a social worker and worked in social care for 25 years.Since 1999 she has been a family mediator, developing an extemnsive practice including family mediation, supervised child / parent contact, support work with children, workplace dispute resolution, mental health training and teen development. She has developed courses in mediation, managing conflict, challenging behaviour, preventing youth homelessness and organisational change. 

Carol Hope

Carol has been involved in the field of communication since 1991 and has trained hundreds of individuals from commercial and governmental organisations. She currently runs the overseas courses on communication and mediation for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. She was formerly a governor of the UK College of Family Mediators and a member of the Professional Practice Standards Committee for three years. Carol is a registered trainer with Scottish Mediation and implemented the changes arising from the Scottish Mediation Practice Standards, where she was responsible for verification of the achievement of standards by registered trainers.