New Leader

By MediationNI,

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Mediation Northern Ireland will begin our search for a new leader in the new year, following the announcement by our current director Mary Lynch that she is leaving the organisation after 11 years. Mary’s leadership has been marked by creativity, curiosity and bravery, and a deep commitment to the vision and values of MNI.

Reflecting on her time, Mary Lynch said,

“MNI is a special place for many people, including me. I was custodian of this resilient organisation – a place of learning, growth and transformation; a place where you can be heard – for a little while, and I am filled with gratitude for every day and every encounter. With a deep love for the organisation, the people and the work, I am handing over to Laurie Randall, a woman of peace and passion.  I look forward to the next chapters of MNI’s story unfolding under Laurie’s guidance and wisdom.”

The Board of MNI is delighted that Laurie Randall, whose work in peacebuilding and mediation has been interwoven with Mediation NI over many years, will act as Interim Director for a transitional period of 6 months.

Laurie said,

“Working under Mary’s leadership has been a delight – her approach to mediation is typified by courage, creativity and compassion – and I am personally so grateful for all I have learned alongside her during this past decade. We are conscious that there’s still a mediative task to fulfil here, supporting people to connect and have essential conversations. And we want to support the local field of mediation to continue to develop based on ethical standards and emergent practice.”

Co-Chairs of the Board of Trustees, Dr Catherine Turner and Rosie Timoney said,

“We sincerely thank Mary for all that she has contributed to MNI throughout her 11 year term as Director. Thanks to her creativity and efforts MNI is in a strong position entering into this period of transition. We very much look forward to recruiting a new leader to build on Mary’s legacy and to take the mission of MNI into its next chapter at the heart of conversations about change, contention, conflict and difference, here in Northern Ireland and further afield.”

The Board will shortly begin a recruitment process for the next leader of Mediation NI.

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