York FMS

Our mediators

Andrea Jones

Andrea qualified as a family mediator in 1996 after training with National Family Mediation. Over the years Andrea has mediated cases involving high conflict, domestic violence and complex financial and children issues.

Initially Andrea combined her mediation work with her employment as a solicitor specialising in family law. Her case load covered the whole spectrum of family law work including applications in relation to children, financial matters and cases involving child protection issues. In 2002, Andrea stopped practising as a solicitor, and she is now a senior lecturer at the University of Law teaching a number of courses, including family law and business finance.


Anne Jones

Anne trained as a social worker and has worked in a variety of agencies both in UK and overseas with children and families.  Her interest in mediation began while working with Service families and she now has over 15 years experience as a mediator.  She has recent  experience as a Cafcass officer and so  is familiar with the court process which is helpful in her mediation practice.


Christine Sheppard

Most of Christine’s working life has been in the fields of Probation and Social Work. Predominantly this has been working with children and families, but not exclusively.  She trained as a family mediator in 1999 and so has been working in the field of mediation for more than 13 years, in both family mediation, dealing with children and finance & property issues, and also in neighbourhood mediation dealing with disputes between neighbours.


Joanna Bloss

She qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and worked in criminal and family work. Jo trained as a family mediator in 2008, having recognised through her experience of the family justice system, the need to find better ways for people to resolve the issues that arise when they separate. Jo particularly appreciates working with York FMS’ highly experienced team of mediators from different professional backgrounds.

Jo continues to practise as solicitor and over the years she has developed a specialism in representing children and parents in care proceedings. She is a member of the Law Society's Children Panel. Throughout her career Jo has undertaken work funded by legal aid and is committed to providing services for people irrespective of their ability to pay.


John Bourton

John has over 14 years experience as a family mediator. He trained as a family mediator with National Family Mediation and qualified in 1999, practising initially in Scarborough. He has worked in York Family Mediation service since 2003 and is keen to involve children in mediation when this is agreed with both parents and is considered appropriate and beneficial for the child or children.

He first served in the Armed Forces before changing careers and training as a social worker. Whilst employed with North Yorkshire Probation Service in both criminal and civil work, he specialised in working in the field of drug and alcohol misuse and in anger management. In 1993 he became a specialist Family Court Welfare Officer (a forerunner to Cafcass).


Judith Scott

Judith Scott is the Professional Practice Consultant at York FMS and is responsible for  supervision of Practice Standards and the Continuing Professional Development of all our mediators.  She has 20 years of experience as a professional Family Mediator working in both in the private and not-for-profit sectors.  

A former Family Mediator, Supervisor and Manager at the Institute for Family Therapy in London, Judith is also a Professional Practice Consultant supervising Family Mediators in a number of services across West Yorkshire. Judith is a member of National Family Mediation, the College of Mediators, the Family Mediators Association and Resolution.

Judith originally trained as a Social Worker and holds a MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from Birkbeck College, University of London.


Robert Jenkinson

Robert worked in social research as a community worker before training as a solicitor. As a solicitor he was always interested in negotiated solutions to family problems which led him to train as a mediator with York Family Mediation Service in 2004.

Robert now also work as a Benefits Adviser with AgeUK York. He finds that many mediation clients find advice on benefits very helpful when arranging their financial futures.