About Us

The LSM Team

Outstanding leadership and trainers

Judith Kelbie LLB

Judith Kelbie is founder and a Director of the London School of Mediation.

She is an active mediator in addition to leading the course for over a decade.  Judith is passionate about mediation and regularly mediates seemingly intractable disputes.

She has written and delivered courses including open, in-house and specialist and these have been delivered to various audiences, both within the UK and abroad.  She was recently involved in training the Cayman Islands Judiciary and has taught in India, New Zealand and Ireland, to name a few.

She is particularly skilled in multi-party mediation, the largest to date involving 26 participants. She mediates internationally and regularly speaks on mediation at conferences and events. She has also co-authored the Mediation Handbook.

Judith was for 6 years an independent elected board member of the Civil Mediation Council. She chaired the academic committee responsible for standards in mediation.

Judith is happy to discuss any bespoke requirements you may have for in-house courses.  She is currently working on a range of very diverse and interesting projects in Greece.  She is as equally happy to discuss open courses with potential delegates whom may wish to know more before booking.

She is a Solicitor, qualified Electronics Engineer and an accredited mediator.

Judith can be contacted on +44 (0) 1423 87 4599 or by email - judith@londonschoolofmediation.com

Tessa Herman LLB

Tessa Herman is a Director of the London School of Mediation.

Tessa is an accredited mediator having qualified in 2014 with the London School of Mediation.  She has been a member of the Faculty since 2015, teaching and assessing on many courses. She has an active mediation practice and is happy to mediate any dispute.

She is an experienced personal injury solicitor based in Yorkshire with a particular interest in brain & spinal injury cases having specialised in catastrophic injury cases during her 14 years with Irwin Mitchell solicitors. Tessa now provides a legal consultancy service to law firms assisting them with their complex injury cases.

In addition to mediation, Tessa regularly provides training as a consultant, to  a wide range of organisations in the areas of expert witness work and investigative interviewing and complaints handling.  

Tessa is happy to discuss any aspect of the mediation courses London School of Mediation run.  She can be contacted on +44(0) 1423 87 4599 or by email - tessa@londonschoolofmediation.com


Michelle Baines

Michelle is the Director of Business Administration here at the London School of Mediation and is likely to be the first voice you will hear when calling.  

She will be happy to discuss anything about our courses, your booking and any other queries you may have.

Located in Yorkshire, and having worked alongside Judith for over 11 years, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and Yorkshire charm.

You can contact Michelle by calling +44 (0) 1423 87 4599 or by emailling michelle@londonschoolofmediation.com

John Harvey

John is a Consultant for the London School of Mediation. based in London.

John spends much of his time working on the development of a variety of International Mediation Projects in Europe, The Middle East and South Africa. As a mediator John's particular interest lies in commercial disputes to which he is able to apply wealth of experience gained from his background as a Director for a number of leading UK and International businesses.

John's background includes running a major airline and as Chief Operating Officer of a Global Insurer. It was at the latter where he first came across mediation and was impressed by the difference it could make to both businesses and individuals involved in a dispute. Following training as a mediator John has been keen to apply his skills to commercial disputes and to promote mediation in all its form whenever he can.

John regularly appears as a tutor on LSM courses and would be delighted to discuss the courses, or options for new courses, at any time.

You can reach John in the office on +44 (0) 207 583 0444 or by email - jh@londonschoolofmediation.com

Lizzie Haynes

Lizzie Haynes is a Family and Civil & Commercial mediator, Director of LH Family Mediation, part of the faculty of London School of Mediation (LSM) teaching and assessing and a Barrister (non practising).

She previously practiced for over 2 decades as a Dental Hygienist in both private practice and for the NHS before being called to the Bar in 2007. She began mediating in Civil & Commercial disputes during that same year and later undertook additional training in order to conduct Family Mediations. 

Steve Scarre

Steve has 30 years’ experience on Senior Management Teams in both public and private sectors, including nine years as Vice Principal of Kirklees College.  He was a key player in developing and implementing strategic priorities, which included multi-million Pound efficiency savings, a merger with a local college and major capital builds.  Heading up a team which completely replaced and updated all of the management information systems over a period of two years from 2009 to 2011, he developed international business agreements, and most importantly, ensured that the 20,000 students received a quality experience to enable them to reach their full potential.

Having trained and qualified as a Civil and Commercial Mediator with LSM in September 2011, Steve is regularly in attendance on our courses in either a teaching or assessing  capacity.