IMI Board Member, James South, Becomes CEDR Managing Director

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28 November 2017

James South becomes Managing Director of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) announces that James South has become its Managing Director. James, a mediator and lawyer, Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, has been CEDR’s Director of Training since 2004. James’s appointment follows the announcement in early 2017 that Dr Karl Mackie CBE was moving from Chief Executive to Founder President to focus on mediation practice. James will now take on the leadership role within the organisation, reporting to CEDR’s Board of Trustees.

James has over 20 years of global experience in the ADR field and has worked in five continents, facilitating dialogue and empowering people at all levels to develop the way they engage with others. He has worked with countless large corporates in sectors such as banking, pharmaceutical, insurance, International Government Organisations, and National Governments and Departments. Much of his work has been instrumental to the development of Civil Justice Systems in numerous jurisdictions.

CEDR has grown dramatically in its 27 year history and the organisation saw it as important to appoint a Managing Director to work with the other seven members of CEDR’s Executive Team and ensure that the trajectory of its recent achievements is continued. This includes the development of CEDR’s negotiation and conflict consultancy portfolio and the growth in consumer dispute resolution, alongside maintaining its prominence as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre and its leadership in mediator accreditation.

James will be succeeded as Director of Training and Consultancy by Susanne Schuler, who has been Assistant Director of Training and Consultancy since 2013 and is also a member of the Executive Team. Susanne is a lawyer and a highly experienced mediator, who is fluent in four languages. Susanne also spent 10 years as Director and head of