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Trish Craggs  - Mediator & Director

Trish is an experienced mediator with Senior Mediator Status.  She trained as a mediator in 2011 having spent nineteen years in the court service as a solicitor/legal adviser in the Family Proceedings Court.  She is also a trained  presenter of the Separated Parenting Information Programme (SPIP).  Trish is a member of the Family Mediators' Association and is also accredited with The Legal Aid Agency.

Trish has experience in dealing with a wide range of issues within all aspects of the mediation process.  She is particularly interested in working with parents in conflict over children, helping them to move on from past disputes and to focus on reaching realistic, positive settlements for the future. 

Vivienne Hudson -   Administrator & Director

Vivienne was born and educated in Durham and initially trained as a Legal Secretary, working for a number of years in family and criminal law in Durham. Vivienne has been a member of the Stepping Stones team since 2001 and has helped develop the practice.

Having been a member of the team for so many years,  she is  particularly experienced in dealing with those going through conflict and difficult times.

Vivienne will usually be your first point of contact.  She will explain what the mediation process involves and answer answer any questions you may have. She  is  usually the person to speak to between mediation sessions for any queries or concerns.

Jenny Benn - Mediator & Director

Jenny is an experienced mediator, having been accredited for 15 years  and trained with National Family Mediation. She has a psychiatric social work background, working for many years in hospitals and the community. 

 Jenny is a trained presenter  in both Separated Parents information Programme (SPIPS) as well as Resolutions Parenting after Parting Programme.  She is a qualified Family Group Conferencing Coordinator and she is committed to helping separated families find long term sustainable solutions together in the interests of their children.  She believes parents know their children better than any judge and has confidence in their  ability to resolve disputes through mediation rather than costly court proceedings.

Jenny has a special interest in child contact matters and parenting whilst living apart.

   Caroline Goorney - Mediator & Director

Caroline qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and specialised in family law for many years, both in the Midlands and the North-East  where she ran her own specialist family and collaborative law  practice.  

A firm believer that in many cases the court process is not always the best forum to decide on the arrangements for families, Caroline trained as a mediator with Resolution in 1997 and has been an accredited all-issues mediator since 2001.

Having worked with mediation services in Sunderland and Newcastle for many years, Caroline joined Stepping Stones in 2014 where she continues to mediate all-issues cases, including property, finance and children. She is also a Professional Practice Consultant.