by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

One of Northern Ireland’s leading mediation providers has announced the election of a new chair, vice chair and Board to oversee its future direction.   The Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) is the only mediation provider based in Northern Ireland to have received the accreditation from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) as a certified ADR provider for consumer disputes.


 

Brian Speers, solicitor was elected as the new Chair of the Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) at its Annual General Meeting of the Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) which was held on Thursday 19th April 2018 at Law Society House in Belfast to elect a new Chair, Vice Chair and Board members.

 

Those attending the AGM voted Brian Speers as Chair, Alva Brangam QC as Vice Chair and a new DRS Board to include; Teresa Johnstone, James O Brien, Gareth Jones, Michael Bready, Drusilla Hawthorne, Rosalind Dunlop and Kevin Neary.

 

The new Board will consider the future direction of the Dispute Resolution Service and the strategy required to promote the DRS to practitioners and clients in Northern Ireland and further afield.

 

Commenting the new Chair of the DRS, Mr Brian Speers said: “I am delighted to have been elected Chair and look forward to working with colleagues to promote the DRS to practitioners and to ensure the DRS is the preferred choice for consumers and businesses in Northern Ireland”.

 

The President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, Eileen Ewing said: “The Law Society remains proud that the DRS and its membership continues to be drawn from both parts of the legal profession in Northern Ireland. I am confident that today’s AGM, the new board and the strategy which will be put in place to promote the DRS to practitioners provides the right direction to take.”

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Brian Speers, new Chair of the DRS, Eileen Ewing, President of the Law Society and Alva Brangam QC new Vice Chair of DRS.

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