Meet The ASM Plus Team

Paul Sandford

Director of ASM PLUS, civil/commercial, workplace, employment, family and educational mediator and trainer with a judicial, legal and medical background. He has knowledge and expertise in dispute resolution in a wide range of areas and disciplines and mediates online.

Francesco Albertelli

Francesco is a highly accomplished member of the ASM PLUS team and a well established and highly skilled ADR practitioner, commercial lawyer and linguist. He initially qualified as an Advocate in Rome. He speaks English, Italian and French fluently and has a good working knowledge of Spanish.

Ben Beaumont

Civil/commercial mediator, arbitrator, adjudicator, barrister and chartered surveyor with extensive legal and directorial experience. He has wide-ranging international experience and works in a number of different worldwide jurisdictions.

Joanne Byrne

CMC accredited Civil Mediator experienced across a range of sectors.
Extensive experience developing and delivering ADR training to professional groups.

Austin Chessell

Highly experienced family mediator and family mediation supervisor, workplace trainer and couples/ relationship coach.

Dr Russell Foster

Consultant psychiatrist with extensive medicolegal,  managerial and  judicial expertise acting as medical consultant to ASM and an accomplished linguist and academic.

Henry Elliston

Highly experienced independent Chartered Financial Planner, qualified Pension Transfer Specialist and a former NHS pension expert.

Nicole Godetz

Nicole Godetz is highly skilled and experienced at mediating, resolving conflict and building good relationships, particularly with children, staff and families. She is an accredited mediator and brings over 30 years’ experience of working in the education and training sector.


David King

Civil mediator and accountant with extensive financial and taxation related experience and expertise.

Suzy Miller

Suzy is the first and only ‘Divorce Strategist’ who provides practical guidance for individuals and couples in the UK and abroad about how to stay out of court when divorcing. She is a member of the ASM PLUS family team and an affiliate member of the Family Mediators Association.

Matthias Neuenschwander

A highly accomplished civil and commercial mediator, adjudicator and civil engineer. He is a fluent English, German, French and Italian speaker and also speaks Spanish proficiently.

Amanda Sandford

A highly skilled and accomplished information professional with a wealth of experience in the private and charity sector.  Amanda’s role is to assist in all aspects of ASM PLUS administration and provide assistance, in particular, to the Director.   

Brendan Schütte

UK and Irish accredited workplace mediator, investigator, trainer and coach with particular expertise in the field of neutral evaluation.  Brendan undertakes work in Ireland and in all parts of the UK including Northern Ireland.

Russell Shackleton

Specialist in Contractual Evaluation, Financial Specialist, Business Consultant, Auditor, Investigator, Trainer and Coach with experience and expertise in the commercial, charitable and public sectors.

Patti Simonson
Patti has many years’ experience working as a facilitator, hospital, local authority and independent social worker, mental capacity assessor, case manager and Court of Protection Visitor. She continues to work across a number of these fields with a focus on conflict resolution. She has extensive experience in facilitating, negotiating and resolving disagreements and disputes in the medical, social care and family spheres. She works as a co-facilitator with other members of the ASM PLUS Medical, Family and Education teams.
Roy van den Brink Budgen

Dr Roy van den Brink Budgen has been working in the field of critical thinking for over thirty years. His experience has included the development of various assessments in critical thinking, and teaching the subject to a wide range of groups. He has also written seven books on the subject, many journal articles, and online courses for secondary students and MBA students (as well as having produced a critical thinking card game). He has given presentations to various international conferences on critical thinking and creative thinking.

Anthony Wooding

Civil, commercial and workplace mediator and trainer. Anthony is a consultant with Kerseys, a long-established firm of solicitors based in Ipswich and Colchester. He has particular knowledge of, and expertise in resolving all types of civil, property and financial disputes.