History of CMC

Early 2000s Mediator and barrister Jonathan Dingle leads initiative to build a single unified voice for civil and commercial mediation in the United Kingdom
2003 CMC was established as an unincorporated association under the inaugural Chairmanship of Lord Justice Sir Brian Neill
2007 CMC elects Lord Slynn, an international jurist, as its President and Sir Henry Brooke, a former Vice President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, as its Chairman.
2013 Sir Alan Ward becomes Chair of the CMC
2014 CMC becomes incorporated
2015 CMC registers as a charity
2017 The Professional Mediators Association (the PMA) was incorporated into the CMC.


The PMA was set up some years ago to provide a recognised body setting standards for mediation practitioners including for their training and continuous personal development, and to provide a coherent voice for mediation. In 2017, its founding President, David Liddle, recognised that the CMC was increasingly being seen by Government and the market as the body responsible for representing civil, commercial and workplace mediation and he felt that competing merely served to weaken the voice and standing of mediation, with a better option being for the overall memberships to be part of one, rather than two organisations. David Liddle therefore initiated the incorporation of the PMA in to the CMC and sought to continue advancing the case for greater use of mediation more effectively from within the CMC thereafter.