Ex-Law Society chief to head arbitration body

Dixon: Prestigious role

One-time Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon has been named the new director general of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

She will succeed Anthony Abrahams, who has retired after eight years in post, on 1 May.

Ms Dixon, former chief executive of NHS Resolution, ran the Law Society for two years before dramatically resigning in January 2017 over its failure to embrace governance reform.

A non-practicing solicitor and accredited mediator, she then over at the helm of Askham Bryan College near York, one of the largest agricultural and further education colleges in the UK, leaving a year ago to undertake a world-record breaking circumnavigation of the world on a tandem.

With her friend Rachel Marsden, she cycled more than 18,000 miles across five continents and raised almost £35,000 for Oxfam and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Riding ‘Alice’, their pink tandem, the pair completed the trip in 263 days, seven hours and seven minutes, beating the male world record of 281 days. They returned home on 18 March.

Ms Dixon has also held senior leadership roles at the NSPCC and BUPA, as well as serving as a trustee and non-executive director on a number of boards, including the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, and she is currently a trustee of Stonewall.

Jonathan Wood, chair of CIArb’s board of trustees, said: “Catherine brings to CIArb a wealth of experience and understanding of the alternative dispute resolution world and the board looks forward to working closely with her to promote and develop the work of CIArb globally.”

Ms Dixon said: “I am honoured to have been appointed to this prestigious role and to lead the continued growth of CIArb, which I know to be at the forefront of thought-leadership, training, standards and ethics in alternative dispute resolution.”

CIArb is a Royal Charter body and charity established in 1915 with over 16,000 members across the world. It exists to promote and facilitate all forms of alternative dispute resolution as an alternative to litigation.

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