Welcome Sumita Shah – Civil, Commercial and Workplace Mediator
Welcome to Mediation MK Sumita Shah. Sumita is an Accredited Mediator for Civil, Commercial and Workplace mediation.
In 2020, Sumita started her own company, providing business mentoring to guide and support organisations to achieve their objectives in strategy development, project management and delivery, policy and advocacy, strengthening PFM, public sector audit and assurance, stakeholder engagement and communications.
Sumita’s 35+ year career includes being a practicing public sector auditor with the Audit Commission, before joining ICAEW in 2001. In this latter role, Sumita successfully led in the delivery of the public sector strategy, including its policy and technical work on public sector audit and assurance, and in particular, local public audit; she researched and authored numerous technical and thought-leadership publications; contributed to consultations and discussions on international and European public sector financial management issues; edited organisational newsletters and journals; and uniquely, she worked with UK government departments to help them develop their grants assurance frameworks, facilitating workshops between the departments and audit firms to help them find workable solutions. She also previously worked with ICAEW mediation service to resolve civil and commercial disputes.
Sumita has presented and participated at key international conferences, panels and high-profile round table events. She has delivered training on a variety of topics including to the Ukraine National Forum of Accountants, and the Croatian Chamber of Auditors. She has facilitated workshops between the Cypriot Finance Ministry and TROIKA and mediated between the parties to help them arrive at a solution on their bailout agreements. She has also organised and delivered conferences and learning events.
Sumita has a long history of volunteering in humanitarian settings. This includes Crisis’, the homeless charity where, until 2015, she supported the development of its Christmas project and training to volunteers, re-wrote its Christmas project policies, as well as led the running of one of its homeless shelters during the Christmas period. Since 2015, Sumita has operated independently in Greece, to provide operational and logistical support to grassroots agencies and volunteers. In emergency situations, she sometimes has to react quickly, identify issues, offer solutions and drive forward their delivery. She is often called upon to de-escalate conflict situations and find solutions to difficult and, what can sometimes be, life-threatening situations. Recently she has been developing safeguarding policies and protocols for the grassroots community and facilitating trauma-informed training to volunteers working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors.
Sumita is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with ICAEW, a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) with CIPFA and a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT). She sits on the International Advisory Group of the Public Finance for Women and is a member of a UNHCR Communications with Communities working group in Greece. Sumita is an accredited Civil and Commercial and Workplace mediator with the ADR group. She is also a Mental Health First Aider with MHFA England.
She was previously a member of the Confederation of Asian Pacific Accountants’ Public Sector Financial Management Committee, the UK’s Ministry of Health, Communities and Local Government’s Local Audit Delivery Board and its Local Audit Sub-Group. She previously held Board level positions with two charities and was also a member of the Crisis at Christmas Steering Group. She was a judge for the Women in City, Future Finance Leaders Awards Panels for 2016 and 2017
Sumita is a keen trekker and has carried out a number of Charity treks including to Machu Picchu (Peru), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Everest Base Camp and Mera Peak (Nepal).
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Welcome Sumita Shah to our team