John Cornwell Award 2016 winners announced

News Release

23 Apr 2016


Last night Resolution recognised two of the brightest stars in family justice at the prestigious John Cornwell Award, presented at the organisation’s two-day National Conference in Newcastle.

This Award was created four years ago as part of Resolution’s 30th Anniversary year, and named after John Cornwell, who founded Resolution out of a desire to create a better way for separating couples to resolve their disputes. This led to the creation of Resolution’s Code of Practice, which encourages a non-confrontational approach to separation and divorce.

This year the judges once again found it impossible to pick just one winner. The decision was therefore made to present the award to two Resolution members, who have both represented the organisation through a body of work spanning many years.

This year Karen Barham and Angela Lake Carroll received the Award, as the judging panel wanted to recognise each of their outstanding, and very different, contributions to family law.

Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Resolution chair Nigel Shepherd said of Angela Lake Carroll:

“Angela was described as a true influencer and shaper of change with the ability to combine vast knowledge of the issues of the day with insight and a commercial awareness of what the future holds.

Unstinting in her support and guidance particularly in her role as a PPC she was said to truly go above and beyond. She does not just think about the families involved with her work, she strives endlessly to improve standards across the profession.”

In describing Karen Barham he said:

“Karen was described as having Resolution in her blood. A National Committee member of nine years, she has supported YRes from its inception, been an active member of the DR Committee and helped launch the Parenting after Parting initiative.

Karen has been central to Resolution’s membership development work and more recently has represented the organisation on the Family Mediation Council, a role that has been both challenging and hugely demanding.”