Trustees of ICCFR

ICCFR is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – Foundation (Charity Number 1192742).  The Board of Trustees, currently drawn from the UK, the USA, Italy and South Africa, determines the Commission’s purposes and agenda. The Trustees are legally responsible for the correct conduct of the ICCFR, in accordance with UK Charity Law. All the Trustees are members of the ICCFR Council, which plans and manages the annual conferences and the Commission’s international communications, in association with conference co-hosts and other interested parties.

The Trustees are:

Douglas AlexiouDouglas Alexiou (Chair) is a solicitor who has specialised in family law for more than 44 years. He was at Gordon Dadds for more than 30 years before Alexiou Fisher Philipps was set up in July 2001. He was senior partner until he retired from the partnership and became a consultant with effect from 1 April 2015. He was a founding fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) and was President from 2000 to 2002 and before that was President of the European Chapter of the IAML from 1998 to 2000. He was Chairman from 1992 to 1996 of the London Regional Group of the Solicitors Family Law Association (now Resolution). He is a consultant editor of the Family Law Journal. Apart from the law, he was a director of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club from 1980 to 1998, including a period as Chairman.
GR 2014 photoGerlind Richards MBE (Vice-chair) (UK) was from 1978 until 2008 the Hon. General Secretary of the International Commission on Couple and Family Relations (ICCFR). She has a background in European literature (BA, UCL), lived and taught in several European countries; she first became involved in working for the Commission at its former umbrella organisation, the IUFO in Paris, in the late 1970s. In 2003 she was awarded the MBE for her work in international relations.
Claire Barnes (USA) holds dual Masters Degrees in Education. She worked as a public school teacher and administrator before transitioning into nonprofit administration. Her nonprofit work focused on community-based, educational programs designed to help marginalized adults and children improve their lives. In 2016, Claire published a handbook for grandparents whose adult children separate or divorce. The book, I’m Still Your Grandma; I’m Still Your Grandpa, focuses on the well-being of grandchildren when families reorganize. In recent years she has applied her education skills to adult education (ex: Career College Northern Nevada, University of Nevada, Reno, San Francisco State University, Diablo Valley Community College)..

Claire served on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony for seven years and is delighted to have returned to the ICCFR Board in 2019, having served previously from 2007 to 2014. Her exit in 2014 was timed with her retirement from Kids’ Turn, San Francisco, where she was Executive Director for thirteen years.

Anne BergerAnne Berger (USA) is a partner in the Woburn, MA, law firm of Berger & Small (J.D.: Boston University School of Law). She has written and lectured extensively on family law and related issues. She was a council member of the Family Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) from 1996 to 1999. She has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1987 and of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1997. Ms Berger is a past Massachusetts Chapter Delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and serves as a USA Chapter delegate to the Board of Governors of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is also on the Board of the AAML Foundation. Ms Berger was ICCFR chair 2014-2019.
Imelda Diouf
Imelda Diouf has been active in the areas of human rights and sustainable development since 1980; addressing the needs of vulnerable groups. As a mother of a young man with multiple disabilities, she has personal experience of the internal and external challenges faced by families when interacting with schools, health services, courts, police and prisons. She advocates for family strengthening through capabilities and resilience as key stability factors within households. Because of her work with civil society and all spheres of government, she is well versed in the political and socio-economic dynamics of the Southern African society. Her international experience includes the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the United Nations, USAID, GIZ, CIDA, Save the Children and HelpAge, among others. Her skillset comprises Strategic Planning and Management (managing complex teams for strategic policy and planning interventions), Capacity Development and Training (course design and training, materials development, presentation skills) and Monitoring and Evaluation (national and international reviews of development programmes).
Sarah HawkerBorn and brought up in the UK, Sarah has travelled and lived in several countries around the world. In her early career, she worked in marketing in Milan. Motivated by a longstanding desire to help families, couples and adolescents struggling with mental health issues, Sarah moved into family and couples care in Rome in 2003. For nearly 20 years, she has been a Family Consultant, having trained at the Sicof Association (Italian Society for Philosophical Counselling) in Rome. In 2007, she was invited to be a team member of Centro La Familia, Rome. From 2009 to 2021, she owned and managed a small boutique hotel. In 2018, she was elected to the Board of AICCeF, the Italian National Association of Family and Marriage Consultants and in 2021, she was elected Vice-president. Since 2021, she has been a lecturer on Family Consultancy at the Ecclesia Mater University in Rome.
Phil Richards ACA (Treasurer) is a chartered accountant working in London as Group Financial Controller of an international firm. He trained and worked for a number of years at KPMG, including a year in Munich and two years in Stockholm. His experience of working with a charity was gained after graduating in History at Nottingham University, when he was elected to work for a year as President of the Athletic Union. Phil and his family live in the Surrey Hills south of London.
Anita RodarteAnita Rodarte For more than 30 years, Anita I. Rodarte has devoted her law practice to assisting clients in family law matters. Anita’s extensive experience includes negotiated settlement and litigation of cases involving complex asset valuation and division, spousal support, parenting and custody conflicts, interstate custody and child support disputes, guardianship of minors and enforcement of parental access and support issues. Anita is a member of numerous professional organizations relating to family law. She is a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and President 2016-17 of the AAML Foundation, the charitable companion organisation to the AAML. Anita was honoured as the 2015 Family Law Practitioner of the Year in the Kansas City, Missouri area, has received peer recognition as one of Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas and is regularly listed in Best Lawyers in America in the field of Family. Anita is a frequent lecturer on family law topics.
Suzie Thorn (USA) is a prominent matrimonial lawyer in San Francisco. She is President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, of the Suzie S Thorn Family Foundation and of Schapiro-Thorn, Inc. Her initial contact with ICCFR resulted from liaison between the Commission and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in 1993. She became a Board member in 1995. She was the innovative founder of the ICCFR Trust, which has now been replaced by ICCFR CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation).



Executive Administrator

Ingrid CranfieldIngrid Cranfield (UK) is an author, editor, translator and college and university lecturer. Between 2010 and 2014, she was an elected councillor and Deputy Mayor in the London Borough of Enfield. Aside from her professional work, she has been involved all her adult life in educational, charity and community work, on a voluntary basis. ICCFR’s mission reflects all the principles and issues with which she has long been concerned.