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Anthony Abrahams

Anthony Abrahams TD DL MBA

Director General

Anthony Abrahams joined the Institute as Director General in 2012, and is the Chief Executive Officer of CIArb. He is responsible for creating and implementing the Board of Trustees' strategy to promote CIArb's vision across the globe. He is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation.

He reports directly to the Chairman of the Board of Management, of which he is himself an ex-officio member. Currently, he heads a team of approximately 30 people operating out of 12 Bloomsbury Square, London.

Anthony was most recently Chief Executive of Charter Chambers in London, prior to which he was Group Managing Director of Kain Knight Group plc.

Qualified as a solicitor and specialising in civil litigation, Anthony has considerable hands on experience in legal practice management which he has reinforced academically, gaining an MBA with distinction from Nottingham Law School. Anthony also sits as a Deputy District Judge.

His legal background has been complemented and enhanced with leadership and organisational skills acquired in the Territorial Army where he attained the rank of Colonel. He was mobilised in 2006 to undertake an operational tour in Iraq working to develop the rule of law and dealing with human rights issues there.

He is involved with a number of military charities caring for the needs of service personnel and their families as well as St John Ambulance Brigade.

Married with three children Anthony enjoys, or suffers, supporting Northampton Saints rugby team with his family and has recently taken up sailing.

Neil Newman

Neil Newman

Director of Communications and Membership

Neil joined CIArb in 2014 and is Director of Communications and Membership. He is the Director responsible for the strategic leadership on all aspects of marketing, events, public/media relations, corporate communications, membership and the global branch network.

Most recently Neil worked in a member relations capacity for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) working closely with a large network of UK and international branches. He was responsible for the strategic development and growth of AAT’s branch network, services for members and in particular launching a range of resources to support members in their career development.

Outside work he is a keen cyclist and rides for charitable causes.

Graham McDonald

Graham McDonald CA, CFA

Chief Operating Officer

Graham joined CIArb in 2014 to support the Director General in the day-to-day management of the Institute, particularly with respect to Finance and HR.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 and worked initially as Head Office Accountant at Stakis plc before moving to the professional education sector in 1991. Since then he has worked closely with a number of professional bodies in areas such as syllabus development, examination reviews and trainer recognition programmes.

He has also had significant experience in information systems development (whilst a director in the BPP Group), property acquisition and refurbishment (whilst working for a Singapore-based firm) and was the Sales and Marketing Director of a leading publisher of accountancy texts.

Most recently Graham was working on the development and delivery of online and ‘blended’ learning products supporting candidates in the Chartered Financial Analyst examinations. Graham is married with three young children and is involved in local fund-raising and premises management for a number of youth organisations; his golf suffers accordingly.

Camilla Godman

Camilla Godman

Regional Director for the Far East & Australasia

Camilla joined CIArb in June 2015 as Regional Director for the Far East & Australasia. She is an arbitration lawyer (qualifying in London in 2004) and was a senior associate in the Ashurst Singapore disputes team until 2012.

She moved to Singapore in 2008. She was Deputy Registrar at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) in 2012/2013 where, amongst others, she managed a record number of emergency arbitrations and was heavily involved in establishing and implementing the 5th edition of SIAC Rules (effective 1 April 2013).

She has extensive experience in international arbitration and specifically in construction and commercial disputes. She was seconded to a Japanese trading company, working on various projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region. She also has mediation experience.

Camilla is responsible for overseeing the strategic development of CIArb in the Far East & Australasia. Camilla works closely with the active branch network in the region in the delivery of member and educational services.

She seeks to identify new opportunities for CIArb to strengthen engagement with members and the ADR community. Camilla is committed to the growth of ADR and to its enormous benefits.

Camilla has three young children and escapes for a long run whenever she can.

Tom Cadman

Tom Cadman

Director of Governance and Legal Services

Tom is responsible for advising the Boards of Trustees and Management on compliance with the CIArb Constitution and other regulatory requirements; advising the PCC and PMG; advising members when acting as dispute resolvers; and the provision of legal advice in-house to the CIArb.

Previously Tom was a partner in a firm where he specialised in advising charities (mainly in the religious and education sectors) on governance issues. Outside of work, Tom is an international in the sport of fencing.

Dr. Subo Shanmuganathan

Dr. Subo Shanmuganathan

Director of Education and Academic Research

Subo joined CIArb in 2016 and is responsible for ensuring that CIArb's renowned global standards of knowledge and practice in ADR are maintained through the provision of its qualifications in arbitration, mediation and adjudication and through the Institute’s role as a learned society.  

She is also responsible for leading the Institute’s policy, external relations and academic research activities to increase the profile of the Institute and the professional credibility and international recognition that CIArb membership confers. 

Subo is a qualified academic and education professional. She initially qualified as a research scientist completing her PhD at Imperial College London. After 10 years in academia and acquiring an MA in Education Management and a postgraduate certificate in executive coaching and mentoring, she moved into education roles in local government, charities, professional bodies and social enterprises. 

Outside of work, Subo is involved with a number of international charities sitting on the Boards as a Trustee and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.