Maria Arpa MBE founded the Centre for Peaceful Solutions charity in 2006 in response to an increase in drive by shooting and developed the Dialogue Road Map as a model of conflict resolution for violent crime. She also trains violent offenders to be mediators in prisons, challenging teenagers to be peer mediators and troubled neighbours to be tenant listeners.
Maria is a former Chair of Mediation UK, has a Master’s degree in mediation and conflict resolution and is a sought after speaker and trainer. She regards being a mother to two young adults as her most rewarding communications challenge and along with her partner David, who now co-runs the charity with her, she strives to model the communication they seek to share in their work.
Maria was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2020 for her Services to Mediation.