Anthony Abrahams TD DL MBA

Director General

Anthony Abrahams TD DL MBA MCIArb joined the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as its Director General, on 10 April 2012. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Board of Trustees’ strategy to promote the Institute’s vision across the globe.

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

Anthony’s legal background has been complemented and enhanced with leadership and organisational skills acquired in the Territorial Army where he attained the rank of Colonel.

Anthony was mobilised in 2006 to undertake an operational tour in Iraq. While there, he worked to improve, and developed a passion for, the rule of law and also dealt with human rights issues. For his work in Iraq, Anthony was awarded the Bronze Star by the United States.

Anthony is involved with a number of military charities caring for the needs of service personnel and their families, as well as local and national charities.  

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

Anthony Abrahams TD DL MBA, Director General

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.

Neil Newman, Director of Communications and Membership

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.

Camilla Godman, Regional Director for the Far East & Australasia

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.

Tom Cadman, Director of Governance and Legal Services


Simon Jones

Director of Finance and IT

Simon Joined CIArb in 2015 and is responsible for maintaining CIArb’s financial standing, reporting and advising the Boards of Trustees and Management on financial strategy and overseeing CIArb’s information and technology systems.

He has been a member of ICAEW for 16 years, the first half of which was spent as an auditor where he worked with a number of UK and International charities. Before joining CIArb he worked as a financial strategy and management accounting consultant largely in the public sector.

Simon has two young children who take up most of his spare time, trying to squeeze in following Arsenal and tending the garden whenever possible.

Simon Jones, Director of Finance and IT

Dr Paresh Kathrani

Director of Education and Training

Paresh joined CIArb as Director of Education and Training having spent many years in academia. During this time, he was a module leader on the LLB (Hons) degree, a PhD Coordinator, as well as a research supervisor. He also sat on several university committees, including the research and teaching committees.

He has participated in a number of EU funded projects, including a Tempus partnership between European and North African universities. He was also the University of Westminster’s Law Liaison Tutor for its collaboration with the Westminster International University in Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

Paresh’s research focusses on LawTech in both legal education and legal practice. Apart from writing in these fields, he has also collaborated on a European Regional Development Fund project with a start-up in developing a natural language and artificial intelligence based platform for triaging legal cases. He has worked on a number of projects with the ‘Serious Games at Westminster’ and also chaired AI panels. He is keen on e-learning and blended learning.

He is a father to two children and enjoys watching football and reading. 

Paresh Kathrani, Director of Education and Training