Portadown funeral director Ian Milne has turned his private work as a mediator into academic success, having completed a Master’s Degree in Work-based Learning and Mediation at Queen’s University.
His interest in the area of mediation began when he became involved in efforts to bring about a resolution to the Drumcree dispute - and his work has won him the respect of people right across the political divide.
So much so, that Ian was recently included as one of the ‘Quiet Peacemakers,’ a collection of paintings and an accompanying book by local artist Susan Hughes.
He had to manage his studies around the pressing demands of his business. He added, “I can’t pretend that it was easy. But I’m glad that I stuck at it and the feeling on graduation day was worth every second of time spent.”
Ian hopes that his experience will serve as an inspiration to anyone thinking of studying for a qualification.