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Woking Mediation

About Woking Family Mediation

Our Family Mediation Service in Woking is where we started the business in 2011. We have a great relationship with our hosts at St Columba’s House. As a contemporary Christian retreat, it is really conducive to family mediation – due to the relaxed and calming atmosphere in the building and gardens. It is famous for its circular blue oratory, which can be seen from the road.

Mediate UK

St Columba's House

Maybury Hill


GU22 8AB

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Opening hours:

Monday 09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday CLOSED
Mediateul Woking office mediation branch

Woking Mediation Branch Information

Payments accepted: Card, Cheque or Bank transfer. Please note our mediators cannot accept cash payments.

Nearest Train Station: Woking train station is a 15-minute walk.

Wifi: No.

Reception Area: Yes.

Waiting area: Yes.

Shuttle Mediation Possible: Yes. Please let the admin office know you require this when booking your mediation appointment.

Café on site: No. There is complimentary tea and coffee facilities in reception. There is a Costa Coffee 2 minute drive away in the Lion Retail Park.

Disabled Access: Yes. Please call to discuss your requirements.

Directions: St Columba’s House is the large retreat and conference centre on Maybury Hill – just opposite the junction with Shaftesbury Road.

Parking: There is ample free parking inside St Columba’s House.

Our Woking Mediators

Ian Michael Lovatt

MediateUK Ian Lovatt Mediator

Accreditation: FMCA, CIM, PPC

Membership: College of Mediators

Trained in advertising with Ogilvy’s. I spent 40 years in recruitment marketing. Decided a new challenge was needed and met a friend who suggested I would make a good mediator.

Put myself through the NFM course. Then did the MIAM and legal updates, then the accreditation portfolio and child inclusive mediation. I completed my PPC course late 2019 and became a PPC in 2020.

Why did you want to become a family mediator?
“I knew little about it. But I liked the idea of being able to help people. I thought it would be rewarding, personally. It was a totally different environment to that which I’d worked in before and that excited me. I had a desire to train to do it ‘properly’ and be the best I could be.”
What do you like most about Family mediation?
“The fact that all mediators are helpful and want to share their knowledge and experience. There is rarely one answer – it’s about helping clients find the right answer without telling them what to do. It is a growingly important sector. We can make a real difference to families. It can work so well and the successes far outweigh the failures.”
What is the most difficult mediation situation you have dealt with?
“A situation on parenting where I didn’t feel the children’s best interests were being considered and so I stopped the mediation. Invariably, the clients blame the mediator I such situations and they did.
One particular finance case where the debts outstripped the assets. Even selling the family home would not clear all the debts. That is a very difficult position for anyone to be in.”
What do you enjoy most about working with Mediate UK?
“The variety of the team – we are all different but we all support each other. The company has a constantly developing structure. A boss that’s driven to deliver new services and create new partnerships. This keeps the company moving forward. The company supports training and development. Breadth of our services – it isn’t just mediation. We can help people in lots of ancillary areas.”
Give us 5 facts about you
1. I was born in a pub.
2. I’m a keen genealogist and my mum’s family is traced back to Henry VIII period; dad’s back to the early 1800s.
3. I have two grandchildren with a third on the way.
4. I’ve been married for 40 years to an angel!
5. I love rugby. I love the friendships developed through rugby.

Tamsin Baxter

Mediate UK Tamsin Baxter Mediator

Accreditation: FMCA

Membership: College of Mediators CILEX

Background: I worked at Sainsburys, from checkouts to HR to Legal Assistant in Head Office. It made me quickly realise I wanted to work with families and not in a corporate environment.

After studying law I worked in a Child Contact Centre, which also offered mediation. I completed the NFM training course and continued my training with Mediate UK.

Why did you want to become a family mediator?
“I always wanted to be a family lawyer but the legal aid cuts that came in just after I graduated meant that I wasn’t able to find the job that I really wanted.
After discussing other options, family mediation took to my liking immediately. It is affordable and amicable for the clients and it is rewarding and fulfilling for the mediator.”
What do you like most about Family mediation?
“I like that children always come first and that clients have full control over what they do and don’t agree to.
I love seeing the relief in clients’ faces when they have reached an agreement. They often come to meetings believing that nothing will be agreed, and it will all be a waste of time – there is nothing I love more than proving people wrong!”
What is the most difficult mediation situation you have dealt with?
“When two clients had completely different ideas about how they should parent their child. The child’s needs were not put first and a lot of pressure was put on him to make decisions, which he was really too young to make.”
What do you enjoy most about working with Mediate UK?
“The team. Definitely. It is made up of brilliant characters, all with differing backgrounds and expertise. They are all more than willing to share their ideas and skills, and everyone feels safe to shout when they do not know something!
Mediate UK offers opportunities that are not available elsewhere to trainee mediators. They genuinely want you to be the best mediator you can be and do not hold back on helping you to achieve just that.”
Give us 5 facts about you
1. I love to learn.
2. I am passionate about mental health wellbeing.
3. I am obsessed with Disney and insist that everyone in my household shares my obsession.
4. My nickname is Taz – due to my temper tantrums as a toddler resembling the cartoon character Taz, The Tasmanian Devil…
5. I have two wonderful daughters, who thankfully do not resemble the Tasmanian Devil.

Chloe Evans

Mediate UK Chloe Evans Mediator

Accreditation: PPC, FMCA, CIM

Membership: College of Mediators

Background: I left university and was sponsored by the Magistrates Courts to complete my Law Finals. After qualifying as a Solicitor, I spent about 20 years working as a legal adviser and legal team manager in the Magistrates courts.

I have extensive experience in the criminal and family divisions of the Magistrates’ courts. I left the Magistrates’ courts as they amalgamated and I needed to spend more time with my family. I volunteered for Citizens Advice whilst training as a mediator and ended up working part-time for them as a supervisor.

I became accredited as a family mediator in May 2018

Why did you want to become a family mediator?
“Having been a legal adviser in the family courts and seen parties attend court and the experiences they went through, I could see it was much better if they could come to a solution themselves and avoid the pain and confusion of going through the legal process. I could see the benefits of helping them to do this.
Friends encouraged me to train as a mediator as they believed I had the right qualities
I enjoy new challenges and felt training as a mediator was a good path to follow.”
What do you like most about Family mediation?
“When parties you see not communicating or even looking at each other at the beginning of the process come to a set of proposals. Seeing them relax and able to communicate again.
Feeling that information given by me as a mediator can make a difference to parties moving forward. Seeing parties say what they need to say and feel they are listened to and acknowledged. Seeing parties come back from a meeting where I felt they were at a real impasse and then agreeing proposals.”
What is the most difficult mediation situation you have dealt with?
“A high conflict situation where it was clear one of the parties was suffering from depression. I ended up having to separate them and continue the meeting with parties in different rooms.”
What do you enjoy most about working with Mediate UK?
“The Company is very supportive. There is a really good team of mediators and staff at Mediate UK who will always encourage, support and help.There is excellent admin support at Mediate UK.
The Company is always looking at new ways to grow and develop and has some great innovative ideas including the legal packages on offer and backing charities like the Trussell Trust and Child Law Advice”
Give us 5 facts about you
1. I am a keen walker, I regularly walk in the Lake district but also have walked in the mountains of France, Spain and Majorca. I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
2. I enjoy cycling and have cycled around the Cherbourg peninsular, along the River Rance and extensively in Holland.
3. I enjoy reading and going to the theatre.
4. I have been married for 30 years and have two very sporty boys.
5. I also work part-time as an Advice Services Manager for the Citizens Advice.

Read our reviews on Woking Mediation

Excellent service and very kind professional people .

My questions were answered to my satisfaction. The staff member was friendly and helpful as well as reassuring towards my problem.

I couldn’t fault the service, I felt supported at all times, in mediation on the telephone and by email- thank you

Contact us for further information on Family Mediation in Woking

Call our Woking Mediation Branch on 01483 363103


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