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.
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|Friday||09:00 - 17:00|
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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!”
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.”
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.
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
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.”
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.”
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”
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.
Membership: College of Mediators
I started mediating in 2007 in restorative justice and then as a Community mediator and then setting up an Intergenerational mediation service, which is still going strong.
I recently stepped down as Chairman of West Surrey Mediation Service and as a trustee of Mediation Surrey.
I like working with families and although separation and divorce are very stressful, it is very important to me, that families end up with a fair outcome.
A good trait for a mediator perhaps, I don’t mind dealing with stressful situations!
All the staff and mediators are supportive of each other and work constructively together, sharing our particular areas of specialist knowledge.
2. I have lived in six countries and love meeting people who are different to me.
3. I have three, grown up children.
4. My knowledge of financial crime is quite good.
5. Interiors and art are my passion. A trip to the V&A or an antiques market just a perfect day.
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