The LBA story
Lorraine Bramwell established Lorraine Bramwell Associates, (LBA) in 2001 having already worked with people in conflict for many years. As an accredited mediator and nationally recognised trainer of mediators she had already had a number of years’ experience helping people find a solution to conflicts in the community, between individuals and with businesses and institutions. Committed to protecting the public and promoting the highest standards in mediation she was asked to take on a national role and led the College of Mediators for a number of years. She is still involved in the setting of professional standards at a national level but her first love has always been helping people sort out disputes and teaching others to do this well.
Lorraine Bramwell Associates is now a growing team of talented, well trained and experienced mediators. They come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and several are also professional practice consultants, practice managers and teachers of mediation. As a nationally recognised mediation training body we also have our pick of some of the best new mediators, working alongside our experienced team, bringing enthusiasm and the latest approaches and ideas.
The LBA Team
Lorraine has nearly 25 years’ professional experience of helping people resolve disputes. She trained as a mediator in 1995 having already had a number of years working with people in dispute in a range of situations.
She is accredited both as a Family and Civil and Commercial mediator and became a Legal Services Commission recognised mediator in 1998. Lorraine has successfully mediated many hundreds of cases and has resolved disputes in family, workplace, civil and commercial, education, voluntary sector and disability issues. She is an Approved Member of the College of Mediators, a member if the Civil Mediation Council and holds Family Mediation Council Accreditation. Lorraine also has a Master’s degree in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, degree in Psychology and a post graduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies.
Lorraine is also a well-established national trainer of mediators. She has developed and teaches a number of specialisms including consulting children in mediation and managing high conflict cases. Lorraine acts as Professional Practice Consultant to a number of other practitioners and services. Nationally, she has held the positions of both the Director and Chair of the College of Mediators and continues to play an active role in the development of mediation standards. Lorraine also teaches mediation skills at university level and is an assessor for the accreditation of professional mediators for the Family Mediation Council.
Lee Ryan Williams
Mediation and Training Manager
Lee has extensive experience in Customer Service in a variety of different industries, and formerly was the Membership Administrator for the College of Mediators. Although not a practicing mediator, Lee is a fully trained Community and Family Mediator and uses his extensive knowledge of mediation to guide both clients and potential mediators through the mediation process. Outside of the office, Lee has a wide variety of skills and interests, especially in performing arts and has appeared numerous times on the London stage.
Mediator and Mediation Appointments Coordinator
Dominique trained with LBA in 2016 to work as a family mediator. Her career change came after working as a teacher for over 15 years, most recently as an advisory teacher for a local authority. Her experience includes working with vulnerable children and she is passionate about achieving the best possible outcome for children involved in conflict.
Dominique is currently our Appointments Coordinator. She also works as a family mediator at our central Wimbledon location and is working towards accreditation. Dominique is also a facilitator for the delivery of the SPIP (separated parents information programme) course in the South London area and really enjoys promoting mediation as an effective alternative to court.
Before becoming a mediator, Pat worked for 19 years with the Youth Offending Team and specialised in restorative justice between offenders & victims. She worked voluntarily for Dorset Mediation as a community mediator before training as a Family Mediator with LBA. After training, Pat gained experience with South East London Mediation Service working with a highly experienced team before being offered a mediator position with Lorraine Bramwell Associates. Pat is a member of the College of Mediators and registered with the Family Mediation Council and has a BA Hons Psychology, an HND in Managing Health & Social Care and a Diploma in Counselling.
Andrew is an accredited Family Mediator (with the Family Mediation Council) and a registered independent commercial mediator (with the Civil Mediation Council). He specialises in mediating highly charged disputes, where there are strong feelings on both sides.
Andrew practices in the fields of family and business mediation, in cases where there has been a breakdown of personal, professional or commercial relationships. He is noted for his breadth of mediation experience and his track record in achieving lasting settlements.
Andrew is a mediation consultant to a charity specialising in the prevention of homelessness amongst young people and a mediation trainer with LBA Excellence. He is a mediation coach with ‘Talkingworks in schools’ (a charity which teaches mediation skills for life) and an Assessor to the Peer Mediation Training programme at Bacon’s College, London. Andrew has spoken about Peer Mediation to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alternative Dispute Resolution (APPGADR). He is also a member of the Government (DCLG) Planning Mediation Services Panel.
Andrew has a business background and a degree in Social Psychology. He sits on the College of Mediators Professional Standards Committee
Katherine has been practicing as a Family Mediator since 1996. She was recognised by the Legal Services Commission and accredited by National Family mediation in 1998 for Child only Issues cases and in 2002 for All Issues Mediation.
Katherine is a qualified barrister, whose work has focussed solely on mediation. Her experience includes working for three South London Family Mediation services, supervising community mediation co-ordinator, being a consultant to community mediation project in Athens. Katherine is a senior lecturer at London South Bank University, teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation skills to undergraduate students. She has also taught on Masters and other postgraduate programmes at Westminster University and Birkbeck College.
Katherine is a recognised member of the College of Mediators and sits on their Professional Standards Committee. She has been involved with various training of mediation, workshops and conferences. Her latest publication is in the Family Law Journal August 2011.
Lesa trained with LBA in 2016 specialising in Family Mediation and has since been working with Relate in the Midlands and Home Counties as their family mediator. Having first hand experience of the mediation process, Lesa has genuine empathy and understanding of her clients situation. Lesa also has qualifications in Civil and Commercial mediation and so coming from a corporate background has knowledge of a wide range of people from various walks of life and the situations that can arise in different environments..