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Deborah Lockhart
Deborah Lockhart Chief Executive Officer
Deborah was appointed as CEO of the Australian Disputes Centre in November 2013. Prior to joining the not-for-profit sector, Deborah worked as a specialist dispute resolution consultant for a range ASX 100 and Fortune 500 corporations, with a particular emphasis on financial services disputes, large portfolio issues and remediation projects.

An early advocate for timely, cost-efficient and private dispute resolution, Deborah introduced the commercial benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to the financial services sector in the early 1990’s. Following a significant career at AMP as a specialist dispute resolver and complaints systems designer, Deborah was appointed as Head of Dispute Resolution for ING Australia, where she established and managed one of Australia’s leading insurance litigation teams with a strategic focus on the effective utilisation of ADR processes.

Deborah was accredited as a Conflict Coach in 2010 and as an Advanced Mediator with the Australian Disputes Centre in 2009. Deborah’s specialist mediation training also includes the Mawul-Rom Cross-Cultural program in Arnhem Land, LEADR Mediator Accreditation, LLM coursework at the University of Technology and the Harvard Law School mediation workshop in 1993. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Deborah is a Member of the Steering Committee for the Australian ADR Industry Forum, Editorial Panel Member of the Lexis Nexis ADR Bulletin, Contributing Editor of the Commercial Dispute Resolution section, Australian Dispute Resolution Journal, Thomson Reuters and Member of the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre Advisory Committee.

Upcoming Events

  • Mediation Training - Melbourne
    • Days 4 - 5
      December 16, 2019 - December 17, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    About the ADC Mediation Course An ADR industry leader, ADC has been at the forefront of providing mediation training courses since 1986. Recognised nationally and…

  • Mediation Refresher Training - Melbourne
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      December 16, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      December 17, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    This one day programme is intended for candidates preparing for accreditation or re-accreditation, mediators seeking to complete their CPD requirements and those seeking an opportunity…

  • Mediation Accreditation Day - Melbourne
    • December 18, 2019
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Mediation course participants seeking formal recognition of their skills are eligible to enrol in ADC’s accreditation program. ADC’s Mediation Training meets the requirements set out…

  • Mediation Training - Sydney
    • Days 1 - 3
      January 15, 2020 - January 17, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Days 4 - 5
      January 20, 2020 - January 21, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    About the ADC Mediation Course An ADR industry leader, ADC has been at the forefront of providing mediation training courses since 1986. Recognised nationally and…

  • Conflict Resolution & ADR - Sydney
    • January 15, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Ever wished you could manage conflict better? Better still, even avoid it before it begins? Conflict happens in all organisations and communities. Discover how to minimise…

  • Mediation Training - Canberra
    • Days 1 - 2
      January 16, 2020 - January 17, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Days 3 - 5
      January 20, 2020 - January 22, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Multidisciplinary Participation ADC’s mediation training is suitable for participants from a broad range of professions and sectors including: business; government; law; tertiary academics and students;…

  • Conflict Resolution & ADR - Canberra
    • January 16, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Ever wished you could manage conflict better? Better still, even avoid it before it begins? Conflict happens in all organisations and communities. Discover how to minimise…

  • Mediation Refresher Training - Sydney
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      January 20, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      January 21, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    This one day programme is intended for candidates preparing for accreditation or re-accreditation, mediators seeking to complete their CPD requirements and those seeking an opportunity…

  • Mediation Refresher Training - Canberra
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      January 21, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      January 22, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    This one day programme is intended for candidates preparing for accreditation or re-accreditation, mediators seeking to complete their CPD requirements and those seeking an opportunity…

  • Mediation Accreditation Day - Sydney
    • January 22, 2020
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Mediation course participants seeking formal recognition of their skills are eligible to enrol in ADC’s accreditation program. ADC’s Mediation Training meets the requirements set out…

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