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.

Deborah Tomkinson
Deborah TomkinsonDispute Resolution Manager
Deborah Tomkinson is the Dispute Resolution Manager of the Australian Disputes Centre.

Prior to commencing at the ADC in September 2012, Deborah was a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Ashurst in Sydney and, before that, a Senior Legal Consultant at DLA Piper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she practiced for three years. Her primary focus has been on commercial dispute resolution in the energy, projects and construction and infrastructure industries. Deborah has acted for clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including facilitation, mediation, expert determination and adjudication, and she has experience acting in arbitral proceedings conducted in the United Kingdom and UAE. She has regularly advised on dispute avoidance and minimisation strategies and on appropriate dispute resolution clauses.

Deborah has been involved in a number of prominent matters in the NSW Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court as well as acting for clients in relation to litigation conducted in the Courts of Dubai (Court of First Instance to Court of Cassation) and the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Deborah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators having completed the Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration and award writing exam. Deborah is also the Secretary General of ACICA.