Member, National College of Mediators
Mediator, Community Accord
Associate, Le Menach Foundation
Associate, Inclusive Employers
Senior Research Officer, Susanna Wesley Foundation, University of Roehampton
Lia is a London-based mediator and conflict practitioner, with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Born in Seattle, Lia left the Pacific Northwest for New England to study English literature and Environmental Sciences at Wellesley. In 2000, she received a fellowship from the Thomas J Watson Foundation to work with reforestation movements in Nepal, Madagascar and Ireland – on both sides of the border. She fell in love with Belfast and eventually made her way back there.
As Northern Ireland moved through the 10th anniversary of the peace accords, Lia worked with the grassroots peacebuilding process, specialising in conflict transformation and regeneration in communities with a strong paramilitary presence. She also held a remit for diversity outreach and hate crime prevention. As part of this work, she helped to equip communities to tackle racism, and to explore what it means to live in a 'shared society'.
In London, Lia implemented the national diversity strategy for the British Methodist Church and served as a community mediator in multicultural East London. She is particularly interested in the relationship between conflict, resilience and diversity in faith communities.
As an accredited mediator (registered to the National College of Mediators), Lia holds permission to conduct casework related to community, workplace and family/divorce disputes. In 2016, she was appointed to the Professional Standards Committee. Through this role, she advises the mediation sector on its efforts to embed an ethos of diversity and inclusion in its professional development standards.
Lia holds a doctorate in Geography from University College London and a Masters degree in Theology & Religious Studies from King's College London (specialising in contemporary Islam). She has extensive experience with coordinating participatory research projects -- where the participants themselves shape the questions and the process of a research study.