Family Mediation People

Austin Chessell

Austin Chessell


Austin covers Central London, North London, East London, West London and South London

He trained as a Family Mediator in 2009 at Hertfordshire Family Mediation Service.

He is an accredited Family Mediator with the Federation Mediation Council and the Law Society.

Austin is a member of Resolution and the Family Mediator’s Association.

He is approachable and helpful to clients, and clearly explains whatever clients need to know about mediation and works hard to help them come to proposals that suit both clients and their family.

Austin is involved in charity work in his free time. He was a member of the National Association of Child Contact Centres and previously volunteered in Contact Centres.

Austin is also a Family Solicitor. He is an Honorary Legal Advisor at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

He formed a Family Mediation clinic at the Central Family Court and is now involved with the Family Mediation service at Barnet Family Court.

Austin formed the London Family Mediation Group in 2011 for mediators and non mediator professionals to share ideas on good family mediation practice.

He has written and spoken for the Solicitors Journal from 2011 – 2017 on Family Dispute Resolution topics.

Austin plays football, likes running and cooking.

David McHardy

David McHardy

Consultant Family Mediator

David covers East London and Central London

David qualified as a Family Mediator in 2000, and is a member of Mediation Associates.

He is accredited and authorised to conduct MIAM (Mediation Information Assessment Meetings).

He has been a Family Solicitor for over thirty years. David is a former Chairman of Resolution.  He became a Deputy District Judge in 1995.

David has a warm manner that enables clients to have the confidence to articulate their difficulties in a supportive environment.

In David’s free time he enjoys playing golf and following the results of Newcastle United.

Heather Brown

Heather Brown

Consultant Family Mediator

Heather covers South London and West London

Heather is a trained Family Mediator, registered with the Family Mediation Council , and completed her training with the Family Mediation Association.

She has extensive knowledge of Child Contact Interventions (Supported & Supervised) and previously managed two child contact centres for over 7 years. This background helps Heather to work with Families on difficult children mediation matters.

Heather has a calming influence when she mediates. She ensures that each client has equal time to speak in the session and works at a pace that each client is confortable with.

Heather is also a trained Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIPs) facilitator.

She has a degree in Psychology & Counselling from the University of Surrey Roehampton.

Heather has a vast experience of working with children in a variety of settings.

In her spare time Heather enjoys playing the guitar, watching musicals and films.

Bettina Siddiqi

Bettina Siddiqi

Virtual PA

Bettina assists with administration and organising Family Mediation Centre networking events. 

She lives with her partner and two children in Maidenhead. 

Luana Silliton

Luana Silliton

Family Intern

Based at The Business Design Centre, Angel – Islington

Luana is studying the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London.

She is fluent in Portuguese and intermediate with Spanish.

Luana enjoys playing piano, doing yoga and reading.

She has been assisting Family Mediation clients at the Family Mediation Centre since November 2016.