About the founders

Marc Lopatin, co-founder

Marc Lopatin“Divorce & separation needs to be seen through the same lens as bereavement. As such, it demands an affordable and multi-disciplinary response. That is the point of Dialogue First.”

Marc founded Dialogue First in 2011 after training as a family mediator. Drawing on his experience as a former journalist and corporate risk manager, he realised the key to radically scaling up the long-term benefits enshrined in the mediation lay in incentivising lawyers to support the process. This was the beginnings of Lawyer-Supported Mediation. Since then Marc has piloted the approach with groups of law firms and more recently a group of six leading EAPs. The various pilots validated key assumptions of Lawyer-Supported Mediation but neither law firms nor EAPs were prepared to provide a sufficient number of referrals to scale-up the approach. This is being remedied by the current evaluation led by Dialogue First and major employers.

Jayne Carrington, co-founder

Jayne Carrington“In my 30-years in workplace wellbeing, I have always tried to champion innovation. Succeeding with Dialogue First will be my greatest achievement and contribution to supporting employees and their families.”

In March 2017, Marc was joined by Jayne Carrington: a Board level executive for the past 20-years within the field of corporate health and wellbeing. During that time, Jayne led the UK and Ireland division of the largest career management consultancy (at the time), including running a major EAP and mental health business. Significantly, Jayne was managing director of one the EAPs that partnered Dialogue First in 2015/16. It was her first-hand experience of the pilot – and her determination to see Lawyer-Supported Mediation succeed – that led to Jayne joining Dialogue First and spearheading the current evaluation.