Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE
Professor Dinesh Bhugra is the Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, a leading mental health research institution at King’s College London, and the Chair of the Mental Health Foundation, a charity improving the lives of those with mental health problems. He was until 2011 the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association. Professor Bhugra specialises in depression and deliberate self-harm.
Marina Cowdray lives in West Sussex with her husband and five children. She is an artist and sculptor whose work reflects an inquisitive mind and her freedom of any formal training or methods. Her work often radiates a unique feeling of peace.
Marina has found that being mindful has benefitted her family and people she has come into contact with. “From my experience we are continuously distracted away from our essential selves. Sitting on a cushion and being mindful is an option, directing us towards our own healing. Mindfulness breaks down rigid thought patterns. When we are in contact with our true nature, we are at ease and inner peace prevails”.
Professor Richard Davidson
Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, and Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Richard J. Davidson, a pioneer in affective neuroscience, and his team of scientists are at the forefront of this emerging hybrid discipline, contemplative neuroscience.
His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa
His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa is an active environmentalist, educator and the head of the Drukpa Lineage, one of the main Buddhist schools of the Himalayas with a 1000-year legacy in India.
His Holiness’ core philosophy is to convert compassion into action and create concrete solutions for today’s problems. Teaching worldwide for over thirty years, he has initiated numerous charitable projects that exemplify this message.
Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn
Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn is the Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.
Professor Kabat-Zinn is also founder and former director of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society.
Lord Richard Layard
Baron Layard of Highgate
Lord Layard is a British economist. He is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and the founder Director of the Centre for Economic Performance and he heads the Centre’s Programme on Well-Being. Richard Layard‘s current research focuses on happiness, aiming to achieve a unified understanding of the insights of economics, psychology, neuroscience and philosophy.
Lavender, Lady Patten of Barnes
Lavender Patten has a law degree from St Hilda’s College, Oxford in 1966. Starting her career as a barrister in family law in London chambers, she now works as a mediator dealing with family disputes. In 1992, Lady Patten accompanied her husband, Chris Patten, to Hong Kong and attended to many official duties as wife of the Governor of Hong Kong, becoming the patron of over 60 charitable and other organisations in women’s and children’s welfare, health, disability, law, sport and the arts. Lady Patten is currently involved in national and local charitable institutions including Hope for Children and SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn And their Parents).
The Right Honourable Sir Mark Waller
The Right Honourable Sir Mark Waller, formerly Vice-President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, is currently the Intelligence Services Commissioner and an Arbitrator and Mediator at Serle Court, London. Sir Mark and his wife, Rachel, created the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust after their son took his life by suicide while battling depression. Their aim is to increase awareness of depressive illnesses, especially among young people, to help others avoid going through what they did.
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