Who am I?
I’m a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the BPS and HCPC and Mindfulness MBSR trainer. Mindfulness has had a powerful influence on my life whether working with individuals or teams in public or private sector organisations or while I’m rowing on the Thames near our home in Twickenham.
What I do?
After 10 years in corporate advertising working in Cape Town South Africa, I trained as a Psychologist to further my understanding of resilience. While working at the Centre for Wellbeing at the University of Surrey in 2005 I attended my first mindfulness training with Mark Williams at the OMC. Mindfulness combines my passionate belief in addressing the workings of the mind and its connection to the body and acknowledgement of the heart.
In 2011 I established a consultancy, LiveWorkWell as I felt that mindfulness offered huge possibilities in the workplace. To this end, I completed a training in Organisational Change and Consulting through the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations which greatly expanded my awareness of how to embed sustainable change at an organisational level.
In 2016 I co-authored a chapter in the book edited by Margaret Chapman-Clarke, Mindfulness in the Workplace. I was invited to be part of the volunteer panel who contributed to the Mindfulness Initiative’s recommendations on how to implement mindfulness training into organisations. This is one of the initiatives recommended by the All Party Parliamentary Group APPG supporting the development of the Mindful Nation.
In 2018 I became involved with the OMC Mindfulness in Parliament programme and am delivering Mindfulness training for MP’s and Peers as well as their staff.
The OMC is developing a new suite of programmes for new populations and contexts and across the life span to increase the accessibility of MBCT and train the next generation of MBCT teachers. We are seeking an experienced Project Manager to support the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director to deliver multiple strategic projects across the centre.More
Can mindfulness support the development of resilience and help the whole population realise their potential and move towards flourishing? Can a programme that combines mindfulness and cognitive science help more of the population find peace in a frantic world, develop resilience, realise their potential and flourish? Can it serve to reduce stress and improve mental health for many and enhance resilience and human potential for all? Professor Willem Kuyken, DClinPsy. Sir John Ritblat Family Foundation Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science and Director, University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre outlines the OMC vision for mindfulness for life.More
In line with our charitable aims we support training, activities or initiatives which widen access to, and participation in, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and practices. Our Accessibility Fund grants are given on the expectation of clear impact, outcomes and/or key learnings. Applications to the Accessibility fund are reviewed by Oxford Mindfulness Foundation Board members, OMC staff and external advisers.
Here, we highlight a recent project supported by the accessibility fund.More