The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation. Trustees are dedicated individuals who share the OMC’s values. They work with the organisation to deliver its goals across research, training, MBCT provision and policy/advocacy. The board meets around four times a year, and use their diverse skills and experience to advise on strategy and ensure resources are used effectively for the sole purpose of the Foundation’s mission.
Tim served as an Officer in the Army and as a Commando Pilot in the Fleet Air Arm, seeing action in almost every theatre of operations since the Falklands. He left after 19 years in 2008, to be a banker in London with Barclays Wealth and latterly as Partner with Hambros. Tim is a champion for mindfulness within the Armed Forces and through his own experience, he has seen how valuable it can be in all walks of life. For fun Tim flys a helicopter for a rock star, dabbles in property, runs and works with charities to help them achieve their goals. He was knighted in 2014 within the Commonwealth for his diplomatic and advisory services. He was also appointed Commander of The Order of St John by the Queen for services to UK charities.
Dr Melanie Fennell
Dr Melanie Fennell was a pioneer of cognitive therapy for depression in the UK. As a research clinician in the Oxford University Dept of Psychiatry, she contributed to developing and evaluating cognitive behavioural treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. Between 2003 and 2013 she worked with Professor Mark Williams, helping to develop MBCT for people suffering recurrent depression who are also recurrently suicidal. She developed the Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, the Oxford Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies, and (with Professor Williams) the Oxford MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. She has extensive experience of teaching, training and supervising CBT and MBCT. Her book “Overcoming low self-esteem” has become a classic of self-help literature, recommended by the UK NHS’s “Books on Prescription” scheme. In July 2002, she was voted “Most Influential Female UK Cognitive Therapist” by the membership of the BABCP, and in 2013 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Association.
Marion Furr is Director of Ministerial Business and Parliamentary Accountability (MBPA) in the Department of Health. Since 2011, in addition to the day job, Marion has led the DH staff health and wellbeing programme at the Department with an explicit agenda of ‘Practising What We Preach’. She has personally practised Mindfulness since 2012 and trained as a Mindfulness teacher with both Bangor and Oxford universities. She champions Mindfulness in Government, and contributed to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mindfulness. Marion regularly delivers introductory and awareness programmes to hundreds of Civil Servants each year, and in 2014 carried out a Mindfulness research study with Cross-Government fast-streamers. Only too well aware that one in four people at work will suffer from some form of mental ill-health during their career, Marion is keen to promote mindfulness for wellbeing in the workplace and is investigating options for further research to determine what works.
Andrew is a lawyer and part-time consultant to Clifford Chance LLP. Andrew spent 30 years at Clifford Chance, alternating between the London and Tokyo offices of the firm. He retired from the partnership in 2013. Andrew championed workplace mental health issues during his time at the firm. He continues to volunteer at the Bethnal Green Legal Advice Centre, advising on debt and consumer issues, which he has done for over 15 years. Andrew is a long-time practitioner of mindfulness meditation.
Kate Malleson is a professor of Law at Queen Mary University of London. From her own mindfulness practice she has developed an interest in the potential benefits of mindfulness for students and staff working in Higher Education and in recent years has run a number of workshops in this area at the OMC with colleagues from Oxford and other HE institutions around the UK. Kate is also the co-chair of the Board of Trustees of Gaia House retreat centre in Devon.
Margo Miller is a lawyer, political activist, fundraiser and media spokesperson in the political, legal, environmental and on-line spheres. She was the elected chair of Democrats Abroad UK, the official overseas arm of the Democratic Party of the United States. For over a decade, she ran the Democrats Abroad global get out the vote effort and created http://www.votefromabroad.org, the first ever on-line voter registration site to enfranchise Americans living outside the United States. She oversaw global activities for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. Currently, she is co-chairing London for Hillary and is a member of Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee. Before moving to the UK, Margo was an environmental litigator at the U.S. Department of Justice. She later practiced intellectual property law for Covington & Burling in London.
Dr John Peacock is both a Buddhist scholar and practitioner and has taught meditation for thirty years and Buddhist studies at the University of Bristol for ten years. Dr Peacock teaches on the Masters in MBCT at the University of Oxford. He also chairs the Board of Trustees and is an Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
Peter has been an active angel investor and advisor for more than 15 years in London, Berlin, Stockholm, and the U.S, providing strategy and corporate development advice to media and communications clients. Peter was also a special Partner at Vitruvian, Director of GP Bullhound, Governor at Beaconsfield High School and Digital Advisor to Oxfam, Sport England and The Roundhouse. Peter was an Associate Producer on Rabbit Fever and an (uncredited) actor in Flyin’ Ryan, which both received some of the worst reviews in movie history. Peter received his BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from University of Oxford and his MBA from INSEAD.
Chris Ruane was the MP for the Vale of Clwyd for 18 years, until May 2015. He was a deputy head in a large primary school for 15 years prior to being MP. He taught meditation (not mindfulness) to his pupils. He introduced mindfulness to Parliament with Prof Richard Layard, Prof Mark Williams and Chris Cullen. He has helped to establish mindfulness groups in the Dutch Parliament and Welsh Assembly and is currently trying to set up similar groups up in Australia. He was Labour Co Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness before the election and was made Honorary President after the election. He continues to be actively involved in the Mindful Initiative and wants to develop effective techniques for the take up of mindfulness in many policy areas in the UK.
Dylan is an experienced and successful digital and internet entrepreneur. In 2004, Dylan launched ThinkBingo.com, the UK’s first standalone online bingo site from which he proceeded to further pioneer the online bingo space in the UK. He is currently is cofounder of Bingosoft S.A, a fully regulated and licensed Spanish gaming company with its own software and brand.
Dylan is also an active angel investor assisting tech startups and early growth stage businesses. Examples include Yomp.co, a platform for corporates to help improve the health and wellbeing of their employees and Mindful Times which offers digital and other products aimed at encouraging mindfulness. Dylan is active in charitable work which seeks to support mindfulness research and reach people who could benefit most from mindfulness practice.
He graduated from Bristol University with a first in Economics and Politics.
Dr Philip Wilkinson
Philip Wilkinson is a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Oxford. He trained in cognitive therapy with the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and teaches and writes on psychological treatments with older people. …Read More …
Philip Wilkinson is a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Oxford. He trained in cognitive therapy with the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and teaches and writes on psychological treatments with older people. His research interests are the management of depressive disorder and the development and evaluation of psychological treatments with older people, including the use of mindfulness based cognitive therapy to help couples facing dementia.
Peter Yiangou is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a graduate of the Architectural Association in London. He established his own practice in the Cotswolds 35 years ago. First as a founding partner, then senior partner and now a director, he has built Yiangou Architects into an award-winning practice with projects across the UK.
He has experience in all aspects of building and managing a successful medium size organisation whilst at the same time embedding an ethos of care, tolerance, integrity, diversity and space for individual growth in the conduct of business. He also has extensive experience of dealing with charities, how they can nurture their aims and simultaneously maintain a clear direction, brand integrity and financial viability. He has a long-standing interest in meditation and in widening the access of MBCT to the general public.
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