James is a senior technology leader and consultant with a special interest in technology’s relation to the mind. He has developed his skills over 20 years working for Tier 1 investment banks in the City of London. His leadership on employee resilience initiatives led him to seek a deeper personal and scientific understanding of mindfulness in order to help individuals and teams flourish in the workplace. He has practiced meditation for many years. James holds a Business degree from Sheffield University and a Masters in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh University.
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.
Patrick is Director of Reputation Management at award-winning international PR agency Weber Shandwick, where he advises businesses of all sizes and sectors, charities, NGOs and academic organisations. Originally trained as a journalist, Patrick was a central Government spokesman for eight years before becoming The Prince of Wales’s Press Secretary for over a decade. Patrick provides regular media training sessions and crisis management advice across all sectors.
Rupert is a Managing Director and co-heads the Ultra High Net Worth investment management proposition at Barclays Wealth. He is responsible for managing fixed income, equity and multi asset portfolios for a broad range of international and UK clients and is experienced in understanding the needs of wealthy families, foundations and charitable organisations. Rupert joined Barclays in 2012 from Rothschild Private Management, where he was Head of UK Portfolio Management. Rupert started his career in 1992 as an equity analyst and spent 8 years as an institutional portfolio manager at Aberdeen Asset Management and Hill Samuel Asset Management.
Nils is a strategy consultant providing innovative digital transformation services that add value to the existing business models of international companies. After studying European Finance and Accounting in Bremen, Germany and Leeds, UK, he founded several successful digital businesses. He has profound knowledge of how to deploy digital communication and social media marketing strategies to enable companies and institutions to reach their target groups in an efficient way. Nils is currently studying on the Executive MBA program at Kellogg University in Chicago.
Jason is a Grammy award-winning record producer and songwriter, with a string of international number one and hit records under his belt. He released 5 studio albums as the lead singer of the British rock band “A” scoring many top ten hits and spending 10 years touring the world. Jason is a music supervisor at Microsoft and headed up music at Mind Candy one of the UK’s most prestigious start-ups. He is currently heading up a project to bring the world’s biggest You Tube festival to the stage. Jason is passionate about spreading the mindfulness message to young people and teenagers.
Vanda Scott OBE
Chair of OMC Development Board
Vanda is the current Chair of the Development Board of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She is an advisor to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and holds a number of senior advisory positions within other NGOs in Europe and Asia. During her career Vanda has developed a worldwide network of suicide prevention agencies in over 40 countries and coordinated collaborative suicide prevention projects that drew experience from academic institutions, national and international NGOs, industry and the World Health Organisation. She has recently retired from full-time professional commitments and lives in the South of France. Vanda holds a Masters in social policy administration from the London School of Economics. She received the IASP Ringel Service Award for distinguished service in the field of suicidology and in 2006 the Order of the British Empire for her services to international suicide prevention.
Charlotte is Executive Director of the Girls’ Schools Association, which represents most of the top-performing independent girls’ schools in the UK, and is on the board of the Independent Schools Council. She is a trustee of the National Youth Arts Trust and a governor at Lovelace School and Shrewsbury House, an independent boys prep school. In 2011, Charlotte set up the campaign group, Women On …, to highlight issues facing women in the workplace and in public life. She was previously the Finance Director of the successful NO to AV campaign for the referendum on AV (Alternative Vote) and she stood for the Conservative Party in the 2010 General Election in Brighton Pavilion. Charlotte has an MBA from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a degree in Biochemical Engineering from UCL.
Dr. Nadine Willems
Nadine is a Research and Teaching Associate in the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford, where she focuses on the intellectual history of modern Japan. Prior to returning to academia, she worked in Tokyo for twenty years as a financial analyst and journalist. She has a longstanding interest in Eastern religious thought and practices. While in Tokyo, she trained and volunteered as a suicide prevention counselor. She holds a Law degree from the University of Louvain in Belgium and a diploma in International Relations for the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna. She gained her DPhil at the University of Oxford.
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