Who am I?
Until August 2016, I was Director of Ministerial Business and Parliamentary Accountability at the Department of Health (DH) and Chair of the DH Staff Health and Wellbeing programme. After training to teach MBSR and MBCT at Bangor and Oxford, I personally introduced Mindfulness to over 3,000 colleagues at DH and across the UK Civil Service, and contributed to the Mindful Nation UK report. I was a Trustee for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) from 2015-2020 and I continue as an external Advisor to the OMC and to the UK Mindfulness Initiative (MI). I am a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Executive Coach, and Mindfulness Teacher, Trainer and Supervisor, and a PhD student with a research focus on Mindfulness.
What do I do?
Resident in Portugal since 2016, I have played a key role in developing Ser Integral as an OMC Business Partner, offering MBCT Teacher Training Programmes to Portuguese and International participants on behalf of the OMC. I have a particular interest in promoting and Supporting Integrity in Teaching and Training and in 2018, established a formal monthly “SiTT” group in Portugal to facilitate networking and training, alongside annual “good practice” retreats for Portuguese mindfulness teachers.
In addition to teacher training, I teach MBCT, MBCT for Life and Finding Peace curricula to local and visiting populations in the Algarve and across Portugal, teaching in person at local retreat centres and online to local and international participants. In response to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, all of these courses are now also offered on-line , including the new 12-module, “Taking it Further” course developed by OMC: Deepening and Sustaining Mindfulness for Life.