Who am I?

I am professionally qualified as an Occupational Psychologist and until 2016, was Director of Ministerial Business and Parliamentary Accountability at the UK Department of Health (DH) and Chair of the DH Staff Health and Wellbeing programme. After training to teach MBSR/MBCT at Bangor University and Oxford Mindfulness Foundation, I personally introduced mindfulness to over 3,000 colleagues at DH and across the UK Civil Service. I contributed to the Mindful Nation UK report and continue as an external Advisor to the UK Mindfulness Initiative (MI). I was a member of the Board of Trustees for Oxford Mindfulness Foundation (OMF) from 2015-2020 and am proud to continue to serve the organisation in my current role as Co-Director of Teaching and Training. I am a mindfulness teacher, trainer and supervisor for the OMF with a keen interest in developing MBCT curricula in Portugal where I now live.

What do I do?

As Co-Director of Teaching and Training, I am responsible for co-ordinating our teacher training activities at the OMF and delivering Teacher Training to OMF participants from all over the world.

Based in Portugal since 2016, I have a particular interest in promoting and Supporting Integrity in Teaching and Training (SITT).  In 2018, I 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 my role as Co- Director of Teaching and Training at the OMF, I am trained to deliver the full suite of OMC curricula which was developed by the University of Oxford and the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation. This includes MBCT, Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L), Finding Peace in a Frantic World, the12-session Taking it Further course, the Frame by Frame 8-week course recently developed by Mark Williams and the 3-session Introducing Mindfulness course