Who am I?

Until August 2016, I 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 and MBCT at Bangor and Oxford, 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 served the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2015-2020 and I continue to serve as Operations Manager and Mindfulness Teacher, Trainer and Supervisor.

What do I do?

Based in Portugal but working both online and in person, I offer MBCT Teacher Training Programmes to local and international participants on behalf of the OMC.  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 Teacher Training Programmes, I  teach the full suite of OMC curricula to local and visiting populations.  This includes MBCT, Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L), Finding Peace in a Frantic World,  and the new ,12-session “Taking it Further” course developed by OMC.