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 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 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 OMC´s Portuguese Business Partner, offering MBCT Teacher Training Programmes to Portuguese and International participants. I have a particular interest in promoting and Supporting Integrity in Teaching and Training and in 2018, established a formal monthly “SiTT” group for networking and training, alongside annual “good practice” retreats for mindfulness teachers,
Together with Per Norrgren, I established the Algarve Centre for Mindfulness to offer MBCT, MBCT for Life and Finding Peace curricula to local and visiting populations in the Algarve and across Portugal. We teach at our own centre and in schools, universities and organisations. From 2020, will offer online MBCT programmes, and the new 12-module, “Beyond the 8 week course” developed by OMC: Deepening and Sustaining Mindfulness for Life.