Who am I?
First, I was a corporate lawyer, qualifying as a litigator at the City firm of Linklaters in the 1990s. Then I decided to change careers, became a newspaper journalist in the 2000s, and ended up as the media editor of the Daily Telegraph.
These high-pressure jobs ultimately caused me to burn out – and mindfulness became one of the essential tools in my recovery. I then completed my training to teach MBCT, at the OMC, in 2017.
What do I do?
I teach mindfulness in the kind of stressful offices that I used to work in – particularly in the media industry – as well as to public groups. My teaching usually deploys the OMC programmes of MBCT, MBCT-L and Finding Peace in a Frantic World.
In March 2020, in response to the lockdown, I set up Keep Calmer, a free online drop-in meditation. It continues to run every weekday at 6pm, led by trained MBCT and MBSR teachers.