Willem Kuyken

OMC Director / Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science

Working with Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive Officer, I take joint responsibility for OMC strategic leadership. I am the inaugural Sir John Ritblat Family Foundation...

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Richard Layard

International Advisor

Richard Layard is a labour economist who worked for most of his life on how to reduce unemployment and inequality. He is also one of the first economists to work on happiness, and his main current interest is how better mental health could improve our social and economic life. His early career focused on how to reduce unemployment and...

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Yi-Mei Liu

Mentor, Translator and Zoom Driver

I am a mindfulness practitioner and MBCT teacher with a background in long-term care for aging and industry. I benefit from mindfulness practices personally and I am inspired from MBCT courses. I regularly facilitate MBCT programme in public, schools, universities,...

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Liz Lord

Teacher

Before joining the OMC I worked as a school teacher, SENCO, CAMHS liaison and part of the Senior Leadership Team in a Pupil Health Referral Unit in Salford where I taught mindfulness to pupils and led its’ implementation. Previously I was an Assistant Head at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital school...

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S. Helen Ma

International Advisor - China

I have worked as a clinical psychologist in the health care field for many years. I have been offering MBSR and MBCT to patients and healthcare professionals. I founded the Hong Kong Centre for Mindfulness. As an associate MBCT teacher and trainer of the...

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James Macdonald

Teacher

I am a Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in experiential approaches to therapy. I trained in MBCT at the OMC, starting with the 8 day residential in Ammerdown in 2014, moving on to the Foundation Course in 2015/2016 and finally completing the MSt in MBCT in 2018 (for which I was awarded a distinction)....

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Susan MacPherson

Teacher and Mentor to Teachers in Training

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, CBT Therapist and experienced MBCT Teacher, Trainer and Supervisor. I have worked in the NHS in a range of adult mental health services, and also in private practice and university settings. I contribute to the teaching, training, supervision and mentoring...

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Makeda McKenzie

Zoom Driver

Based in Trinidad & Tobago, I am a former human resource professional and the present-day founder and principal consultant of the Caribbean Mindfulness Institute (CMI). After my own experience with workplace burnout and chronic stress, and having benefited tremendously from the mindfulness-based stress...

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Neil Midgley

Teacher and Communications Advisor

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...

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