Core Team

Jamie Bristow, Director

Jamie initially contributed to the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group's inquiry whilst he was Business Development Director at the digital mind-health platform, Headspace. He was then asked to take over as Director of the Mindfulness Initiative in spring 2015. In the past, Jamie has been an advertising executive, global brand director and climate change campaigner.

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Ruth Ormston, Deputy Director

Ruth spent much of her career as a solicitor, but set up her own mindfulness business in 2015. Ruth is a founding member of the Mindfulness in Law group, which puts on mindfulness events and support for those working in the legal profession. She also writes regularly on mindfulness and wellbeing. Ruth joined the Mindfulness Initiative in 2020.

Chris Cullen, Parliamentary Liaison (pro bono)

Chris Cullen is a teacher at the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre. He leads mindfulness courses for MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament, for musicians and actors at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and students at Oxford University. He is co-founder of Mindfulness in Schools, and also has a psychotherapy practice.


Chris Tamdjidi, Financial Director (pro bono)

Chris is the co-founder and Director of the Kalapa Academy and Kalapa Hotels. He has spent the last 10 years focusing on leadership development especially in the fields of mindfulness, authentic leadership and personal transformation. He is currently leading the world’s largest study on mindfulness in working life.


Policy Area Leads

Jenny Edwards CBE FRSA FFP, Health Policy Lead

After stepping down from a successful four years as Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, Jenny is working part-time on a number of projects including leading the development of a health policy strategy for the Mindfulness Initiative.


Adrian Bethune, Education Policy Co-Lead

Adrian Bethune is a teacher and Healthy Body & Mind Leader at a primary school in Hertfordshire. He also delivers wellbeing-focused training in schools across the UK through his organisation In 2012, he was awarded a ‘Happy Hero’ medal by Lord Richard Layard at the House of Lords for his work on developing wellbeing in schools. In 2015, he was invited to speak at the Action For Happiness event, Creating A Happier World, on stage with the Dalai Lama. Adrian is author of Wellbeing In The Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide To Teaching Happiness (Bloomsbury, 2018). He writes regularly for the TES and has contributed to several other books including Global Perspectives in Positive Education (John Catt, 2018) and Children and Young People's Mental Health Today (Pavilion, 2019).


Katherine Weare, Education Policy Co-Lead

Katherine Weare is Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton and is known internationally for her work on cultivating well-being, mental health, social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education. She has published widely in the field, developing both theory and the evidence base and advising policy makers and governments such as the UK government, EU and WHO. She has led programmes across most European countries including the UK’s Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme, and the European Network of Health Promoting Schools. Her most recent book, ‘Happy Teachers Change The World: a guide to cultivating mindfulness in education’, was co-written with Thich Nhat Hanh. Katherine is also principal investigator of the Community of Contemplative Education at Mind & Life Europe.


Byron Lee, Criminal Justice Policy Lead & EDI Advisor

Byron Lee is a mindfulness teacher and Director of training at the Happy City Initiative in Bristol. His work also involves mindful leadership, compassionate inclusion and transformative change.


Andrew McNeill, Workplace Policy Lead

Andrew is a mindfulness trainer and programme delivery consultant. He was previously a senior leader in the Civil Service for over 15 years where brought mindfulness into his leadership roles. Most recently Andrew was a Director in the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.

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Theresa Dzendrowskyj, Mindful Workplace Community Director

Theresa is established in building communities and developing international relationships following her tenure as Head of Alumni Relations and Development at various international education institutions. She is an executive-performance coach and mindfulness teacher, specialising in applied neuroscience in leadership and wellbeing at senior levels.


Vishvapani Blomfield, Wales Lead

Vishvapani Blomfield lives in Cardiff and represents The Mindfulness Initiative to The Welsh Government, which is developing an integrated mindfulness strategy. He teaches widely and is a leader in developing mindfulness in Criminal Justice settings and, as a Buddhist writer and teacher, he contributes regularly to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4.

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Elizabeth Mpysisi, Diversity & Inclusion (pro bono)
Elizabeth has an enduring interest in human rights issues, diversity and inclusion and the overarching imperative of Compassion in Action regarding hard to reach communities and individuals. She is a BAME Officer and member of the Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum. We are delighted that Elizabeth acts on a pro bono basis as an advisor to the MI executive on matters of diversity and inclusion.