Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness around the world, having developed Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the late 1970s.


Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax is a comedian. She has completed a masters in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre., and is author of Sane New World: Taming The Mind. She works to promote understanding of the brain, campaigning for greater mental health awareness and destigmatization.

Watch Ruby and MI Director Jamie Bristow discuss how transformative practices can underpin systemic shifts here.



Katie White, OBE (Chair)

Katie is an independent Campaigns Advisor currently working on wellbeing and climate change. She was previously an advisor to the Labour Party and the European Campaigns Director for ONE. Prior to that, Katie co-led the campaign for a climate change act in the UK. That campaign is noted as one of the most successful campaigns in generations. This led to Katie joining the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to set up and lead a “war room” to prepare the UK Government, in advance of the 2009 UN Conference in Copenhagen. Katie was awarded an OBE in 2013.


Ed Halliwell

Ed Halliwell is a mindfulness teacher and author. He leads public mindfulness courses, workshops and retreats in London, Surrey and Sussex, and has also introduced and taught mindfulness in more than 50 organisations. His books include Into The Heart of Mindfulness, and Mindfulness: How To Live Well By Paying Attention.


Trish Bartley

Trish Bartley has been involved in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy since the early days of its development in the UK. She started teaching people with cancer in 2001. Over the years of this work, she developed and adapted the 8-week MBCT programme for people with cancer. Trish has a background in community development. She worked for many years with groups of marginalised people in the UK and South Africa facilitating their leadership, creativity, and dignity. She currently teaches on the Bangor University masters programme, and is a member of the core training team of Mindfulness Network / CMRP. She leads trainings and retreats in the UK and abroad.


Pauline Gibbs

Pauline Gibbs is a Mindfulness Teacher and trainer in mental health, with over 25 years experience of community projects in the voluntary and statutory sectors. She has been instrumental in the introduction and development of various innovative and creative programmes within the NHS. Pauline recently set up MindfulBowl, London. Specialising in urban community settings and seldom heard voices, she is currently undertaking a project looking at the BAME communities’ access to Mindfulness in the UK.


Angela McCusker

Angela McCusker works with senior executives and senior teams teaching mindfulness and mindfulness for leaders. She is also a mentor and coach who works with individuals to support them in achieving their vision, for their businesses and themselves. Angela has over 20 years experience at Board level operating in international and multicultural environments. A qualified chartered accountant, she worked in the sports industry for 15 years. As part of her portfolio, she is a Non Executive Director of a number of companies. She also served on the Board of The Student Loans Company for six years.