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.



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.


Elizabeth Mpyisi

Elizabeth Mpyisi served for 26 years in the United Nations, as a Senior Legal Advisor in former Yugoslavia, Southern and West Africa, the DRC and Geneva Headquarters, and as Senior Investigations Officer in the UNHCR Inspector-General's Office. A bilingual (French) and British-trained Barrister, 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. 


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.