Our Associate Trainers

Adrian Bethune

Associate Trainer

Adrian Bethune

Adrian is a part-time teacher at a primary school in Hertfordshire and delivers wellbeing-focused training in schools across Europe through his organisation www.teachappy.co.uk.

In 2012, Adrian 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 the award-winning, 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), Children and Young People’s Mental Health Today (Pavilion, 2019), and Just Great Teaching (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Amanda Bailey

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Amanda Bailey

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Andy Hix

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Andy Hix

Andy is passionate about mindfulness because it has changed his whole experience of being alive. He used to feel that every day was a stressful struggle to make it to the end without anything going too badly wrong. He now feels immeasurably calmer, happier and able to connect with people, thanks to his practice. He loves sharing his enthusiasm with teachers and students alike, and feels deeply motivated to help address the mental health crisis that young people are facing.

He is CEO of The Mindful Banker, a company that specialises in supporting financial services companies in improving the wellbeing of its staff. He has taught at organisations such as PwC, Credit Suisse, Lloyds Bank and Deloitte. He also teaches in schools, prisons, and offers 1-2-1 coaching, writes a blog and hosts a podcast called The Mindful Banker.

He loves his job because he sees, feels and hears the positive impact it has on people every day. Andy is a practising Buddhist and also enjoys improv.

Anna Kershaw

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Anna Kershaw

Anna spent the first seventeen years of her career working as a Primary School teacher where she developed an enduring passion for children’s literature and relished all things musical. She established her own personal mindfulness practice in 2012 and since 2015 has worked independently teaching the Paws b mindfulness programme across schools in the North East of England as well as training adults and has been contracted by MiSP as a lead trainer since 2016. Anna finds her mindfulness practice is invaluable in supporting her current work as a psychotherapist working with children and adolescents. Nurturing attitudes of self-compassion and learning to embrace whatever each new moment brings is an ongoing education!

Christella Alekkou

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Christella Alekkou

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David Bignell

Associate Trainer

David Bignell

David has worked in primary education for 30 years: eight as a classroom teacher, five as a Deputy Headteacher and seventeen as a Headteacher in three different schools. He is currently Principal at Deanwood Primary School, part of the Howard Academy Trust.

David has worked closely with the Mindfulness in Schools Project since 2015 and has inspired many a pupil and adult with his Mindfulness training through the Paws b programme for primary pupils, the .b programme for secondary pupils and the .b foundations programme for adults. In addition he has trained with colleagues from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre to deliver the Frantic World course to adults.

David has recently set up Medway Mindfulness to bring Mindfulness to the children and the adults who care for them in the Medway Towns.

Dominic Bolsom-Morris

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Dominic Bolsom-Morris

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Elinor Brown

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Elinor Brown

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Elizabeth Daniels

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Elizabeth Daniels

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Elizabeth Williams

Associate Trainer

Elizabeth Williams

Liz is passionate about the potential of mindfulness to help staff and learners in all sectors of education to cope, connect, flourish and empower change. She teaches mindfulness to children and adults with a particular focus on education, building on a long career in education starting as a primary teacher and headteacher and ending as Head of Children and Young People’s Strategy in the Welsh Government. It’s a real privilege to be part of this team helping to make a difference to the mental and emotional health and wellbeing in schools, colleges, youth settings and families.

Liz has been co-leading the development of a mindfulness toolkit to help schools in Wales strategically plan the introduction of mindfulness in the most effective way to support the developing Whole School Approach to mental and emotional health and the Health and Wellbeing Area of Learning and Experience in the new curriculum for Wales.

As an associate of Mindfulness in Action she is part of a team developing and delivering Mindfulness for Education Leaders in partnership with the National Academy for Education Leadership Wales’ Innovation Programme.

Emma Naisbett

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Emma Naisbett

Emma has been teaching in Primary Education for over 23 years. She has completed training with Bangor University and The Oxford Centre of Mindfulness and teaches mindfulness to children, teens and adults. Since 2013 Emma has been responsible for developing mindfulness and well-being as part of the curriculum in her school. As well as teaching mindfulness throughout key stage one and two, Emma also offers mindfulness courses to parents, families, school staff and the wider school community. She regularly leads mindfulness and well-being workshops, training and retreats for educators, families, schools as well as offering courses to the general public. In 2016 and 2018 Emma delivered A Frantic World course and MBCT for Life Course to teachers as part of the MYRIAD project led by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She often speaks at and leads workshops at a variety of local authority, headteachers and well-being conferences. Emma is a lead trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools ‘Paws.b’ curriculum and is passionate about sharing mindfulness with all children and their families.

Faiy Rushton

Associate Trainer

Faiy Rushton

Faiy is a qualified teacher and adult mindfulness teacher and has worked with the Mindfulness in Schools Project as a Lead Trainer since 2016; as an instructor in the .begin programme and trainer for Paws b, .b and .b Foundations. Having worked in schools as a teacher and Middle Leader for ten years, Faiy now works independently as a mindfulness and wellbeing teacher and trainer in educational settings, in the UK and within Europe. She has recently been appointed to an SLE role, specialising in Wellbeing and Inclusion, for a teaching school. Faiy has a passion for and experience of supporting schools in integrating meaningful wellbeing practice and policy across the whole school that meets DFE statutory requirements, recognising that every member of the school community needs to be thriving for a school to perform at its best.

Jason Steele

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Jason Steele

Jason is the inspiring Founder and CEO of Raise The Youth, a not-for-profit that educates and cares for some of the most marginalised children and young people in Manchester. Mindfulness plays an important role not only in RTY’s work with young people, but in Jason and his team’s own capacity to deliver services in extremely challenging circumstances.

Jean Watson

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Jean Watson

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Jem Shackleford

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Jem Shackleford

Jem has been practising meditation for many years and teaching mindfulness for over eight. He has personal experience of the effectiveness of mindfulness practice in helping to alleviate stress and improve general wellbeing. He runs mindfulness courses for adults and young people. With a background in secondary school teaching and the use of mindfulness to improve well-being in education, Jem is keen to bring the benefits of mindfulness practice to all aspects of young peoples’ development. He is also a director of iBme UK, a non-profit organisation that provides transformational residential mindfulness retreats for young people.

A keen exponent of ‘wave meditation,’ he is often to be found on his surfboard in the sea. Working with the fluidity of the waves, not striving to overcome their power and capabilities, brings him equanimity and balance. Jem has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the University of Bangor and is registered with BAMBA (British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches).

Julie Berentsen

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Julie Berentsen

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Kamalagita Hughes

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Kamalagita Hughes

Kamalagita has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years and teaching it for over 10. She is a qualified teacher and lecturer with substantial experience in FE, Teacher Training and HE. She is experienced in delivering mindfulness in the school community, having trained to teach it from early years right up to adulthood. In 2018, she designed and delivered the first Mindfulness for Senior School Leaders course for the Central South Consortium Joint Education Committee, a regional local authority in Wales. She is the Education Lead for Mindfulness in Action and a Lead Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project. She is also trained in Restorative Approaches and a Welsh speaker.

Kate Norfolk

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Kate Norfolk

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Niamh Bruce

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Niamh Bruce

Niamh has been working with young people and schools through mindfulness and meditation since 2005. Former Executive Director and Director of Programmes for the Sanctuary (A non-profit meditation centre) for over 10 years. Now continues to work for the Sanctuary, MiSP and others on a freelance basis.

Trained in MBSR and MBCT, Niamh has also developed several programmes. With a strong interest and role in Mindfulness and Young People, co-developed the Sanctuary Warrior Programme, MAT (Mindful Approach to Technology). Also, co-developed and delivered the M2M training for the National Youth Council of Ireland. Niamh also co-developed and delivered a level 7 HETAC Mindfulness module D.I.T. Ireland. Co-wrote the book I Can Feel My Toes Breathe (2010) and Art of Stillness in the Classroom.

Niamh is delighted and passionate to be an Associate Trainer for MiSP delivering the full suite of programmes. This relationship began back in 2011 and instrumental is bringing .b training to Ireland in her role with the Sanctuary. Niamh is the voice on the .b animations.

Above all Niamh has a daily practice and a passion for mindfulness and also for the sharing and learning from others, in the challenge and nourishment of integrating mindfulness into our lives.

Paula Kearney

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Paula Kearney

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Sarah Gotting

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Sarah Gotting

Sarah has been teaching in secondary schools in the South West for 15 years. 10 years ago she completed an eight-week MBSR course at the University of Exeter to see if it would help her to ‘teach’ mindfulness and meditation to students at school. This started a mindfulness journey of training, buidling a student mindfulness leader and mentor community scheme, training colleagues in the .b Foundations eight-week course and organising mindfulness challenges to support students’ own mindfulness journeys and experiences.

Sarah was very honoured to be asked to speak at the 2018 MiSP conference with her first ever student mindfulness leader, Jake. The students’ ongoing commitment and inspiration found in experiencing and practising these often life changing skills continues to amaze her!

Sophie Sansom

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Sophie Sansom

Dr Sophie Sansom leads the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) Teacher Training Programme for the Mindfulness Network (MN) and Bangor University (BU), and works as a mindfulness teacher, teacher-trainer and assessor. With a background in academia, her PhD explored features of mindfulness training in both secular and comparative religious contexts. Sophie has a particular interest in research and development in the field of mindfulness training and is the founder of the SiTT (Support for Integrity in Teaching and Training) Community.

Susan Hubbard

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Susan Hubbard

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Tim Anfield

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Tim Anfield

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