Our Team

We have an amazing team who are committed to bringing mindfulness to more children and more schools:

Chivonne Preston

Chief Executive Officer

Chivonne Preston

Chivonne has been CEO at MiSP since January 2019, and is responsible for all aspects of the charity on a day-to-day basis. She works closely with the Board of Trustees to develop strategy and ensure that the charity delivers maximum impact for beneficiaries.

Ben Chalwin

Head of Training

Ben Chalwin

Ben joined MiSP in 2017 and leads our dots, Paws b and .begin curricula and training, supporting our Associate Trainers and developing new materials. He also runs our Hub Sits, delivers many of our information sessions and regularly teaches our courses.

Emma Goddard

Membership Support Manager

Emma Goddard

Emma has been with MiSP since 2016 processing course applications and ensuring our day to day finances are well-maintained. She liaises regularly with MiSP trained teachers to provide them with support and information, and oversees all course feedback, surveys and class impact reports.

Jem Shackleford

Head of Curricula

Jem Shackleford

Jem has been practising meditation and teaching mindfulness for many years. With a background in secondary school teaching and the use of mindfulness to improve well-being in education. He is also a director of iBme UK, a non-profit organisation that provides mindfulness retreats for young people.

Jenny Brown

Training & Events Administrator

Jenny Brown

Jenny joined MiSP in 2021 and is responsible for setting up courses and events. She supports the team with course logistics and liaises with course participants before and after their courses providing support, information and next steps

Kate Monda

Enquiries & Outreach Officer

Kate Monda

Kate answers our email enquiries and provides key information to individuals and schools wanting to know more about our work. Having joined us in 2019, she also monitors our social media channels and provides general support to the team.

Lisa Williamson

Assistant Accountant

Lisa Williamson

Since 2017 Lisa has supported our finance and operations activities. She processes applications and payments, bookkeeps for us and helps our charity operations keep going!

Liz Lord

Head of Teacher Development

Liz Lord

Liz joined the team in 2020 and has been developing and delivering our teacher support, including our teaching skills workshops, curricula surgeries and retreat days. She also advises school staff on implementation, offering webinars to leadership teams as well as wider staff groups.

Mandy Watkins

Logistics Co-ordinator

Mandy Watkins

Mandy joined MiSP in 2018 and is responsible for ensuring all our training courses run as smoothly as possible. She liaises with our Associate Trainers, arranges all of our venues and gets people and materials to the right place at the right time.

Matt Wilks

Marketing Manager

Matt Wilks

Matt leads the charity’s marketing activities; creating our brands and promotional materials and delivering our communication campaigns. Having joined MiSP in 2018, Matt also provides design expertise, copywriting and manages our website, social media and other online channels.

Sarah Ingram

Head of Finance & Corporate Services

Sarah Ingram

Sarah is responsible for our finance and operations, overseeing all accounting, HR, compliance and reporting matters and producing regular management information. Having joined MiSP in 2018, Sarah is also the Company Secretary for the charity, attending Board meetings and supporting Trustees.

Our Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the charity. Our trustees are all volunteers who freely give their skills and experience to ensure the charity provides impact for its beneficiaries. All are motivated by a keen desire to help others and give back.

Dr Alan Lee

Alan is the CEO of Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST), a National Leader of Education and a former Lead Ofsted Inspector. In 2010, Alan was awarded the University Council for Educational Administration’s (UCEA) Award for Excellence. Alan’s doctoral thesis was the BELMAS (British Educational Leadership and Educational Research Society) Runner-Up 2009.

Caroline Wilson

Appointed in 2019, Caroline is a Chartered Surveyor and housing professional, who has worked with diverse organisations and communities. She specialises in governance. As a trained mindfulness teacher with a routine of daily practice, Caroline values the benefits mindfulness skills can bring. She wishes she had learned about them as a child!

David Bleakney

David joined as a Trustee in June 2019 bringing financial expertise to the Board. After qualifying as an accountant with PwC, he worked for ten years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In recent years he has completed a number of interim and consulting assignments in the charity and education sectors.

Jason Steele

Jason is founder and CEO of Raise the Youth, a not-for-profit social enterprise. He is dedicated to equipping children and young people with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are taught in MiSP’s mindfulness curricula, to promote health and wellbeing in children, young people, and those that care for them.

Mandy Ayres

Mandy is a leadership coach who supports individuals and teams raise their games and show up as the best versions of themselves. Before becoming a coach Mandy held senior leadership roles for over 10 years at Nike. She joined the Board at MiSP in 2019.

Maureen MacLeod

Vice Chair

Maureen has extensive experience in both the commercial and charity sectors. Following a successful 25-year career as a Senior HR Director with American Express, Maureen was Chair of Two Ridings Community Foundation based in York before relocating to East Sussex. She joined the MiSP Board in 2017 and is our Vice Chair.

Natalie Dunn

Nat brings extensive experience in Marketing, Digital and Customer Experience to the board from her Retail leadership roles at Sainsbury’s over the last 20 years. She thrives on her passion for coaching others and helping them take positive action to develop both personally and professionally.

Rebecca Wynberg

Rebecca is a qualitative market research professional who helps global blue chip companies develop and grow their brands. She runs an independent consultancy having previously built and sold a successful research business. Rebecca was a Trustee and Chair of Cancerkin, now Maggie’s Cancerkin.

Richard Burnett

Chair

Richard is co-founder of Mindfulness in Schools Project and co-wrote .b. MiSP’s flagship course, as well as other MiSP curricula. He is a teacher at Tonbridge School and has taught mindfulness to well over a thousand adolescents, as well as to many school staff and school parents.

Secil Muderrisoglu

Secil is Head of Brand Research at nfpSynergy, a research consultancy that provides insights to help charities thrive. Secil previously worked as a Social Policy and Research Officer at the Ethnic Minority Foundation, where she focused on gender and global health issues.