Our Team

Our HQ Team

Louise Chester

Founder & Managing Director

Louise first started practising mindfulness in 1994 when she was a Director at UBS Ltd. She found it helped her have balance in her life, while sustaining a pressured career in investment analysis and fund management, ultimately as Head of Research and then Global Head of Telecoms and Media for Dresdner RCM. Louise left the City in 2001 to establish a consultancy practice offering financial and strategic advice to business leaders both in the workplace and at Witherdens Hall, her award-winning, holistic Retreat in Kent. In 2010, she founded Mindfulness at Work Ltd. with the express intention of enabling people to easily access highly-effective mindfulness training, to enable them to create value and thrive not just in the workplace, but in all areas of their life.

Jo Rowbotham

Operations Director

Despite having a strong financial and organisational bias, Jo initially followed her creative passion and trained as a textile designer. She then spent 15 years in leadership roles in the retail sector, latterly managing the design studio at Habitat. Here, Jo found her real passion was enabling people to realise their true potential. She took the brave step of leaving her London career and lifestyle and moved to Kent to explore this further. Having recognised the importance of mindfulness in unlocking potential in her life, she completed mindful based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindful self compassion(MSC) courses and several retreats. This sought her to combine her personal practice and her wish for others to experience its benefits, and joined Mindfulness at Work, where she is Operations Director. 

Her passion is exploring the synergy between mindfulness, nutrition and exercise.

Claire Woolston

Business Manager

Claire worked in many different roles for NatWest plc for several years before leaving to have her daughter. She then entered the Education Sector, and worked at a Kent based primary school for 12 years, supporting children with Special Educational Needs. She focused very much on their mental wellbeing, as well as enabling them to access the mainstream curriculum.

Claire became interested in mindfulness, and also discovered Mindfulness At Work, during a period of great challenge and undertook one-on-one training with Louise Chester, Founder of Mindfulness at Work, which had a huge impact on her life both professionally and personally.

Realising the huge benefits mindfulness can offer, she began to work with small groups of children at school but was keen to be more involved in the field.

Claire joined Mindfulness at Work in April 2016 and is thoroughly enjoying supporting the company by liaising with clients and ensuring that all of the ‘behind the scenes’ administration is mindfully achieved for all projects.

In the future, Claire would also like to train to deliver the Mindfulness In Schools Project curriculum, to add this to her many other skills and to deliver their programme as part of Mindfulness at Work’s Education offering.

Tamzin Muir

Client Relations &
Senior Trainer and Consultant

Tamzin started practising mindfulness in 2006, to support her wellbeing and performance
in the high pressured working environment of a City law firm.

Previously a lawyer for over 10 years, Tamzin qualified into Litigation at Herbert Smith Freehills in 2005, before moving inhouse as a media lawyer at ITV Studios and then BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC.

Tamzin has a First Class Masters degree from King’s College London in the Neuroscience and Clinical Applications of Mindfulness. She was awarded the MSc Mindfulness Prize in 2015 as the top student in her year and for her original research on mindfulness and mental health. She is also a qualified yoga teacher and executive coach and has extensive experience providing strategic mindfulness, wellbeing and mental health training and consultancy within both the private and public sectors.

Rachel Eastwood

Office Administrator

Rachel has worked as a Research Scientist in the pharmaceutical industry for 19 years during which time she gained her BSc Hons in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry. After taking a career break, during which she developed her skills in bookkeeping in the voluntary sector, she returned to work as a Standards Administrator in Business Continuity gaining entry into the BCI (Business Continuity Institute). Rachel started her journey in mindfulness last year and joined Mindfulness at Work in May 2017. She now uses her analytical skills and attention to detail to make sure our accounts are kept in order and presentations polished.

Accredited Trainers

Richard Armes

Richard has over 20 years of experience in the financial markets, having joined JPMorgan as a graduate in 1994, before moving to Morgan Stanley in 2000 and then Brevan Howard Asset Management in 2011. Having left Brevan Howard in 2013, and training as an executive coach at Ashridge Business School, he set up his own consultancy with the aim of providing tailored consulting and coaching support to the investment management industry.

Bringing his mindfulness practice to all that he does, he now enjoys continued involvement with the financial markets through mentoring and coaching traders and helping to develop effective management tools and processes.

Richard has an Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Bristol.

Dr Stuart Baker

Stuart spent 20 years in large corporate firms before leaving to focus on developing others full-time and bring mindfulness to a wider audience. He currently balances a range of working environments: as a psychologist in the NHS and a private City clinic and as a transformational coach and mindfulness trainer. He initially qualified as an economist and later took an Executive MBA, working in large international corporates in the advertising, publishing, banking and insurance sectors, across a wide range of senior management roles in relationship management, business development, marketing, strategy, organisational development and consulting.

Sarah Brimelow

Sarah has practised mindfulness professionally and personally for over 25 years and has used mindfulness approaches in management development, communications and well-being programme in the corporate and public sector. Sarah holds a Masters (MSc) in Human Resource Development and is a qualified Mindfulness teacher (Bangor University ) and Coach. She runs weekly mindfulness in the workplace sessions for the Ministry of Justice and is in demand as a mindfulness teacher both on open courses and residential retreat programmes.

Having held senior operational and management roles in national organisations and government bodies Sarah excels when working with organisations that value innovation and creativity and is recognised as a top coach, leadership and management training provider. She works nationally and internationally specialising in Mindfulness, Management and Leadership, Communications, Coaching and Facilitation.

She is a member of the Association of Coaching, a certified NLP Practitioner and holds both APMG PRINCE2 Practitioner and APM qualifications. She is also a qualified Cross Cultural Trainer and Executive Coach.

Sarah is a volunteer Trainer with the Shannon Trust, working in prisons to train prisoners to teach other prisoners to improve their literacy and reading skills.

Dr Nick Buckley

With a grounding in philosophy and psychology, Nick’s professional career spans public administration, internet business and technology consultancy, market research and social media. He has worked with the UK Civil Service, Virgin Group, the BBC, FT.com, GfK and a wide range of organisations of all sizes and sectors. Over the last six years he has merged his commercial and academic interests by making mindfulness training effective and sustainable for the workplace. Nick holds a PhD in Philosophy.

Wheezie Cottrell

Wheezie has a joint honours BSc in Speech Pathology and Psychology from Newcastle Upon Tyne University. She is a longstanding mindfulness practitioner and is joining us to look at support our mindfulness in education initiatives. She is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and is Head of Special Educational Needs at a leading prep school in Kent. She has worked extensively in both the health and education sectors. She is a paws.b mindfulness teacher and is passionate about introducing mindfulness into our schools. Wheezie has excellent communication skills and has delivered training to teachers, health professionals, parents and children.

Mike Grindle

Mike has a background in Finance and Sales Management. He has held Pan-European leadership roles in the Financial Capital Markets industry where he has led teams in the front -office of some of the world’s leading banking institutions, including JP Morgan, Chase Manhattan and Societe Generale.  He has wide experience of leading and managing teams in complex, high-pressure and results driven environments and first-hand experience of the importance of maintaining high performance, whilst maintaining balance and well-being in such circumstances. More recently Mike has been CEO of a successful consulting, training and coaching business in the City. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Mike is an accredited Professional Executive Coach, Mindfulness Trainer and Teacher. He completed his training with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and continues to follow their Continuing Personal and Professional Development Programme. Mike is a long term Mindfulness practitioner which he originally came to through his interest and practice in yoga. He has found his Mindfulness practice to be a great personal resource and an underpinning to his work as an Executive Coach.

He has a particular interest in working with organisations to develop the awareness and attention skills of their employees through the practice of Mindfulness; using these skills as a base to improving performance and developing more effective leadership through the cultivation of Emotional Intelligence. In this respect, he is a qualified practitioner of the Leadership psychometric, the Emotional Capital Report, and a coach of the related Emotional Intelligence competencies.

Meredith Gunderson

Meredith graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Art History and discovered mindfulness in 1997 while living and working in London. Meredith went on to develop a career in the US and UK working as an independent curator, lecturer and collections and philanthropy advisor with partners and clients including The University of the Arts London, The American Embassy, The Garden Museum, Mayor of London and the Prince of Wales Charity Arts & Business. In 2013 after sixteen rewarding years in the cultural sector, Meredith trained to become a yoga and mindfulness instructor which she now does full time. Meredith has an inspiring teaching style and is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of her clients.

Anna Kane

Anna brings years of experience with her personal Mindfulness practice and facilitating corporate training and development workshops. As a Chartered Occupational Psychologist for the last 10 years, Anna has experience working with both public, private and third sector organisations across a range of industries. She has worked extensively with the Foreign Office and other client work includes HSBC, NHS, EDF Energy, University of Manchester, GSK and Friends of the Earth. She completed her Mindfulness Teacher Training at Bangor University. She is now studying for a Masters degree in Mindfulness and Compassion with Aberdeen University. Anna is also an experienced registered Coaching Psychologist. Her first degree is in Behavioural Science and she also holds a MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology.

Anne Loyd

Anne established her mindfulness practice 22 years ago and has subsequently undertaken many workshops, training and retreats focused on mindfulness based teachings. Originally from New Zealand and now based in London with her English husband, Anne is a fully accredited Coach (ACC), affiliated with the International Coach Federation. Prior to her coaching practice she worked as a marketing manager in both the private and corporate sectors where she established marketing divisions and set-up loyalty programmes.

Anne writes for the Huffington Post on women and women’s issues. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and is currently writing her first non-fiction book.

Izzy McRae

Izzy has a background in foreign policy and economics, with a previous career as a diplomat for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  She has lived and worked in a variety of postings including Washington DC, Islamabad, Rome and Dublin.  Her interest in economics led to an increasing focus in wellbeing as a measure of human progress.  She worked for the charity Action for Happiness, set up by leading economist and happiness advocate, Professor Sir Richard Layard.  Izzy started meditating in 2011, and found it had a profound effect on how she lived her life.  She brings her experience to running courses both in happiness and mindfulness, as well as working as a coach.  She also created the Gratitude Garden app, which helps people remember the good things in their life by recording positive memories. Izzy holds a degree and Master’s degree in Economics, and an Executive MBA from Oxford University.

Dr Julia Ronder

Julia trained as a medical doctor at University College Hospital Medical School, London. During her time at medical school she also studied for an Intercalated BSc degree in Psychology. She subsequently specialised in child and adolescent psychiatry at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospitals (SE Thames Higher Specialist Training Scheme). She has an MD in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Adolescence with the University of London.
Julia has practised meditation since her late teens. She taught mindfulness to adolescents for 12 years as part of a DBT programme for self-harming adolescents. She is also the co-ordinator of the Kent group of the Janki Foundation, which runs regular silent retreats for healthcare practitioners.
Julia is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. She is passionate about the MSC model as a means of learning to manage emotions, and develop inner resilience.

Dr Clara Seeger

Dr. Clara Seeger is a Mindfulness and Neuroleadership coach, corporate facilitator, speaker and author with an MSc in Neuroscience and Mindfulness, specialising in facilitating positive change through Mindfulness, applied Neuroscience and Emotional Intelligence. Oxford-educated and with a PhD from King’s College London, she worked in Investment Banking before retraining as a coach. Clara works with international companies across many sectors and countries, delivering mindfulness interventions, neuroscience-based leadership development, executive coaching and brain-based coach training to help clients successfully navigate change whilst maximising focus, productivity and wellbeing.

Clara has developed her own mindfulness-based coaching methodology and is passionate about introducing the benefits and neuroscience of mindfulness to the corporate world, both theoretically and practically. She is the author of Mindfulness At Work In A Week: Learn To Be Mindful In Seven Simple Steps (Hachette UK, 2016), a practical and neuroscience-based introduction to mindfulness for the workplace. Her previous book Investing in Meaning – An Alternative Approach to Leveraging your Portfolio (Completely Novel, 2012), is a coaching book for helping professionals maximise their sense of meaning at work.

Jo Shanahan

Jo has a BA honours degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification. She has an established teaching background as a school teacher in West Sussex and at a University and in language schools in Australia, Portugal, Poland and Thailand. Previous employers have included Hays PLC and Ealing and Harrow local authorities. Jo has a long standing mindfulness practice and in 2012, being passionate about bringing these skills into schools, began training with the Mindfulness in Schools Project. Jo is trained to deliver Mindfulness at Work’s proprietary corporate-based Mindfulness programme (MiN), as well as the Mindfulness in Schools .b (11 to 18 year olds), Paws b (7 to 11 year olds) and .b Foundations (school staff). As well as training for the workplace, Jo has delivered mindfulness courses in primary and secondary schools, in both the state and independent sectors, to children, adolescents, school staff and to parents. Jo has undertaken teacher training with Bangor University and also delivers the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course to adults.

Julie Stannard

Julie has a BA honours degree from Lancaster University and has a wide ranging background of over 20 years working in central and local government organisations developing and implementing policy and legislation. Previous employers include the Home Office, Kent Police and Wealden District Council. She has well developed communication skills; delivering training to Councillors, staff and public, presenting reports to Council Committees, representing at working groups, professional bodies and committees, and being a professional witness for the Local Authority in Court.

Julie is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher and has been involved in teaching Mindfulness-based practices since 2005. She set up her own business in 2007 and teaches Mindfulness courses, private yoga classes, individual tuition and development, workshops and retreats in the UK and abroad. Julie has been delivering ‘Health in the Workplace’ training, working closely with a local employer for a number of years, using Mindfulness practices to both alleviate stress and develop employee performance.

Nicki Tanner

Nicki has worked in Business Consulting and People Development for over 20 years, specialising in change management and leadership development. She has wide experience of facilitation, team development and executive coaching in organisations as diverse as professional services (particularly law firms), banking and finance, publishing houses not for profit and most recently education. Her interest in promoting wellbeing, resilience and working under pressure sprung from her coaching experiences, helping people to find strategies and tools to be and perform at their best. Most recently she has returned to her psychology background, starting a PhD out of Loughborough Business School and Department of Exercise and Health Science. Her research focus is on the use of mindfulness and exercise to develop maximum health, resilience and peak performance. Trained in mindfulness with Bangor University, Nicki applies her practice both personally and professionally.

Dr Eda Uslu MD, CPCC

Eda is a Medical Doctor specialising in Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine. She has treated ten thousand patients in her 15 year career as a Medical Doctor. She is the founder of one of the first accredited Sleep Laboratories in a state hospital in Turkey and served as the chief of the Sleep Laboratory for more than 5 years, which has won many awards from both Turkish and European authorities.

“Helping people” was her childhood dream and, over time, being only a medical doctor was not enough for her. She started to research integrative medicine and with this, completed many training programmes, including Yoga Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques. Because she believes children are the owners of the future, she also trained in Connective Parenting and Parentology to build healthy and happy generations.

Throughout her journey, she met with mindfulness and fell in love with the scientific background supporting it, completing her training at Bangor University. She is a Certified Co-Active Coach (CTI) and has found her mindfulness practice to be a great personal resource, underpinning her work as a professional coach.

Eda set up her own business in 2013, delivering the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course to adults and Mindfulness-based courses to children, teachers and parents. She delivers Mindfulness at Work’s MiN programmes and Taster Talks to hundreds of members of staff. She delivers all her programmes in both Turkish and English.

Renée van der Vloodt

Renée’s career has spanned more than 3 decades, working as an educator, coach, therapist and trainer. She has been in private practice for over 20 years and has brought stress management to schools and the workplace (including working as a Coach in Shell International) and publishes a regular health and wellbeing blog/podcast. She has trained other therapists and coaching professionals across the globe.

How does one help people maintain connection with their innate talents and resources, so that they can continue to grow and express the best version of themselves?

This question has fuelled Renée’s entire professional journey and for this reason she has recently co-founded Executive Resilience Coaching to bring a brief, solution-focussed therapeutic approach to help individuals suffering with stress related problems in the workplace.
Renée is a Human Givens practitioner (PSA accredited). She is a long-standing practitioner of yoga and mindfulness and is now a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. She is originally an Art Historian with an MA from the University of Utrecht and worked in BBC TV.
She ascribes her ability to think outside of the box to her childhood as a Third Culture Kid, attending 12 schools in 7 countries.

Adrian Wright

Adrian Wright BA (Hons) worked as a finance event manager in the City of London with banking and insurance clients such as Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Nomura and Guardian Royal Exchange. He is well versed in the pressures and stresses that come with a City-based career.
He then left the City to complete his English degree and trained to teach English in the secondary and FE sector. He led a large curriculum team with over ten members of staff delivering twelve courses to over one thousand students.
Adrian discovered mindfulness meditation some years ago. Since then, he has deepened his practice through Oxford and Bangor University Mindfulness Teacher Training courses, Zen meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Interpersonal Meditation, and The Mindfulness in Schools Project courses for teachers and students. He recently left the education sector in order to focus full time on practising and teaching mindfulness. He delivers workshops and courses in the education and corporate sector from Mindfulness at Work MiN programmes to Taster Talks to hundreds of members of staff.