Our advisory board

Our advisory board comprises some of the best people in their respective fields, from our own coaching and mindfulness specialisms, through to legal and accountancy, the health service, and the private, public and third sectors.

joe Baden

Joe Baden founded and runs the Open Book Project, based at Goldsmith’s College, London, which assists those with a history of offending or addiction to move into higher education.  Joe, himself an an ex-offender and former addict, is a firm believer in the benefits of a personalized and holistic approach to offender learning in the community.  He was an adviser to the Enquiry into the racially-motivated murder of Zahid Mubarek at Feltham Young Offenders Institution. Joe has been honoured for his achievements by the Longford Trust and was awarded a fellowship at Southbank University.

Philip Brew photo

Philip Brew is a Master Certified Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation, with more than 25 years’ experience in professional and personal development and 16 years as a full-time professional coach.  His client practice includes CEOs, directors and senior management teams from private and public sector organisations in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America.  Passionate about contributing to excellence in coaching and to the development of the profession, he is a past Co-President of the UK International Coach Federation and for 4 years served as a Director on ICF’s Global Board [2008 – 2011].  He is a co-founder of Coaching Development Ltd, one of Europe’s leading coach training organisations, and provides training, supervision, mentoring and coaching to professional coaches.  Philip comes from a diverse early background in New Zealand as an actor, teacher, university administrator and documentary film maker.  He has intensive experience in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy, holding qualifications in both disciplines.

Louise Buckle

Louise Buckle is Lead Coach with KPMG where she coaches senior leaders and their teams as well as providing expert guidance on the coaching components of advisory consulting. Louise brings to Rising Minds exceptional experience of working in, across and between complex systems such as in healthcare, education and professional services firms. She has a passion for connecting ideas and people in pursuit of a range of social goals and is personally and professionally committed to widening the deployment of coaching to support social, organisational and individual benefit. Prior to KPMG Louise has been a lecturer, trainer and OD facilitator and has run her own coaching practice. She spent 4 years in NHS leadership development and 3 years in HayGroup Consulting. Her clients span the Health Pharma, Financial Services, Telecoms, Defence Technology and Agri-business sectors. Louise is a member of the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) Journal Editorial Board.

Dr Paramabandhu Groves

Dr Paramabandhu Groves BA MB BS MRCPsych is a consultant psychiatrist working in the NHS and specialising in addiction. He is Clinical Director of Breathing Space, the London Buddhist Centre’s secular mindfulness programme. He has trained in Core Process Psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy, and has been teaching meditation and leading retreats at the London Buddhist Centre since 1990. He has led courses of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) since 2004 and adapted it for preventing relapse into addiction (Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention). His work with MBRP was featured in a full-page article in The Times in 2007. Most recently at Breathing Space Dr Groves has developed a new course in Kindness Behaviour Training, which has drawn widespread interest and was part of a PhD research project at University College London. He trains and supervises teachers of Mindfulness Based Approaches (MBA) at the London Buddhist Centre, and has taught and presented at conferences for health professionals in the NHS. Since 2011 Dr Groves has also ran MBA training days at Breathing Space for health professionals.

Luke Mitcheson

Dr Luke Micheson is a Clinical Psychologist and the Lead Psychologist in the Addictions Clinical Academic Group South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has been seconded a day a week to the National Treatment Agency to work in the skills and development team and will be moving into Public Health England in April 2013. He has worked as a psychologist in the substance misuse treatment sector since 1993 and is currently a senior clinician and manager in the London Borough of Lambeth. As well as working with clients with co-occurring substance use and mental health problems he is involved in training and supervising staff in the use of psychosocial interventions. He is involved with a number of research projects investigating the implementation of evidence based psychological interventions in real-life treatment settings.

Miffs Salter

Miffa Salter is a highly experienced facilitator, trainer and executive coach with a well-earned reputation for energy, rigour and results.  Over the past twenty years she has worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors with commissions extending from board and ‘top tier’ leadership programmes to front line team building and strategy/policy development. Current clients include senior teams in central and local government, housing, health and the arts. Miffa has a first class honours degree from the London School of Economics and was successfully nominated in 2000 for the British American Project – an independently funded leadership exchange programme for internationally recognised young leaders.

Louise Sheppard

Louise Sheppard is an Executive Coach who advises Rising Minds on the effective supervision of our coaching practice.  She is an experienced and trained supervisor who believes that the role of supervisor is to provide a safe space for coaches to have a dialogue about how they are being affected by their coaching issues, their learning and development and any ethical concerns and boundaries.  Her style is to support and challenge, and to share her experiences, insights and knowledge to accelerate coach development. Louise’s background is in business, management and leadership development.  She began her career with Unilever Plc and then moved into management consultancy with Coopers & Lybrand.  She now runs her own company, Clarity, Clarity, Clarity Limited which focuses on leadership development, executive coaching and coaching supervision.  She works at board level, with senior executives and with managers with high potential across the private and public sectors. Her many clients include the NHS, the Royal Society of Medicine, BP, HSBC, London South Bank University, Vodafone and American Express. Louise has a Masters in Professional Coaching from Middlesex University and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Alison Whybrow

Dr Alison Whybrow advises Rising Minds on the quality of coaching and coaching practice. She has worked for nearly 20 years as a psychologist in business and has been at the forefront of the development of the coaching psychology profession in the UK.  She served as a Chair of the Coaching Psychology group within the British Psychological Society between 2007 – 2009 and has been recognised by colleagues and peers for her contribution to the profession, receiving the Achievement award for distinguished contribution to coaching psychology in 2009. She is also registered with the Health Professions Council. In addition to her regular contributions to academic and practitioner publications she co-edited the “Handbook in Coaching Psychology: A guide for practitioners”. Alison has contributed to national discussions on standards of coaching and mentoring in the workplace, co-authored a joint chapter on Accreditation in the coaching industry with Diane Brennan (past president of the ICF) and continues to contribute as a key faculty member to one of the highest quality professional coach development programmes in the UK.