Our associates

Our pool of skilled associates – in the fields of coaching, mindfulness training, and conflict resolution – have wide experience in the private, public and third sectors. So we can match the right associate to your particular sector and requirements.

Coaches/Mindfulness Trainers

paul_portraitPaul Gapper is a Masters qualified coach and trainer with experience in interpersonal skills, team training and facilitation.   He has ten years’ experience of group and one-to-one work in the probation service and a further twelve as a consultant in the public and third sectors, working with clients as diverse as Depression Alliance, Origin Housing, NHS, London Boroughs, Youth Offending Service and Greenpeace.  He has also carried out anger management coaching for managers in the private sector.  He has a Distinction in the Institute of Personnel Development Training Certificate, and is a qualified coach.  He has a particular interest in assertiveness and constructive communication skills.

Farah GovaniFarah Govani is an executive coach with a focus on career transitions and resilience. She combines her professional background with her committed personal and interpersonal mindfulness practices to deliver bespoke coaching programs to fulfill her clients’ needs. She has a calm questioning style that is both challenging and supportive. She is able to quickly build rapport and provide the optimal conditions to enable an individual’s authentic self to emerge.  Clients unlock their full potential, enhance their performance and develop wise leadership abilities. They are better able to manage their energy levels and wellbeing throughout their career. Extensive human resources and change management experience with global firms such as Goldman Sachs and Pricewaterhouse Coopers means that Farah has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals and teams at all levels in an organisation. She has also worked for local government. In addition to her coaching practice, Farah offers mindfulness classes to organisations and the general public.  She is studying at Bangor University for a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Approaches


Liz Hall is passionate about how mindfulness can help us be more joyful, resilient, creative and compassionate, and about how it can support transformative coaching. The author of Mindful Coaching, she delivers mindfulness programmes including Mindful Coaching workshops. Liz has been coaching since 2008, working with people from organisations including Green Alliance, Youth Music, Sustrans, KPMG, Reed Business Information, and the NHS. She trained through i-coach academy (accredited by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council to Senior Practitioner level), and Performance Coach Training. She is a certified Firework careers coach and holds a Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Much of her coaching is around meaning & purpose, work/life balance, coping/flourishing in times of crisis, and transition. Her style is nurturing whilst gently challenging. Liz has also worked as a journalist/editor since 1987, writing for publications including The Guardian, Community Care, Spirituality & Health, Mandala, Doctor, and Hospital Doctor. She edits and co-owns Coaching at Work magazine (www.coaching-at-work.com) and won the Association for Coaching´s for Impacting (Leadership/External Focus) in 2011-11.

Shakyakumara 8712 400pixShakya Kumara is a Mindfulness Trainer and Executive Coach. He specialises in workplace mindfulness, with over 20 years’ experience in the field. He is the founder of Brief Mindfulness – making it easier for leaders, managers and professionals to reduce stress and increase effectiveness in the midst of a busy working day. Shakya also trains leaders and managers in Solutions Focused coaching culture. He is the developer of the iFLOW model of Time Management and the MAGIC model of Negotiation, both of which have been trained around the world. Shakya works across Public, Private and Charity sectors, with clients including Bupa, the NHS, Sheffield University, Nationwide Building Society and others around the UK and northern Europe.

Karen Liebenguth

Karen Liebenguth is an experienced life coach, facilitator and an accredited mindfulness teacher. She works with private and corporate individuals and groups to foster personal growth and sustainable change. She set up Green Space Coaching in 2008 (www.greenspacecoaching.com) to offer life coaching while walking in London’s parks and green space tapping into the benefits nature has on our psychological, emotional and physical well-being. She believes that it is in nature where reflection, insight and change can happen most naturally. Karen helps people deal better with stress and anxiety, find direction, feel more in charge of and confident about their life so that they can make long-lasting change and spend more time doing what most matters to them. As well as working with individuals outdoors, Karen is an experienced group facilitator helping teams develop, communicate at a deeper level as well as understand differences and shared values. She uses Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Compassionate Communication and Focusing. She is a member of the Association for Coaching, an accredited mindfulness teacher and qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) facilitator.



Fiona Biggins is an ICF accredited career and life coach, an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and a qualified teacher (PTTLS). She has worked with the social enterprise Striding Out for the past 3 years, providing professional coaching, training and networking support to entrepreneurs, career changers and young people at risk of becoming NEET. As well as 1-2-1 coaching, she has built up an excellent track record running personal development workshops and accredited Institute of Management ( ILM) and City & Guilds courses  such as Mentoring For Young and Business Skills with organisations such as London Youth, The Foyer Federation and RAPT. She is an associate coach with Future Foundations and Barnet EBP running leadership, careers and conflict resolution workshops in schools. In her spare time, she enjoys practising yoga and meditation to improve her mindfulness.

Susan Cruse

Susan Cruse has been practising as a coach for three years, specialising in Executive and Therapeutic Coaching. Her coaching approach is forward moving and outcome focussed, enabling the client to get the clarity they seek in whatever issues/challenges they are facing, and to find the resources within or outside themselves that enable them to grow and reach their full potential.  She seeks to challenge and support the client so that they can access their own resourcefulness and find solutions to personal and professional blocks.  She has 13 years’ experience as a leader within a multinational, healthcare organisation in which she has led a globally focused Energy & Resilience Centre of Excellence, advising the business on achieving sustainable, healthy, high performance. She has particular expertise in developing leaders to create a healthy culture that will support sustained success. She also has 14 years’ experience in the NHS within Public Health, Health Promotion, lecturing and teaching.

Pattie Horrocks

Pattie Horrocks set up her own leadership development and coaching practice 19 years ago.   She currently works for two coaching organisations, Oxford Group and Swan Consulting, is a recommended coach at Warwick Business School, and has a number of private clients.   She has also been a mentor for the Princes Trust since 2003, and is involved with an Open Book project designed to help those with challenging backgrounds into higher education, and has worked in Uganda for a charitable organisation. Pattie works with courage, compassion and connection to the reality of her clients and brings a variety of approaches to her work.  When working with organisations her focus is on improving organisational performance through increased individual contribution.   She loves the duality of organisations working more effectively as a result of individuals increasing their confidence, skills and focus and bringing more of themselves to work. She supported a major leadership initiative within the NHS through coaching and facilitative interventions.   Her work in the not for profit sector includes designing and running courses, facilitating trustee strategic  planning meetings, coaching staff and management. Pattie is a professionally accredited coach through the AC and a qualified coach supervisor through the Bath Consulting Group.

Martyn Lowesmith

Martyn Lowesmith is a Director of the Foundation for Recovery Coaching, providing coaching and coaching skills training to people in recovery, in the community, working with both service users and service providers. He is also one of only a handful of Certified Addiction Recovery Coaches practicing in Europe at the moment.

In the UK, Europe and America, Martyn has worked with a variety of multi-national, private and public sector organisations, providing one-to-one coaching, management team coaching, leadership development coaching and coaching skills training.  He has actively pioneered the development and growth of Coactive Coaching in the UK since its introduction, in the late 1990s, as a founder and Managing Director of the Coaches Training Institute UK. He is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Associate Credentialed Coach, a Chartered Management Consultant and holds a Diploma in Psychotherapy. Having also trained with the Coaching Supervision Academy, he supervises the work of other professional coaches.

Susan Lynch

Susan Lynch is passionate about coaching and is a trained Life Coach and Recovery Coach and has over 10 years experience of coaching, creating and running workshops and training. Her speciality is people and she loves working with clients and seeing how the power of coaching helps them to live happier lives. She is an advanced Emotional Freedom
Practitioner, which she uses to balance and shift emotions. Susan runs a private practice as well as colaborating with various social enterprises, charities and corporations. She organises and facilitates coaching adventures in Spain, using the magic of nature to enhance the coaching experience.

Andy Parsons

Andrew Parsons PhD is an experienced Executive and Therapeutic coach and has worked with a variety of clients from in both Corporate and Private Life.  His coaching approach is to support the individual to become aware of their inner drives, defences and beliefs by creating the space for self-reflection and Growth.  He works with clients for them to generate clarity and options to reach their future goals. Andy is also an experienced EFT (emotional freedom technique) practitioner and works with Mindfulness approaches to generate awareness of thoughts, feelings and release from emotional hijacks. He is also a Master NLP Practitioner, Cognitive Hypnotherapist (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council member) and Associate Credentialed Coach with International Coach Federation.


Gio Pisano has twenty years’ experience in the field of environmental protection and currently works as a senior manager in a large environmental organisation. She is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation, and part of an international ICF Special Interest Group for coaching in non-profit organisations. She runs her coaching practice alongside her environmental work. She has a real love for coaching and its transformational power, and believes it should be taken away from the elitist circle in which it often finds itself and made more widely available. She regularly mentors fellow coaches and provides observation services as a mentor in an ICF accredited coaching training course. She sees coaching as a powerful way of creating long lasting changes in people’s lives, their growth and development.

Jude Ryan

Jude Ryan is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF), mindfulness practitioner and trainer. Jude partners her clients to take them through a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to improve their performance and fulfil their potential.  Working with you, at your pace, to create some much needed space that enables you to see, hear, feel and think with greater clarity. In doing so you will become more aware, curious, focused and clear about what it is you want to change and what support you will need to achieve this. She is person centred, collaborative, empathetic, intuitive and compassionate and is committed to helping clients develop their self-awareness, self-leadership, resilience, creativity & sustainability. She believes the role of a coach or mindfulness trainer is not to impose their opinions, to judge you or your situation, or to try and ‘fix’ you into their way of thinking.

Paul Swift

Paul Swift has over 30 years’ experience working with people from organisations and businesses right across the spectrum of industry – services, construction, transport, oil and gas, financial services, technology, resourcing, utilities. In addition he has worked as an executive coach with a number of third sector organisations: Save the Children, Cancer Research UK, MacMillan Cancer, Motor Neurone Disease Association, and Asthma UK. He has successfully run his own coaching and consulting business since 2002 and prior to that spent over 20 years working in senior positions in the service sector. He works as a coach both to organisations and to individuals, with typical scenarios including: newly appointed executives; young graduates on fast track programmes; individuals at crossroads in their lives, professional and personal; people wishing to explore alternative careers or transitioning out of full time roles; helping teams and individuals get ‘unstuck’ where relationships have broken down or become strained; and individuals experiencing significant personal tension or frustration. Paul has established and run coaching programmes for executives in existential coaching and holds a diploma in ontological coaching. Paul is also a UKCP registered psychotherapist.

Mindfulness Trainers

biog picRosalie Dores has spent the last 10 years working in further education, teaching refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers to speak English. Parallel to this she has been teaching mindful yoga and has undertaken a five-year Master’s degree in Teaching Mindfulness Based approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University. Rosalie completed her Masters with distinction in 2012 and was named the top performing Masters student of her year. Rosalie holds a Certificate in Teacher Competency in teaching mindfulness and is an associate teacher with the University of Bangor. She offers professional development workshops exploring relational and somatic mindfulness as well as mindfulness- based stress reduction courses.  Mindfulness teaching is her vocation and has unfolded out of a 20 year commitment to both meditation and yoga. She is committed to creating well-being in all areas of her life and keen to share the benefits of this journey with others. Her guiding principle in her work is that we all have the capacity for well-being it’s just a case of learning how to tap into our rich inner resources.

Alex IrvingAlexander Irving has practised mindfulness for over ten years, completing a two-year postgraduate training at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.  In parallel to his study of Mindfulness he has worked as an osteopath in central London for the past ten years and in 2010 received a Master’s degree in Pain: Science and Society from King’s College London. In addition to teaching mindfulness to groups and individuals Alexander is part of the organisational team of London Insight, a charity promoting insight meditation in London.

Peter KennedyPeter Kennedy has been a qualified social worker for seventeen years working mainly with people dealing with life threatening illnesses, those requiring end of life care, and those with substance misuse and mental health difficulties. In the past five years he has developed and manages an end of life care service for people experiencing homelessness within a large London based homeless charity. Peter is co-author of a study about clinical indicators for liver disease, and an interactive end of life care resource pack, mainly targeted for frontline staff in the homeless sector Parallel to this he is a mindfulness trainer having undertaken a five year Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University. He completed his Masters in 2012. He has practiced meditation for the last ten years, and his motivation to become a mindfulness trainer has arisen from the benefits of taking such an approach to his own personal well-being and happiness. He is currently co-director of a community interest company committed to delivering generic and bespoke Mindfulness Based Programmes to both the private sector and the general public. He is particularly interested in working with those within marginalised communities, and who may not ordinarily access mindfulness interventions.

Tina Stallard B+WTina Stallard is a qualified mindfulness teacher and leads both mindfulness for stress reduction courses and mindfulness for health (a programme developed for people with chronic pain or long-term illness).  She works with groups and also with individuals on a one-to-one basis. Tina’s teaching is based on strong communication skills, which she developed during a twenty-year career as a television journalist and filmmaker at the BBC, and at City University as a lecturer in broadcast journalism.  Her work has given her a deep insight into the stress and challenges people can face both in the workplace and at home, and how mindfulness can help.  She discovered the life-changing power of mindfulness for herself more than ten years ago, and since then she has been committed to sharing it with others.  Her mindfulness training was with Breathworks, and she has received additional training at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  She has Master’s degrees from Oxford, Syracuse and London Guildhall Universities, and is also a qualified yoga teacher.

Mark Whale

Mark Whale teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction courses to adults in Surrey, having taken up a personal mindfulness practice several years ago to help with anxiety and an over-analytical mind. He has undertaken a teaching qualification at The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University, where he is continuing his professional development; he follows the Good Practice Guidelines. He has over 5 years’ teaching experience, gained from teaching English to a variety of adults and children in Vietnam, China and Latvia. He has wide experience of both large and small groups as well as one-to-one sessions. Prior to working as a teacher, Mark experimented with a range of roles and industries in typically people-focused positions before discovering his true vocation in life. He has a passion for helping others overcome challenges and barriers in their lives in order to fulfil their true potential and attain peace of mind and full mental well-being. Mark believes that the daily practice of mindfulness can have a profound, life-changing, effect on how we live our lives and relate to the experiences we have.