Our people

Rising Minds was founded in 2013 by Michele Grant and Tim Segaller.

Michele Grant is a Professional Certified Coach who combines her coaching practice with a number of psychological approaches to wellbeing. These include Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

When working with organisations she draws on a wealth of experience from more than 25 years in senior roles in the public sector – first in local government and then in BBC News.  She has managed large-scale projects and brought teams together across different disciplines.  She has a keen sense of how people are impacted by highly pressured working environments.

Michele is also a professional mediator and a trustee of Relate.  Alongside her work with Rising Minds she provides a range of coaching and training services to private clients and organisations including specialist training in compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. For more information go to michelegrant.co.uk

Tim Segaller is a Professional Certified Coach, and a qualified mindfulness trainer and mediator. He is a pioneer in the integration of coaching and mindfulness-based approaches for wellbeing and personal development. He came to interpersonal work after 13 years’ communications and project management roles in the private and voluntary sectors.

In both one-to-one and group work, Tim’s focus is on working intuitively with what’s alive for people in the moment, enabling them to harness deeper insights and resources for change.

Alongside his Rising Minds work, Tim offers a range of one-to-one and group services, including life/executive coaching, mindfulness training, and group facilitation. For more information, go to: enlivenedminds.com


Hilary Potter is a non-executive director of Rising Minds. She worked for 30 years in a number of London boroughs where social exclusion and disadvantage were major issues. For some time the main focus of her work was equality and diversity, enabling local Councils to develop services and employment practice to meet diverse needs. Subsequently Hilary was responsible for reviewing and developing aspects of mainstream housing, social care and environmental services. She then went on to work in area based regeneration and economic development schemes, which included training and employment and business development as well as social programmes. For 10 years she was the Director of the City Fringe Partnership, which brought together local authorities, the private sector and community representatives to contribute to the regeneration of areas to the north and east of the square mile. An early retiree, she is currently Chair of City and Hackney Mind.

Rising Minds is also supported by an Advisory Board and a small team of associates.