Rising Minds is run by people who have a passion for helping people who are stuck to discover their true capabilities – and then to put them into practice in their lives.
Michele Grant trained in the United States as a Life Coach with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a global industry leader in rigorous training for coaches. She is also trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based approach to coaching which is particularly helpful in dealing with stress and painful experiences. In 2011 she founded the Open Book Coaching Scheme designed to widen participation in higher education for socially excluded individuals.
As a coach, Michele specialises in helping individuals who feel they need to chart a different course to the one they are on. She is particularly sensitive to the emotional needs of clients who are going through an experience of transition. She also specialises in dealing with situations of conflict in life.
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.
In addition to her coaching practice, she is a professional mediator and a trustee of Common Ground which provides mediation and restorative justice services across east London. She is also a trustee of Unlock: The National Association of Reformed Offenders and a former trustee of Shelter.
Tim came to interpersonal work first as a mediator, then as a coach and a mindfulness trainer – after 13 years’ communications and project management experience in the private and voluntary sectors. Tim holds a First Class BA Honours degree in Classics from Oxford University.
Tim’s working style combines warmth and sensitivity with robustness and clear insight. This enables clients to relax into the work, gain quick insights into themselves, and take courage to get into action. His particular strength is in working intuitively with what’s alive for people in the moment, helping them to access deeper drives and values and then to work creatively with them.
Tim has pioneered the fusion of coaching and mindfulness techniques, developing the innovative MindCoaching programme, for third sector organisations and their clients.
Tim’s qualifications and experience include:
- Coaching: Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) – the leading worldwide professional coaching body; Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching from Coaching Development; 250+ hours of client coaching hours
- Mindfulness. Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreat run by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor; daily practitioner of mindfulness meditation – a key factor in being an effective mindfulness trainer
- Conflict resolution: Certified workplace mediator (National Certificate in Workplace Mediation); trained community mediator with Common Ground Mediation Service.
Hilary Potter 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.