Organising Committee

Carole Lacy

Recruitment Coordinator (TTP)

Catherine Fortin

Virtual Events Coordinator

Feryal Melville-Polat

Membership Coordinator

Gwenan Roberts

Newsletter Coordinator

Helen Stephenson

Events Coordinator

Per Norrgren

Events and Newsletter Main Coordinator

Stephan Schoenig


Vicky Walduck

Events Coordinator

Victoria Door

Recruitment Coordinator (CMRP)

Center for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) Liaison

Dr Rebecca Crane

Director of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University

Dr Gemma Griffith

Director of CMRP Postgraduate Programmes at Bangor University

Mindfulness Network Liaison

Dr Alison Evans

Executive Director – Mindfulness Network

Dr Sophie Sansom

Teacher Training Lead – Mindfulness Network

Former Committee Members

Gill Johnson

Heather Cayzer

Ken Lunn

Maureen O’Callaghan

Tina Jones

For over twenty-five years, Carole Lacy worked professionally in Mental Health both as a Registered Mental Nurse and with a charity supporting working age people diagnosed with dementia and their carers.

Following a cancer diagnosis she had a complete change of direction studying fine art, design and sculpture for six years before starting a business designing, producing and marketing decorative fountains. These have been sold throughout the world.

Carole has had a meditation practice for most of her adult life as well as an interest in various forms of spiritual and personal development. However, it was only after taking an MBCT course at Oxford Mindfulness Centre in 2016, that mindfulness meditation became an indispensable part of her life. The urge to share the benefits of mindfulness resulted in her training to teach MBSR with the CMRP on the Teacher Training Pathway.

Since January 2018, Carole has been teaching MBSR to the general public in the West Midlands area and is loving it! 

Catherine is a clinician and a mindfulness teacher in London and in Lille.She has completed the Oxford Foundation course in MBCT, furthered her training in Sainte Anne’s Psychiatric Hospital in Paris and attended residential courses, neurosciences modules in Bangor. She is on the ACCESSMBCT therapist register and a listed teacher on the U.K. mindfulness network. She teaches MBCT to clinical and non-clinical population.

She enjoys teamwork and learning from others.She is interested in all approaches that may improve mental wellbeing.She has a background in General Practice, Mental health and Public health both in the U.K. and in France.She also trained in Jungian analysis and Psychosomatic Medicine. She discovered meditation several years back and began practicing regularly five years ago.She is teaching MBCT in clinical and non-clinical settings.

Having the experience of distance learning it seemed quite logical to her to become involved in the development of an online Community. Thanks to the CMRP, the Friends and Alumni group, Per Norrgren and Stephan Schoenig in particular the project took off in January.Amongst her interests of note are trauma resolution, mountaineering, meeting people of all walks of life and cultural activities.

Feryal works as an independent mindfulness teacher with both the general public and school communities in the Cheshire area. Her mindfulness experience started when she joined the weekly Practical Philosophy course provided by the School of Economic Science. She has been practising Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N Goenka since she attended a 10 day silent retreat in 2009. She is currently undertaking a MSc in Mindfulness degree at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.

Bu Gwenan yn gweithio yn y Gwasanaeth Iechyd Gwladol fel therapydd iaith lleferydd arbenigol a rheolwr am 36 mlynedd. Yno fe fu’n gweithio gyda plant ag oedolion gyda anableddau dysgu, awtistiaeth, anghenion cymhleth, troseddwyr ieuanc ac unigoion a oedd yn arddangos ymddygiad heriol. Y mae’n dysgu Ymwybyddiaeth Ofalgar ers 2014, gan dderbyn tystysgrif dysgu MBCT ac MBSR o Brifysgol Bangor yn 2016, ac fe gwblhaodd MA yn 2018. Yr oedd ei thraethawd hir yn trafod addasu rhaglen wyth wythnos i’r Gymraeg, gan ganolbwyntio ar ddefnydd o eirfa, ieithwedd a cherddi i gyd fynd a’r rhaglen craidd.Y mae hi yn dysgu MBSR yn y gweithle, ynghyd a rhaglen wedi ei haddasu ar gyfer rhieni plant a phobl ieuanc awtistig, ac oedolion awtistig ac anableddau dysgu. Y mae hi’n gweithio yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg ac ar gael i weithio gyda’r cyhoedd yn gyffredinol.

Gwenan worked in the National Health Service as a specialist speech language therapist and manager for 36 years. There she worked with children and adults with learning disabilities, autism, complex needs, young offenders and individuals who exhibited challenging behaviour.She has been teaching Mindfulness since 2014, receiving an MBCT and MBSR teaching certificate from Bangor University in 2016, and completed an MA in 2018. In her dissertation she explored adapting an eight-week program to ‘Welsh, focusing on the use of vocabulary, language and poems to accompany the core program.She teaches MBSR in the workplace, as well as a program adapted for parents of autistic children and young people, and adults with autism and learning disabilities. She works in Welsh and English and is available to work with the general public.

Helen has spent a life time dedicated to the practice and study of yoga, Pilates, mindfulness, meditation and counselling. She is a level 3 mindfulness teacher and is qualified as a trainer of mindfulness teachers. She trained with Dr. Patrizia Collard and with Jody Mardula and Cindy Cooper of the CMRP BU. She is the co-author of the Mindfulness diet and the Mindfulness cookbook. Helen also holds a Masters from Hamburg University.

Per Norrgren is the Director of Training and founder of inMindSight. Before establishing the Algarve Mindfulness Centre, he was a Visiting Tutor at Cranfield School of Management where he developed and taught the Mindfulness for Higher Performance programme.

Having experienced the life-changing impact of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme for himself, Per has been passionately studying and delivering mindfulness training in a variety of settings ever since, working with schools, local charities, corporations and government departments. In his own time, Per supported the local community in Bedford, UK, with a free weekly meditation group that had some 300 members.   Per trained as a mindfulness teacher with Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness and with Breathworks CIC, and complies with the good practice guidelines of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers.

Stephan started his career as an IT professional and in 2011, having been diagnosed with a chronic health condition that causes pain and disability, he started to learn mindfulness as a skill to enjoy the present moment more and welcome life changes, whether good or bad, with open arms. Not only did mindfulness change his life for the better, it made his relationship to work more fulfilling.

Indeed, emerging research shows that mindfulness training in the workplace helps employees and companies become more resilient and competitive.Excited by this prospect, Stephan started studying for a Masters in Mindfulness Approaches at Bangor University, to understand the science better and bring mindfulness to his workplace.

Now, in addition to his day job, Stephan teaches mindfulness to a variety of populations. He finds great satisfaction as participants discover more helpful ways of living everyday events and increase their enjoyment of life both at home and at work.Stephan is excited to be joining the committee and is looking forward to evolving the digital presence of Friends of Bangor. Improving on our usage of digital technologies could help our community strive better in a world where our members are scattered around the globe.

Vicky Walduck is a mindfulness teacher and trainer in Bournemouth and has completed an MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches at Bangor. Vicky’s master’s thesis investigated the effects of shortened mindfulness courses on self compassion and attention. She has practiced meditation for over 20 years and is passionate about bringing the tools of mindfulness to others. Vicky has trained to teach .b with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and has delivered mindfulness training to local councils and companies and holds regular sitting groups and courses. She holds a first degree in Life Science and Psychology from the University of Southampton and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). Vicky is a self proclaimed book monster and studies anything scientific from organic chemistry to nutrition. She is also a Listening Volunteer with the Samaritans and in her spare time she practices Tae Kwon Do and plays the flute in a concert band.

Victoria’s background is in Alexander Technique and Modern Foreign Language teaching. She is an Honorary Fellow at Keele University where she worked in teacher education. Victoria is currently studying on the MSc in Mindfulness at Bangor University and is interested in possible synergies between Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique.

Rebecca Crame PhD directs the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and has played a leading role in developing its training and research programme since it was founded in 2001. She teaches and trains internationally in both Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Her research and publications focus on how the evidence on mindfulness-based interventions can be implemented with integrity into practice settings. She has written Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Distinctive Features 2017, co-authored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with People at Risk of Suicide, 2017 and is a Principle Fellow with the Higher Education Academy.

Gemma is the Director of CMRP Postgraduate Programmes and holds a PhD in Psychology. She has had a daily practice of mindfulness meditation since 2010, and has trained to be a mindfulness teacher with the CMRP and gained the Certificate of Competence in Teaching Mindfulness Based Courses in 2015. She teaches MBSR courses to the general public population. Her current research interests include exploring group process in mindfulness courses, qualitative research, mindful parenting, and the adaptation of mindfulness-based interventions for people with learning disabilities.

Alison Evans is the Executive Director of the Mindfulness Network (MN) charity and has been a core part of its development since it was founded in 2012. In addition she is a mindfulness-based teacher, trainer and supervisor, and worked for some years at the University of Exeter on MBCT research trials. She has an MSc is Mindfulness-based Cognitive therapy (MBCT) and is a Doctor of Clinical Research. Her major research was about mindfulness-based supervision, which is a particular interest, hence her role as supervision lead with the MN and within the CMRP training team.

I lead the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) Teacher Training Pathway for the Mindfulness Network (MN), while also working for Bangor University (BU) as Module Organiser for the teaching assessment modules on the Masters programme and am an apprentice teacher-trainer on the CMRP Masters and training programmes.  I am currently a Lead Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and an MBI-TAC assessor for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC).

I am interested in exploring ways in which Mindfulness can impact key social challenges such as equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as the climate emergency. I see the value of community in the field of secular mindfulness and as a result, founded SiTT (support for integrity in teaching and training), a peer-led community of mindfulness teachers, trainers and trainees that support one another to meet ongoing good practice guidelines at monthly meetings, community days and other events.


I graduated from University in 2001 with a degree in psychology. I have an MPhil and PhD in Psychology by Research, exploring features of mindfulness training in both secular and comparative religious contexts. My training as a mindfulness teacher and trainer began within a Buddhist context and has since been developed by the universities of Exeter, Oxford and Bangor and the Mindfulness Network.

Further Information

My family background bought me in to contact with Mindfulness practice at a young age, my father being ordained within Triratna Buddhist Order. After completing my doctorate, I undertook a period of reflection in monastic settings in India, Thailand, Burma and at a Tibetan monastery in Scotland. This time enabled me to put theory into practice, shaped my thinking and developed my wish to create a more mindful and compassionate society in which our children, and future generations can flourish.  I can be contacted via email at

Gill works as an independent mindfulness teacher with general public and workplace groups in West Surrey, patients in hospital settings and school communities (as a Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) trained teacher).  Her mindfulness experience includes the very personal experiential training that comes with living with pain; various retreats/courses with CMRP, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Breathworks and MiSP; and currently more formal training of the Bangor Masters programme.  She is particularly interested in supporting the cultivation of good mindfulness teaching which can sustain participants after completion of the 8-week course.  For 2018-19, Gill has been awarded an Oxford Mindfulness Centre Accessibility Fund grant. She has already put the money to good use to promote a sustainable mindfulness programme for foundation doctors and associated staff.

Gill was the Event Coordinator for Friends of Bangor from inception until 2019 – much gratitude for all your support!

Heather recently moved in 2019 from administrative support for Friends of Bangor to be a member of the FoB committee. Heather is currently completing her Mindfulness teacher training with Bangor University, teaching the MBSR course to staff. She also volunteers with Barnardos.

Until 2018, Heather provided administration support while Friends of Bangor was hosted on CMRP systems. Much thanks for all your work!

Ken is the Business Manager at the Mindfulness Network.Meditation became a core part of Ken’s life over 20 years ago, supporting him through a difficult period of his life, and later on as a senior manager in the NHS. His “retirement” is now focussed on developing his skills as a mindfulness teacher and supporting the community in whatever way possible. Ken has an MA at Bangor CMRP, and teaches in West Yorkshire. His MA thesis explores ways of bridging national information with the needs of the mindfulness community, and he is keen to continue with that research.

After providing IT support, Ken moved to being the liaison and interface for the transition to the Mindfulness Network in 2019. With much gratitude for your support!

Maureen first became interested in the mind body connection over 30years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer and as part of a complementary approach to dealing with her illness she learned how to meditate. Now her meditation practice is an important aspect of a life she would describe as “engaged Buddhism”.

In November 2013 Maureen founded Now Unlimited, a social enterprise providing mindfulness-based interventions that improve the health, wellbeing and performance of individuals, teams and organisations and to undertake research into the application of mindfulness in work with disadvantaged groups. Building upon a background in voluntary sector management, ten at a senior level, she established a business model where all aspects of the business are underpinned by mindfulness principles. Maureen has since handed over the running of the business in order to embark on a PHD exploring the link between mindfulness, character strengths and ethical business practices. Her hobbies include travel, walking, reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Maureen joined Friends of Bangor from its inception until 2019 and provided the legal support. Much gratitude for all your work!

Tina trained as a Social Worker in 2004 and worked at Barnardo’s in a variety of roles and settings across North Wales. Tina has worked closely with Children’s Social Services completing parenting assessments and delivering intensive one-to-one parenting interventions to families. Tina is trained in group work and has delivered various Incredible Years® parenting programmes including The Autism Spectrum and Language Delay programme. In 2010 Tina completed her Incredible Years® Certification and started supporting newly trained workers, which she found very enjoyable.  In 2012 building on her interest in practice education, Tina was trained as a Practice Teacher, assessing and supervising Social Work students.  Later as part of her role became a Mindfulness Practitioner, teaching MBSR to colleagues and also The Mindfulness Nurturing Parents programme devised by (Eluned Gold) to foster carers, parents and carers. Tina has supported The Centre of Mindfulness Practice and Research in her spare time by assisting a MBSR course at Bangor University and is currently assisting a local MBSR group.