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Organising Committee

Rebecca Crane –  Liaison and interface with the CMRP

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.

Per Norgrren – Chair of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

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.

gill-johnsonGill Johnson – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

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.

gwenan-robertsGwenan Roberts – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

Gwenan is a HCPC registered speech and language therapist and worked with children and adults with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and complex needs for 36 years in the NHS before taking early retirement in September 2016. She continues to work as an independent practitioner, offering specialist training and supervision.

Since 2012 she has been following the Masters in Mindfulness Based Approaches at Bangor university, gaining a Certificate of Competence in Teaching MBSR and MBCT in August 2016. She has decided to continue her studies and is working towards her MA, based on the process of adapting an 8-week course into Welsh, exploring vocabulary, semantics and language use, as well as  finding meaningful Welsh language poetry to enhance learning. She is currently arranging Welsh medium 8 week courses for the general public in North West Wales.

Her personal mindfulness practice is enriched through walking the North Wales coastline and paths of Snowdonia with her dog, relaxing in her caravan on the Llyn peninsula, reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

vicduckVicky Walduck – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

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.

Heather Cayzer – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

Heather recently moved 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

 

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Ken Lunn – Liaison and interface to the Mindfulness Network

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.

maureenocalaghanMaureen O’Callaghan – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group

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”.  Not only does Maureen have an established personal mindfulness practice and teach mindfulness, in November 2013 she also established Now Unlimited, a social enterprise providing mindfulness-based interventions.  The charitable aims of the business are to improve the health, wellbeing and performance of individuals, teams and organisations and to undertake research into the application of mindfulness and share the learning with other professionals.

Building upon a background in voluntary sector management, ten at a senior level, Maureen has not only established a sustainable business model but one where all aspects of the business are underpinned by mindfulness principles. Maureen has an MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches and her thesis looks at the impact of an approach that combines mindfulness and self-compassion on the emotional resilience of unpaid caregivers. Her hobbies include walking, gardening, reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Stephan Schoening – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group.

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.

Tina Jones – Committee Member of CMRP Friends of Bangor – Alumni group.

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.