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Dr Eunice Aquilina


Eunice is the founder of eaconsult, an organisation and leadership development consultancy. She works with individuals, executive teams and organisations to unlock their capacity to navigate emergent change, clarify their purpose, cultivate their leadership presence and build skilful ways to connect with others. She combines her practical experience of supporting leaders through change with her research into how leaders navigate transformative change. The result is an approach which leverages the mind body connection enabling leaders to embody the change they seek. 

At the Summit, Eunice will be facilitating.

Carrie Birmingham


Carrie is the founder of a small consultancy, that partners with organisations to help make positive things happen.  She has over 20 years experience enabling change in individuals, teams and businesses.  She specialises in helping organisations to prepare, lead and transform from extraordinary events.   This was inspired by her time as HR Director for The Sun, during a very turbulent period.  Her research outlines how organisations and individuals can thrive during extraordinary events.  At the Summit, Carrie will be facilitating.


Bodhin Philip Woodward 


Bodhin has extensive experience of mindfulness practices and teaching. He teaches Mindfulness Based Approaches (MBAs) to help prevent relapse into depression and to manage stress and anxiety. He has been practising Mindfulness on a daily basis since 1985 and started his intense Mindfulness training with the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1990, which culminated in his Ordination in India in the year 2000. Bodhin was trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in 2005 and has taught the classic MBSR/MBCT course more than 100 times during the last 15 years to several hundred participants. He teaches it in the eight-week format and also in a six-day intense retreat format in his own retreat centre.

Bodhin runs Mindfulness retreats in Spain based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) work done by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) by Mark Williams and others. He has attended more than 80 retreats, the longest lasting four months.

At the Summit, Bodhin will be offering a masterclass/workshop on Awareness of Thoughts. When we sit down to practice mindfulness, our thoughts & thinking processes are a major part of the experience. In this session, we will look at some of the science underpinning thinking, and we will explore our relationship to our thoughts, and explore some ways of practising more skilfully with our thoughts.

Dr Alison Carter


Alison is a Principal Associate at the Institute for Employment Studies. She writes, speaks and consults on a range of HR, OD and leadership development issues and is internationally regarded as an expert in coaching. She was a founding Director of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), Co-Chair of the 2nd Harvard International Coaching Research Forum and is a former judge on Opportunity Now gender equality awards for employers. Previously Alison worked in a range of HR and management roles in the NHS and IBM (UK). She has an MBA from Henley Management College and a professional doctorate. Alison is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

At the Summit, she will be speaking about: Research findings from a UK defence sector organisation.

Sara Garcés

An engineer by background, Sara has been working at Airbus since 2008, including in procurement, and as a senior commercial engineer for ALTER. Having discovered personally just how powerful mindfulness can be, she first started sharing techniques at her children’s institute in 2015. She then became passionate about the potential for positive impact in the workplace and determinedly set about finding a way to introduce it within Airbus, knocking on many doors before finally finding a 'home' for mindfulness as part of a creativity & innovation initiative, rolling out a successful pilot in July 2016. She inspires others with her conviction that if we believe in something, we can find a way to make it happen. Almost two years on, she's highly in demand to roll out formal and impromptu mindfulness sessions related to all sorts of topics, including innovation, communication and many others.  

Cristina Jardon

Expert in Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. Certified in international programs about Mindfulness (MBSR, MSC) and Executive Coaching. Well-being at work adviser. Mindfulness trainer in HR Garrigues Business School Master.

Cristina has a wide experience as a trainer in Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness and Compassion in Education and Business. She is leading several programs in schools and companies.

Psychology and Interpersonal Relationship teacher at UCM (Education Faculty) where also trains in mindfulness. Lecturer at international congresses and forums about Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness and Well-being.​

At the Summit, Cristina will be offering a session on Google’s Search Inside Yourself.

Liz Hall

Liz is one of the Summit’s organisers. She is co-owner/ founding editor of Coaching at Work magazine (www.coaching-at-work.com); an award-winning journalist on business & health/wellbeing; an author/editor (including Mindful Coaching, Kogan Page, 2013, currently being translated into Spanish and a chapter in Mindfulness in Organisations: Foundations, Research and Applications, Cambridge University Press, 2015); an executive coach (www.lizhallcoaching.com) and a trained mindfulness teacher/trainer (Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice pathway). She’s co-founder of the 1st International Summit for Mindfulness & Compassion at Work (with Luis, and with Margaret Chapman-Clarke)

At the Summit, she will be hosting and helping to hold the space.

Luis San Martin

Luis is one of the Summit’s organisers. He is the chair/ co-founder of the Association for Coaching Spain, an executive coach and OD consultant. Luis, co-founder of the 1st International Summit for Mindfulness & Compassion at Work, has an MSc in International Business and his business experience includes CEO responsibilities in multinational companies in several countries. He works with organisations to introduce mindfulness to their employees.

At the Summit, he will be hosting and helping to hold the space.

Meysam  Poorkavoos 


Meysam Poorkavoos is Senior Researcher at  Roffey Park Institute.

At the Summit, Meysam will be talking about compassion at work. Her session will equip you with what you need in your journey towards creating more compassionate workplaces. In the session you will hear about Roffey Park’s latest research on compassion in the workplace, the business case for compassion and how it impacts various aspects of organisations. You will also learn about various forms of compassion in the work place including self-compassion, compassion towards others, compassionate leadership and organisational compassion. The session concludes with some practical tips based on Roffey Park’s research on how to build a compassionate organisation.



Dr Jutta Tobias



Jutta is a social psychologist dedicated to generating positive behaviour change and capacity building, and has grappled with making this happen in words (somewhat challenging) and action (very challenging!) for over 20 years in six countries on three continents.  Jutta serves on the faculty at City University’s Organisational Psychology Department. She teaches and regularly speaks and advises on workplace mindfulness and leadership, e.g. in the UK House of Commons, Cabinet Office, and the Department of Health. Her current research (passion) and outreach focus is on working out how to enable people to benefit sustainably from mindfulness training and other awareness-raising initiatives.

She also serves as an expert advisor to The Mindfulness Initiative, a policy institute with bipartisan sponsorship from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness in the UK Parliament. 

Jutta's work has been published in a number of academic journals and is featured widely including in the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, on the BBC World Service, and in the Swiss TV documentary “The Mindful Revolution”.

Before obtaining her doctorate in the United States, Jutta worked for nearly a decade as an IT consultant in Europe, advising clients such as McKinsey and Goldman Sachs on their strategy implementation.

She also set up one of the first sustainable internet community cafés in rural Rwanda.

During her post-doctorate, Jutta served as the James Marshall Public Policy Fellow for the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. In that position, she learned the art and science of lobbying in the public interest, and was able to put these skills to good use when President Obama introduced the Health Care Reform bill. 

Jutta also holds a psychotherapeutic counselling qualification from the University of Cambridge. In her free time, she pushes her ability to stop talking and instead just listen (to her husband, for starters) by dancing in all sorts of Swing styles.

At the Summit, she will be speaking about:

Why and how meditation is not the only way to become mindful at work.


Session summary

Many mindfulness enthusiasts equate mindfulness with meditation, although meditation is only one of several evidence-based mechanisms to generate or increase mindfulness. Many consider mindfulness meditation the next cure for many ailments, sure corporate path towards increasing wellbeing and performance, and safe anxiety buster for our young. But an increasing number of scholars raise concerns about over-reports of the benefits of meditation, with the potential for disappointing, misleading, or even harming populations interested in mindfulness. I will explain how mindfulness and meditation are not the same thing, and how we might genuinely open up our awareness of the many ways we can benefit from mindfulness-based practices.

MariaJo Tobías

MariaJo Tobías is a translator who has translated for Jon Kabat-Zinn, amongst others. See her in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmdqidh3-N4

At the bilingual Summit, she will be our translator.