Mark Leonard

As Managing Director of Mindfulness Connected, Mark applies social embodied educational process to organisational culture––bringing together social process, somatic awareness and the cognitive principles of mindfulness meditation. He played a key role in establishing the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and led its workplace project––shifting the emphasis from a cognitive therapeutic model to social embodied process to improve wellbeing with CVS vets, the largest corporate provider of veterinary services in UK and now applying this learning in the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, as a systemic approach to improving staff wellbeing, patient outcomes and organisational culture.

He is a member of the Stakeholder Group of a national project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, to map the impact of mindfulness across society. He outlines his thinking, spinning out from Oxford, in Chapter 10, Making Mindfulness Accessible and Meaningful in Mindfulness in the Workplace, Margaret Chapman-Clarke Ed, Kogan Page, 2016. With a MSc in Fisheries Biology, his previous work included political, partnership and community functions in managing the commons––fisheries and waste.

Natural Habitat: Sitting round a fire, cooking a sea bass caught on a lure from the shore