Who We Are
Professor Rhonda V. Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers, law students, and for minimizing social-identity-based bias.
A full-time faculty member at University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, she has been named Dean’s Circle Research Scholar, served as co-director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, and co-facilitator of the Ignatian Faculty Forum faculty development program. She teaches Torts; Race, Law and Policy; and courses in Contemplative and Mindful Law and Law Practice. She is a trained and highly practiced facilitator, with an emphasis on mindful communication, trained through programs at the University of Massachusetts’s School of Medicine’s Oasis Teacher Training Institute, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Facilitator Training Program. In April 2015, she was named a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, and in 2019 one of the most important woman in mindfulness in the world.
Director, Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher from New York based in West Sussex.
William Fley is a clinician in private practice in the South Downs who also provides training for mental health practitioners through workshops and retreats; including with community leaders to help them adapt in the face of on-going physical, emotional, organisational and societal change. A fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Breathworks Mindfulness, William is the founder of MNPC & Meditation Circle and holds Masters degrees from Birkbeck College, University of London and Roehampton University. Working within community organisations in marginalized communities, William aims to bring awareness through mindfulness-based interventions. He continues to pursue his passion to eliminate the cultural and other barriers to accessing mindfulness by encouraging cultural awareness and responsiveness.
Working across gender, culture, race and political lines is challenging. As clinicians we may often encounter the challenges of broken systems or systemic oppression in our work with clients or in our own professional and personal lives. Helping to tackle these issues is a key theme of William’s professional work. He is also conducting research into, and producing and presenting a programme on, ‘Absent Fathers and the Forgiveness Model’ which is about tackling the epidemic of fatherlessness in our society and its effects on mental health..
Tim has spent much of his working life in the UK public sector, where he has been involved in undertaking research and studies into value for money, largely within the health and education sectors. His work has regularly been the subject of reports by Parliament and featured in the national press. Tim has worked worked extensively overseas, advising government organisations in Australia, Germany, the US, Poland, Turkey, Japan, France and Canada on value for money issues. He is a highly regarded public speaker, and has spoken widely at events in the UK and many overseas countries. He has chaired conferences such as for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris; and published guidance for the World Bank, Washington.
Tim has been a magistrate for over 10 years, and chairs both the adult and youth benches. He also sits on the Governance, Risk and Audit Committee of the Bar Standards Board as well as undertaking consultancy work for a major UK property management company. Tim has been practicing meditation for some 15 years and has studied various techniques in India, Thailand and Japan. He has a one-to-one mindfulness practice in the New Forest, has co-run mindfulness retreats, courses and day events, and taught regularly at Brighton University. One of his key interests is mindfulness in the workplace.
Sheila Balgobin is a Psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher from New York.
Sheila is founder and mentoring programme administrator for the Black and Asian Therapist Network (BAATN) providing mentoring services to Black and Asian psychotherapy/counselling students and trainees. Sheila has an MA in Psychotherapy and Healing Practice, validated by Middlesex University.
Elizabeth is a Trustee at the Mindfulness Initiative and at the Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum, respectively.
Her area of specialisation was International Refugee Law for over 25 years, working in former Yugoslavia, South Africa, Cote d'Ivoire and DRC and Geneva Switzerland. Suffering from PTSD, and eager to still be a relevant part of her daughters lives, Elizabeth came to Mindfulness through the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and took early retirement from the United Nations five years ago.
Elizabeth has now completed several MBCT, MBSR, Self-Compassion courses, she is the BAME Officer for Guildford Labour Party. She practices Yoga, Tai Chi and cooking, sings in a local Cancer Survivors Choir, and volunteers at local Brain Injury Trust Drop in Centre.
Elizabeth is also an artist, feminist and keen supporter of 12 Step Programmes. She is a mindful mum and her favourite saying is "it takes a village to raise a child".
Antoinette Daley is a qualified Child, Adolescent and Family Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with over 30 years experience as a practitioner specialising in child abuse and neglect, attachment, and foster care. She actively trains support staff and foster carers working with looked after children and young people. Antoinette is undertaking further research and studies on the impact of trauma on human life - especially during chemical and structural formation of the brain. Founder of Daley Bread Charity (www.daleybread.co.uk), Antoinette has also set up 4 children's homes and is a consultant for local authorities and other organisations and providers in the social care sector. Antoinette encourages the practice of Mindfulness as an alternative therapeutic intervention for young people and also for her staff. Antoinette is passionate about introducing Mindfulness to marginalised and disadvantaged young people in the community and also in schools.