Karen Barr, BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Mindfulness
Karen is an accredited mindfulness teacher, coach and trainer.
Karen has worked with a variety of organisations, in both the public and private sectors and has experienced first-hand how Mindfulness can change the culture of an organisation by promoting wellbeing in individuals, allowing them to reduce stress, increase resilience, improve focus and develop stronger interpersonal relationships.
Karen also delivers courses in Leadership, Presentation Skills, Negotiation Skills Assertiveness Training, Selling Skills and Time Management. She is an Associate Lecturer at Napier University, an NXD of Advocard, an Edinburgh charity that provides advocacy services for people with mental ill health.
Derek Howden: IT, Media and WordPress Expert.
Derek has been working in IT sector for over 15 years now, he has a degree in Interactive Multimedia Communication and extensive experience in web design and programing. He has worked on many projects and has a vast experience which he brings in a fresh and creative way. He runs Edinburgh Fringe Live, a community media driven project that covers the entertainment from the Edinburgh Fringe and shares it to the world.
Jacqui Mitchell: Specialist in Employee Ownership and Participatory Leadership
Jacqui has extensive knowledge of Participatory Leadership and experience of embedding it in organisations. Over the last five years she has provided intensive advice and support to a wide range of companies moving to employee ownership. Her approach has been integral to unleashing the potential of people in these companies and allowing them to move to the new role of ‘owner’. Jacqui is fully committed to approaches of self organisation as the route to unlocking the ‘success potential’ within organisations. Her advocacy of self-organisation builds upon her career as a manager, consultant and trainer in both the private and third sectors. She also has direct hands-on experience of business change having established, developed and sold on a small business focused on providing services to property investors and landlords. Jacqui has an MBA and is also a qualified management accountant.
FIONA SAVAGE has worked in the business development sector for 20 years, latterly in her own business Fiona Savage Associates. She helps bring about collaborative change – in the workplace, to the whole organisation and on a personal level. She has a background in nursing, has worked for several large commercial organisations in healthcare and held a number of account director roles with national healthcare helplines. Fiona is a trained facilitator and practices Participatory Leadership which allows for fast, flexible, and fluid coordination and decision-making which is far more adaptive and co-creative than any other organisational model currently being used. Fiona trained in Theory U (as developed at MIT) which she uses to encourage leaders to step into and shape the emerging future. These inform her distinctive approach to the issues.
Her philosophy is always to start with the premise that people are not problems waiting to be solved, but sources of potential waiting to be opened up. This is the route to individual, team and organisational effectiveness and well-being.