Our People

Here are some of the people that power The Heart Movement.

Staff team

We are lucky to have a fantastic team of individuals who are enthusiastic about creating a healthier, happier society through heart-based mindfulness.

Ri Ferrier

Managing Director

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Ri Ferrier

Ri has been practicing mindfulness since her early 20s, when she discovered the power of meditation and being fully present. Since then she has delved deeply into this work, from Jungian based retreats through to Shamanic ceremonies, both as student and as teacher. She is also a biodynamic craniosacral therapist, a therapy that brings nourishment and healing through deep listening to the body.

Ri is passionate about… making a difference in the world, especially in the lives of children and teenagers. She wants to co-create a legacy of Beauty, Grace, Harmony and Peace for the generations to come.

Did you know? Ri will most likely be found in her organic polytunnel when not at work and is always happy to talk about growing vegetables and herbs!

Will Stephens

Strategy

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Will Stephens

Will has held director and consultant roles for many organisations; including serving as European Director for HeartMath and starting a Mindfulness Centre in the South of England. He has completed over 50 weeks of mindfulness training, spent three years training in Core Process Psychotherapy and gained experience working in NHS mental health services and UK prisons.

Will is passionate about…. contributing towards a new story where power, control and wealth become more decentralised and where individuals and communities feel less separate and more connected to our shared human experience.

Did you know? Will (still) loves to spend as much time as possible outside playing with sticks, stones and flowing water.

Jasmine Shaw

Community Liason

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Jasmine Shaw

Jasmine has facilitated mindfulness for over 10 years- for her peers as a young adult and later for children and adults. She has completed a 2-year in-depth Certified Mindfulness Teacher Training programme with internationally recognised teachers Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield. She has undergone teacher training retreats in Mindful Self Compassion with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer.

Jasmine is passionate about… how the power of mindful listening as a healing force in the world.

Did you know? From childhood Jasmine has enjoyed exploring life close up with a camera.

Lyndsay Lunan

Content Director

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Lyndsay Lunan

Lyndsay has taught both at Glasgow University and in Further Education, where she created acclaimed mindfulness programmes for staff and students. She was later director of programme development and lead trainer at Youth Mindfulness. Lyndsay believes that the world we create begins with a state of mind.

Lynsday is passion about… a life of self-reflection not being privilege of any single group, Lynsey is committed to supporting people from all walks of life to bring about change both within themselves and their communities.

Did you know? Lyndsay spent her younger years trying to be angry by wearing black and reading books about John Lennon and Martin Luther King.

Karim Manji

Marketing Manager

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Karim Manji

Karim has previously worked as a secondary school teacher and also in communications for a range of charities and organisations. He has been practicing mindfulness for a decade and spent 18 months immersed in mindfulness in a practice centre in France as well as numerous other residential programmes.

Karim is passionate about… finding ways forward in the face of the climate crisis

Did you know? Karim loves a good pun, and unfortunately, also a bad pun too!

Kareem Ghandour

Community Outreach Liaison & Media Content

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Kareem Ghandour

Kareem discovered mindfulness aged 18 whilst struggling with alcoholism and depression, and it enabled him to discover a more meaningful way of life that he had been searching for. Later he has been a facilitator with various groups and charities including Wake Up London, Youth Mindfulness, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBME) and Colours of Compassion – a community for people of BAME backgrounds. He has trained to teach mindfulness with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.

Kareem is passionate about… allowing young people to experience mindfulness.

Did you know? Kareem is an expert in traditional Gong Fu-style teas.

Additional Facilitators

Michael Schwammberger

Facilitator

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Michael Schwammberger

Michael is a highly sought-after teacher and has led retreats in the UK, Spain and South America. He has been practising mindfulness since 1992 and he lived as a Buddhist monk for 15 years in Plum Village France, where he was a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Doran Amos

Faciltator

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Doran Amos

Doran completed his PhD in Neuroscience at University College London in 2011 and subsequently engaged in scientific research at universities in the UK and Germany. Alongside his scientific work, Doran has been practising mindfulness since 2006. Seeing the benefits of these practices in his own life, he spent 15 months deepening his understanding of mindfulness at the Plum Village practice centre in France from 2014–2016. Doran is currently completing his year-long training in Nature-Based Practice with the Ecodharma centre in Spain.

Doran is passionate about…rediscovering and to helping others rediscover how to fall in love with humanity’s potential and with the Earth again.

Did you know? Doran loves to dance, especially when the music gets funky.

Advisory Board

Inspired by our mission, our advisory board bring a wealth of experience from diverse areas to help us allow more people to live with ease, kindness and courage through mindfulness.

Dr Carey Lunan

Advisor

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Dr Carey Lunan

Carey is a GP partner in one of the most socio-economically deprived areas of Scotland. She is also the current Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Scotland, where she campaigns for better public engagement about sustainable use of the NHS and for reducing health inequalities by resourcing healthcare so that it is at its best where it is needed most.

Carey is passionate about… offering a voice and lobbying for change on behalf of marginalized and disenfranchised people.

Did you know? The stories that her patients share with her, of hardship and of resilience, often inspire the songs that she writes and performs with her band Firefly Forty-five.

Andy Pellant

Advisor

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Andy Pellant

Andy brings a history of personal and organisational success to his work as a consultant, coach, change specialist, author and speaker. He is recognised as a franchise specialist and has worked extensively in supporting boards and board level talent in developing a more entrepreneurial approach to organisational and personal leadership. Andy speaks regularly and has been published internationally.

Andy is passionate about… the power of the heart to act as a guide and as an intuitive compass to support our ability to ‘know’ when we are operating at a lower level of potential

Did you know? Although Andy has experienced life in many countries he has settled only a few miles from where he was born and is strongly connected to his community through politics, friendship and charitable commitments.

Rehena Harilall

Advisor

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Rehena Harilall

Rehena is a psychologist, coach and management consultant who collaborates with Senior Executives (C-Suite) to deliver large scale, complex change transformation programmes to Fortune 500 companies. Her experience straddles private, public and Third Sectors and she has worked in over 20 countries across Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Prior to consulting she lectured and conducted social research on inclusion, social transformation and social identity.

Rehena is passionate about…social justice and inclusion and is a committed custodian of the earth. As an engaged mindfulness practitioner she is committed to cultivating joy and peace through her actions and the way she works.

Did you know? Rehena experienced the pain and joy of growing up during the apartheid regime in South Africa

Seth Tabatznik

Advisor

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Seth Tabatznik

Seth is a social entrepreneur and impact investor, he is a co-founder and executive Director of Berti Investments Ltd, which invests in start-ups that serve human and planetary wellbeing. Seth is also co-founder and executive director of 42 acres Ltd, which he started with his sister to help society change from Inside out.  He is a non-excutive director of Belltown Power Ltd, and is a Trustee of The Little Charity.

Seth is passionate about.. since a young age he travelled all over the world and believes that what unites people more than anything is food and joy.

Did you know? Seth loves being in nature, foraging, playing music to the forests and watching the wind.

Joe McMartin

Advisor

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Joe McMartin

Joe has worked in social development, in the UK and internationally, for almost 30 years. He spent 4 years in China teaching and running programmes in education and health. In recent years Joe’s interests have been on how groups of people work together in ways that include everyone, generate new approaches and create shared excitement.

Joe is passionate about.. mindfulness as a gateway into building relationships and a sense of new possibilities.

Did you know? Living in Sussex, Joe enjoys walking and cycling by the sea and spending time with his family.