The trustees have ultimate responsibility for our activities. They keep an eye on the bigger picture while the organisers put together our programme of events. In particular the trustees ensure that we meet all our obligations as a registered charity.
Clare is chair of the trustees. She has been involved with London Insight for 15 years and has been a member of the Richmond Mindulness Meditation Group since it started in 1997. She works as a psychotherapist in Twickenham.
Graham has a background in historical musicology, and is Managing Editor of BBC Radio 3. He is currently working part-time for an MA in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wales. His other trustee responsibilities comprise membership of the Governing Body of Chigwell School and the National Centre for Early Music.
Naomi became involved with London Insight in 2010. She has 20 years' experience as a social housing lawyer, including expertise in charity law. She is a member of a sitting group which meets weekly in north London. Her interests include theatre, cinema and socialising.
Norma has been attending London Insight events since the late 1990s. She works as a general practitioner in London and has completed the Sharpham/Gaia House Committed Dharma Practitioner Programme.
Raylene is London Insight's treasurer. She is a practising chartered accountant for a multinational accountancy firm. She also teaches a non-profit yoga class and enjoys long-distance hikes, gardening on her tiny balcony and Five Rhythms dancing.
The organisers do most of the day-to-day, week-to-week work of running London Insight.
Louise, as administrator, is paid, and in 2013 will receive funding for a week's personal retreat at Gaia House. James, as director, receives a small monthly stipend and the same retreat allowance. No other trustees, organisers or other volunteers receive any payment beyond reimbursement of expenses.
Alex helps facilitate the Central London Sitting Group and works in mindfulness and osteopathy. His favourite dharma line is from Bhikkhu Bodhidhamma: "Onward!"
Anita is a facilitator of the Richmond Mindfulness Meditation Group. She trains counsellors in the transpersonal approach and teaches reflective, receptive and creative meditation at the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust.
Anthea is our website manager and was co-director with James Blake in 2011-12. She is an ex-software trainer whose retirement allows time for London Insight work, though living in leafy Berkshire makes for long journeys. She is a facilitator for small Berkshire Theravadan sitting group and a long-time supporter of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.
Catherine discovered London Insight about 5 years ago after a mindfulness based stress relief course . She currently attends as many day retreats as she can, and the insightful ageing sitting group when she can make it. Catherine is a teacher with special interest in nursery education and currently works for a local authority supporting nurseries across the borough. She enjoys tai chi and qigong and walking.
Gary is our sitting groups’ co-ordinator and our representative on the Buddhist Insight Network. He is also the founder and co-facilitator of our Insightful Aging Inquiry Group. After many years with a large software company, he is now a mindfulness and qigong teacher and likes bicycling in Richmond Park!
James is director, a role he shared with Anthea West until September 2012. He is also a facilitator of the Central London sitting group. He is a librarian at Sotheby's Institute of Art, enjoys Five Rhythms dance and is interested in Buddhist perspectives on the arts, politics and the environment.
Louise works as administrator/events co-ordinator for London Insight and is also an Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been involved with London Insight since the late 1990's. She is an organiser and co-facilitator of the East London sitting group and enjoys walking and gardening.
Recently retired,Mike used to run a national Housing Association with a focus on the design of housing and services for people with physical disabilities. He is now an active board member of another London based association this time with a focus on Learning Disability. He's a keen cyclist,walker and bird watcher.
Peter has been attending London insight retreats since the early noughties and has always enjoyed helping out on the day and behind the scenes.
Bea is London insight's volunteer finance assistant and researcher. She works in public service and enjoys yoga, post-modern literature and literary theory. She is also interested in Theravada Buddhist texts and commentaries.
Jamie looks after our Facebook page and contributes to the news column on our homepage. Picture and bio coming soon.
Mike is a chartered accountant, having being a partner in private practice for many years. He's been involved with London Insight since 2011 and looks after our financial reporting. As well as meditation, Mike is interested in Buddhism and philosophy and is an enthusiastic cyclist.