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Our Team

 

Trustees

The Trustees of LIM are responsible for making sure we meet our obligations as a registered charity as well as setting our strategic direction. The team are volunteers and offer their time freely as required by the Charity Commission and in the spirit of service.

 

Lucy West

Lucy is our Chair of Trustees and has spent the last 32 years since moving to London from the US in a mixture of private and public sector roles, including PR, management consulting, executive coaching, being a magistrate and a lay member of a property tribunal. She currently works as a leadership coach. Lucy discovered secular Buddhism and London Insight through mindfulness ten years ago. She became a trustee in 2019. She is particularly excited about increasing London Insight’s diversity and ‘Engaged Buddhism’ around issues such as the climate emergency and social justice.

 

andrew colemanAndrew Coleman

Andrew joined the trustees in December 2015 as the treasurer.  A chartered accountant, he has been advising charities and not-for-profits since taking early retirement in 1999. Andrew has followed the Buddhist path for 20 years and is a facilitator of the Richmond Mindfulness Meditation Group.

 

Mike Stuart

Mike has worked in the digital space for his entire career in a range of roles for private and non-profit organisations. He has a deep understanding of the charity sector, having worked both for a national autism charity and two leading SaaS website platforms for non-profits. He has been attending London Insight events since 2015.

 

Francisco Pazo Couto

Francisco joined the Board of Trustees in January 2022. Francisco is a lawyer qualified to practice in England & Wales, and Spain. Based in London since 2006, he has developed expertise in legal operations and wider risk management, particularly in the financial services sector. Francisco enjoys keeping an active and balanced lifestyle and over the years he has developed interest in philosophy and meditation. He practices mindfulness regularly.

 

Jen Gibson

Jen is a non-profit executive and board member with a track record in marketing, communications, community engagement and more. She joins as Trustee in May 2022 having explored mindfulness and meditation through different communities of practice for 25 years.

 

Derek Bruce

Derek Bruce joined the Board of Trustees in 2022. He has a background in HR, Leadership, Learning and Talent Management and Organisational Design. He is currently a Learning Strategy and Performance Management lead. He also runs Derek Bruce Associates, a consultancy which supports NGOs, Non Profit and SME on L&D topics. He practices mindfulness, meditation and purposeful living. He is now based in London, having also lived in Europe.

 

Director

Joanna-May Sta. Ana

Joanna has a background in engineering and commercial management, and has worked within the construction industry for a number of years. She studies ancient religions and philosophy with a focus on the traditions of yoga and meditation. She has practiced daily meditation for the past 5 years.

 

Manager

Matt Herbertson Matt Herbertson

Matt has been a practising Buddhist since 2005, and previously managed a large mindfulness for health project in London. He has a background in communications and PR, and has spent the last seven years managing teams in the market research sector. He enjoys Qi Gong and playing the RAV drum (when no one is listening).

 

Volunteers Manager

Kate Simon

Kate has been practicing Insight meditation since 2011 and has been attending London Insight Meditation events since then. She works as a Genetic Counsellor in the NHS, giving information and support to individuals who have, or are at risk of, a genetic condition. She enjoys yoga, forest bathing and hiking.

 

Assistant Volunteers Manager

Chen Lu

Chen has a background in art history and the creative industries. She started her meditation journey in 2013, and was introduced to Vipassana meditation in 2021 through a ten-day silent retreat. She keeps a regular meditation practice and continues to explore contemplative practices and experiences.

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