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Mark Leonard

Adjunct Faculty


University of Bristol

University of Buckingham

Mark Leonard

Mark is a leading innovator in the mindfulness movement, applying mindfulness to culture change in organisations. His background is sustainable management of fisheries resources and waste. He came to the conclusions that sustainability had to start with organisational change and that mindfulness provided the key. He played a key role in establishing the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and adapted the clinical, evidence-based approach to a short course for the workplace using the best-selling self-help book, Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world, by Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman. This experience led to the realisation that the benefits of mindfulness could be combined with an interactive training to release the power of collective intelligence in teams and organisations. This insight provided the rationale for a new 'social mindfulness' programme, Mindfulness-based Organisational Education (MBOE), which was successfully trialled with Nation Health Service hospital staff in the UK.

Mark is the founder of Mindfulness Connected and the author of the book ‘Social Mindfulness: A guide to meditations from Mindfulness-Based Organisational Education’

His Publications:

Leonard M. (2021) Why we need Social Mindfulness in Responding to 'Mindfulness: Developing Agency in Urgent Times' - A compilation of essays, Bristow J. et al The Mindfulness Initiative

Leonard M. (2016) Making mindfulness meditation meaningful and accessible in Mindfulness in the Workplace: An Evidence-based Approach to Improving Wellbeing and Maximising Performance, Margaret A. Chapman-Clarke, Kogan Page.

Krusche A. et al (2016) Mindfulness-Based Organisational Education: an Evaluation of a Mindfulness Course Delivered to Employees at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Mindfulness, 11, 262-373.*

Leonard M. (2019) Social Mindfulness: A guided to meditations from Mindfulness-based Organisational Education, Mindfulness Connected

* Programme developer and provider

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