© 2020 Tenterden Mindfulness Group

Tenterden Mindfulness Group is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered in England and Wales

Charity Number 1181209

Kent  Dandelion image © G.Swan

Our team of qualified mindfulness teachers .....

Dr Neil Pillai


Dr Neil Pillai is a GP from Ivy Court Surgery in Tenterden, Kent.  He has been trained to teach Mindfulness based courses at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University. Read more...

Barbara Hussong


Barbara Hussong is a Biodynamic Psychotherapist (UKCP reg.) and has been working with individuals presenting with a wide range of difficulties since 2000. Read more...

David Bignell

David Bignell has worked in primary education for 30 years: eight as a classroom teacher, five as a Deputy Headteacher and seventeen as a Headteacher in three different schools. He is currently ....Read more...

Dr Marcus Averbeck


Dr Marcus Averbeck is a Consultant Psychotherapist and Head of Family Psychotherapy at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust since 2003. 


Julia Lofts


Julia Lofts is an Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher and Psychotherapist (MBACP Accred). She specialises in working with people who suffer with chronic pain and illness, as well as long-term stress. Read more...

Nina Dhiman

Nina is a teacher member with the Mindfulness Association which is one of the National UK listed training organisations for Mindfulness, and teaches the Mindfulness Based Living Course - MBLC.....Read more...

Sheila Webb


Sheila Webb is a UKCP Registered psychotherapist and mindfulness trainer in independent practice in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.  Read more...

Cesare Saguato


Cesare is an Integrative Psychotherapist (Registered Member of the BACP) having trained with Inter-Psyche through the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust and Mindfulness Teacher...Read more...

Lorraine Millard

Lorraine has been an individual and group Psychotherapist for over 30 years working with a wide range of clients and issues. She has worked for the NHS and Social Services, Education and in Private Practice .....Read more...

Our teaching team adhere to the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers Good Practice Guidelines.

Our Board of Trustees .....

Dr Neil Pillai (Chair & Healthcare)

Dr Neil Pillai is a GP from Ivy Court Surgery, Tenterden.  He has been trained to teach Mindfulness based courses at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Oxford University. He is an enthusiastic Mindfulness teacher who is keen to bring the benefits of Mindfulness to the widest possible audience, and has led Tenterden Mindfulness Group as the Chairman since its inception.

Jeremy Cooper (Legal)

Jeremy lives in Tenterden. He  is a retired tribunal  judge.  Between 2010 annd 2016  he was   Director of Training for Tribunals in the Judicial College, London, where he was also Joint Dean of the Faculty. He sat as a Tribunal Judge in both the first-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal and was for several years Southern Regional Chairman of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Universities of Kent and Middlesex. Prior to becoming a Tribunal Judge he was Dean of the Law Faculty at Southampton Institute.  Jeremy currently works as a consultant to the United Nations and the European Union on Judicial Integrity Projects.

Dr Deborah Ghate (Free and Assisted Places)

Deborah lives locally to Tenterden. She found her first TMG Mindfulness course so helpful that she wanted to support the group to grow and offer courses to more people, and so joined the Board. In her day job she specialises in implementation science, which is concerned with getting evidence of what works into practice to improve the effectiveness of child, family and adult services. She heads up the independent non-profit Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation (www.cevi.org.uk) working in the UK and overseas, and Chairs the UK Implementation Society. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Naomi Benson (Children & Young People)

Naomi is a trained primary school teacher with over 20 years experience working in both the maintained and private sector in London and locally to Tenterden. She has worked for many years as a volunteer with a range of both local and national charities in her immediate and wider community, supporting children and young people to access a range of services. 

She is particularly keen on promoting the practice of mindfulness amongst children and adolescents in order to empower them to cope with the stresses and strains of their everyday lives, at school, at home and in their relationships with friends.

Ian Cockayne (Finance)

Ian lives locally to Tenterden.  Now semi-retired, Ian had previously worked in central London for some 18-years providing IT Services and IT Commercial Management for several global investment management companies.

Working in a high paced environment has taught Ian the value of sustaining our personal well-being and he is now pleased to be able to help others through supporting the operational aspects of the Tenterden Mindfulness Group.

Caroline Parfitt (Safeguarding, Events)

Caroline lives in Smarden and is an Occupational Therapist, Over the years she has worked with adults with severe mental health conditions as well as those with high functioning Autism.  She completed a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course in 2011 and has been passionate about mindfulness ever since, attending the mindfulness teacher training course with Mindfulness CIC in 2013.  


Caroline currently works in children's services and has a private practice which includes Equine Therapy.  She is passionate about utilising the natural environment within her interventions, and is also studying Sensory Integration.

Derek Roger (Safeguarding, Free & Assisted Places)

Derek spent his professional life in academia, initially in Psychology but then in Neuroscience.  He is now retired from academic work but, together with his wife, runs the Work Skills Centre, a training consultancy established to provide a vehicle for the Challenge of Change training programme developed from the research.  


They also offer evening meetings in a system of practical philosophy they developed called Enlightened Living, described in a recent book (Enlightened Living: A Book of Being; Austin Macauley 2019).  

Julie Stones (Children & Young People)

Julie lives in Appledore and has 4 grown up children. For the last 25 years she has worked in education, early help, public health and community services, most recently working as a consultant, coach and trustee to a number of charities.


She has a passion for self-care in the community as the most sustainable solution to emotional well being. Since 2017, she has been leading a national lottery funded programme, introducing Mindfulness across over 70 Kent schools and completing an inspiring Breathworks MBSR programme.

Emma Isworth (Focus & Feedback Group Lead)

Emma Isworth is a Physiotherapist who has worked in the NHS for 40 years, specialising in the treatment of children. Over the years she has developed an interest in young people who suffer with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and anxiety disorders.


In pursuit of trying to find more positive outcomes for treatment of these conditions, Emma studied for a Masters Degree in Medical Humanities at the University of Kent in 2015. At that time she also took her first 8-week Mindfulness Course with TMG. Since then she has developed her own personal practice and attended several further courses and retreat days. In 2017, TMG supported her through a national training course to teach Mindfulness to children and she has now taught in two local schools.


Emma is Vice Chair of Governors at Tenterden Junior and Infant Schools.