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Our Trustees

Dr. Neill Pillai

Chairman & 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

Vice Chair & 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.

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


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

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

Non-Trustee - Focus & Feedback Group Lead

Emma is a physiotherapist with over 40 years of clinical experience in the NHS. Her work has been mostly with children where she developed an interest in young people who suffer with chronic fatigue and pain, anxiety and unexplained medical symptoms.

Having gained a Masters Degree in Medical Humanities at the University of Kent as a mature student, Emma took her first course in Mindfulness. She developed a regular personal practice, attended further courses and Retreats and in 2017 was supported by TMG to train to teach Mindfulness to children and now teaches in primary schools. She is also trained to teach The Present course for Adults.

Emma acts as the link between the Teacher’s and the Feedback and Focus Groups and the Board of Trustees.

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

Charity Number 1181209

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