I had the idea for First in the Queue some years ago when I was working in high-pressure environments within the private business sector, after serving in the Royal Navy.
At the heart of First in the Queue lies the premise that if we want things to change, we have to embody the change we wish to see. By doing this work, putting ourselves front and centre, in this context, it enables us to flourish and have better working and private relationships with others.
Over the past two years, and currently, I have been working with Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing as Director, Operations and Research. This organisation helps military veterans, emergency services personnel and others with complex mental health issues resulting from trauma. The experience and expertise gained in this role helps me, better, to provide effective programmes for the development of mental resilience.
I am able to draw on both my military and commercial experience to ensure that mental resilience can be successfully embedded into life as it is, not as we would hope it to be.
I’ve had my own mindfulness practice for many years (a pre-requisite for teaching mindfulness to others) and have studied Mindfulness-Based Approaches at Bangor University’s School of Psychology. In 2015 I became a certified .b teacher, teaching mindfulness to young people (11 – 18 years).
I am currently studying for a 3-year MSc, Studies in Mindfulness, with the University of Aberdeen.
For more information about mindfulness contact Sue here.