A little more about me, my journey and that all-important life experience. Split into three chapters; mindfulness, professions and education, this page illustrates my diverse background and expertise.
In accordance with the UK network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers, I have studied the yearlong professional course to certify students in the official MB Stress Reduction/Cognitive Therapy eight-week course, which I begin teaching in January 2019. I have completed numerous certified Mindfulness-Based (MB) courses; such as the MB Health Course, MB Living Course, and the MB Stress Reduction Course. In addition, I have obtained the Youth Mindfulness Certification to teach 7-11-year old's either within schools or after school kids clubs. Furthermore, I have successfully completed Mindful Coaching and Enquiry Skills; three full teaching weekends over the course of four months, based on Coaching for Transformation techniques, which included various peer coaching sessions, and continues with continuous improvement sessions.
Glasgow Buddhist Centre
2015 – Present
I've been involved in various events and workshops, including Essentials of Meditation, giving me first-hand experience and knowledge of workshops and teaching practices. I also volunteer part-time to help run the centre, alongside introducing some HR practices to volunteering strategies. Additionally, I attend study sessions every week, to broaden my knowledge and experience in the world of mindfulness, and the Buddhist Centre.
2014 – Present
I’ve partaken in copious amounts of retreats, ranging in style, teaching technique, and meditation depth. These varied in duration, from a single day up to a week; gaining insight and wisdom from each one. Examples of just some of the topics the retreats focused on were; Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Mindful Eating, Hill walking and Mindfulness, Tai Chi and Qi Gong with Mindfulness, Awakening to Reality and Meditation, and a silent solitary retreat concentrating on meditation, movement and personal study.
2011 – Present
Since beginning my mindfulness journey in Vietnam, I’ve been meditating, reading, and studying diverse sources to ensure continuous development of my depth of knowledge in the field. I continue to engage in a wide variety of mindfulness practices encompassing formal meditation, informal meditation, and movement mindfulness; including Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Yoga.
Well-Being & Mindfulness
2017 – Present
I provide introductory and bespoke mindfulness workshops within the fields of Health & Well-Being and Mindfulness. Workshops range in style and audience, and are suited to group-based sessions or individual one-to-one coaching within organisations, or privately-run group-based sessions held in teaching environments.
Organisational Development Assistant
in Skills Development Scotland
2016 – 2017
Within my role I created, designed and facilitated various introductory workshops; ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace’. These ranged in style and length, were piloted to various directorates throughout the business, and received great success and feedback.
My role also involved supporting a wide range of organisational development activities, such as carrying out financial procedures for projects, co-ordinating events and activities and assisted with the design and development of events. Furthermore, I provided support to the Modern Apprentices by investigating learning requirements, designing learning schedules, and assisting with the design and delivery of modules. A crucial aspect to my role involved providing support to individuals with Additional Support Needs within specific areas of the business, including meetings and one-to-one training.
Teacher in 12 International School,
2014 – 2015
I taught English as a foreign language to a wide-range of students in the city of Mianyang and through executing unique and adaptable lesson plans, I ensured all my students achieved their full potential. I found engaging in the interests of students a good way of encouraging learning and I used motivational techniques to bring as much life to the classroom as possible. With engagement came enthusiasm and ultimately lessons that were filled with enjoyment.
Various Roles within
2002 – 2014
Since my first role, I've worked in a diverse range of industries. These include: hospitality, retail, telemarketing and more broadly the service and customer-care industry, construction, environmental services, government and councils, education (home and abroad), administration, and computer-aided design. This experience has given me vast knowledge of working environments and cultures.
MSc with Distinction in
Human Resource Management
2015 – 2016
I was awarded Master’s with Distinction from Strathclyde Business School, accredited by CIPD. The degree included the study of a diverse array of topics; including employee relations, health & well-being, and human resource development. Individual projects focused on two main areas; talent management and diversity in the recruitment process.
140 Hour TEFL Certificates
2010 / 2014
I have been awarded two Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificates. A key skill acquired was tailoring lessons to differing levels of student ability. This flexibility is paramount when teaching groups of individuals who possess varied knowledge on a subject, and is extremely useful in various aspects of business such as learning and development and facilitation.
2:1 BA (Hons) in Sociology
2005 – 2009
My undergraduate degree in social sciences at Strathclyde University incorporated various subjects; sociology, psychology, politics, history and economics, illustrating a broad-base of knowledge. Furthermore, I produced a dissertation in Sociology involving research, interviews, focus groups and written submission which received a distinction level award.
“Kay has such a warm and welcoming manner, it is impossible not to feel instantly at ease in her company.”