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Chair – Dr Sarah Eagger MB,BS, FRC Psych (London)

Dr Sarah Eagger is Chair of the Janki Foundation. She worked for 30 years in the NHS as a consultant psychiatrist and honorary senior clinical lecturer in the department of Psychological Medicine, Imperial College, London, and also worked in private practice for 15 years. She is on the executive committees of both the Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry section of the World Psychiatric Association and the Special Interest Group on Spirituality at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK). She is also past chair of the National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum and the British Holistic Medical Association.

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Viraj Patel

Honorary Secretary - Viraj patel

Viraj Patel worked as a dentist for over 10 years at a NHS hospital and in general practice, and is aware of the challenges faced by healthcare professionals in demanding, clinical environments. She has been a volunteer at the Janki Foundation since 2007 and now holds the position of Honorary Secretary of the Foundation.

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Sister Charu

Honorary Treasurer – Chandrabala Patel

Chandrabala Patel has been a teacher and meditation practitioner for over 4 decades. Prior to that she had been working for a wholesale pharmacy in the accounts department. She is currently the Honorary Treasurer of the Janki Foundation, bringing her deep spiritual wisdom and experience to her role.

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The Scientific and Medical Advisors

Dr Rachna Chowla

Rachna is a GP in Rotherhithe, a Clinical Lead for Clinical Effectiveness Southwark and a Joint Director of Clinical Strategy at King’s Health Partners where she leads on collaborations with primary care and the emerging primary care networks, to improve outcomes for local people. 

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Dr Peter Fenwick, MB, Bchir (Cantab), DPM, FRCPsych

Dr Fenwick is an emeritus senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, also an emeritus consultant in neuropsychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and in neurophysiology to Broadmoor Special Hospital. He has published numerous scientific papers on brain function and also several papers on meditation and altered states of consciousness.

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Dr Ashok Mehta, MS, FRCS, FICS

Medical Director, Brahma Kumaris’ Global Hospital managing BSES Municipal General Hospital’, Mumbai. Founder Trustee, Global Hospital & Research Centre Trust.

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Professor David Peters, MB ChB DRCOG DMSMed FLCOM

I am Emeritus Professor of Integrated Healthcare in the College of  Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Westminster where, before retiring from full time academic life in 2018, I co-founded and directed the Westminster Centre for Resilience. The Centre continues to research resilience and ways of  improving it through biofeedback, mindfulness, positive emotions and self-care. 

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Dr Andrew Powell MA, MB.BChir, MRCP, FRCPsych

Dr Andrew Powell formerly held Consultant and Senior Academic Appointments in London and Oxford.

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Dr Hansa Raval, MD

Dr Raval is a retired Colonel from the United States Army after 26 years of service; a physician with three sub-specialities: clinical pathology, cytopathology and oncology;

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Learning & Development Advisors – Chrissie McGinn & Richard Hewitt

Chrissie McGinn & Richard Hewitt of Wisborough Transformation aim to celebrate the best in everyone. They facilitate Conscious Caring groups in healthcare, leadership development in organisations, and individual personal development. They regularly lead retreats, teach meditation, run workshops and have a counselling practice. They wrote Wisboroughs – Make a New Start With a Fresh View on Life (1995), and now write on caring leadership and compassion. They are Spiritual Companions and trained as Interfaith Ministers.

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Editorial Consultant – Neville Hodgkinson

Neville Hodgkinson is a writer and journalist who worked as medical and science correspondent of several national newspapers in the UK, including The Sunday Times, Sunday Express and Daily Mail.

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Training and Publishing Consultant - Jan Alcoe

BSSc (Hons), DHypPsych (UK), GQHP, MBPsS

Jan Alcoe is a registered clinical hypnotherapist with a background in research, training and publishing in health and social care. She co-founded Pavilion Publishing in 1986, directed the company for 20 years and now commissions training materials, books and journals in this field.

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Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

Lord Baldwin is President of the Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare and was chair of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board. He was a member of the 1999 – 2000 House of Lords Select Committee enquiry into Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He has made many vital contributions in Parliament to debates on health care. He has a background in education and teaching.

David Hemery, CBE

David Hemery is best known for his days in sport, both as Olympic Champion and World Record holder in the 400m hurdles and later three times winner of Superstars. Since then he has been a coach, teacher, manager and writer. David received his BSc in Business Management from Boston University; his Certificate of Education in Economics from Harvard University and his Doctorate in Social Psychology in Education from Boston University. He combines his own experience with his research into what makes an achiever and how we can bring the best from ourselves and those with whom we work.

The Lord Norrie

Lord Norrie has contributed extensively to Parliamentary work on environment and health issues and has a special interest in holistic health and in the care and treatment of kidney patients. He sponsored the Swimming and Water Safety Bill to make swimming part of the National Curriculum in schools, later adopted by the Government and came into force in 1996. He served as a member of the House of Lords European Communities Committee on the Environment for four years, sponsored the National Park Bill which was later incorporated into the Environmental Act and in 1993 and was awarded the Green Ribbon Political Award from the House of Lords for services to the environment. He has been President of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers since 1987, and is a Vice-President of the Council for National Parks. He is also a council member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and UK Patron of the Royal Life Saving Society since 1993.


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