Our team and people

Meet the humans who believe the skill of empathy can positively impact the world

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From teacher to filmmaker

Founder's message

Every year I'm asked "Why empathy?"

It's simple. Empathy is the one skill that underpins the vital elements that are needed to succeed whilst also improving wellbeing.
 

Empathy is a 21st century survival skill. In an evermore globalised world, we need to be able to communicate and work with those from all nationalities, backgrounds and ethnicities - even if we don't agree with them. It's so vital for building relationships, whether they are personal or professional.

The evidence is amounting, the research is strengthening. We know that empathy increases creativity, it can even help reduce racial bias and has a role to play in reducing cyberbullying. This is just some of the latest research that has shown a light on the power of developing the empathetic skill set in the past few years - not to mention our own research with Cambridge University.

Empathy Week exists to build the skill of empathy in students and build an #EmpathyGeneration. A generation that seeks to understand before acting, that is trained in conflict avoidance, that can see the perspectives of others and becomes more selfless for the greater good. There is a reason Forbes and the World Economic Forum  are highlighting empathy as the most important leadership skill.

Empathy Week exists to also be exciting, inspiring and move students into action. I've seen the power that our programme has by visiting Sundarmala and Sangam (seen on the left) in Kathmandu in February 2022. Winning the Global Empathy Award in 2021, Sundarmala told me how it changed her father's view on her own education. Winning the award turned her father into a supporter of her education rather than a critic. It's just one example of a programme that can change whole school communities.

I've been a teacher, I understand the struggles of the classroom and so do my team. It's why now we're able to produce a programme so detailed, research-led and captivating. Join us as we continue to build the #EmpathyGeneration in 2023.

 

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Meet the team

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Miriam Carter-Fraser 
Curriculum Lead

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Shaun Bhakta-Jones 
Advisor

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Nilema Bhakta-Jones 
Board Advisor

Jennifer Condlyffe
Marketing Assistant

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Sara Milne Rowe 
Board & Leadership Advisor

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Andy Galloway
Board Advisor

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Myriam Coupard  
Board Advisor

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Tara Human
School Partnerships
Executive

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Mamta Gera
Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

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Empathy Advisors

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Dr. Lidewij Niezink
Empathic Intervision

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Dr. Katherine Train 
Empathic Intervision

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Dr. Helen Demetriou
Pyschologist, Lecturer & Author

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Dr. Claire Yorke
Author & Academic

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Our Ambassadors

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Alison Oliver MBE
CEO Youth Sport Trust

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Pankaj Mahajan
Slum Soccer

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Lord Jim Knight 
Director SUKLAA

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Claude Silver
Chief Heart Officer
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Raymond Tannor
Audio Producer 
& Host

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Samantha Hornsby
Co-founder ERIC

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Mimi Nicklin
Author & Empathetic Influencer

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Loui Blake
Restaurant Entrepreneur

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Liz Warner
Founder Run to Reach

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Natalie Gayle
Presenter, Actor & DJ

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Jasmine Birtles
Financial expert & TV personality

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Mingma Tenzing
Business advisor & Counsellor

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Dominic Norton
Founder Missing Black People

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Jo Berry
Founder Building Bridges for Peace

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Mae Yip
Co-founder ERIC

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Minter Dial
Speaker, Podcaster
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Matt Crabtree
Founder & Partner Positive Momentum

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Ola Christian
Casting Director & Founder Levile TV

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Pete Crocombe 
Founder The Ordinary Sports Group

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Kash Battacharya
Founder & Editor

The Budget Traveller

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Louise Graham
Social Impact Mentor & Coach

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Linda Papadopoulos
Pyschologist, Author & Broadcaster

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Matthew Barrett
Co-founder of Goal Click

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