John Darwin is co-founder of the Centre. He has been running in courses in Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement at Sheffield Hallam University [and elsewhere] since 2010, to date training over 200 people. After taking a PG Diploma in Community Organisation, John’s first career was in community work in north east England; he then joined Newcastle City Council as a local government officer, later becoming a Chief Officer with Sheffield City Council; and then became an academic, teaching on Masters and Doctoral programmes at Sheffield Business School. During this time he took Masters degrees in Mathematical Logic and Business Administration, and completed a Doctorate on “Complexity Theory and Fuzzy Logic in Strategic Management”. He has written a number of books, including The Enterprise Society and Developing Strategies for Change [with Phil Johnson and John McAuley].
John has practised meditation [in the SotoZen tradition] for more than 25 years, and is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga and QiGong. Since retiring from full time employment he has been studying, practising, and teaching mindfulness. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches, and a Master of Science [with distinction] in Mindfulness Studies.
John is currently a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Business School, and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen.