Maureen Cooper is the founding director of Awareness in Action. She combines more than twenty years of experience as a professional educator and senior manager in a non-profit organization with a hands on education in Buddhism.

Maureen conducts workshops and training programmes internationally, presenting the application of mindfulness, meditation and compassion training in secular contexts. She is the author of The Compassionate Mind Guide to Reducing Stress published by Constable Robinson. (Download a free chapter here)

Bert van Baar (PhD) is a Dutch anthropologist who has studied and practised the Buddhist teachings extensively. In his workshops and trainings he translates age-old principles of wisdom and compassion into a modern and secular approach to transform the mind – the disentanglement from stuck patterns and old stories into free, fearless and vibrant living through awareness in action. He’s a lecturer at the Free University (VU) in Amsterdam and the author of Boeddhisme in een notendop (2006) en Dalai Lama: wijze van deze tijd (2009). See From time to time Bert brings his expertise to special programs of Awareness in Action in a joint collaboration.

Darran Trute currently works as a partnership manager across Nottinghamshire England, helping to co-ordinate the activity of a large group of private, voluntary and statutory organisations which provides help, support and advice to over 70,000 people. Previous to this he used to consult, design and co-ordinate international IT projects for a Blue Chip company. He supports workshops on mindfulness, meditation and compassion in leadership and partnership environments to improve teamwork, performance, create adaptive cultures and aid strategic purpose and direction. He has extensive knowledge of applying Buddhist teachings in a secular way within organisational settings.