Frank LiddyInspire Lead Mindfulness Practitioner
An internationally respected authority in the field, Frank was the driving force behind bringing mindfulness to Northern Ireland. As the visionary and co-founding Director of the Belfast Mindfulness Centre, established in 1998 the centre provides a radical, open and contemplative space where lay novice, as well as experienced / seasoned practitioners can meet, share experiences and practice. Frank is also the co-founder and chair of Compassionate City Belfast raising awareness into how compassion focused eastern contemplative practices can act as a catalyst for positive social change. Frank is also a former Zen Chaplain to Belfast City Council and is currently the Mindfulness expert in residence for Stormont. Training in Mindfulness at Bangor University Wales, Frank has a wealth of experience delivering secular, evidence-based Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programmes alongside acting as a mentor and advisor to senior management teams and leaders in the Health and Social Care Boards, Health Care Trusts, the Institute of Directors and Institute of Banking. For the last thirteen years Frank has been teaching mindfulness through the life-long learning programme at Queen’s University Belfast alongside teaching into specialist modular post-graduate training programmes. Frank presents at conferences and is a regular participant at the annual Global Summit on Mindfulness and Compassion. Frank previously worked for Aware Defeat Depression, delivering training and mindfulness-based group interventions to individuals experiencing first and recurrent episodes of depression. Frank is also a senior Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) practitioner, sensitively drawing on his own personal experience of recovery to facilitate MBRP groups for individuals recovering from long-term and chronic addiction. As the Lead Mindfulness Practitioner for Inspire Frank leads on the strategic development of the Inspire Mindfulness Institute to raise awareness, develop and deliver high quality mindfulness interventions and training programmes. Frank works collaboratively with global leaders, experts in the field and including Dr James Doty, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and founding Director of the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. Frank holds professional registrations with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) ++ mindfulness network.