My journey into the world of wellbeing and performance began in Mae La, a United Nations refugee camp on the Thailand/Burma border. I was working with people who had fled their homeland with nothing, leaving behind what most of us spend our lives striving to obtain. As the sun rose over the mountains each day, warming the dusty red earth, the camp sprang to work. Makeshift schools, hospitals, smallholdings and shops hummed purposefully. Mae La was alive. It was business as usual reflecting the resilience of seventy thousand displaced people.
Despite the traumatic events that had forced them to leave their homes, the resilience of the camp’s inhabitants was evidenced everywhere. What I was observing was the epitome of resilience, post traumatic growth. A counterintuitive response to trauma where human beings thrive.
Since then I’ve been working with Fortune 500 Companies, elite sporting bodies like UK Sport, the Football Association and the medical profession to create sustainable high performance individuals, teams and organisations.
I work internationally with individuals and businesses using evidence based, data driven strategies, teaching people to optimise their professional lives and their personal lives.
I work with some amazing companies, universities and organisations from tech start ups to established fortune 500s including
Deloitte * Spotify * KPMG * The United Nations * The Victoria and Albert Museum * Teenage Cancer Trust * UK Central Government * L’Oreal * NHS * Price Waterhouse Coopers * UK Sport * The Natural History Museum * BBC * Google * Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales * Royal College of Physiotherapists * Kenyan Ministry of Tourism * Royal Institute of British Architects * Ernst & Young * Combat Stress * The Football Association * Lancaster University Bonington Leadership Programme * London School of Economics * School for Social Entrepreneurs * Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors * Health Education England * WaterAid * IProvision and loads more.
I’ve loved every minute of helping these organisations to optimise their performance, develop their leadership and build their resilience & wellbeing.
I consult, coach, train, speak at events, facilitate leader retreats and run workshops. I have lectured in psychology and in 2016 I was invited to be Visiting Professor at CHE in Cambodia. I leverage my corporate and international experience to package the latest research in psychology, resilience and sustainable performance into something practical that works.
What does Koru mean?
noun: koru; plural noun: korus
a stylized fern-leaf motif in Maori culture
Koru is a Maori symbol of creation, representing change, new beginnings growth, strength and peace. That’s our mission, to help you change, grow, transform and unlock your potential.
Gill regularly writes about psychology, wellbeing and mindfulness for publications including The Guardian, Thrive Global, Medium & HR Zone. She contributes to international publications on everything from wearing red lipstick to toxic relationships (and of course, psychology). Koru has been featured in Success Magazine, Refinery 29, She Knows, Dare Magazine, Everyday Power Blog, Accounting News and Stylist Magazine.
Gill regularly speaks at conferences on the subject of leadership, resilience, wellbeing and performance in the workplace. In her spare time Gill runs a small trust that supports refugees on the Thailand/Burma border.
She is a member of the Association of Business Psychologists, British Psychological Society Psychometric Assessor, Institute of Leadership and Management, British Neuroscience Association, International Mindfulness Teacher Association Member, IMTA Certified Mindfulness Teacher Professional Level (CMT-P), UK Mindfulness Association, Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
She holds an MSc in Mindfulness Studies specialising in mindful leadership, resilience and compassion. She is a qualified mindfulness teacher and professionally recognised member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). Koru adhere to the UK Mindfulness Good Practice Guidelines and are registered on the UK Mindfulness Teachers List.
She has practiced mindfulness for over twenty years, having lived, worked and studied in China, Tibet, India and Thailand. She divides her time between the UK Lake District, London and Paris.
Gill regularly presents her research at conferences including;
Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre Conference, Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre. Mindfulness at work research.
Compassion & Wellbeing Conference, UK, November 2015. Research presentation ‘Making Mindfulness Work: The impact of Mindfulness interventions on leader stress, anxiety and resilience levels’
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Learning at Work Conference. Presenting ‘Mindfulness at Work’ on expert panel. October 2015
Digital Mindfulness London, June 2014. Mindfulness Keynote
Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Learning and Development Show Conference, May 2014. Mindfulness at Work.
British School of Osteopathy. Conference Keynote speech March 2013 Performance Management in Practice
Local Government Association. Healthy Workforce, Healthy Communities, October 2012. Mindfulness at Work