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The Centre’s interdisciplinary team is a unique mix of practitioners, consultants and researchers with a strong track record of establishing partnerships with industry and the public sector. Collectively, the team combines more than a century of experience in education, training, healthcare and research, representing a combination of specialisms uniquely placed to develop bespoke and impactful resilience interventions and solutions.

Professor David Peters

Centre Director and Founder

David trained first as a family doctor and later in osteopathic medicine, and as a musculoskeletal physician. From 1990 until 2005 he led the integrated medicine programme at Marylebone Health Centre, a central London GP unit exploring new approaches to inner-city NHS healthcare.

He has co-authored six books and many articles about integrated healthcare. He chaired the British Holistic Medical Association for many years and now edits the Journal of Holistic Healthcare. His research interests include:
Implementing and evaluating non-pharmaceutical treatments in NHS settings

Self-care in long-term conditions

The psycho-physiology of resilience and recovery

David has an active interest in how technological advances provide insight into resilience.

The combination of his clinical experience and expertise, extensive research and evidence of a need for resilience services in commercial, public and third sectors led him to establish the Centre.

Mr Justin Haroun

Educational Lead and Resilience Trainer

Justin Haroun is a qualified, coach, musculoskeletal therapist and Hakomi body-centred psychotherapist, who has been working with individual clients and designing, developing and running courses in the UK and internationally since 2002.

His research, educational and therapeutic practices focus on personal and professional development especially improving function and performance, using applied mindfulness and reflective practice to help individuals and teams reach their full potential.

Justin is also a qualified Heart Math group facilitator and Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and ILM certified coach, and is studying for a PhD.

Ms Kate Fismer

Operations Manager and Resilience Trainer

Kate Fismer is the Operations Manager and a trainer at Centre for Resilience.

She is also a Naturopathic Physician MRN (trained at the University of Westminster). She is passionate about working both with 1:1 with clients and groups developing programmes that support a sustainable lifestyle, well-being and resilience. Kate is also qualified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, ILM certified coach and HeartMath group facilitator. She is fascinated by exploring the conditions, beliefs and values that help bring meaning and purpose to work and life and has a life-long interest in resilience.

Her previous career was in PR, helping to set up Vero Communications agency and before that working in the third sector, managing the Al Fayed Charitable Foundation and creating a inter-disciplinery network of student leaders for the College of Medicine, a charity that explores sustainable solutions for health and wellbeing.

Mr James Chappell

Business Development Manager

James Chappell is Business Development Manager at the University of Westminster.

He joined the university in April 2015 from the youth charity Young Enterprise where he successfully established a new income stream from charitable Trusts and Foundations and the statutory sector. One of the key achievements was securing a £1.5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund to help develop resilience in young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by developing their confidence and employability skills.

Prior to this, he spent six years in the higher education sector in a variety of roles, including business development and curriculum development. He also has experience of working for a private distance-learning provider in the further education sector, where at North Hertfordshire College he helped to establish a new IT training centre aimed at upskilling adults with little or no IT skills.

Through these varying roles James has developed a keen interest in the role that education can play in developing resilience

Ms Zahra Mohamed-Saleh

Commercial Development and Business Support

Zahra has over five years of experience in project coordination and implementation within various sectors. At her previous role at an international scholarship bureau she worked closely with the Saudi Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia to ensure the successful delivery of project objectives. One of her key achievements is organising large scale academic events with budget exceeding £800,000. She has also worked in the creative industry managing design briefs for large cooperate clients.

Zahra has a master’s degree in Digital Enterprise Management, and has joint the Westminster Centre of Resilience to further pursue her career in the education sector.

Our clients

The work we have done with the University of Westminster had an impact on how the Microsoft UK leadership team looks at resilience for every member of the team and for all the people in the organisation.

Michel van der Bel CEO Microsoft UK

The clarity of your presentations and the fascinating way you guided us through the journey was all very much appreciated by the groups.

George Mendoca, Portfolio Director London Estate at Grosvenor Group

Our work with the centre provides individuals and teams with protected time to reflect on the impact of the challenges they face, to learn techniques for reducing stress and improving resilience.

Joe Ann Rushton Assistant Director of Organisational Development, Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust