Anne Macdonald (PhD student)

Thesis title: Adapting mindfulness-based programmes to the workplace


Prior to beginning my PhD, I enjoyed a career with Decathlon, the international sports retailer. I started as an intern in the UK before joining the company Graduate Management Scheme in France. I then carried out Store and Regional Manager positions as well as a brief foray into Supply Chain Management. Following this, I became HR Director for the UK subsidiary. 

After 13 years of hands-on operational and strategic experience, I knew that my interest and strength lay more in people development than commercial development. It was time to gain alternative perspectives on the topic of human performance. I moved to Edinburgh and completed an MSc in Performance Psychology. I am now on my PhD journey, with Decathlon UK  as my funder and case study.  I also coach and teach mindfulness in the fields of sport, education and business. 

People matter. Wellbeing matters. Kindness matters.


  • BA (Hons) German and Business, University of Leeds
  • Masters in International Business, Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • MSc Performance Psychology, University of Edinburgh
  • Executive Coach qualification, International Coaching Federation  
  • MBSR Teacher, University of Bangor

Postgraduate teaching

Associate Tutor, Performance Psychology

Research summary

Key research interests include exploring the impact of stillness (e.g., mindfulness-based programmes) and movement (e.g., physical activity programmes) on mental wellbeing and performance in workplace, sport and education setting

Current research interests

Current PhD research explores the process of adapting mindfulness-based programmes to workplaces and the potential wellbeing and performance benefits.

Conference details

PhD Research presentation at the International Conference for Mindfulness 2021.

Invited speaker