Anne Macdonald (PhD student)

Thesis title: The effects of mindfulness meditation in the workplace: a springboard for a high performing culture?


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. After this, I had a brief 2 year 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. I felt it was time to gain alternative perspectives on the topic of human performance. I moved to Edinburgh and began my MSc in Performance Psychology, whilst continuing to work part-time for Decathlon and carry out private coaching work. I have now embarked on a full-time PhD and am delighted that Decathlon are both my funder and case study.  When time allows, I love to do some coaching, consulting and mindfulness teaching. 


  • 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, Barefoot Coaching & the International Coaching Federation  
  • Currently on Mindfulness Teacher Training pathway, University of Bangor

Research summary

I am interested in the effects of mindfulness on both individuals and the collective (i.e. team, organisation, culture). Whilst my experience lies within a business environment, I am interested in researching and enabling high performing cultures and teams, no matter the setting.

Current research interests

As part of my PhD I am designing, piloting and evaluating a mindfulness programme for workplace performance.