Stuart McLeod has been practicing Buddhism in the Chinese Zen tradition for over 20 years. As a member and local group leader of the Western Chan Fellowship, he regularly attends residential retreats and leads a local group that meets weekly in the Medway Towns. He has also organised many residential retreats with a variety of teachers over the years.

Stuart holds a post-graduate certificate in Buddhist Studies, and is currently training as a mindfulness teacher with the University of Bangor. His current interest is in the health and wellbeing benefits of integrated body-mind practices, and is both a teacher of Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing, and co-founder of RUN:ZEN where he leads workshops in mindful running.

Professionally, Stuart brings his experience of senior leadership in the heritage and culture sector and is currently employed as an Area Director of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, working across London and the whole of Southern England.