Board of Trustees

ISMA was founded by and is still supported by the top names in the field of Stress Management. It is the world’s largest and most widespread organisation of Stress Management professionals with branches in 10 countries.

Here is the current Board of Trustees of ISMAUK

Chair – Carole Spiers MIHPE, FISMA
Carole Spiers

CEO Carole Spiers Group [London]

Entrepreneur  Carole’s credibility is rooted in twenty five years’ success as CEO of a leading UK consultancy on Stress Management & Employee Wellbeing. Through their proven stress management initiatives and nationwide employee counselling service, the Carole Spiers Group shows companies how they can profit from a healthy workplace culture by developing personal resilience to minimise the risk of stress.

International Motivational Speaker  Carole’s charismatic style of combining inspiration with insight has made her a sought-after international keynote speaker working with equal success in the contrasting cultures of the UK and the Gulf region where she deliver keynotes addresses to many conference and seminars.

Journalist  As a provocative weekly business columnist for the prestigious Gulf News, the Emirates leading daily newspaper, Carole writes on topical issues facing Middle East Management and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment. She is author of industry’s bible Tolley’s ‘Managing Stress in the Workplace’ and ‘Show Stress Who’s Boss!’ 

ISMAUK Chair  In the UK, Carole launched National Stress Awareness day on behalf of the International Stress Management Association of which she is Chair.  She is also Past President of the London Chapter of the Professional Speaking Association.


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Trustee – Yvonne Williams, MISMA

Yvonne Williams With over 20 years experience as a specialist in the field of health, wellbeing and stress management, Yvonne’s passion is to support individuals and organisations by ensuring that they have the tools to be resilient and make the link between engaging with their role and the importance of health and wellbeing.

Yvonne is a qualified Business Performance Coach, NLP practitioner and Certified Stress Resilience Coach.  She is a Member of the Association of NLP Practitioners and The International Stress Management Association and is accredited in using various psychometric tools, as well as designing her own personality profile training program simply titled ‘Impressions’.  Prior to this, she worked in occuaptional health for over a decade, working with FTSE 100’s through to SME’s in the field sickness absence management.

Yvonne has a love of technology, creativity and having worked in operational management for BUPA Wellness, she also has an obvious passion for business and entrepreneurship.  Outside work, Yvonne enjoys cooking, travel and is always excited to share photo’s and the story of the renovation of her very own Georgian Hall.

Yvonne joined the board in 2015.

Trustee – Dr Siobhain O’Riordain PhD CPsychol MIHPE MISCP Accred

Siobhain O'RiordanDr Siobhain O’Riordan is a chartered psychologist, a chartered scientist and a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce.  She is an Accredited Member and Supervisor of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, a Principle Practitioner Member of the Association of Business Psychologists and a member of the Association for Coaching and Institute of Health Promotion & Education.

With an academic background, Siobhain is also an experienced trainer, examiner and supervisor on graduate/postgraduate coaching and coaching psychology programmes. She is a Course Co-Director on the stress management and coaching programmes and a trainer at the Centre for Stress Management.

Siobhain is Chair of the International Society for Coaching Psychology and was Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS SGCP) in 2006-7.  In 2010 she received the Distinguished Contribution to Coaching Psychology Award (BPS SGCP).

Currently, Siobhain is Hon Editor of Coaching Psychology International.  In 2015, she retired as Editor of The Coaching Psychologist as well as the International Journal of Health Promotion & Education.

Outside of her professional activities, Siobhain keeps busy and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her horses, dogs and family.

President – Professor Stephen Palmer PhD CPsychol CSci CMIOSH FISMA (Hon)

Stephen PalmerProf. Stephen Palmer is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner with a special interest in stress management, performance and wellbeing. He is HCPC Registered Health & Counselling Psychologist, a member of the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors and holds the European Certificate in Psychology (Clinical & Health).  His PhD thesis was titled, Stress: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives.

Stephen is the Founder Director of the Centre for Stress Management and Centre for Coaching, London. Since 2001, he has been the UK’s first Visiting Professor of Work Based Learning and Stress Management at the Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University.

Stephen has authored over 225 articles and 47 books on a range of topics including stress management, resilience, wellbeing, self-esteem and self-acceptance, positive and coaching psychology, suicide prevention, death and bereavement, cognitive behavioural and rational emotive behaviour therapy, psychotherapy and counselling. He is also a Consulting and Executive Editor of several esteemed journals.

He is actively involved in a number of professional bodies as President, Vice-President, Founder, Director, Chair and Deputy Chair. He is a Fellow and former Vice President of ISMAUK. He has been a member of ISMAUK (and the former ISTCS) since 1987 and was Editor of Stress News.

In 2000, Stephen received the Annual Counselling Psychology Award from the British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology, for his ‘Outstanding professional and scientific contribution to counselling psychology in Britain’. In 2008, he received a Distinguished Award for his outstanding and continued contribution to coaching psychology from the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

His interests include jazz, art and coastal walking.

Vice President – Jane Abraham

Jane abrahamJane is the founder of Flourish Workplace Ltd and is a freelance consultant specialising in health and wellbeing at work. Her specialities include wellbeing audits, impact assessments and evaluations of wellbeing programmes, Government policy, improving business performance and organisational culture through the workforce, the future challenges to workers health, evidence-based models for wellbeing at work and Corporate Social Responsibility. She is also an accredited assessor for the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.

Jane is acknowledged as an expert in her field with exposure on a national and global scale. She has won multiple awards for her wellbeing programmes across a range of sectors and is recognized for her expertise after working at a strategic level for the UK Government to deliver the Black Report (2008) recommendations and the Boorman report for the NHS. She has been responsible for managing large strategic partnerships with stakeholders to facilitate the delivery of health and wellbeing at work programmes and has been a catalyst for action and central point of reference for Government policy, stakeholder engagement, service providers and good practice.

More recently Jane has been a specialist advisor to the University of Exeter Medical School advising on Government policy, good practice from around the world and global research on work, wellbeing and health. She is a Senior Lecturer for the Medical School and Business School, as well as other academic institutes, and is a regular keynote speaker in venues across Europe speaking about policy, the growing evidence base and the models and theories of good practice to support successful interventions.  Jane is part of the World Health Organisation’s healthy workplace network.

Vice President – Professor Derek Mowbray 

Derek MowbrayDerek is a Chartered Psychologist. He specialises in the primary prevention of psychological distress. His work approaches and interventions are well recognised and adopted throughout the UK and internationally. He is a Director of The National Centre for Applied Psychology, Chairman of The Wellbeing and Performance Group, a group of companies specialising in prevention including Organisation Health and The Management Advisory Service.

Derek is visiting Professor at Northumbria University and the University of Gloucestershire, where he is tutor to the MSc in Wellbeing and Performance based on The Wellbeing and Performance Agenda.  Passionate about his subject he has written extensively about it and in the past year has published Guides to The Wellbeing and Performance Agenda, Corporate Resilience, Adaptive Leadership and Personal Resilience.

Derek’s work in the stress management field focuses on the problems at work that may trigger off adverse reactions in people, causing them to feel unwell, under intense pressure, tension and strain, and which results in under performance. This includes psychological presenteeism, its devastating impact on the performance of individuals and their organisations. Learn more about Derek’s work here

Vice President – Ann McCracken

BSc (Hons). MSc. ARCPath. PGCE, Dip Clin Hyp, Dip Stress Mgt. Dip Coach. Cert CBT EBW Adv. Facilitator MHA  FISMA

AMcAnn trained as a scientist, working in both the medical and education sectors and is now an experienced stress management consultant and trainer. Ann is an author, media expert, motivational speaker, hypnotherapist, and  coach. Ann is a Vice President of the International Stress Management Association (ISMAUK) as well as an Accredited ISMAUK Trainer for PAS 1010 ,an experienced leadership Coach and EBW Advanced Facilitator and Managing Director of AMC2.