Sophie Maclaren

Visiting Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Sophie Maclaren is the Visiting Fellow of Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Sophie Maclaren specialises in workplace wellbeing, mindfulness, and leadership development through interactive workshops, facilitated programmes, and executive coaching. Her work draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and leadership studies, combined with evidence-based mindfulness practices for impactful behaviour change with measurable outcomes for individuals and organisations.

As well as designing mindfulness and leadership programmes at SBS, Sophie has worked with over 30 elite law-firms, banks, sports teams, universities, social enterprises, and professional service firms. She helps individuals and organisations identify and implement best practices for both high performance and high wellbeing to achieve their goals whilst living their best lives. She also directs two UK-based companies working on these topics.

A long-time mindfulness practitioner, Sophie teaches a broad range of practices and regularly speaks on the topic for conferences, panels, and BBC programmes. She has worked with the UK parliament on their Mindfulness Initiative think tank to support the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group, and together with local MPs launched the first Mindful Politics seminars at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Oxford Department of Politics and International Relations. In 2020 Scholastic published her book of bedtime mindfulness practices for busy parents and children. She holds a BA in History from King’s College London and a certificate in Early Modern History from the University of Oxford.


Sophie teaches a broad range of practices for undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education.

  • Leading for impact
  • Mindfulness in business for MBAs and EMBAs
  • Mindfulness for Saïd Business School staff
  • Executive Education programmes including Oxford High Performance Leadership