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Who we are

Taravandana Lupson
Owner of Future Lives

Taravandana brings a wealth of experience and skills founded upon a combination of 34 years of experience within the NHS as a clinician (allied health professional), senior manager and organisational development lead in a range of NHS organisations including acute, strategic health authority, clinical networks, CCGs and NHS NW Leadership Academy. She has led on a number of regional and local consultancy assignments and works part-time in the NHS as an internal organisational development specialist. She led an award winning Coaching Culture project.

The Founder and Director of Future Lives, Taravandana has proven ability in a range of developmental approaches including coaching, mentoring, mindfulness and resilience, emotional intelligence, action learning, facilitation, change management, leadership and organisational development. She has successfully led a number of large-scale change programmes as a leader and as an external organisational development consultant. Her clients include NHS, private and 3rd sector organisations.


Taravandana has been practicing and teaching mindfulness for 25 years originally within the Buddhist tradition. She is an experienced accredited mindfulness trainer and coach working with individuals and organizations to increase wellbeing, resilience and leadership effectiveness


Taravandana has been coaching and mentoring since 2002. She combines empathy and support with constructive challenge to enable individuals to bring about change, maximize their contribution and increase their levels of fulfillment. She uses a range of tools including appreciative inquiry, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, 360 feedback, Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Firo-B.

Her clients include executive directors, CCG leaders, public health specialists, senior managers and clinicians from across the NHS as well as senior managers from the voluntary and private sectors. She also supervises a number of Coaches.

Qualification and professional membership
Taravandana has a range of academic and professional qualifications. She is also an accredited qualified executive coach and coach supervisor and mindfulness trainer. She is a member of European Mentoring and Coaching Council and an Associate of CIPD.

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Su Fowler-Johnson
Senior Associate, Future Lives

Su has gained significant senior management experience in both public and private sector. She has worked in the NHS, academia, Department of Health and private sector consultancy.

Su is currently a non-executive director (NED) for an acute and community trust in the North West and is an accredited executive coach for NHS National Leadership Academy Top Leaders Programme.

Su’s NHS career path has lead to senior roles in strategic organisations. Her expertise has focused on strategic planning, business development, workforce planning, education commissioning, organisation development, quality, change management, leadership development and reform across the public sector. 

Prior to leaving the NHS in 2007, Su was regarded as expert in the field organisational development, service improvement, workforce development, primary care development, education commissioning and workforce planning.

As a consultant Su has led on a range of large-scale consultancy projects that have spanned change programmes including clinical engagement in response to NHS reforms, service and workforce redesign, international evaluation, policy development and developing partnership and stakeholder relationships.

In her consultancy role has experience of working with boards and senior teams designing interventions to support changes in services, culture, team & organisational resilience and leadership.  Clients include the NHS, local government, the police and voluntary organisations. 

Su is an energetic and enthusiastic facilitator – bringing constructive challenge and support to all her projects.  She has particular expertise in the design and delivery of organisational development programmes including service commissioning, service re-design and team coaching.  This work spans national and local delivery and includes working in politically sensitive, complex settings. 

Her clients have included:
  • NHS North West Leadership Academy
  • NHS National Leadership Academy – Coaching register and Top Leaders Programme
  • Range of NHS organisations – clinical commissioning groups, acute and community trusts
  • Health Education England – Postgraduate Medical and Dental Deanery
  • Local authorities
  • Higher education institutions - Universities
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Vajramudita Armstrong
Associate at Future Lives

Vajramudita is an insightful leadership coach, and mindfulness trainer, specialising in coaching professional women in leadership roles. She has a passion for coaching leaders and teams to realise their potential and optimise performance.

Vajramudita herself has 23 years experience of delivering business benefits as a director, manager, and engineer, leading teams in a global pharmaceutical company and a not-for-profit organisation. She has experience of working with global, virtual and local leadership teams in the UK, US, Sweden and India.

She has worked with teams in several global pharmaceutical companies, in public sector organisations, including several NHS organisations, and in the not-for profit sector, including the education sector.

In addition to her BSc(Hons) in engineering, she is currently completing a postgraduate diploma in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring. She is an accredited assessor in Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On EQI), accredited for Transformational leadership, Clinical Leadership 360, Engaging Team 360, and Board 360 and an accredited Mindfulness Trainer.

Vajramudita has specialist expertise in stress management training and challenging interpersonal communication training.

Vajramudita takes a client centred, goal focused approach to coaching to enhance self-awareness, personal growth and effectiveness.

Recent feedback shows clients appreciate her compassionate acceptance, deep listening which brings about insights and her sense of humour.

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Julian Bond
Senior Associate at Future Lives

Flexible, engaging, and experienced, Julian is a highly skilled Organisational Development (OD) practitioner. He has twelve years of expertise in designing and undertaking OD interventions to assist organisations in achieving change that is sustainable, appropriate and meaningful. Julian is experienced in the delivery and management of postgraduate and executive education for a diverse range of groups who are looking to address specific objectives and accomplish agreed outcomes. He is a strong communicator who is committed to developing self and others to achieve and utilise their full potential. 

Julian has been working with Future Lives for five years, bringing with him his invaluable experience of working at a Strategic Health Authority (SHA) providing organisational development, training and change management to NHS organisations in the North West. In his role as a Senior Fellow in Public Policy and Management at Manchester Business School, Julian focuses on executive education and post graduate teaching and research whilst also providing coaching to senior leaders.

Working predominantly with the NHS at board or aspiring board level to provide facilitation, team building and promote understanding, Julian believes by holding a mirror up to clients, he is able to assist them in working more effectively. He specialises in the human dimensions of change and as part of his approach uses a variety of psychometric tools to assist and aid personal and group understanding.

Believing continuous development is vital Julian looks to further his education and training wherever possible. He has a Masters degree in Management Consultancy focusing on Not for Profit organisations (including the NHS and local government teams), is a qualified in administering and analysing Myers Briggs Type Indicator MBTI step 1 & 2 Is an ILM qualified coach and uses a variety of psychometric tools such as FIRO-B, TEIQ and Hogan to help people to understand themselves and also other people.

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Rob Billson
Associate at Future Lives

Bringing twenty three years of experience as a senior manager in the public and voluntary sectors to the Future Lives team, Rob is a qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner and holds a Masters level Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. His expertise extends to the areas of community facilities management and development, regeneration, programme management and partnership development.

As an experienced trainer and facilitator, Rob provides focused skills and training workshops with groups who are keen to develop their leadership skills, business plans and build up strengths in community engagement; partnerships development and project management.

Rob has used a variety of coaching techniques and is a strong believer in person centred methodologies which have shown throughout his career to get the best out of, and be the most rewarding for, the people he has worked with. Following a recent career change, he has been focusing on using his coaching experience and is developing his skills by undertaking a Diploma in Coaching.

Working with diverse groups including: local authorities, the NHS, the Police, housing agencies, voluntary, community and private sector organisations means Rob has developed a highly effective and engaging personal approach to training and coaching.

Using stage craft, drama and role play as developmental tools with a number of his clients has proved to Rob to be an effective way of developing understanding based on learners experiencing situations. It is particularly effective with those who have kinesthetic and activist learning preferences and has been effective in facilitation and groups work skills training with local authority managers and officers.

Rob is experienced in helping organisations develop an understanding of stakeholder mapping and community and client engagement techniques in order to help teams to improve business communications and effectiveness.

Rob has been working on a number of grassroots community development projects in the Greater Manchester area in the last 15 months, helping to develop new community led improvement projects in the most deprived areas.

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Dr Claire Harris
Business and Executive Coach

Claire is both highly qualified and highly experienced in her role as an executive coach. In addition to her 350+ hours of coaching experience, she has a first degree in Psychology, an MSc in Occupational Psychology and PhD in Psychology and holds an honorary Visiting Research Fellow appointment at Manchester Business School (MBS).

Working as an executive coach for the last five years, Claire takes a cognitive behavioural approach to coaching, working with clients to enable them to set realistic goals in order to help them move toward their potential. Claire has regular supervision sessions to enable her to maintain her professional coaching practice.

She uses a variety of coaching models in order to support clients including the GROW model and the SPACE model. Sometimes, where appropriate, Claire combines these models with psychometric assessments such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Bar-On Emotional Intelligence Assessment Hogan, Me2 and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire.

As a Chartered Occupational Psychologist Claire specialises in the design and facilitation of assessment and development centres, leadership, management and team development and health and wellbeing.  Drawing on her strong research and evaluation background, she helps individuals, teams and organisations to solve problems using bespoke evidence based approaches.


Prior to managing her own consultancy, Claire worked as a Lecturer in Organisational Psychology and research fellow. She has worked at several Universities including Manchester Business School (MBS) and she has conducted projects on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and NHS. Claire continues to work as a visiting research fellow at MBS, tutors on the global MBA programme and acts as a career coach for MBA students. 


Claire is used to working with clients at all levels. She has coached Chief Executives, Chairs, Directors, Aspiring Directors and Junior – Middle Managers. She specialises in career coaching, leadership coaching and coaching to manage stress and wellbeing.

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