Core team

Mind Gym is organised around strengths, so everyone gets to do what they are great at every day. Crack teams work closely together to deliver for every client and participant.

Leadership team

Octavius Black CEO
Octavius Black is CEO of Mind Gym which he co-founded in his kitchen on 01/01/01. Octavius writes extensively in the Financial Times, Times, Sunday Telegraph and City AM, and has co-authored four books. He also leads Mind Gym’s CSR programme, Parent Gym, which delivers free parenting programmes in socially challenged areas across the UK.
Sebastian Bailey, Ph.D President
Sebastian Bailey is a thought-leader, Co-Founder and President of Mind Gym where he consults on the future of learning for global organisations. Sebastian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with Cognitive Science from the University College of London and a PhD from the University of Bristol, where his thesis focused on how to maximise the transfer of learning in organisations.
Mary-Clare Race, Ph.D President (Inc.) | Chief Creative Officer
As Chief Creative Officer, Mary-Clare is responsible for leading Mind Gym’s team of psychologists to deliver high-quality, effective and innovative solutions to our clients. A chartered business psychologist and leadership expert, she has over 10 years’ experience, at all levels of business, in Leadership and Management Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Organisational Change, and Talent Management.
Ryan Boughan Chief Commercial Officer
Ryan Boughan serves as the Global Head of Client Team with Mind Gym. He has been with Mind Gym since 2011 and his experience of growing our client base helps inform Mind Gym’s strategy on marketing, recruiting and retention, solution support and design, and the prioritisation and launch of new products and points of view in the marketplace. Ryan is the Executive Sponsor on many of Mind Gym’s largest and most complex client accounts working in partnership with the management team and senior sales team to oversee and broaden our client relationships across the globe.

Academic board

Elaine Fox Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
Michelle Ryan Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology at the University of Exeter and Professor of Diversity at the University of Groningen, Netherlands
Robert Bor Professor, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and Co-Director of Dynamic Change Consultants Ltd
Janet Reibstein Professor in the School of Psychology, University of Exeter
Guy Claxton Visiting Professor of Education, Kings College London and Emeritus Professor of the Learning Sciences, University of Winchester
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D Professor of Business Psychology, University College London and CEO, Hogan Assessment Systems
Ingrid Lunt (Alumni) Professor of Educational Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education, Oxford University
Peter Robinson, MA, DPhil (Oxon), FBPsS (Alumni) Emeritus Professor in Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol
Dr. Illona Bonniwell (Alumni) PhD Senior Lecturer in Positive Psychology, Programme Leader for the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, University of East London
Gary Cooper (Alumni) Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University
Michael West (Alumni) Professor of Organisational Psychology, Lancaster University Management School