Compassion Academy


The Compassion Academy (CA) is the educational wing of Compassion in Politics. It provides a range of bespoke experiential and skills-based training interventions for leaders, individuals and organisations working in the political space.

The Academy is a registered training provider for the UK Houses of Parliament and is an accredited CPD provider. It provides training and strategy advice globally.

The Academy is advised by globally renowned scientists, psychologists and experts including Professor James Doty, Professor Paul Gilbert, Marilyn Turkovich, Reggie Hubbard, Professor Michael West, and Dr Marcela Matos.


Are you Election Ready?

We don’t know the date but we know the general election will be sometime this year and that local elections are just round the corner for many.

It’s going to be divisive, toxic and hard-fought and that makes it an incredibly stressful and often toxic environment.

That makes it hard to be good campaigners staying true to our beliefs.

The Compassion Academy, which is Compassion in Politics’ training unit, has developed a Resilience Workshop specially designed for anyone working in the political space this election year.

If you are interested, fill out the form here and we will be in touch.


25th April, 19:00pm

If you are unable to make the above dates, register you interest below and we will let you know when the next one is. 

We also work with organisations to deliver bespoke onsite training and supervised peer support groups. For more info on that contact us here.


New Politics Training

Compassion in Politics works on a cross-party basis to try to forge a collaborative, inclusive and value-led approach to politics that is capable of rising to the complex challenges that lie ahead in the face of rising extremism, inequality and climate change. In the UK we collaborate with 100+ MPs across party lines to try to reform the practice of politics and also its outcomes.

We call this model 'New Politics'. Old Politics has left billions without the essentials needed to live the life they want and brought us to the edge of a climate catastrophe. We have a stark choice. More of the same or an inclusive, collaborative approach that facilitates solutions to the complex and existential challenges we face.

Compassion in Politics now provides training and workshops in New Politics to those already in the political space or aspiring to be who want to develop the skills, resilience and capacity to do politics differently.

Interventions range from one off workshops to our year-long New Politics certified program. We provide training for individuals, groups and national parliaments.

In this bumper election year, we are also offering specially designed one-off resilience workshops for candidates and their teams.


Bespoke Workshops and Courses

These include workshops designed to increase levels of compassion and reduce division as well as Compassionate Leadership Courses, Compassionate Teambuilding and Resilience Workshops. The Academy also sets up peer-support for organisations looking to improve levels of connection and cohesion.

The Academy also runs visioning workshops for cities, projects and organisations providing them with a blueprint and a strategy for implementing it.

To find out more, please contact us via email: [email protected]


About our founders

The Academy was founded by Jennifer Nadel and Matt Hawkins. They draw on their thirty plus years experience in politics and their network of world class trainers and practitioners to provide an unrivalled quality and wealth of experience for their courses.

Jennifer Nadel

Jennifer Nadel is the Director of Compassionate Politics at Stanford University’s Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She has over 30 years of experience of working in and around politics in high-pressure, high-stakes jobs. She’s also an award-winning television journalist who has reported for the BBC as a lobby correspondent, for Channel 4 News and was ITV’s Home Affairs Editor. Together with Matt Hawkins, she co-founded of Compassion in Politics which works on a cross-party basis to improve levels of compassion, co-operation and collaboration in politics in the UK and globally. Her Sunday Times bestseller, WE: Nine Principles for Happiness (which she co-wrote with Gillian Anderson) is a guide to wellbeing and happiness and became a Sunday Times Bestseller. She draws on her own experience of burn out as well as those of the individuals she has supported over the last two decades.  

Courses she’s designed and delivered include New Political Leadership, Building Bridges, Compassionate Leadership, Resilience and Self-Care for People Working in PoliticsCompassionate Activism, The Journey to Hope, Inner Peace, Finding Purpose, Emotions and How to Survive them, Silencing the Inner Critic, Moving from Hate to Compassion.

She speaks internationally at organisations including Google, Bloomberg, Institute of Directors, JP Morgan, Yale, Oxford Union, Houses of Parliament and the UN.  Her latest book, co-edited with Matt Hawkins, How Compassion can Transform our Politics, Economy and Society was published by Routledge in 2023 and described by Caroline Lucas as ‘the guide everyone needs’.

Matt Hawkins

Matt Hawkins runs the Global Compassion Coalition and is also the Co-Director of Compassion in Politics. He has led a number of social and environmental justice campaigns. He was part of the Nobel Peace Prize winning team at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which successfully lobbied the UN to introduce a ban on nuclear weapons. Most recently, he managed the Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign which secured the introduction of civil partnerships for mixed-sex couples. He is globally recognised as a pioneer in the field of compassionate politics.

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