Compassion Academy

About the 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. These include workshops designed to increase levels of compassion and reduce division, presentation, writing and media skills as well as Compassionate Leadership Courses and wellbeing workshops and courses. They also run visioning workshops for cities, projects and organisations and set up peer-support for organisations looking to improve levels of connection and cohesion. The Academy was founded by Jennifer Nadel and Matt Hawkins. They draw on their network of world class trainers and practitioners to provide an unrivalled quality and wealth of experience for their courses.  

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

The Academy is advised by globally renowned scientists and psychologists including Professor James Doty, Professor Paul Gilbert and Dr Marcela Matos.

Previous clients include Parliament, Emerging Leaders at the UN in Bangkok and New York, political, civic and grassroot organisations.  

Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more: [email protected]


About our founders

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.