Meet Dr Tara Swart
Dr Tara Swart is a globally-renowned neuroscientist. As a Senior Lecturer at MIT and with a successful career as a medical doctor behind her, Tara is currently the only leadership coach in the UK with a PhD in neuroscience.
Recognised for being at the forefront of the latest advancements in neuroscience,Tara combines hands-on experience and medical knowledge with a fascination of how the human brain works, specifically for business professionals where mental resilience is essential.
Dr Tara Swart is a confidential advisor to leaders of some of the world’s most successful companies, guiding them towards achieving a competitive edge through peak brain performance. She specialises in sectors that experience high levels of stress or change, including financial and professional services plus tech, comprising FTSE 100, Fortune 500 companies and Magic Circle firms, as well as ultra high net worth entrepreneurs.
By providing personalised data and brain profiles, Tara is able to show the leaders she coaches progress over time in terms of their ability to manage stress, regulate emotions and retain information. Many clients are happy to testify to not only the measurable improvements they achieve in mental resilience and cognitive control, but also the impact their improved personal performance has on the bottom line.
Dr Tara Swart is also co-author of the award-winning book, Neuroscience for Leadership: Harnessing the Brain Gain Advantage, part of The Neuroscience of Business series. The book showcases new evidence that positive leadership can be learned; how by harnessing key competencies and creativity, leaders can make better decisions, improve performance and resilience and deal with complexities and innovations more effectively.
Dr Tara Swart sits on five advisory boards and councils including Quest (a global leadership institute for early career women), the training and coaching organisations, Longbow and Optima-Life; as well as Venatus, the global executive search company and You-app, an online app that focusses on healthy lifestyle choices.
Having graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Science and a PhD in Neuropharmacology from Kings College London, and a BM BcH (Medicine) from Oxford University, she carried out her Psychiatry residency at The Royal Free hospital, Tamarind Wellness Centre in Australia, the Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute in Bermuda, and the West London mental health service. These positions included research and practice in child psychiatry, learning disabilities, drugs and alcohol dependency, elderly care and medium-secure criminal psychiatry.
As the Neuroscientist in Residence at Corinthia Hotel London for 12 months from November 2016, highly valued and loyal guests of Corinthia will be rewarded with one-to-one taster sessions with Dr Tara Swart, to discuss how to achieve peak brain performance and gain a competitive edge through focusing on an integrated approach to the brain-body connection.
Substantiating this, the Neuroscientist in Residence programme will study the mental resilience of those working in the hospitality industry by monitoring staff across different departments at Corinthia Hotel London. The research will include advisory sessions with Dr Tara Swart and an in-depth study into their lifestyle and social habits, as well as their physical and mental health. The findings will be combined with interviews and observations by Tara with a target group of UK journalists, as well as VIP guests and celebrities staying at the hotel.
Dr Tara Swart will provide each participant in the Brain Power Mental Resilience Study with respective results and suggestions on how to improve brain performance through reducing stress and adopting healthy lifestyles. An overall Brain Power Mental Resilience Study from her year’s residency will be published next summer.
Tara Swart, Neuroscientist in Residence: A Guide to Mindfulness in London
"In global cities such as London, the pace of life can be much faster due to factors like longer working hours, higher prices and hectic commutes. While that might make it harder to find the time to practice mindfulness to keep a balanced mind, it also makes it all the more important."