Our Team

Jaime Thurston – CEO and Founder of 52 Lives

Jaime manages all aspects of the School of Kindness. You can find out more about Jaime here, on the 52 Lives website. Jaime is a former journalist, charity worker and author of ‘Kindness – the little thing that matters most’ and ‘The Kindness Journal‘.

She has received numerous awards for her work, including a Prime Minister’s Point of Light in 2015, Clarins Woman of the Year in 2016, and she was also named in The Independent’s Happy 50 List in 2018, celebrating people who make life better for others.

Greig Trout – Director of Kindness

Greig delivers our Kindness Workshops, reviews application to The Kindness Fund and helps to develop some of our teaching resources. He is also the face, heart and soul of our Kids’ Kindness Club. Greig is an ex-CSI, turned adventurer, who went on to develop a career as an inspirational speaker. From singing on stage at the Sydney Opera House, to teaching English, to volunteering with remote communities in Nicaragua … Greig’s wealth of life experience brings a distinctive level of enthusiasm and authenticity to everything he does.

Greig was named a Prime Minister’s Point of Light in 2019, and was also featured in The Independent’s Happy List in 2015, celebrating people who make life better for others.

Louise Brown – Kindness Administrator

Lou is a master of organisation who keeps the School of Kindness running smoothly. Lou previously worked as a project manager in the branding industry, and lives in Essex with her husband and 2 children.

As well as keeping everything and everyone organised, she is also one of the kindest people you could ever hope to meet!

Our Honorary Scientific Advisor

Dr David R. Hamilton – Honorary Scientific Advisor 

We are very honoured to have the support of Dr David Hamilton, who acts as a voluntary advisor to our School of Kindness. David has a PhD in organic chemistry and spent 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Inspired by the placebo effect, he left the industry to write books and educate people in how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their health. He is now author of 10 books, including, ‘How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body’, ‘I Heart Me’ and ‘The Five Side Effects of Kindness’.  David is an advocate for kindness and is working passionately to help inspire a kinder world.

Our Patron

Emily Coxhead – Patron

We welcomed Emily as the first Patron of the 52 Lives charity in 2021. Emily is a British designer, illustrator, best-selling author and founder of The Happy News, a newspaper celebrating only good news. Her aim is to add a little bit of sunshine to people’s lives.​
Emily has been a supporter of our work from our very early days, and has already helped us to spread our message of kindness to hundreds of thousands of people.
She embodies so many of the things we stand for – compassion, creating strong communities, and the incredible power of kindness.


The School of Kindness is proudly supported by

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”



52 Lives,
PO Box 3154
Reading, RG1 9AT


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