Mia Forbes Pirie

Company name 

Intelligent Change


Executive Coach, Mediator, Facilitator & Trainer

Power group

Business Services


Intelligent global change expert Mia Forbes Pirie is a quiet storm. As a mediator and coach whose clients have ranged from the US and Mongolian governments to the Church of England, the London born peace maker’s talent lies in helping people to have better conversations. Mia’s approach, whether working with individuals or countries, stems from a background steeped in the mindfulness and spiritual training she has honed over a period of twenty years prior and whilst working in conflict resolution.  As an executive coach, Mia helps people who want ‘more’ out of live, manage their stress levels and fulfill their potential. She is practical, down to earth and friendly.

At just forty one years old, Mia’s body of professional work is remarkable. Work with the US Department of Energy saw Mia advise on facilitating negotiation to develop controversial legislation. Her role for the Church of England, was to chair shared conversations on human sexuality including LGBT issues and gay marriage. While more recently Mia has immersed herself in the task of facilitating on high level conversations around the humanitarian dimension of the refugee crisis in Turkey. Whether assisting company CEOs in developing new strategy and changing their organisational culture, or creating a neutral platform for dialogue around some of today’s most testing global challenges, creating intelligent change which is sustainable, lies at the heart of all Mia’s work. 

With an academic resume which includes a Masters in EU Law from the College of Europe, Bruges and a Masters of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, as a Trilingual ( English, French, Italian) lawyer, she took a sabbatical in the European Commission’s former “Diplomatic Corps” (External Relations) and was appointed temporary desk officer for Brunei Darussalam. A desire to be of service is central to Mia’s outlook, and she counts the 3 years she spent as a volunteer at Camden Mediation Services helping local people to resolve neighborhood disputes, as some of her most valuable and rewarding learning.

Unquestionably though, Mia views the four month period spent in India studying with Sri K Pattabhi Jois the founding father of Ashtanga Yoga and the first ten day silent retreat she embarked on in Nepal, as equal catalysts into the approach which has positioned Mia as one the UK’s most in demand and unique global facilitators.

“Refreshingly honest and highly intelligent, Mia has an unshakeable calm confidence and soothing presence and does not hesitate to hold her own, even with me!” Sir Stirling Moss OBE, former racing driver, Stirling Moss Ltd.
For further information see:
www.MiaForbesPirie.com and www.IntelligentChange.life

Our story

Born to an English/Scottish mother and Turkish father, Mia’s parents separated when she was three years old. Disconnected from her part Turkish heritage, she admits to having felt British as a child despite not looking particularly British. As an adult an exploration of her own identity ensued. Having worked, studied and lived in six different countries, she describes the experience as both “enriching and destabilizing” feeling a stranger everywhere, until her self-development studies enabled her to peel back the layers of her identity and “find home” within herself. This is what led Mia to her fascination with culture and identity about which she has spoken, including at Chatham House.

Today, yoga and meditation are embedded in Mia’s life. She returns to a silent retreat annually and meditates daily. It is this commitment to the practice of helping individuals to run their thoughts rather than having their thoughts run them and find peace, that has inspired Mia to share the meditation and yoga learning that has aided her own development both personally and professionally. Having trained with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York and some of the world’s leading international yoga teachers to become a certified health coach, mindfulness and yoga teacher, the six week online mindfulness programme (http://intelligentchange.life/mindfulness-course) launched Monday 2nd January 2017.

With increasing demand from organisations and businesses both in the UK and internationally for her expert blend of mediation and facilitation, it is clear that in an increasingly fractious society Mia’s skillset is more necessary than ever;

“We live in a driven society and sometimes forget the importance of the simple things, like getting to know each other as people before we begin to have serious conversations about emotive topics. How we have conversations is as important as the topics we talk about. I want to support people in having great conversations – whatever their views and resolving their conflicts while improving lives instead of destroying them.”


About me

Likes: Strawberries, Honesty and Integrity

Dislikes: Dishonesty, fakeness


What’s your greatest achievement to date?

I’m happy with my relationship with my parents.

How long have you been a BNI member?
8 months

What does your company do?

Coaching, Mediating, Facilitating, Training, Public Speaking.

What is your job title?

Executive Coach, International Mediator and Facilitator, Trainer.

What does your role entail, in a nutshell?

I help people to have better lives, to communicate better and to be more effective. I help them resolve inner or outer conflict so that they can get on with their lives.

Why did you decide to take that direction?

Because I love it and doing it well requires a rare set of skills that I seem to posses!

I didn’t feel fulfilled as a lawyer. I gain great satisfaction from seeing my clients’ satisfaction.
How do you help your community?
I volunteer as a community mediator, I support those supporting the Victims at Grenfell Towers.

What is the most exciting / rewarding aspect of your role?

I see people ‘light up’ a lot. I see people’s lives change dramatically for the better. They become happier and more fulfilled with a different outlook on life.

When I help people resolve disputes, their relationships change in ways they could never have imagined.
When I facilitate, i get to help bring out the best in people, and help them communicate differently and more creatively and resolve difficult problems.
I love my job!

Why did you join BNI?

To be part of a supportive business community.

And I was bored of people at networking events saying they felt uncomfortable talking about business.

What has BNI done for you?

Put me in touch with a great community of people who have my back and whose ‘backs’ I have.

Any pearls of wisdom for fellow entrepreneurs / Business Professionals?

Trust yourself.

Enjoy the process of building relationships with people.