I am based on the Welsh border and live in a Victorian vicarage in a small village. I’ve been involved in a wide range of activities over the years – here are some of them:
I have worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors as well as running various businesses of my own. Some of my roles included industrial relations, communications, management research, training and management consultancy.
My last employed job was as Director of Personnel and Administration for the Arts Council of Great Britain. I was there for seven years and looked after a range of internal services as well as some external advisory services.
Businesses I have run include an employment agency for radiographers, a corporate art supply/gallery, training and consultancy, magazine publishing and network marketing.
I have taught at the Civil Service Management College, the Open Business School, The London Management Centre and run courses for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, as well as for a wide range of corporate, public and voluntary organisations.
I am, or have been, a Fellow (and Council Member) of the Institute of Management Consultants, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of Communicators in Business.
I have a degree in Sociology, a Diploma in Integral Therapy (including Eriksonian hypnotherapy/psychotherapy) and various NLP qualifications.
I was Chair of the Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming for several years and also edited their magazine Rapport. I have also edited a number of other membership organisation magazines and published and edited an international magazine (Effective Consulting) for management consultants.
I have written books on a wide range of subjects, for adults and for children.
My non-work interests have included fencing (and teaching fencing), classical Indian dance, Taiko (Japanese drumming, which I still do), showing and judging Afghan Hounds, keeping rare-breed pigs, collecting fans and cooking.