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I work as a facilitator, trainer and consultant. I help groups, teams and partnerships work more effectively together to bring about lasting change. I work on a freelance basis and am always open to new clients and partnerships, so please contact me if you have any suggestions or ideas for working together.
What drives me is my passion and commitment to make a positive difference in the world, and to support and enable others to do so as well. I believe that facilitation and facilitative leadership will be key to achieving a just and sustainable world for all. The great reward of my work today is to see people awaken to their own power to make a difference, and to their capacity to join and align with others to achieve common goals for the greater good – to awaken to the power of their participation and their leadership.
I am a Certified Professional Facilitator, and an experienced lead trainer and licensed provider of ‘ICA’s ‘ToP’ facilitation training. I have been a facilitator and trainer since 1986 and I have been providing facilitation, training and consulting professionally to clients since 1997. I began my career in grassroots community development work in India, Africa and the Middle East, after awakening to my own passion and commitment as an international volunteer in 1986. Since 1997 I have worked with a wide range of clients in the UK and overseas – see who I work with and how I work.
For most of my career I have worked in various roles with ICA (the Institute of Cultural Affairs), the global community of non-profit organisations ‘advancing human development worldwide’. I am now serving as volunteer President of ICA International. Before going freelance in October 2012 I was employed as Chief Executive of ICA:UK, where since 1997 I developed ICA:UK’s social enterprise programme of facilitation and facilitation training. In my time with ICA:UK I designed and delivered scores of tailored facilitated processes for clients and over 100 public and in-house facilitation courses, and I grew and managed a small staff team and a national network of over 30 active Associates.
Since 1998 I have also been involved with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). In 2012 I completed a term as Chair, after four years on the IAF Board and in October 2014 I was inducted into the International Facilitators’ Hall of Fame. I have also served as a Trustee of Focus charity and as a Director of Work for Change, and on the committee of Quaker Congo Partnership. I am a Fellow of the RSA and an Associate facilitator, trainer and consultant of ACEVO and BOND.
I hold a BA in Business Studies from Portsmouth University and an MA in Development Administration and Management from Manchester University’s IDPM. My MA research was in civil society, development and democratisation – see Building Civil Society for a Humane and Sustainable Future: toward a Global Role for the Institute of Cultural Affairs in the UK and Civil society, the promise and peril of democratisation and prospects for the Arab world.
I work from home in central London, where I live with my civil partner. As well as my work, I enjoy travel, music and culture, heritage and countryside, and reading.
For more on my background and experience please see my LinkedIn profile and connect with me there, and for more on my interests and activities please follow my blog (click on the button in the sidebar, left) and follow me on twitter.
I welcome the opportunity to offer an initial telephone consultation at no cost and with no obligation, and I am glad to offer reduced rates or pro bono services when I can to groups that I am keen to support. So, if you may be interested in having me work with you, please contact me and let’s talk!