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About Me

My professional background probably began when I attained a degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Loughborough University in 1974 and qualified as a teacher at Liverpool University in 1977.

I taught Art and Ceramics in secondary schools before working with Social Services, initially teaching young people in short term residential care, then devising and delivering community-based programmes as alternatives to custodial sentences for young people who had committed serious offences.

In 1987 I returned to education in the role of Team Leader for educational support services in Northamptonshire followed in 1991 by my appointment to the role of Deputy head of the Service for Education Otherwise.

From 1996 I worked with Children and Young People’s services most recently in the Mental Health Team in partnership with local CAMHS. As part of my role, over a 10 year period, I coordinated the delivery and professional development of the LEA Critical Incident Response Team, providing professional advice and support to schools in the aftermath of traumatic events such as suicide and murder. It was during this time I discovered the PB process and was fortunate enough to be trained in PBs by Di Margetts in 1997.

I completed Di’s Process into Practice Course in 1999 and made the decision to become a PB trainer in 2000. I co-presented, as a trainee trainer, alongside Di for about 12 months and was endorsed as a PB Foundation trainer in 2001. I delivered PB training to schools and children’s services throughout Northamptonshire in my role as a centrally employed specialist teacher and was endorsed as an Intermediate (Process into Practice) trainer in 2007.

Since 2006 I have been working successfully as a freelance trainer across the UK and recently in Eire. For me a significant aspect of training is the application of newly acquired skills in practice and I find that using the PB process as a practitioner helps me stay in touch with the application of PBs in training. Equally my skills, knowledge and experience as a trainer are helpful when using PBs with children, young people and adults, as a practitioner.

I have used PBs working with young people in schools for 15 years and I have also delivered PB workshops for individuals and parents groups. Recently I worked in Co Mayo with Helen Mortimer (Mayo Children’s Initiative) delivering two 2-day workshops for asylum seekers and refugees. One of the important things I learned working there with people from so many different parts of the world is that PBs is a truly universal language of safety.

Art and ceramics has always been an important part of my life and I find clay modeling can provide visual and tactile access to PBs for children, young people and adults. I have my own studio which reopened in summer 2012 following the move to Derbyshire. I plan to resume exhibiting work in national ceramics fairs and galleries in 2013 and will offer tuition for students.