I have 35 years Professional Behavioural Science Experience - both in research and
as a full-time psychotherapy practitioner.
An Ericksonian Psychotherapist and Registered Practitioner with the UK Council for
Psychotherapy - I served for eight years as Chair of the UKCP Hypno-Psychotherapy
Section, and six years as a member of UKCP Governing Board and latterly on the UKCP
Board of Trustees.
I contributed core work to the process of developing Occupational Standards for
Psychotherapy. In December 2009 I was formally recognised by UKCP for his outstanding
contribution both to that organisation and to the field of Psychotherapy. I also
hold the European Certificate in Psychotherapy - and work in London and in the Perigord
in Southwest France.
I have a very broad experience of applied research into human problems. As a behavioural
scientist I worked in research and consultancy in the public and private sectors
My undergraduate course incorporated mental health experience through MIND project
attached to an East End Settlement and attachment to St Martin-in-the-Fields Social
Services Unit. From there I worked in a Centre for Serious Re-Offenders in Somerset.
I also studied acculturation problems of school age immigrant children in a Bradford
My Honours Degree specialised in statistical research methods and cultural anthropology.
I wrote my honours dissertation on factors affecting the performance of research
scientists, and went on to work for 11 years in the largest human factors applied
research group in Europe. I became a senior consultant directing social and organisational
studies - directing research into many problems like :-
middle management stress
human factors design guidelines in adapting computer-based technology to production
control and administrative work settings
Optimisation of shift working patterns for process production workers
modifying work organisation and practices to reduce work related stress
re-design of corporate incentive payment systems to reflect the control discretion
of process workers
development of safety information systems to increase individual and group observation
of safety procedures
optimisation of corporate relocation schemes in relation to family and social considerations
new production plant design and reorganisation studies relating management structures,
work organisation and reward systems to worker motivation
research into social and economic problems of early retirement to generate new policy
mental health problems amongst middle and senior managers
In this applied research work analysing and modelling various aspects of human endeavour,
I worked alongside 260 other corporate research scientists and engineers with the
benefit some of the best industrial computing resources in the country. I participated
in design and implementation in many aspects of man-computer interfaces in the IT
revolution - from the days when data and programs were "fed" into large mainframe
computers on rolls of punched paper tape through to modern desktop systems.
In 1979 I became an independent consultant. Amongst many other problems I researched
Passenger reaction to alternative non-smoking policies on main-line rail services
Market opportunity for off-peak rail service facilities for mothers with children
User-friendly timetable design
Long-haul service provision for business travellers for British Airways
Personnel issues in office relocation studies
Public consultation into traffic related stress in West London for Department of
Personal development seminars for ICI senior management
Consumer assessment and marketing development of art fairs in New York City
User consultations in the design of public service information systems
Optimisation studies to match user requirements and in-use aircraft characteristics
medium-haul aircraft design project
New management processes in organisational restructuring, downsizing and takeovers.
Many management workshops on various aspects of stress and work/ life balance
I have contributed to international conferences and seminars, worked under contract
for UNESCO and was a Founder Member of the UK Social Research Association.
Besides considerable exposure to Tavistock group relations training, my full immersion
into the extraordinary flexibility and power of Ericksonian approaches rounded out
and complemented a substantial body of technical and applications expertise. This
provided a refreshing change of perspective and enabled in depth personal development
followed by a natural movement into full-time therapeutic work. I have been a full-time
Ericksonian Psychotherapy practitioner, acquiring other significant behavioural methodologies
along the way for nearly three decades.
My overall experience has developed a combination of acute observational skills,
clarity of thought and analysis, an inventive and tenacious problem-solving capability
- plus an intuitive sensitivity and creativity in addressing
" I hope these skills and capabilities are evident in the thoroughness, efficiency
and sensitivity with which I approach all my work. "