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Personal profile

Research interests

  • The thought and practice of John Heron in humanistic psychology and transpersonal education: model of extended espistemology, co-counselling, 6 categories of intervention, 6 facilitation modes, co-operative inquiry, participatory spirituality 
  • Spirit Gym the interface between teacher spirituality and spiritual development in relation to SMSC development, Religious Education and PSHE
  • EduSynthesis Integrative Mentoring for trainee teachers
    • Developing a personal coaching philosophy: PCP
    • Developing a personal teaching philosophy: PTP
    • Developing a personal leadership philosophy: PLP
    • Developing a personal planetary philosophy: PPP
  • Wicked RE project - integrating models of religion and worldviews education for spiritual development and sustainable development to address wicked world problems
  • P4C (Philosophy for Children)
  • Education for Sustainable Development and Models of Educational Leadership and Management


  • BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning & Child Development
  • BA QTS Primary Education
  • PGCE Primary Education

External engagement

  • Spirit Gym co-coaching in practical spiritual development and peer support for teachers, helping professions and changemakers. Building a community of HE collagues, trainees, Early Career teachers, experienced teachers and school leaders
  • Registered SAPERE trainer for P4C (Philosophy for Children)
  • Qualified trainer in Co-Counselling affiliated with CCI (Co-counselling International)
  • Membership of EHU's SustainNet 
  • Membership of EHU's Education for Sustainable Development group


Educational Experience

I have a wealth of experience that includes Primary School teaching (7 years), Headteacher (14 years), University lecturing (7 years), Thinking Skills training in schools (10 years), and Organisational Development Consultant (6 years).

2018- Lecturer in Education, Edge Hill University  

2007-2018 Interim Headships & Consultant Leadership (Self-employed) 

Consultant Leader, Westfield School, Westfield, East Sussex; Consultant Leader, Al Hijrah School, Birmingham, 4-16; Interim Executive Headteacher, Leicestershire; Interim Headteacher, Sandown Primary School, Hastings, East-Sussex; Interim Headteacher, Southfield Primary School, Oakham, Rutland; Interim Headteacher, Ecclesbourne Infant & Nursery School, Croydon; Interim Headteacher, The Grove Children and Family Centre, Southwark. 

2005-07 Thinking Skills Trainer / Organisational Development Consultant PT

2005-07 Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University, PT

1996-2005 Headteacher St Paul’s CE Primary School, Salford, FT

1993-96 Deputy Head, Furness Vale Primary School, Derbyshire, FT

1992-93 Class Teacher, St George’s CE Primary, New Mills, Derbyshire, FT

1989-92 Class Teacher, Bradley Green Primary School, Tameside, FT

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Higher Education, Edge Hill University


Postgraduate Certificate in Online & Distance Education, PG Cert ODE, The Open University


School Leadership, PhD, University of Liverpool


Educational Management, MA, The Open University


Postgraduate Certificate in Education, PGCE, University of Manchester


Theology & Religious Studies, BA, BA Hons, University of Manchester


Research Groups

  • Education for Social Justice Research Network
  • Higher Education Research Network