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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 mapping your personal teaching philosophy, the integration of practical theory 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
  • PGCTHE: Personal and Academic Tutor

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
  • Membership of EHU's SustainNet 
  • Membership of EHU's Education for Sustainable Development group



I first came to live in the north west of England as a student at Manchester University in 1985 and having lived and worked nomadically here ever since, I eventually settled in Liverpool, a stone's throw from the Mersey estuary.  I count both city regions home and it is the living waterways of the Mersey rivers, many streams one river, that connect the places and people I love in this bioregion and ground my one planet thinking and educational practice.

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).

Current Projects I am most enthusiastic to share:

Spirit Gym which is a peer support approach to teacher spirituality and spiritual development, mainly for trainee and early career teachers but inclusive of all helping professions and changemakers; and offering training in the Enneagram and Co-counselling. Ongoing CPD is offered six times a year each half term.

EduSynthesis how to map your personal teaching philosophy, a synthesis of practical theory to help trainee teachers work out their own 1) personal 1:1 coaching philosophy: PCP 2) personal teaching philosophy: PTP 3) personal leadership philosophy: PLP and 4) personal planetary philosophy: PPP

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