What is your name?
Where were you born?
Where do you live?
East Lancashire, England
What do you do?
I was formerly a teacher and then a social worker, but for the past twenty years I have been running NLP programmes for the general public and in organisations. I also conduct a ten-day Integral Leadership programme that has over a thousand alumni throughout the UK. I am very lucky to have trained in over twenty countries on four continents.
What is your role of the IEA Board?
I am the Vice President, and also Editor of Nine Points and Co-editor of The Enneagram Journal.
Tell us a little about what you do on the Board
As Vice President, I basically have to do whatever the President tells me; seriously, I do whatever I can to support MJ in her very taxing role as President. As Editor of Nine Points, I encourage members to contribute to the magazine and then manage the technicalities of loading material on to the website with the sterling assistance of Curt Micka. As Co-editor of The Enneagram Journal, I work with Jerry Wagner to make sure that the quality of the end product is a good as we can make it.
Why are you involved with the IEA Board?
Although it is hard work and takes up a lot of time, this is compensated by the wonderful group of people I have got to know and work with; their commitment is infectious. I also have a great desire to integrate the several “worlds” that I move in. In discovered NLP in the 1980s and thought that that would be the main thrust of my work until in one magical summer when I found the Enneagram, Dr. Clare Graves’ work (also known as Spiral Dynamics), and Ken Wilber’s Integral Model, and since then have been using an amalgam of these models in my corporate work and open workshops. I really believe that a lot more can be achieved with each of these when they have more than a nodding acquaintance with the others and I see part of my role within the IEA as helping this realisation. As a Founder Member of the Integral Institute and a Spiral Dynamics Practitioner (and the person who introduced Ken Wilber to Graves’ work), I also try to integrate the Enneagram even further into those worlds.
What was your first experience of the Enneagram?
It was recommended to me by a participant on one of my NLP programmes. I was already an MBTI Practitioner but quickly realised that the Enneagram was a much more accurate and deeper map of the human psyche than I had discovered up to that point. I immediately booked on a week long residence at the Emmaus House Retreat in Bristol and that was the beginning of my Enneagram journey.
Tell us a little about who you have trained with
In alphabetical order, I have trained and worked with Russ Hudson, Ginger Lapid-Bogda, Helen Palmer, Don Riso, Mario Sikora, & Sister Anne Sullivan.
What is your most compelling use of the Enneagram?
Being told by my two nieces and my sister-in-law what a difference knowing each other’s Enneagram Space had made after my brother died.
How do you see the future of the Enneagram?
I know how powerful the Enneagram can be when used in many situations and I want to help it spread as far and as fast as it can.
How do you see the future of the IEA?
The IEA is in a very healthy shape at the moment and seems to be in a consolidation phase at the moment which is entirely appropriate; I look forward to seeing the next burst of energy from the next incarnation of the Board that will use this platform to take the Enneagram even further.