Most of us have a dream of what we want to be or what we want to achieve. Over the years my dreams have changed – as a boy in the 1960s I dearly wanted to be an astronaut. Whatever my dream at the time I have always had a sense of purpose or direction and a broad plan as to how I might “get there”, wherever “there” happens to be. My purpose and plans, along with hard work, have brought me considerable success and a great deal of happiness in my various careers and interests.
Over the years my work has won accolades, such as National Training Awards and Best Factory Awards, for me and for some of my clients. For a number of years I was a member of the UK judging panel for one award scheme. It was a real privilege to read the stories and observe the difference that people had made simply by applying the rules of success. This has also led to me being a visiting lecturer in Leadership & People Management and an assessor for the Institute of Leadership & Management.
Having been asked to contribute to a number of publications, I find writing therapeutic, creative and very satisfying. I was co-author and editor of “Recruiting Adults : A Practical Guide”, which became a standard in the voluntary sector, and co-author of “Choosing & Using Music in Training”, a book & compilation music CD published by Gower in the UK & by HRDQ in the USA. I have written regular columns for “People Management”, “Training Journal” and for “SCOUTING Magazine”.
In 2006, I published my own model of personal and organisational development, the Success Cycle. In 2018 I published my long planned book, “Introducing the Success Cycle: six steps to achieving your dreams.” The book is available on Amazon as a Kindle and as a Paperback. You can read review of the book here.
I hold various academic and professional qualifications gained over the years and am a senior member of a number of professional bodies in the areas of learning, leadership, management, human resources and performance management. My most recent is to be elected a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute (FLPI). I am probably most proud of being a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA), an organisation that brings together talented and high achieving people from multiple disciplines to make a positive impact on the world and which seeks to enrich society through ideas and action.
Recognition has also come in my volunteer and community work. At the age of seventeen I won the regional Lions Club Youth Award for Community Service and I also achieved my Queen’s Scout Award. The UK Scout Association has recognised my service with four awards for good service, the most recent being the Bar to the “Silver Acorn” – for further specially distinguished service. I have held a number of active roles in Freemasonry in the areas of mentoring, charity fundraising and communications. I was the United Grand Lodge of England’s (UGLE) 2012 Prestonian Lecturer, the only lectureship sponsored by the oldest Grand Lodge in the world. UGLE later appointed me a “grand officer”. I am involved in its membership development and its learning and development work and am a trustee of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
My purpose and passion in life is to improve not just myself but to help others to be the best they can be.
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