BiographyAfter a successful career in social work in which I established myself as a highly respected author, educator and consultant, I broadened out my interests to develop expertise in human relations more broadly, to encompass communication issues; conflict management; stress; leadership and related matters.
Underpinning all my work has been a passion for helping people learn and to achieve their full potential. I have done this in various ways: consulting and advisory work; education and training services, including the development of DVDs and e-courses; speaking at conferences; developing online survey services; and, of course, writing books, articles and development manuals.
A key feature of my work these days is the Avenue Professional Development Programme, an online learning community in which I work with members to help them identify their learning needs and their own learning pathway. It is based on principles of supported, self-directed learning and geared towards promoting critically reflective practice.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Sociology, social policy, social work, human relations, social theory - especially existentialism
Music, cinema, languages, philosophy, astronomy, archaeology