Bob is a freelance trainer, coach, consultant and therapist with over twenty years experience in learning and development contexts as an English teacher, curriculum manager, and learning and development manager. He has written nationally accredited courses in teacher training (e.g. PGCEs) and sustainable quality improvement initiatives. Additionally, Bob has supported over 70 FE Colleges, schools, local authorities, ACAS, BUPA, Smurfit Kappa, the AA and others. He led a major culture change and training transformation project with the Ministry of Defence bringing together technical training provision for the Army, Royal Navy and RAF.
As a trained cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist and therapist, Bob uses his skills and expertise to support the mental health and well being of students and staff. This might be directly as a therapist, by helping staff (and sometimes students) to support other people’s mental health and well-being or increasingly to help leaders to implement joined up and coherent approaches to this important area. In all his work he strives to build curiosity, emotional resilience and enable leaders, learners and staff to be authentic, reflective and independent.
As the tutor for The School Mental Health Specialist (a new, masters’ level school employed mental health role which will start in September 2021) he is drawing on a range of information to design this PGDip and is working with senior leaders from schools, mental health specialists and other experts to ensure the course fits the need.
Bob got married last year, walking over 150 miles through the heart of Scotland to meet up with his bride to be (after a shower or two and a couple of days recovery). He plays tennis, runs and enjoys reading novels, going to gigs and music festivals and spending time with friends and loved ones. In the summer of 2018 walked from Lands End to John O’Groats.