Qualifications and Experience
I have 20 years experience working in Japan as a coach, trainer and educator and have accumulated over 1,000 hours of coaching and counselling experience. I have worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 15 years and have conducted lectures and seminars at many universities including Rikkyo and Chuo. I have a Masters Degree in Cultural Studies from The University of Leeds, a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) and a Postgraduate Degree in Psychology (Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia). I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and an International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC). My training was with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in San Rafael, California.


Passions
I love literature and films and I love talking about them. I also believe we are in a golden age of television. HBO dramas such as Deadwood, Six Feet Under and The Wire are novels for television and are the classics of the future.

     I am an amateur song writer and performer. I love the songs of Elvis Costello, Ben Harper, Andy Partridge, Jack Johnson, Joni Mitchell and many others. Here's a link to my YouTube channell:




     I love travel for similar reasons that I love literature: it’s inspiring, enriching, liberating and enjoyable. I have never encountered a problem that couldn’t be alleviated by getting on a train, plane or automobile. For me travel gives freedom from constraint and therefore enables perspective; perspective gives insight; insight is curative because its nature is to solve or, in the best cases dissolve, problems.

     I have microlight and hang glider pilot's licenses and take to the skies whenever I can.

​     My newest passion is golf. I love the psychological challenges and the impetus it provides to get out to the countryside. I enjoy playing different courses and in different countries. So far I have played in various places in Japan and England as well as Brisbane, Bangkok, San Francisco and Brussels. 

Interviews/Videos
Check out the videos below to see me being interviewed for Globis University TV and at the Co-Active Coaching Summit in Napa (where I first heard the quote above that continues to inspire and guide me). Plus a short segment from my Emotional Intelligence seminar at JIC.

WHAT DREAM OF YOURSELF DO YOU PUSH AWAY THINKING IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?