I specialise in helping practitioners become more proficient in managing awkward conversations, where issues of behaviour change are centre-stage, using motivational interviewing as the reference style.

I live in Edinburgh, Scotland. I’ve been a trainer for twenty-five years. My experience extends across diverse fields, countries and cultures, and from brief seminars to comprehensive week-long workshops. I’ve provided training and ongoing practice development coaching for more than 300 commissioning organisations in 18 countries, in the fields of healthcare, addictions treatment, criminal justice, social care, employment guidance and academic research.

I’ve worked with co-trainers in India, South Africa, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Canada, and throughout Europe and Scandinavia. I’ve co-led training events for the European Commission and the UNODC. For a decade I was a visiting lecturer to Nord University in Norway and to Glasgow University in Scotland. Between 2014-20 I was a member of a team sponsored by the European Union – The Penitentiary and Probation Support Project – working with the Georgian Ministry of Justice in Tbilisi.

With the curtailment of face-to-face training during the pandemic I have worked online with existing client organisations.