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laughology's trainers and consultants have a wide range of skills and qualifications covering all aspects of individual and organisational needs (even when they were eight)!

Below we have listed some of the talents and skills of our team. Please contact any of us to chat further about what we do, we would love to hear from you.

Daryl Seager

DARYL SEAGER


Daryl believes in the power of positivity and gratitude and has the apps to prove it.

Psst! - did you know?

Daryl has probably used up his 15 minutes of fame but nobody would ever know... A couple of un-notable experiences include featuring in a yoga DVD and appearing on a Russian cookery show.


Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    Catching up with friends and Louis CK.

    This makes me laugh every time though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtRWeaBQZGE

  • What would your superpower be?

    I would love to control time. Then I could go back and forth in time to shape the world more fairly and evenly.

  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    I was asked to 'marry' my friends in a civil ceremony.

  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    I am sure there are too many things to choose from, but one does stand out. I was living in Russia, it was the heart of winter, lots of snow and ice. It is impressive how well set up they are to clear it all. However, it still happens that there are patches of black ice on the pavements. I was walking along the pavement next to a main road snarled up with traffic, I didn't see the ice and… well, you can imagine!


    As I stood up, I noticed there was a bus next to me. All the people seated by the window were laughing. I brushed myself off and continued walking. After a few steps I checked my pockets to make sure that I hadn't dropped anything - I had. I walked back to find my keys, saw them, forgot about the ice - cue take two of falling on my arse in front of a bus load of people.

  • What's your mantra?

    Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else's fairytale. 

     

Daryl has been a coach and consultant for over 15 years with a focus on leadership, communication and wellbeing. A perfect match for Laughology!

For some reason, he doesn't like being in the UK and has spent 10 of the last 12 years living and working abroad (now in Estonia). He has worked with both private and public sector clients around the globe, such as Home Credit Bank, BNP Paribas, Civil Service, Metropolitan Police, Genius Sports, Rush Street Interactive and has upcoming work with the FA Premier League. He currently has his main focus on tech clients.

Daryl believes in the power of positivity and gratitude and has the apps to prove it. He enjoys using Ananda for meditation, as well as Morning! for gratitude and mood tracking. Keen to take care of the wellbeing of his mind, he uses Blinkist for a range of book summaries, as well as various podcasts that expand and challenge his thinking. 

He’s looking forward to sharing his knowledge and expertise as part of the Laughology team, although we’re all a bit concerned about his uncanny ability to fall on his arse.

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Watch Dave Keeling, Lead Happiness Consultant delivers an entertaining and enlightening keynote on the importance of humour, happiness and creativity for productivity to over 400 learning experts

Laughology life hacks: How to improve your mood with Dave Keeling

Nick Harding, Laughology's very own award-winning journalist and author, and Laughologist Dave Keeling, have a good old natter.

Click here to read all about it!

DAVE KEELING

What is your background?

I trained for three years as a classical actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the same drama school that Benedict Cumberbatch attended. After I left, I realised very quickly that I wasn’t going to be acting full-time and even when I did get work it wasn’t very well paid. So, in my early twenties, I started to plan what else I could do. I didn’t want to work in a bar or wait tables like most jobbing actors. A friend asked me to do some work in schools for him. It wasn’t an area that I had thought about but in a very short space of time I learned loads and started to realise that with my performance skills and knowledge, I could put across information in an interesting way.

Did you have an interest in psychology before you started working with Laughology?

As an actor, I had always been fascinated by behaviour and relationships because that’s what acting is. I had a degree of intuitive emotional intelligence. I would watch people and study how they behaved. That developed into an interest in psychology. I wanted to learn more about people and their foibles and behaviours.

How did you get involved with Laughology?

I was presenting at a conference. I was doing the morning and Laughology CEO, Stephanie Davies, was doing the afternoon. She saw what I was doing and liked it. We talked and I became involved from there.

What makes Laughology different?

The real test for me is authenticity. Very few people who go out and talk to audiences practice what they preach. A lot say stuff, but they don’t do it.
The Laughology team have a broad range of learning and development skills to back up their specialisms, what would you say your strengths are?
I am great at being a catalyst in a room. I’m good at being deployed to create a buzz and an atmosphere. I can shift a room. Being a facilitator allows me to engage with people and be playful.

How are your skills best used?

I’d say that 60 to 70 percent of the time, you turn up to an event and people have had a long day of very dull keynotes. That’s the challenge I enjoy. You never know what you are going to get and it is my job to make sure those people leave that room feeling better than they did when they went in. The trick is to create an environment where people feel happy, and then hit them with some stuff that they’ve not thought about before. And that’s what Laughology does perfectly.

At Laughology, we have spent the last ten years campaigning for happiness and resilience in schools and workplaces to be recognised as an important development tool - do you think views are changing?

People are living longer and working longer. They no longer retire at 65 and businesses have started to realise that they have to keep people happy and healthier for longer so they can continue to be productive. There is also much more awareness of mental health issues. In education, primary schools have always been on board, and now Secondary Schools are getting there too. They are realising that although kids are leaving school qualified, they are not necessarily employable because they are missing the other stuff, which is what we talk about at Laughology; empathy, relationships, confidence, self-awareness and the ability to express thoughts and ideas. With all that’s happening in the world, people are having to get good at coping with change. And that feeds into everything we do in Laughology.

If you were Queen for a day, what would you do to make the world happier?

Simple. I’d ban homework. Nobody likes it. And I’d only employ people in schools who genuinely enjoy and like the company of young people.

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Pam Betts Laughology Biography

PAM BETTS


Laughology platform guru and business support 

Psst! - did you know?

When Pam Betts was aged 5 she met Bill Shankley. Bill wanted to see the view from her bedroom as at that time she lived on Walton Breck Road right opposite Liverpool Kop.

A Liverpool echo journalist knocked on the door and asked her Mum if they could photograph the view from her bedroom window just as all the fans were let out after the game.

This meant Pam was allowed to stay up late, she also wishes social media was around then as the story would have gone viral and she would have made all her roller skating mates well jel!


Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    The IT Crowd - especially the works’ outing episode.

  • What would your superpower be?

    To speak any language... even Klingon

  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    My niece left me a note saying I’m the best aunty ever, a total inspiration and a babe – I love the babe bit!

  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    I had a mad crush on a boy at school, so I waited to see what school bus he was going to get on. When I saw he was going for the 411 (yes I remember the bus number), I ran to jump on too. Just as I boarded, the doors shut in my face. That crush ended... along with my face. 

  • What's your mantra?

    Always have your glass half full and don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.

Pam started her career within the food industry as a quality control technician, working for global names such as Quest International, Smiths Crisps and Milk Marketing Board. 

Pam ‘reinvented’ herself in 1994, undertaking the Association of Accounting Technicians Course and working voluntarily to gain experience, but was soon offered work within the automotive industry. During the following decade, she worked across all departments, building an excellent holistic understanding of systems and ways of working. 

Pam’s first major project was working across Europe on XML orders – a new technology for B2B. After a management role transfer to Bradford, she developed training skills and database design, working with employees, suppliers and customers on ways of working that were efficient and time-reducing.

During 2000 and 2010, Pam underpinned her work experience by achieving two degrees in business systems and improvement. Working within the higher education sector, she has enjoyed working on many projects across the Northwest with many SMEs, NHS and Social Housing organisations, until she settled for a challenging role within the nuclear industry.

Pam has worked with Laughology for many years and is currently their learning systems and business support guru.

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Nick Harding, Laughology's very own award-winning journalist and author, and Laughologist Dave Keeling, have a good old natter.

Click here to read all about it!

DAVE KEELING

What is your background?

I trained for three years as a classical actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the same drama school that Benedict Cumberbatch attended. After I left, I realised very quickly that I wasn’t going to be acting full-time and even when I did get work it wasn’t very well paid. So, in my early twenties, I started to plan what else I could do. I didn’t want to work in a bar or wait tables like most jobbing actors. A friend asked me to do some work in schools for him. It wasn’t an area that I had thought about but in a very short space of time I learned loads and started to realise that with my performance skills and knowledge, I could put across information in an interesting way.

Did you have an interest in psychology before you started working with Laughology?

As an actor, I had always been fascinated by behaviour and relationships because that’s what acting is. I had a degree of intuitive emotional intelligence. I would watch people and study how they behaved. That developed into an interest in psychology. I wanted to learn more about people and their foibles and behaviours.

How did you get involved with Laughology?

I was presenting at a conference. I was doing the morning and Laughology CEO, Stephanie Davies, was doing the afternoon. She saw what I was doing and liked it. We talked and I became involved from there.

What makes Laughology different?

The real test for me is authenticity. Very few people who go out and talk to audiences practice what they preach. A lot say stuff, but they don’t do it.
The Laughology team have a broad range of learning and development skills to back up their specialisms, what would you say your strengths are?
I am great at being a catalyst in a room. I’m good at being deployed to create a buzz and an atmosphere. I can shift a room. Being a facilitator allows me to engage with people and be playful.

How are your skills best used?

I’d say that 60 to 70 percent of the time, you turn up to an event and people have had a long day of very dull keynotes. That’s the challenge I enjoy. You never know what you are going to get and it is my job to make sure those people leave that room feeling better than they did when they went in. The trick is to create an environment where people feel happy, and then hit them with some stuff that they’ve not thought about before. And that’s what Laughology does perfectly.

At Laughology, we have spent the last ten years campaigning for happiness and resilience in schools and workplaces to be recognised as an important development tool - do you think views are changing?

People are living longer and working longer. They no longer retire at 65 and businesses have started to realise that they have to keep people happy and healthier for longer so they can continue to be productive. There is also much more awareness of mental health issues. In education, primary schools have always been on board, and now Secondary Schools are getting there too. They are realising that although kids are leaving school qualified, they are not necessarily employable because they are missing the other stuff, which is what we talk about at Laughology; empathy, relationships, confidence, self-awareness and the ability to express thoughts and ideas. With all that’s happening in the world, people are having to get good at coping with change. And that feeds into everything we do in Laughology.

If you were Queen for a day, what would you do to make the world happier?

Simple. I’d ban homework. Nobody likes it. And I’d only employ people in schools who genuinely enjoy and like the company of young people.

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The Laughology rebel boardroom

THE LAUGHOLOGY REBEL BOARDROOM

Say hello to Yara, Chris, Shelley and Saanwal. 

Here at Laughology, we constantly strive to improve. This means being diverse in the way we work, think and act. In order to meet our commitment to diversity, we are proud to introduce a newly-recruited rebel boardroom; a group of people who will help us think differently and who will be involved in strategic decisions within the company. 

The rebel boardroom will meet once a quarter with our team to discuss our plans and how we stay current, stay diverse and improve our offering. 

We value their experience and passion to make a difference. Say hello to Yara, Chris, Shelley and Saanwal.  


CHRIS LEWIS

About Chris

Chris is a 30-something year old originally from West Yorkshire, who is now living and working in Munich, Germany as the Head of Recruitment for a group of British International Schools.

Prior to moving to Germany, Chris spent 10 years working for First Direct Bank, which is where he first had the pleasure of attending a number of Laughology workshops - lucky guy! Having followed Laughology via social media ever since, he’s really excited to finally be involved.

Chris has lived in Germany since 2017. Moving to a country where he doesn’t fluently speak the language has certainly proved a challenge - he soon came to realise that he’s far from a natural linguist. That’s easy for him to say...

He would describe myself as a lifelong learner and prides himself on always having something happening alongside his day job, whether this is enhancing his German language skills or learning how to play the piano.

Chris has a Siberian husky called Dillon and a partner called Malcolm, whom he was due to marry last December. However, COVID-19 had other ideas. Planning and then re-planning a wedding throughout a pandemic has possibly been one of Chris’ biggest life challenges so far.

His lifelong dream is to design and build his own house alongside opening a pet hotel to keep him busy once he retires.

At least now we’ll have somewhere to send Barry when Stephanie is off on her holibobs.

Chris Q&A

1. Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts? 
Sarah Millican never fails to cheer me up. As a fellow northerner and a lover of cake, I think we’d get along smashingly if we ever met!

2. What would your superpower be?
Teleportation. I do love travelling but you just lose so much time getting there.


3. What is the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?
I’m really proud of you

4. What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
I split my jeans open all the way from front to back whilst performing an enthusiastic dance move at a friend’s 30th birthday party, which to my horror another friend happened to catch on camera.

5. What’s your mantra? 
If you don’t try, you’ll never know


SAANWAL KARAMAT BARLASS

SAANWAL KARAMAT BARLASS

About Saanwal

Saanwal is a full time SAP consultant and a part-time writer (blogger, novelist, poet, etc.) He loves to observe people, places and ideas, and making connections between them.

Before travelling down the consultancy path, Saanwal started out wanting to be a doctor, but ended up studying business. And just when he thought investment banking could be the way to go, he soon realised his greatest contribution came in the form of IT consulting.

When he isn’t busy observing the people and places around him, Saanwal is tutoring people in languages or mathematics, helping them succeed and achieve in their chosen subject - he’s definitely someone who could help Dave get his C in GCSE maths then.

Saanwal believes in supporting other people around him and takes great joy in motivating, encouraging and holding his family and friends accountable to their goals.

He knows humans learn from their mistakes, which is just as well as we’re all about growth mindset at Laughology Towers. Clearly a match-made in humour heaven.

You can learn more about Saanwal on his blog.

Saanwal Q&A

1. Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts? 
Gary Gulman (stand-up comedian)

2. What would your superpower be?
Persuasion.

3. What is the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?
 I trust you instantly.

4. What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
I once ripped my pants while I was working an office job and did not have a spare pair of pants with me (learned a lesson and had to be creative to manage that situation).

5. What’s your mantra? 
One step at a time, step by step, one after the other.

 


SHELLEY JACOBS

Shelley Jacobs

About Shellley

Shelley started her career as a professional artist. From her creative beginnings, she moved into the residential property management sector, alongside her brother, growing a successful and award-winning property management company. 

Shelley’s desire to help her employees to be engaged and motivated led her to go back to University and retrain to become a Business Psychologist. 

Her extensive and varied experience is put to good use through delivering leadership and resilience training to the residential property management sector, as well as adapting great working practices within her own Property Management business.   

Shelley is passionate about helping people to work at their personal natural best, developing confidence in the workplace and advising companies on great people practices.

And occasionally she can still be spotted painting, although these days it tends to be with a roller and emulsion!

Shelley Q&A

1. Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts? 
My cat when she’s chasing her tail.

2. What would your superpower be?
To click my fingers and my house will magically clean and tidy itself.

3. What is the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?
That I was very inspiring.      

4. What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
I went to a friend’s wedding in Latvia where I was one of only a few English speakers and I only knew the bride and groom. I was ‘encouraged’ to participate in a game which involved a few women bedecked in their wedding garb, sitting on foot pumps (the ones that look like half a football) with a balloon attached to the end and inflating the balloon by bouncing up and down. Regrettably, I was wearing a short and low-cut dress which brought a whole new meaning to the term ‘Asset Management’! It wasn’t my finest moment! 

5. What’s your mantra? 
What’s the worst thing that could happen?


YARA LISK

Yara Lisk

About Yara

Yara is a teacher currently working in SEMH (Social Emotional Mental Health). Her passion has always been to work with others who are more vulnerable and help to make a difference in their lives, particularly in children and young people. 

Yara’s degrees have been in both Psychology and Criminology, as well as completing her PGCE, through which she began teaching. She is incredibly passionate about both and as she progresses in her career, she hopes to combine both of these disciplines.

Outside of work, Yara loves to sing her heart out like nobody’s watching (even when they are) and embrace her creative side by drawing and writing poetry for her blog. 

She is thrilled to be a part of the Rebel Boardroom, as it speaks closely to the way in which she values the promotion of diversity and inclusivity in all areas of society. She’s excited for the ways in which the Rebel Boardroom can grow to have a wider positive impact - and also about the potential for regular Curly Wurlys. 

Welcome aboard, Yara!

Yara Q&A

1. Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts? 
I would have to say my niece. She is so bubbly, silly and random. She has a great sense of humor and surprises me every day with her ever-growing wittiness.

2. What would your superpower be?
If I had a superpower it would be to fly. I know it sounds like a basic wish, but it truly looks so exhilarating. The views would be amazing!

3. What is the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?
One of the nicest and most meaningful things anyone has ever said to me is when I worked closely with a young person in a 1:1 support capacity, and they told me that by supporting them, they felt as though I made their life better.

4. What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Well to be honest, I am fairly clumsy so embarrassing things tend to happen often. My most recent memory is of tripping over in public. It was a fairly outlandish one- I shocked myself!

5. What’s your mantra?
 “People can only meet you insofar as they have met themselves”. It reminds me to keep myself open to life, so that I can relate to others on a more meaningful level!

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Steph Caswell

Steph Caswell


Steph used to be an elite gymnast, cartwheeling her way into the regional team. She still coaches gymnastics now – although thankfully not in a leotard.

Psst! - did you know?

Steph used to be an elite gymnast, cartwheeling her way into the regional team. She still coaches gymnastics now – although thankfully not in a leotard.


Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    Greg Davies and Romesh Ranganathan – two ex-teachers who turned their hand to comedy.

  • What would your superpower be?

    To time travel – I’m a bit of a history geek. Oh, and to write a book that’s an instant bestseller…

  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    You’re the kind of teacher I aspire to be.

  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    When my youngest yelled, ‘taxi!’ to the poor boy who slipped and fell on some ice.

  • What's your mantra?

    ‘Courage over comfort’ – Brene Brown

Steph started out as a primary school teacher, reaching the dizzy heights of deputy headship, before turning her hand to writing. In fact, she wasn’t just anyone’s deputy. She was Laughologist, and former headteacher, Sarah Creegan’s deputy. Quite the dream team! While in her leadership role at school, Steph was lucky enough to experience a Laughology session first-hand and she loved every minute.

Fast forward a few years and Steph found herself part of the Laughology team, joining as social media manager and content writer. She also contributed towards the lessons and resources for our Happy-Centred School Programme.

Steph is also a published writer, regularly contributing to Teach Primary Magazine. She’s the author of three books for newly qualified teachers, helping them successfully navigate their first year in the classroom. She has also ghost-written two books on personal development for an Australian publisher. Steph is currently writing her first children’s book, under the watchful eye of Branford-Boase Award-winning editor, Imogen Cooper at the Golden Egg Academy.

In 2019, Steph qualified as a personal performance coach and, when not writing witty content for Laughology, she coaches teachers at Strive Coaching and Development, to help improve their work/life balance or support those looking for career change.

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Sarah Helms

Sarah Helms

Sarah Helm 

Sarah’s childhood highlights include training and performing as a figure skater and having a (brief) role as a photo story model in My Guy magazine.

Psst! - did you know?

Sarah’s childhood highlights include training and performing as a figure skater and having a (brief) role as a photo story model in My Guy magazine.

Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    My dog, Manny. He makes the funniest sounds (and smells) at the most appropriate and inappropriate times.

  • What would your superpower be?

    To be height adjustable. This would come in very handy at concerts or for getting comfy in an airplane seat. 

  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    That I look like Pamela Anderson pre-surgery. 

  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    Commenting on a friend's Facebook status of 'The house feels so empty' with the response ‘Why, have you been burgled?’.  I later found out her dog had died. To say I was embarrassed and mortified does not even come close.  Luckily, we have a similar sense of humour and she said it was the only thing that made her laugh that day.

  • What's your mantra?

    Think before you comment on social media.

Sarah’s career began in Finance. After just one year, she realised that this had been a mistake. On the plus side, she discovered that the human resources department offered a stimulating variety of work and could give her the opportunity to focus on people; one of her favourite pastimes. 

After re-training and gaining a post-graduate degree in human resources, Sarah got a job as a human resources generalist, gaining experience in employment law, recruitment, payroll and, best of all, the opportunity to develop and coach people to maximise their true potential. She chose to specialise in the design, delivery and full implementation of high-impact, practical and relevant training courses and one-to-one coaching. 

With extensive experience in learning and development across pharmaceutical, telecoms, childcare nurseries and fast-moving consumer goods, Sarah is objective, empathetic and understands the needs of others and learning styles. She embraces projects with passion and thrives on developing creative ways to enable people to learn, enjoy, develop and become fully effective in their role.

Nick Harding, Laughology's very own award-winning journalist and author, and Laughologist Dave Keeling, have a good old natter.

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DAVE KEELING

What is your background?

I trained for three years as a classical actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the same drama school that Benedict Cumberbatch attended. After I left, I realised very quickly that I wasn’t going to be acting full-time and even when I did get work it wasn’t very well paid. So, in my early twenties, I started to plan what else I could do. I didn’t want to work in a bar or wait tables like most jobbing actors. A friend asked me to do some work in schools for him. It wasn’t an area that I had thought about but in a very short space of time I learned loads and started to realise that with my performance skills and knowledge, I could put across information in an interesting way.

Did you have an interest in psychology before you started working with Laughology?

As an actor, I had always been fascinated by behaviour and relationships because that’s what acting is. I had a degree of intuitive emotional intelligence. I would watch people and study how they behaved. That developed into an interest in psychology. I wanted to learn more about people and their foibles and behaviours.

How did you get involved with Laughology?

I was presenting at a conference. I was doing the morning and Laughology CEO, Stephanie Davies, was doing the afternoon. She saw what I was doing and liked it. We talked and I became involved from there.

What makes Laughology different?

The real test for me is authenticity. Very few people who go out and talk to audiences practice what they preach. A lot say stuff, but they don’t do it.
The Laughology team have a broad range of learning and development skills to back up their specialisms, what would you say your strengths are?
I am great at being a catalyst in a room. I’m good at being deployed to create a buzz and an atmosphere. I can shift a room. Being a facilitator allows me to engage with people and be playful.

How are your skills best used?

I’d say that 60 to 70 percent of the time, you turn up to an event and people have had a long day of very dull keynotes. That’s the challenge I enjoy. You never know what you are going to get and it is my job to make sure those people leave that room feeling better than they did when they went in. The trick is to create an environment where people feel happy, and then hit them with some stuff that they’ve not thought about before. And that’s what Laughology does perfectly.

At Laughology, we have spent the last ten years campaigning for happiness and resilience in schools and workplaces to be recognised as an important development tool - do you think views are changing?

People are living longer and working longer. They no longer retire at 65 and businesses have started to realise that they have to keep people happy and healthier for longer so they can continue to be productive. There is also much more awareness of mental health issues. In education, primary schools have always been on board, and now Secondary Schools are getting there too. They are realising that although kids are leaving school qualified, they are not necessarily employable because they are missing the other stuff, which is what we talk about at Laughology; empathy, relationships, confidence, self-awareness and the ability to express thoughts and ideas. With all that’s happening in the world, people are having to get good at coping with change. And that feeds into everything we do in Laughology.

If you were Queen for a day, what would you do to make the world happier?

Simple. I’d ban homework. Nobody likes it. And I’d only employ people in schools who genuinely enjoy and like the company of young people.

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Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Sarah grew up in Bolton and went to school with funny men Peter Kay and Paddy McGuiness.

Psst! - did you know?

Sarah grew up in Bolton and went to school with funny men Peter Kay and Paddy McGuiness. Sarah and Peter remained friends for a few years after school and she stars anonymously in his first book as the woman who crashed the car on the garage forecourt where he worked. She only found this out when a close friend phoned her howling with laughter as she recalled the event.

Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    My best friend Jo. She’s better than any abs workout.
  • What would your superpower be?

    Flying
  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    You’ve changed my world for the better.
  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    Sitting obliviously with my left breast out at my first Police Christmas party. Nobody told me until we were back on parade a few days later. My sergeant asked me if I’d dropped any boobies recently? The whole shift broke down with laughter! Luckily it was before smartphones.
  • What's your mantra?

    Go for it and work out how along the way!

Sarah started her professional life as an officer in Greater Manchester Police Force. It was here that she was first rewarded for her love and passion for making a difference. Sarah received a Chief Constable’s Commendation from the late Michael Todd for her dedication, determination and commitment. And she got a financial bonus to boot (which was unheard of).

Since then she’s had a varied career working within health and wellness, retail and financial services, leading and managing numerous training initiatives.

Sarah has extensive experience of designing and delivering management and talent programmes that are challenging and fun.

She is passionate about people and believes everybody has great potential within them.

Outside of work, Sarah loves a challenge and has completed The Three Peaks, The Great North Run and The Dirty Weekend (the largest assault course in Europe, not a swinger’s getaway in Scarborough).

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David Hodgson

DAVID HODGSON

David has written eight books including the bestselling The Buzz and The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities

Psst! - did you know?

David has written eight books including the bestselling The Buzz and The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities.


Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    Overhearing conversations on public transport. Recently a man was telling a friend he'd been bitten by a dog on the South Downs which ripped a testicle. He decided against a tetanus jab as he'd heard dog's saliva contains a natural antibiotic.
  • What would your superpower be?

    Help everyone cut through the BS to reveal the real magic everywhere.
  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    A teacher from a dangerous part of Pakistan had introduced some of my ideas to her students and came to a conference a year later to give me a present, a lucky elephant, from the students who now had so much fun as they learned.
  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    After purchasing what I thought was sun screen lotion on a field-trip to Spain,via an equally awkward and elaborate mime, I was soon on the beach generously covering my face, shoulders and torso until a passing Spanish speaker saw the bottle and loudly proclaimed it was boot polish cream. The embarrassment lapsed but my red face didn't.
  • What's your mantra?

    Listen, listen, listen then talk

David is our Ant and or Dec lookalike. He's also from the North-East of England where the mindset is all about community and being stronger together.

This idea permeates the training courses he delivers across the world. He helps individuals, leaders and organisations to be the best they can be. He uses humour, warmth and the best bits from psychology and neuroscience to nudge everyone in the right direction for them.

He has developed successful personal development courses, websites and workshops for private and public sector organisations. The personality quiz he developed for the charity icould.com has reached over 50,000 teenagers.

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