I have been drawing since I can remember. My initial professional training was in psychiatric nursing and social work. I specialised in groupwork and received training at the Tavistock Institute and the Centre for Group Analysis. Before starting my own practice as a graphic recorder twenty years ago I worked at senior management level in Health and Social Services. I have an M.A. in illustration and am currently undertaking research for a doctorate in fine art.
I learned the power of drawing as a group communication tool when working on a joint planning exercise with people with learning disabilities. This experience was confirmed and reinforced in conversations with David Sibett, the founding father of Graphic Facilitation a couple of years prior to setting up my own practice. Working closely with colleagues from VistaConsulting enabled me to bring together my management experience, knowledge of group dynamics and drawing skills and evolve my own meeting graphics style.