Writer, Public Speaker, and Life Coach in Leeds, UK
In May 2005, I had the unfortunate position in life of being released from HMP Lindholme with nothing but a HMP bag full of toiletries & £46. This was the start of new life chapters after various adverse life challenges which included intergenerational trauma transmitted by a Care Leaving valve mother, 4 prison sentences, drug addiction, time in care myself and school exclusion.
I'm now a Youth Justice Specialist & published author of two Youth Justice books. I graduated in Youth Justice in 2013, only 8 years after release.
I've played an instrumental part in helping Children Looked After in Leeds avoid contact with the Youth Justice System by delivering training & inspiring young people with experience of both Care and Criminal Justice.
I'm an Inspirational and Keynote Speaker. Speaking at key events such as the Youth Justice Convention 2018, National Association of Directors of Children's Services Conference 2019 and the National Ofsted Conference 2019 and others. I focus on ACEs, Intergenerational Trauma, Toxic Stress, Child Criminal Exploitation and the impact of Youth Custody on identity. My talk 'How love defeats adversity' at Tedx in Warwickshire can be found on Utube.
I offer my own exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the absence of positive relational mitigation as a real life example of how such experiences can lead to Toxic Stress and link to addiction. How this can leave children vulnerable to Child Criminal Exploitation, combined with expert knowledge of 15 years working within Youth Justice.
I demonstrate how I used resilience, drive and determination to brush myself down & bounce back.
I'm the author of 'Your Honour Can I Tell You My Story?' & 'Connecting with Young People in Trouble' published by Waterside Press April 2019.
I'm a qualified FA Football coach and have volunteered for Hunslet Club in Leeds since 2009.
Most of all I'm a family man with a wonderful wife and daughter.
My book or my speaking services can be found in the following links: