Our People

The Team

Street Wisdom is a global social enterprise that reinvests all profits. Our creative team are passionate about bringing inspiration to every street on earth.

David Pearl

Inventor

When he’s not authoring, speakering, making creative waves in the corporate world or improvising operas (Impropera) David is out on the street asking questions to see how much further Street Wisdom can go. And the answers keep coming!

Mark Brown

Cogmeister

Mark loves Street Wisdom. He is part of the Upping Your Elvis crowd and spends most of his time thinking and doing marketing.

Melinda McDougall

Global Producer

Mel is the beating heart of Street Wisdom, devoted to bringing inspiration to the highways and byways of planet earth. In other guises, she is a journalist, film-director, traveller, medical herbalist and seeker of adventure.

Chris Baréz-Brown

Co-Creator

Chris believes we can all live extraordinary lives. He is the founder of Upping Your Elvis and an original Street Wizard, although in recent years he’s traded the streets of the Big Smoke for the coastlines of Dorset.

David Micklem

Director

I am a theatre producer, arts consultant and writer with a passion for great stories, well told. Street Wisdom has been a fantastic way of helping me understand the story of my life, and of helping others find theirs.

Mark Adams

Street Wizard extraordinaire

Mark was a force of nature. Complete Street Wisdom enthusiast from the start, he provided the spark to get the Street Wizard Programme going. He will be much missed and never forgotten.

Scott Morrison

Director

Scott believes that changing the world is not about grand gestures. It’s about helping individual’s become the change they want to see. He knows that Street Wisdom has the power to do just that. Scott is the Bringer of the Boom!, speaker, author and mentor.

Jo Pearl

Director

Jo is a partner in Pearl Group, and loves Street Wisdom’s ability to uncover inspiration and insights. She uses it in family life, with colleagues boosting creative breakthroughs, and in her own ceramic design practice.

Nikita Mikhailov

Psychologist in residence

A professional business psychologist and an explorer of the human condition. Nikita is discovering how Street wisdom can help people to find their meaning and truth.

Rachel Crowther

Assistant Producer

Assistant Producer at Street Wisdom. Also training facilitator, actor and co-founder of drama-based training company Different Duck. Converted to Street Wizardry in 2016.

Street Wizards

Our international collective of Street Wizards includes coaches, mindfulness practitioners, well being at work specialists, creative consultants and leadership trainers. If you’d like to make use of the power of Street Wisdom in your work why not join them? Find out more about our Members Club here.

Andrew Paine

London, United Kingdom

NLP Coach: Facilitator: Creative: Yoga Teacher: Musician. Andrew works in Learning and Development at Lush Ltd and is a keen Street Wizard.

Anja Mutic

Zagreb, Croatia

I'm a travel writer based in Zagreb, Croatia and Brooklyn, New York. Seeker of beauty in unexpected places.

Anna Konrad

Stockholm, Sweden

I’m a former dancer who lives with my husband and daughter in Stockholm where I make a living as an engineer working with DNA sequencing. I dedicate a great deal to personal growth and awareness for time being mostly through psychosynthesis training.

Bryony Farey

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

I am an HR and Change Consultant, enthusiastic runner and avid fan of being outside, peeking round corners - just to see what's there, and climbing hills to see what the view is like from the top.....

Caroline Bond

London, United Kingdom

I am a advanced clinical massage therapist, energy worker, mindfulness teacher, life mentor, city walker and traveller who finds inspiration, unexpected life and enlightenment in the highways and byways of our amazing 21st centaury towns and cities. I’d love you to join me and share little discoveries, bigger surprises and unexpected (even) life changing insights by walking with me in your city (London, Malaga or Athens) the Street Wisdom way.

Chris Sollett

United Kingdom

Chris, a co-developer of Street Wisdom, has worked for over 30 years in theatre with a wide range of companies including The Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He creates interactive workshops for business.

Claudia Monteiro

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Claudia is a connector, events producer, project manager and media & communications wiz. She has lent her hands, heart and arms to some of the most exciting sports and arts events in the UK, including Glasgow 2014 Comonwealth Games and Edinburgh's Festivals, Claudia is the co-author & editor of the Locals' Guides to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Currently heading Comms and Events at University of Edinburgh Business School and throwing ideas about at Wigtown Book Festival. ¦ Big believer of George Bernard Shaw's famous quote 'We grow old because we stop playing'. Come and say hello on twitter @montyclaudia

Daniele Fiandaca

London, United Kingdom

Daniele is co-founder of Utopia, a business change consultancy that rewires business for the Age of Creativity. He is also co-founder of Creative Social, a club for creative directors and brand leaders whose purpose is to accelerate creative thinking, and Token Man, an initiative to get men into the gender equality discussion.

Gavin Presman

London, United Kingdom

Gavin Presman is an Author, Insight Coach, Corporate Trainer and Play Maker who has a mission to help people hear their own wisdom. His new book, Negotiation: How to craft agreements that give everyone more, shares his philosophy that business and relationship thrive when we aim to truly co-operate.

Guilia Pesante

Verona, Italy

I am a jewellery maker and teacher of English as a foreign language with a background in graphic design. I am always struggling to keep everything together but I know how to tap into my creative world and find inspiration and answers to my questions - now I’d like to help other people to get there too.

Hannah Smith

Bath, United Kingdom

I am a coach and facilitator for people and organisations who believe things could be better than they are: enterprising charities, social businesses, social entrepreneurs and other optimistic individuals. I mostly work outdoors and love creating opportunities for people to stop, look & listen - and encounter things, people & thoughts they’ve not encountered before.

Helen Gormley

Poole, United Kingdom

Helen has a background in education, psychology and learning and development. She is passionate about living life to the full working with individuals and organisations to move from I can't to I can. Director @HJAhere and www.helengormley.co.uk. Passionate @streetwisdom. Relocated recently to her roots by the sea!

Inés Alonso

United Kingdom

I am an interdisciplinary entrepreneur with a passion for movement and its intersections with the business world. I use movement to look at businesses from an artistic performance perspective in order to design ways of working adapted to the current speed of evolution.

Izabela

London, United Kingdom

Passionate coach and mentor, dedicated to support others through personal growth and transformation. CIPD qualified HR generalist with over 10 years experience in corporate environment with clear understanding of matrix structure of global organizations.

Jane Parslow

Brentford , United Kingdom

Jane is a coach who supports individuals and teams who are introducing change - to their organisations, their teams ... or themselves! She is passionate about helping people develop new ways of thinking and then putting them into practice. Jane loves walking and exploring, solving puzzles and finding out more about how people work - all of which come together in Street Wisdom!

Jeremy Lewis

Leeds, United Kingdom

The leader you want to be is defined by the choices you make day-to-day. Jeremy offers authentic, insightful and impactful development for individuals and teams to help them make better choices and increase their potency as leaders.

justine clement

London, United Kingdom

Recently qualified Wizard (School for Wizards, 2yrs of psychology, psychotherapy, spirituality and life) who's spent the last 2 years exploring, learning, meeting, soul searching and creating. The results are an online platform of video workshops on emotional wellbeing called Learn Shed which also helps corporates & The Happy Prize Company which creates meaningful experiences and content for brands. Still learning. Loves collaborating. Loves life (most of the time).

Karen Ward

Montréal, Canada

Karen Ward is a writer, wanderer and professional speaker, facilitator and trainer. She is the Founder and CEO of Curiosity Inc., a company dedicated to helping organizations unleash their curiosity and creativity, and Curiosity Global, an online community and campus for curious seekers and change makers around the world. A passionate believer in the importance of wandering and wondering, Karen is delighted to spread the benefits of Street Wisdom wherever she works and travels.

Kev Wyke

Liverpool, United Kingdom

By day: would-be super hero helping people and organisations shine as bright as they can. By night: frustrated climber, happy partner & proud dad. My daughter tells her friends I help people to do work better! Founder of Leap Further.

Mark Hall

London, United Kingdom

Mark is an engagement expert at the RSA where he works with members to unleash their untapped creative potential. He is working to embed SW thinking at the RSA, where it is used as a tool to find new answers to some of the major challenges we face in 21st Century. Mark's also a keen wanderer and explorer.

Millie Baker

London, United Kingdom

Millie runs The Speaking Adventure, workshops in true, deep, unshakeable confidence for people with something valuable to offer.

Monique Margo

Mexico City, Mexico

Walking is part of my daily life. I’ve always thought the streets are full of new and interesting findings despite the fact you walk them every single day. Creating, planning and writing custom editorial contents is what I do for a living.

Nick Hammond

London, United Kingdom

Nick is an experienced Communication and Innovation Expert, with a track record of delivering creative solutions for brand owners that drive business performance. The Creative Filter was created to help companies innovate, supporting this aim with a range of effective training and creative solutions. Current UK Client list includes : The Financial Times, Haymarket Media Group, Future Publishing, IPC Magazines, the PPA, Macmillan Publishing and Dennis Publishing. International Clients include : Star TV (Mumbai) and MediaCorp (Singapore).

Sarah Storm

Breda, Netherlands

I'm a Brit who has lived outside the UK for over twenty years - in France and now the Netherlands - so feel very much part of Europe. Street Wisdom appeals to me because it seems that we spend too much time either looking back or anticipating the future and Street Wisdom invites us to be fully present in the here and now. With the added benefit of being cheap, in the open air, and noticing amazing things in familiar places. Having worked in Human Resources for many years I made the brave decision to become an independent consultant, enabling organisations and individuals to be better by making work a kinder place to be. I love reading, running, baking and walking our dog, a border terrier called Iggy (after Iggy Pop of course). My husband is a Dutch cycling fanatic and we have two teenage daughters.

Thérèse Troedsson

Stockholm, Sweden

Creator of safe learning environments inspiring people, organisations and communities to develop. For the past 13 years, I have been working with international leadership development and has recently become a life coach. I have been running a few Street Wisdom sessions in corporate settings and have found out that it works brilliantly in that environment too. A part from that, I am an avid cook book collector who love to cook and of course to eat well. I practise Yoga to calm down and Zumba to get energised. I live in Stockholm with my family that includes two lovely teenage daughters, a great husband and a cute dog. My motto is "expect the unexpected", then you are prepared to face anything that might happen.

Tony Woods

United Kingdom

Street Stars

Street Wisdom is volunteer-led by facilitators that run free community events across the globe using our downloadable resources.

Alison Sutton

Glastonbury, United Kingdom

Helping people have peaceful minds and happier lives as an Emotional Wellbeing Coach specializing in Stress, pointing people back to how they are creating their experience of life's happenings. Working both in corporate Health and Wellbeing Programmes and privately in Bath.

Andy Reid

London, United Kingdom

Andy happens to be the most positive person in the world. An ex-teacher and wizard with a marker pen (you name it, he can draw it), he possesses the God given super power of making everyone feel good.

Angela Wells

United Kingdom

I’m a speaker, NLP coach, webinar and Street Wizard facilitator!! When I started out on my NLP journey of self- discovery I had no idea where it was going to lead or what I would learn about myself. I am blessed to have met many wonderful people and enjoyed amazing experiences in my life. Street wisdom is one of those experiences that I'd love to share with you.

Cecilia

London, United Kingdom

Cecilia is a Learning & Development Professional with over 16 years experience working in media and creative sectors. NLP Master Practitioner with a special interest in the power of the subconscious.

Chris Kane

London, United Kingdom

Interested in doing interesting things with interesting people.

Christopher Bemrose

Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

I am fascinated by the relationship between the world outside us and the world within - something that Street Wisdom taps into effectively and deeply. Over the last couple of years I have developed and run workshops on themes including crosses and circles, centres and margins and the working of the heart. See workingfromtheheart.org.uk.

Christopher Hix

Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

Having recently retired from a career as an accountant in commercial and public sector organisations, I am now working with several charities which aim to create a more positive world. I am also seeking opportunities for Supporting Artiste work in TV and film.

Dave Wiles

Bath, United Kingdom

Youth and community manager. Trainer. Consultant. Believes more and more about less and less!

David DSouza

London, United Kingdom

David is part of ‘Beyond the Workplace‘ utilising Street Wisdom to help people think and talk about the future of work and to open up options for people both professionally and personally. Let’s solve everything in 2 hours (or at least get started).

David Eustace

Hudson, United States

Born in Toronto, living in Germantown, about two hours north of New York City. I work as an artist, represented by a great little gallery in nearby Hudson, as well as teach at fun place called Kite's Nest. Between all the Things & Stuff, I paint, make installations, and, last June in Hudson, helped organize a Street Wisdom event.

David Goddin

Cambridge, United Kingdom

I'm a consultant working with leaders, teams and organisations looking to create people focused change. I bring a particular emphasis on leadership development, team development and coaching. I regularly write on Change, Coaching, Leadership development and Talent development.

Emma Browes

Leeds, United Kingdom

Amplifying awesomeness and facilitating fabulousness. Mostly thinking about innovation, creativity, personal / team development and adding a sprinkle of the social. Geek. Flamingo fan. Yoga practicer. In case of emergency alliterate & add glitter.

Gary Loftus

Manchester , United Kingdom

Manchester born, living near the city, runs The Orange Club UK and Coffee Club Coaching. Has a passion for community building, being kind to others and travelling the world.

Georgi Kamov

Sofia, Bulgaria

Georgi Kamov is a motivational speaker, innovation consultant and author, igniting change in companies, organizations and institutions. Co-creator of Red Paper Plane, a new learning system for 3-6 year olds. Father of two happy kids.

Gilly Walker

Newark on Trent, United Kingdom

Born in Scotland, now living in Newark on Trent, I'm a photographer, writer and tutor with an interest in using photography to develop mindfulness and self-awareness.. There's an obvious overlap with the Street Wisdom approach, which is what attracted me to train as a facilitator.

Hannah & Carole

Edinburgh & London , United Kingdom

Hannah & Carole are both experienced Coaches & Facilitators. They met on their first day of Coach Training and discovered a mutual passion for taking this work outdoors. Hannah is a Street Wizard. Hannah is based in Edinburgh & Carole in London.

Helen Amery

Nottingham, United Kingdom

I care about making work better through great leadership. Most of my career was in HR at Boots where I saw and felt the difference great leadership makes. Since setting up my own business I've been enabling leaders to make sustainable change that will benefit them, their teams and their business. I have an eclectic toolkit of approaches, with most of what I do grounded in my coach education, psychology and neuropsychology.

Ian Sanders

London, United Kingdom

A storyteller and consultant who gets people, brands and organisations fired up about their story and purpose. Author. Fuel finder. Coffee drinker. https://twitter.com/iansanders

Ivan Kobelev

Vienna, Austria

Jack Coleman

Buenos Aires, Spain

I'm currently the token English guy at a Barcelona based digital agency called Runroom, working as the Head of New Business. Having lived in London, Buenos Aires and now Barcelona, means I’ve worked in a variety of markets and cultures, and I'm constantly learning, growing and sharing ideas - always waving the Street Wisdom flag.

Jacki Scarcello

Los Angeles, United States

Jaki believes that every stage of life has a unique energy and that sucess comes to those who capture and utilize that resource. Jaki is the author of "Fifty & Fabulous! The Best Years of a Woman’s Life" and works as a leadership consultant and group facilitator Los Angeles USA Toronto, Canada @jakisc- Twitter https://www.linkedin.com/in/jakiscarcello

Jim Lusty

London, United Kingdom

England provides many of Jim’s passions, including its rugby team, its beer, its coastline and its fascinating history. As a partner with Upping Your Elvis, Jim relishes the challenge of working with individuals and organisations to help them realise their true potential. He makes it simple and fun. A fresher man is hard to find.

Jo Hunter

London, United Kingdom

Jo is a Co-Founder of 64 Million Artists who aim to unlock human potential through creativity. She was also a Clore Fellow in 2014-15 and is passionate about helping people be the best version of themselves.

Kenny McCarthy

London, United Kingdom

Krystyna Gadd

Leeds, United Kingdom

Krystyna is a leading authority on accelerated learning and its application in the UK. She has been training trainers, facilitators and subject matter experts since 2008, through CIPD professional programmes and her own workshops. She has published a book “50 ways to Accelerate Learning”, which expands on her “5 Secrets of Accelerated Learning” that she shared in the Training Journal article “Quick off the Mark”. Krys finds working with trainers and anyone else involved with learning an absolute joy and she constantly seeks out ways to enable people to cut down on preparation time, improve retention of information and accelerate the learning. Her innovative approach and creative delivery style gives her workshops an impressive and extraordinary quality. She has an amazing ability to put a group at ease almost instantly. Krys whole heartedly believes that the learning process should be a happy and enjoyable one and is a fabulous role model at bringing this philosophy to life.

Leticia Sánchez

Bilbao, Spain

I am a coach, actress and facilitator for people who want to develop their emotional skills. I really believe that our well-being is based on what we think, feel and do

Linda Forbes Young

London, United Kingdom

Helping people bridge the gap between where they are now in their lives and where they really want to be. Making ordinary lives extraordinary is the aim of my game!

Lorna Prescott

Birmingham, United Kingdom

I love being outdoors, and when I’m not you’ll most likely find me in an independent coffee shop learning as much as I can about ways to help people start interesting collaborative projects together. I have the best job in the world working for Dudley CVS turning brilliant ideas into action with lots of amazing people. I also get up to all sorts, from hosting social media surgeries to being an active RSA Fellow running events in the West Midlands.

Louise Ordish

Reading, United Kingdom

A marketer, poet, mother of four, trainee psychotherapist, street wisdom guide, Louise loves to lift the lid, explore, create, or uncover. Street Wisdom walks are right up her street. [oops]

Marine Tanguy

London, United Kingdom

An advocate for artists since a young age, Marine directed her first gallery at age 21, opened her first art gallery in Los Angeles at age 23 and finally created her current business,MTArt, to promote the artists she believed in across the globe. MTArt is the first artist agency promoting influential visual artists and specialising in talent management: building, growing and accelerating their careers. Marine is a thought leader, writer and frequent speaker on contemporary art. She is on the junior board of various cultural institutions, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of The Creative Industries Federation, AWAD and AWITA.

Matt Bolton-Alarcón

Arundel, United Kingdom

An avid guitarist and music lover, Matt lives and breathes creativity. As a part of the Upping Your Elvis family guides thousands of people every year to unlock the special sauce within them.

Melanie

Bristol, United Kingdom

I have a background in primary education and have also led training courses for school staff and museum workshops for children. I enjoy learning new skills, collecting information, reading, being outside and creating beautiful (and sometimes useful) things.

Melanie

London, United Kingdom

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, but loving the streets of London so much I couldn't leave and have now been here for more than 10 years. I run live meditations online to help people manage their stress throughout the day. Am a speaker and mindset mentor and founder of Live in the Flow. On the side I write children's fiction books.

Michelle

Cheltenham, United Kingdom

I am committed to social change and social action and the ability of individuals to be happy, healthy and empowered to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others through my businesses: SimplyHappy incorporates evidence based, practical tools for positive transformation to be used with individuals, communities and organisations to help increase and improve their happiness, health and wellbeing. Through coaching I support individuals to create a purpose driven life using a combination of positive psychology, mindfulness and conscious commerce. Working co-creatively on an individual basis as well as with those in the private and public sectors, social enterprises and the voluntary and community sector. SimplyDynamic's aim is to support organisations and individuals to create and develop projects that will promote social change leading to strong and vibrant communities. It aims to encourage social innovation by connecting people with ideas to make a real difference at a true community level. All of my work has at it's core a desire to create positive change whether this is at a personal, professional or community level.

Mike Pupius

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Volunteer Park Ranger and mindfulness trainer. Co-founder Centre for Mindful Life Enhancement delivering free six or eight week courses in Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement. Course includes a range of mindfulness practices, positive psychology, compassion and mindful walking. Experience in leading mindful walks. Gained MSc in Mindfulness Studies with University of Aberdeen.

Patricia

Cambridge , United Kingdom

Project director of ArchaeoLink whose purpose is to assist communities to benefit educationally, societally and economically from their archaeology and cultural heritage. I'm a Mediator and now a Street Star.

Phil Wilcox

Manchester, United Kingdom

Phil's made a promise; to make work better by placing emotion at the heart of it. Fusing academic success (MSc Emotion, Deception & Credibility) with practitioner experience (20 yrs in L&D/HR) Phil is formidable source of actionable insight.

Philip Cowell

London, United Kingdom

Originally from the seaside, I've lived in Brixton and Herne Hill for over 12 years. I work as a copywriter in a design agency and I've had trainings in creative writing, philosophy for children, reminiscence and lifelong learning. I love words!

Rebecca Narracott

Nairobi, Kenya

I am a novelist from London but currently living in Nairobi with my husband and three children. I love photography, yoga, reading and travelling.

Rei Dishon

Jerusalem, Israel

These days Rei works as a freelance artist, designer and social entrepreneur and he often works on projects that bring together these three components.

Sarah Sansom

London, United Kingdom

Sarah Sansom is a creative facilitator working internationally with businesses, artists and young people to help turn their passion into action and action into results. Director @timewontwait and lover of @streetwisdom

Sille Lundquist

Copenhagan, Denmark

Sille Lundquist loves to work outside-in. Exploring our outer and inner nature in the wilderness of Scandinavia and in streets around the world. Sille is the founder of BeingHuman, where she works closely with creative, driven frontrunners, leaders and youngsters.

Sophie Williams

Bath, United Kingdom

I'm a coach, co-founder of a brand & design company and founder/editor of Feelgood Bath. I enjoy meeting new people, sharing feelgood info and hosting free activities, including Street Wisdom events and my local Coaching Café workshops.

Susanne Taylor

Munich, Germany

Susanne grew up sharing everything - including her birthday (she's a twin!) - and realized sharing always creates more of what you're sharing. Her passion is to connect people across, through, and with their differences, as a coach and facilitator - to inspire, what else? - more connection! (And thus trust, creativity, etc. You know - all the good stuff!)

Tihomir Georgiev

Santa Cruz, United States

My name is Tihomir and my passion is learning, development and support of people who want to improve the quality of their lives. In the past 4 years in Europe I have worked with variety of methods for personal development: coaching, NLP, systemic constellations, guided imagery, hypnosis, experiential learning, outdoor, body work and awareness, intuition. I come from Bulgaria and I have a BA in History and MA in Rhetoric and Communication. I hold certificates for NLP Practitioner, Coaching & Mentoring, Systemic coaching and Constellations, Hypnosis Practitioner, Synergy method. I join SW community in order to explore more of what's already available and to bring fun, joy and insights for myself and the people around me.

Tim Scott

London, United Kingdom

Tim Scott is an HR professional, writer about business and HR, semi-retired DJ and music producer, Dad to two boys and a self-confessed social media convert.

Vernon James

United Kingdom

Vernon James is the founder of The Casual Artist. He is a creativity coach successfully helping individuals find purpose and fulfillment in life by reconnecting them with their creative passions.

Zara

New Plymouth, New Zealand

Passionate about facilitating experiences that impact lives and seeing people flourish, I'm excited to bring Street Wisdom to New Plymouth. Day to day you'll find me facilitating similar events at our local coworking space (Manifold), or coaching emerging business owners & social enterprises in values-based frameworks. I live in a Tiny House, I love people and I'm a weird blend of bubbly extrovert & reflective introvert.