What do I know about creativity?
My knowledge is informed by ongoing creative practice.
I write music, make stone sculptures and draw. I’ve written four books and produced a documentary film. I write poetry and blog regularly. I’ve been an actor, radio host, TV scriptwriter, band manager, and journalist. I have also had operatic vocal training.
So yeah, needless to say, I have a wide range of interests and manage to keep the creative juices flowing.
What do I know about business?
Over two decades working in the arts and entertainment industry taught me a thing or two about business.
I ran my own public relations business in South Africa and I was a project manager for a PR agency in London.
At an event management companies in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London, I managed a range of accounts from sporting clients, to corporates and customer service initiatives.
As an independent freelancer in Amsterdam, I have taught Business English to corporate clients. I facilitate workshops on creative careers, leadership skills, entrepreneurship, and the music business.
You can find my full, professional profile here on LinkedIn
How I help businesses and individuals activate creativity
Through speaking, personal training, and interactive workshops, I help people tap into their creativity and discover new ways of working. My approach is creative, yet practical and systematic (with some good humor thrown in.) You get simple tools and methods you can actually use in your personal and professional life.
I love fine food. I was vegetarian for 20 years which is when I learned to cook… there are only so many soya burgers a man can eat!
I once worked behind the counter at a ski shop in Switzerland despite not speaking, French, German or Italian. As a result I am really good at servicing skis.
I was awarded the Ernst Van Heerden Creative Writing Award in 1998 for the short story: The Pin Stripe Punk.
I once met Johnny Rotten and he told me that if you want to start a revolution, you shouldn’t know what you’re doing… Don’t copy anything!
I was born in Portsmouth, England grew up in Johannesburg, lived in Cape Town for five years, spent a total of about four years in and out of London and now I live in Amsterdam.
I was a really good schoolboy rugby player. The sport turned professional after I stopped playing. Makes you wonder what could have been.