Joel has worked as a Role Player, Coach and Facilitator since 2003. The majority of that work has been in the public sector, including local and national government, NHS and schools. He has delivered training at all levels from construction workers, to local government officers, to managers in most sectors, up to board level directors of FTSE 100 companies – with a particular focus on understanding personal impact and behaviours. He has designed and delivered, amongst other things, development programmes for senior leaders, workshops on emotional intelligence and worked 1-2-1 as a coach using both Role Playing and Coaching skills to enable the participant to identify for themselves their areas of development and strength.
Last book you read?
I rarely finish books – books that currently lie half read: The Dean’s December by Saul Bellow, (re-reading) The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad and Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt. The link, if there is one, between them all is upheaval, war and oppression and how it impacts on people.
Your heroes include …?
Anyone who works on the frontline of public services – nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers. The unsung heroes of our society.
Favourite line from a film?
“A strange man defecated on my sister” from Crimes and Misdemeanours by Woody Allen
Best day at work (so far)?
Any day where I can combine laughter and learning
Who makes you laugh?
Peter Cook, Chris Morris and Stewart Lee – the epitome of English satirical humour (in my opinion, anyway!)
Last journey you took?
I am always travelling home from somewhere – back to the seaside in Hastings
What’s on your desk?
I don’t have a desk
How do you deal with stress?
I love to cook and eat and be merry
3 people you’d like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
Vladimir Nabokov, Jonathan Meades (he can cook for us) and Stanley Kubrick
The North Lanes in Brighton