Yvette Dellsperger worked for 13 years at Forum Altenberg, an anthroposophical centre for adult education in Switzerland, as centre administrator. She is a practising potter and is trained in biography work. In 2005 she moved to England and since then works at Emerson College in the administration, with the students in the Orientation Year and as a pottery teacher.
Margli Matthews (Post-Graduate Diploma Counselling, Diploma Biographical Counselling, MBACP (accred.), UKRC Registered Counsellor, CAHSC Registered) is a biographical counsellor, trainer and supervisor with over 25 years experience in adult education and private practice. A former faculty member of Emerson College and the Centre for Social Development, she is co-founder of the Biography and Social Development Trust and director of the Training in Biographical Counselling. She leads training courses and workshops and contributes to many courses and conferences throughout the world on biographical, social and therapeutic themes. She is a contributor to Lifeways and co-author of Ariadne’s Awakening, a book concerned with a new consciousness of the feminine and masculine principles in our lives.
Susanne Odlin has been working in the field of Social Care for over 10 years. Initially trained as a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher she is currently working as a crisis advocate for people with learning disabilities. Much of her current work has been inspired by her experience of living and working in a Camphill Community. The importance of working on one’s own biography whilst living in community has led her to biography work as a path of development and the training in biographical counselling. Susanne is a biographical counsellor in private practice as well as working for Pembrokeshire Counselling Service.
George Perry, member of the UK College of Family Mediators, Diploma in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, is a practising mediator in organization, family or couple conflict. He has nearly twenty years experience in management development and skills training in both public and private sector organisations. He is often asked to particularly focus on the improvement of communications at all levels, from team-working to process improvement, from change management to conflict resolution. He is also an experienced facilitator of biography workshops and trainer in counselling skills. Previously George co-founded and managed a nationally acclaimed initiative for young unemployed people in the West Country and later became a trustee of the charity. He has also been a trustee of an anthroposophical medical practice.
Midge Whitelegg PhD, FNIMH. Midge Whitelegg is a senior lecturer at the university of Central Lancashire, a practising medical herbalist and biographical counsellor. She spent a number of years on the council of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, with two years as president, and served as co-chair of the research and development committee of the Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Integrated Health. She was a trustee of the local Steiner School in Lancaster. She has undertaken training in Goethean science and works with this methodology running plant study and biography worshops.
Jennie Best spent 15 years with The Economist Intelligence Unit and later the Economist Newspaper working in administrative jobs where she was able to make use of her love of languages and travel. After leaving The Economist she took a sabbatical Foundation Year at Emerson College and since then became increasingly involved in anthroposophical activities. She did the Waldorf Teacher Training and has worked as a class assistant in the North London Waldorf School. From 2003 to 2006 she was a student in the Training in Biographical Counselling run by the Trust. For the past 9 years Jennie has worked part-time in the office at Rudolf Steiner House.
The Biography and Social Development Trust had approximately 60 members from several different countries.
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