Geoff at Lincoln

I’m Geoff Mead. Born into the post-war baby-boomer generation, I was the first member of my family to go to university (and the first to drop out). I quickly returned to complete my studies in mediaeval history after a salutary period washing cars for a living.  With not much idea of what I really wanted to do, I cut off my shoulder-length hair and joined the police service which I left three decades later as a chief superintendent.

During those years I did pretty much everything from walking the beat to directing national police leadership programmes and from commanding a police district to training with the F.B.I. in Virginia, U.S.A.  En route I also found time to complete an MBA, a postgraduate diploma in Gestalt psychology and a PhD in action research.  Since then I have served on the faculty of the Prime Minister’s Top Management Programme at the National School of Government and been a visiting research fellow at the University of Bath where, for 10 years, I supervised mature PhD students

In my fifties, life took a different turn when I discovered the magic of stories and storytelling and began to explore their power to liberate the human spirit.   Now, I perform traditional stories, run story-based workshops and teach storytelling at venues in UK and as far afield as Spain, Canada and Japan. I also write for academic and professional publications as well as writing poetry, fiction and non-fiction books. I earn my living by working as a narrative consultant, specializing in board development, authentic communication, and leadership development.

I have four grown up children, five grandchildren and an entirely unreasonable love of Morgan sports cars. I divide my time between my partner’s house in the Cotswolds and Lyme Regis where I live and write in sight of the sea.

13 comments on “About

  1. Thank you for sharing some of your stories. Hope you and Ted enjoy you travels in the van and beyond. I will follow your future blogs with interest. Moira

  2. Thanks for your story.
    Wife of wanderer who is in search of self. Not sure this princess is as forgiving as the one who lives on the farthest shore, but hope to get there.

  3. Thanks so much for Jungian touch of how to get in that box. I am 89 and live in Senior Facility. I have been teaching Fairy Tales for two years and going to end with the Golden Key. Your insights and the poem are very helpful to me. We visited England a couple of times. Gratitude!! Jackie

  4. Thank you Geoff for the recent creative working workshop as part of Ashridge EDOC8 programme. Also I’ve really enjoyed reading about the Captain and had a giggle at some of the pictures. Look forward to meeting you again soon in the hope this is not on zoom but in person!

  5. Hello Geoff,
    I am an artist and in 2012 I made a painting called ‘The Goddess of the Fertile Imagination’ – looking at her now ( March 2021) I realise there is a story about who she is. However, I am not a writer but I have made notes – I wondered if you would like to see the painting and my notes with a view to writing/storytelling about her? Hope you don’t mind me asking.
    Thank you.

    • Dear Susan
      Thank you for your ‘comment’. I would love to see your picture and notes. They sound fascinating. I do think that imagination is an attribute of soul and therefore sacred. You can send me material at geoff.mead@me.com and I’ll take a look and maybe arrange a conversation with you about it.
      All good wishes. Geoff

      • Thank you Geoff,
        I shall be in touch as soon as I’ve typed up my notes. And of course there will be an image of the painting.
        And thank you for your comment about imagination being an attribute of the soul and is sacred – that for me reaffirms my reasons for doing art.

  6. Hi Geoff, my mum helps organise the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network competition, so I finally decided to sit down and read the pamphlets and saw your 2022 entry. I was quite floored – I have no idea how you so perfectly got into the mindset of a 20/30-something woman (more so than a 20-something woman herself…) but it was eerie reading the story with the dawning realisation…this was me. So thank you, for the story, and the therapy.

    • Hi Liv, Thank you for taking the trouble to let me know how my story landed with you. It’s very encouraging to hear that I caught the mindset and tone of a young woman. High praise, indeed. I wish you all the best in life. Geoff

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