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.