Our People (Empowerment Network™): Membership – Who are our members?We are an international network of diverse business & community consultants & professionals who use coaching psychology to empower each other and our customers to achieve their highest personal, business and community aspirations.
Member (since 2020)
Dr. Laura Allen MSc (Health Psychology) PhD (a mixed methods evaluation of the neuropsychophysiological response and phenomenological experience of a mindfulness and compassion course) is a Chartered Health & Coaching psychologist and mindfulness teacher training, working both online and face to face with clients in a diverse range of settings. Laura incorporates health & wellbeing coaching with the application of mindfulness into her practice. The most important part of this work is to encourage a ‘commitment to action’ ethos and develop lasting personal growth and change using goal setting and action plans, whilst identifying barriers towards change. Laura is a published author of research in the European Journal of Positive Psychology and the BPS Transpersonal Psychology Review. Laura has designed a free course for those with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a positive psychology framework. Sign up to enroll here.
Honorary Member (since 2022)
Veronica Surfaro BSc, MSc (1:1 both at University of Naples “Federico II”) Psychology (recognized by UK NARIC as UK MSc equivalent, BPS Accredited) MBPsS, is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and a general member of the Division of Counselling Psychology. Veronica has a, and currently lives in England where works as a specialist Mental Health Advisor at Bournemouth University. Veronica is the research assistant to Prof. Law and is shadowing him to gain experience in research projects monitoring and evaluation due to her ambition to develop as a Counselling Psychologist. Veronica is also helping Prof. Law with organising meetings, his email correspondences and note-taking and is an executive member of the Research Hub.
Languages: English, Italian, Spanish
Mentee (member since 2022)
Stephen joined Empsy® as part of its global mentoring programme via PushFar platform. Stephen said, “I am an inquisitive youth with an open mind, spontaneous brain, and an inexhaustible number of interests career and non-career related… ask a lot of questions and has sparked the flame in me to discover new knowledge, experiences, places, and… As a lifelong learner, my interests will likely broaden in the future. Due to that, I have a huge appreciation for total person development (Holistic)… I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management… which aligns with my goal to reach the highest level in the professional domain…, the plan of action is to have heavy devotion toward, education, experience, and exposure where I can become a dominant agent of change through Project Management.
Hobbies: Calitshenitc, Pilates, Gardening, Volunteer, and Reading
Dr. Sara Ireland is a chartered psychologist, psychotherapist and coach. She has worked in various roles as a management consultant and in OD/Leadership, as a clinician and coach and runs a small wellbeing company that works in London prisons and also works on individual, community projects and workplace coaching and support. Sara has post-graduate diplomas in Human Resources, management, mental health, systemic practice, CBT and coauthored with Professor Law the the first UK coaching psychology textbook Psychology of coaching, mentoring and learning‘ (1st Edition) in 2007. She was one of the founding members of the BPS Coaching Psychology Special Group in 2004. Additionally she acts a supervisor, mentor and coach to trainee psychologists and psychotherapists and those working in forensic contexts or from diverse backgrounds, who require support and encouragement.
Honorary Assistant Psychologist (Student member (2019-2020)
Kimberley has experience supporting individuals in residential healthcare provisions and has previously undertaken student mentoring roles. She joined Empsy® as part of the mentoring programme in her final year (BSc psychology) at the University of Birmingham. Kimberley gains an understanding of the day to day tasks of a psychologist. Her role includes:
- Collecting data to assist in current research
- Assisting with clinical work under the supervision of a qualified psychologist
- Organizing team meetings for psychological assessment and psychological therapies provided for service users
- Research on how the service can be improved and the effectiveness of psychological interventions.
Languages: Cantonese, English, Mandarin
Peter Lyoyd Bennett
Honorary Member (2013-2022)
Dr. Peter Lloyd Bennett, BA, BSc, MSc (UCL) EdD (Sheffield), AFBPS, C. Psychol, HCPC Registered (-2020) retired; is an experienced Educational and Child Psychologist provides specialist educational psychology advice; is passionate about coaching educational communities to achieve their full potential as well as being keen on helping children and young people who are disadvantaged to achieve the five outcomes of Every Child Matters – be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and work towards economic wellbeing.
Student Member since 2022
Nicole joined Empsy® as part of the mentoring programme/work placement scheme, sponsored by the Empsy® Network in collaboration with Hampton College. As Professor Law’s assistant, Nicole shadowed him to gain an insight into the working world of Psychology, learning what psychologists do daily. She helped him with his meetings and note-taking. Nicole said, “Through Empsy Ltd, I hope that I will be given the opportunity to complete the work experience and learn what entails to work in the psychology field. Furthermore, I believe this opportunity will help me when it comes to applying psychology in my future degree and career. Psychology is a passion of mine, as I want to know more … to the extent where I will eventually be able to apply it to help people who need it. Empsy, in my opinion, will greatly benefit me, as they would give me the potential to see what being a psychologist is like.”
Student Member (2021-2022)
Ibukun joined Empsy® as part of the mentoring programme/work placement scheme, sponsored by the Empsy® Network in collaboration with Hampton College. As Professor Law’s assistant, Ibukun shadowed him to gain an insight into the working world of Psychology, learning what psychologists do daily. She helped him with his emails, meetings, correspondence and note-taking, ensuring Empsy® runs smoothly and up to date.
Student Member (2019-2022)
Wiktoria Dziurowicz (Nottingham Trent University) in Criminology & Psychology. She joined Empsy® as part of the mentoring programme/work placement scheme, sponsored by the BPS Psychotherapy Section in collaboration with Empsy® Network and Hampton College. The scheme provides opportunities for mentees to learn up to date tools and techniques that psychologists use, thereby enables mentees to gain insight about themselves and the modern-day work of professional psychology practitioners.
Languages: English, Polish
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Member since 2020
Jan Nicklas, Registered Adult Nurse, NMC
qualified in Nursing & Reflexology (Diploma level 4) since 2004 & 2007 respectively, worked in Cambridge University Hospital (2012-2019), has extensive experience working with multidisciplinary teams in medical, surgical, and clinical areas within large NHS Hospitals. Highlight includes Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) project, the Dementia strategy, safety project in 2016 for Acute medicine, aiding patients through safety pathways to discharge; came 3rd in the health services research (HSRUK) Award. Jan aspires to develop these transferable skills within Health practice and specialise in health coaching with Empsy® training and is responsible for Empsy® Health Coaching in Cambridge and neighbourhood areas within Cambridgeshire. Jan believes in making a difference to people’s lives with holistic practice, taking the Biopsychosocial Model.
Honorary Member (2018-2020)
Dr. Peter Hau, BSc (Manchester) Biology, PhD (Strathclyde) Forensic Science, has 30 years operational forensic experience, involving the application of all aspects of forensic biology in the investigation of violent crime and offences against the person within both the English and Scottish legal systems. He specialises in Blood Pattern Analysis, sexual offences, DNA profiling, forensic research and within varied roles that require precise levels of accuracy and interpretation delivered within stringent control environments.
Member (since 2022)
Nat Clegg, BA Fine Art, PGCE, MSc Coaching Psychology, PhD(c) Creativity in Coaching Psychology, PG cert Hypno-psychotherapy; specialises in using creativity as transpersonal journeying, mark-making and the use of narrative and symbol-metaphor in the becoming of the self. Nat is Co-Director of The Development Alchemists, a Training and Coaching company for specific client sets, from both the public and private sector and UN agencies. The company specialises in enterprise development, human development and supporting and building post-conflict society for governments and communities in fragile settings. Nat is constantly coaching, operating with a commitment to the development of people from executive to operative levels. Nat is passionate about supporting others in moving further forward in their journey, believing that interaction can be considered as a moral social dialogue/discourse, which requires a “considerateness” of each for the other.
Dr. Scott Buckler, BEd (Glos), MEd (Open), MSc (LJMU), PhD (Cov), CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, FHEA; has an extensive career as a teacher and academic, leading professional development on organizational research and applied psychology for individuals and teams. He is a psychometrician and transpersonal psychologist with experience of supporting professionals across education, health, the Police, and businesses. His core approach is to empower the transformative development of the individual to obtain their optimal potential.
María Fornet, BA Psychology (Seville), is a Coaching Psychologist, an Empsy® accredited Coach specialized in Narrative Coaching. She graduated in Spain and has completed a PG Dip in Coaching Psychology in London as well as a postgraduate certificate in Narrative Coaching Psychology with Empsy® Training. She works as a writer (fiction and non-fiction), as a Training Manager delivering psychoeducation programmes and as a Coach in London. She also has an online business that aims to empower women to reauthor their own stories and create the lives they envision through self-acceptance, creativity, behavioural change and commitment to action. She works both inface to face and via video conference.
Languages: English, Spanish.
Honorary Founder Member (2004-2019)