Below are the speakers’ session details and their biographies

Jackie Arnold & Andrew Jackson

The future of coaching? “Coaching & facilitating in virtual reality”

Level of Clean experience required: none

Ever wondered how it would be if you could remotely support clients to create their own virtual reality in a safe environment? Using clean questions, clean space and symbolic modelling explore this new technology, a commercial product, that is creating a stir in the coaching & supervision community.

Participants will leave with

  • An understanding of a revolutionary new virtual process that allows you to coach, mentor or facilitate from your home/office computer.
  • A chance to explore using clean space and symbolic modelling in a virtual world.

Speakers Biography

Jackie Arnold is an accredited ICF Coach & Dip Coach Supervisor and Clean Language Facilitator. She has run her own coaching and supervision practice for the past 14 years and is an experienced conference presenter & prolific author.

Andrew Jackson, Chief Executive, ProReal Ltd.  As a former Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Executive, Andrew is a trained and supervised coach with 25 years’ experience of working with senior executives in personal and team facilitation roles.


William Ayot’s – Keynote Speaker

Meeting the Minotaur:Poetry, Metaphor & Change in Organisations

Level of Clean experience required: none

Poet William Ayot takes us on an experiential journey to the heart of the organisational labyrinth, exploring the issues that engage and concern twenty-first century leaders.  Reading poems written for senior executives at seminars and leadership labs around the world, William follows the thread of imagination to discover the deep yearnings and aspirations behind the powerful positions and the intimidating job-descriptions. On the way back he looks at ways to change attitudes and challenge working cultures. Finally, rolling up the thread with a simple yet moving creative exercise, he addresses the alienation that plagues our modern working lives. Opening to our own, innate creativity, we can reconnect with the waiting world around us.

Speakers Biography

William Ayot is a poet, speaker, coach and chief executive of NaCOT (the National Centre for the Oral Tradition). As a co-founder of Olivier Mythodrama, he was instrumental in developing Mythodrama as high-impact methodology in executive education – using story, theatre and poetry to teach leadership at the highest levels. His client list includes international agencies, ministries, blue chip corporations and many of the world’s top business schools. He currently teaches on the AMP programme at INSEAD and is Poet-in-Residence at Oxford Saïd Business School. William has published three collections of poetry, including E-mail from the Soul: New and Selected Leadership Poems. He is a member of Academi Cymraeg, the Welsh Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Guild of Mythodrama Practitioners.


Jackie Calderwood & Jeni Edge

Clean Touch

Level of Clean Experience required: some

The session will share practical exercises from our explorations with Body massage, using inspiration from Clean Language, Clean Space, Emergent Knowledge and Caitlin Walker’s Clean Setup.  Working in pairs with simple guided hand, foot or back massage (through clothing). Safe and supportive session in which to explore movement and stillness, spoken word and the listening touch, mind and body responses.

Participants will leave with

  • First-hand experience of Clean Touch – giving and receiving.
  • An opportunity to explore relationships of body-mind perception through language and touch.
  • The chance to relax, observe and learn from your body’s inner wisdom.
  • Discoveries about how metaphor and massage may combine.
Speakers’ Biographies

Jackie Calderwood  is an artist and researcher, working with people, landscape, media and technology. Thanks to Clean Change training Jackie explores Clean throughout her research practice. Since training in holistic massage (MT1,1992) she has practiced bodywork professionally, taught and created massage-inspired artworks.

Jeni Edge is a human and equine masseur who started exploring clean massage whilst attending workshops with Caitlin Walker, David Grove and Penny and James Lawley in Hull.  She is currently study Psychotherapy with Beeleaf and working in an Independent Girls School in Wilshire as one of the equestrian yard managers.


Gina Campbell

Clean Space and the Disney Model

Level of Clean experience required: none

Walt Disney, the visionary developer of Disney World, honed a model for his company teams’ brainstorming sessions that used three mental perspectives, those of the Dreamer, the Realist, and the Critic. Using David Grove’s Clean Space technique, participants will help one another discover that within each of us are all three perspectives whose wisdom is waiting to be tapped.

Participants will leave with

  • The basic concept and process of Grove’s Clean Space as they explore an issue of their choosing from multiple perspectives
  • An idea of the potential for this simple yet profoundly powerful technique – gaining through sharing their results.

Speakers Biography

Gina Campbell, M.Ed. is a counselor, educator, and the author of a workbook series: Mining Your Client’s Metaphors: A How-To Workbook on Clean Language and Symbolic Modeling. She trains counselors, coaches and other helping and healing professionals in these metaphor-based techniques. She also offers sessions to clients seeking personal development and help with transitions. Based in Maryland, USA.


Lynne Cooper

To GROW or not to GROW.  That is the Clean question…..

Level of Clean experience required: none

The Grow Model is one of the most established and popular coaching models used across the world. Is there a relationship between the GROW Model and Clean Language? Let’s find out. We’ll explore this in an interactive session.  We’ll identify – and test out – some Clean questioning approaches that may work with GROW and decide what happens next.

Participants will

  • Actively work on mapping Clean Questions into the GROW model to create an effective framework with which to coach and facilitate change.
  • Test out your ideas and take away some new ideas about a Clean coaching approach.

Speakers Biography

Lynne Cooper, Accredited Coach, Team Coach and Accredited Coaching Supervisor has used Clean in her change work with organisations for over a decade. A Clean Facilitator and Co-developer of the clean coaching framework The Five-Minute Coach, and co-author of the book of the same name, Lynne is also the Association for Coaching’s UK Head of Standards and Accreditation.


Jenifer de Gandt

Clean and Unlocking the Emotional Brain

Level of Clean experience required: none

Is Radical Change possible for clients using Clean? Exciting research by Bruce Ecker, Robin Ticic and Laurel Hardy “Unlocking the Emotional Brain” 2012 proposes that the brain’s plasticity can delete negative memories. I am interested in exploring with participants whether this research confirms what happens with Clean or whether it shows us we have something to learn.

Participants will

  • Have a chance to explore pre-suppositions about the use of Clean for radical change
  • Through exercises and feedback we can explore our own brakes on change
  • Gain clarity on the latest claims of neuroscience for this radical possibility of change.

Speakers Biography

Jennifer de Gandt is a Therapist, Coach and Trainer in Clean based in Paris. She is the Elder of the French Clean Language Network, running events and trainings in Clean and Emergent Knowledge. She also introduces Clean language and Symbolic Modelling in the Master Coaching programme at L’Université Paris d’Assas.


Angela Dunbar

From ‘Uh-ho’ to ‘Ah-ha’: Creating the Conditions for Sudden Insight

Level of Clean experience required: none

A sudden ‘Ah-ha’ moment can completely transform perceptions of the current problem and seemingly dissolve previously insurmountable blocks or barriers. These moments of insight seem unpredictable and impossible to induce consciously. Or are they? This session will review latest psychological and neuroscience claims about insight and show how these support David Grove’s ‘Emergent Knowledge’ process for change. Includes demo/practical exercises.

Participants’ will

  • Increase their understanding about insight and how the mind must override previous experience for an insight to emerge
  • Discover what needs to happen before an insight moment can occur
  • Learn a process for encouraging insight – in yourself and others

Speakers Biography

Angela Dunbar is an accredited coach and coaching supervisor, and a former council member of the  Association for Coaching. Angela has used Clean techniques for over 10 years, combining them with other coaching approaches to help individuals and organizations make change. She also teaches Clean techniques worldwide through Angela wrote “Essential Life Coaching Skills” published by Routledge in 2009.


Greta Irving

Clean Emotions – modelling the metaphors of emotion

Level of Clean experience required: some

How do we know that we are feeling a particular emotion like anger or sadness or love or joy or any other emotion?  After hearing a client describe feeling one emotion when actually showing signs of experiencing another I began to explore the metaphors that are used to describe emotions. Are there universal metaphors for emotions?

Participants’ Outcomes:

  • In this hands-on exploratory session we will model our own metaphors of emotions and compare with others, to discover:
  • What common features, if any, do we find?
  • Where are the emotions commonly located?
  • What can we learn from our exploration?

Speakers Biography

Greta Irving is a Facilitator, Trainer, and UKCP Registered NeuroLinguistic Psychotherapist. She is the current Chair of the NeuroLinguistic Psychotherapy Association.  She works with individuals and groups in private practice and in corporate freelance work and has been using Clean Language and Symbolic modelling in her work for 10 yrs.


Nancy Kline – Keynote Speaker

What’s in a word? Coaching in the Client’s Own Language

Level of Clean experience required: none

We think in our own words – inside them, inside the links between them, inside the tone of them, the history of them, our experience of them. Our own words matter so much that for someone to invade, change, steer or paraphrase them is to colonise our thinking. When coaches understand this connection between one’s words and one’s emergent thought, coaching moves to a higher and more enduring level.

Nancy Kline will offer

  • a compelling perspective on the importance of coaching in the client’s own words and will propose various versions of this expertise, including the building of Incisive Questions

Speakers Biography

Nancy Kline is President of Time To Think, an international leadership development and coaching company. She is also a published author and public speaker. Nancy created and pioneered the development of the theory and process called The Thinking Environment®.  This model allows people to turn their teams, organisations and relationships into Thinking Environments in which people at every level can think for themselves, with rigour, imagination and courage. The process increases the quality of thinking in, and thus of concrete results from, all human interactions, both in pairs and in groups, and decreases the amount of time it takes to achieve them. Nancy and the other Time To Think Consultants and Coaches do Thinking Environment work in companies, universities, human resource organisations, government agencies and voluntary organisations. Thinking Environment work is active in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, The United States, Australia  and South Africa. Time To Think began in 1984 and grew out of Nancy’s consulting and teaching work near Washington, DC, where she had served as a Founding Director of The Thornton Friends School for twelve years and as Director of The Leadership Institute for six years. She is a Fellow of Ashridge College, UK Nancy was born and raised in New Mexico and lives in England with her husband Christopher Spence.

James Lawley – Keynote Speake

Antifragility, Black Swans and Befriending Uncertainty 

Level of Clean experience required: some

David Grove was a master of seizing the moment, turning a slip into an opportunity, the mundane into the sacred, the bizarre into the extraordinary, the idiosyncratic into the optimal. How? By being antifragile. It didn’t matter what the client said or did David made use of it in their best interest. He loved ambiguity, mis-hearings, puns, non sequiturs and synchronicity. David facilitated from ‘the edge of chaos – that thin strip of existence between order and randomness where life and creativity thrive.

After David Grove died in 2008, the person who has most influenced Penny Tompkins and my thinking is Nassim Nicholas Taleb. His first book, Fooled By Randomness exposed the challenge we have understanding the effects of chance. He followed this with The Black Swan, which showed why  large-scale but rare and unpredictable events have a much greater effect than all the small, common and predictable events put together. Taleb’s most recent book,Antifragile, goes further. It explores how it is possible to be more than resilient, to make non-predictive decisions under uncertainty, and to relate to the unknown without attempting to understand or control it.

Learning by avoiding mistakes is fragile. Learning by trial and error is robust. Learning by trial and feedback is antifragile.

But what does this have to Symbolic Modelling and other clean approaches? Just about everything.

As facilitators we have to make many quick decisions. Decisions based on top-down theoretical methodologies are fragile. Decisions that use experience-based heuristics are robust. And there is an antifragile class of bottom-up decision making that relies on serendipity, mistakes, the unexpected, and stochastic tinkering. My metaphor for this is it’s like surfing blind.

And Taleb’s ideas are not just useful to facilitators. I think you will see they have much to say about everyday life as well.

If you would like some preparatory reading, Taleb has kindly made the prologue of his new book available as a free download:

Speakers Biography

James Lawley, co-author of Metaphors in Mind, is fascinated by the application of self-organising systems theory, modelling, metaphor and David Grove’s clean philosophy to individual, group and organisational evolution. The shift required is so radical it sometimes hurts his brain yet it gives him hope that undreamed of possibilities are just waiting to be discovered.


Michael Mallow

Games that Clean Facilitators (might) Play

Level of Clean experience required: none

Now let’s play. Participants will engage in the highly interactive and reflective process of a Clean and Crafty exploration of Psychological Games that keep us running on habit, holding us (or our clients) hostage to childhood!

‘CRAFTY’ refers to the qualities and attributes required to be: Curious Responsive Assertive Focused and Thoughtful, with aYes! Attitude.

Participants’ Outcomes

Take this opportunity to make sense of the notions that:

  • There’s no such thing as a resistant client
  • ‘Stuckness’ is co-created by client and professional
  • The professional’s contribution is symptomatic of unresolved issues that, ironically, might be the motive underpinning their choice of profession

Speakers Biography

Michael Mallows FAPHP, is a certified Clean Facilitator, an author, public speaker, life and business coach, management consultant, trainer, and an adoption and fostering expert. He supervises a number of people in the Clean community, and likes to blend different models and theories of human behaviour. He also runs personal development workshops and works in the private, voluntary and public sectors.


Julie McCracken

Metaphors and Mathematics

Level of Clean experience required: none

For some people mathematics is a delight and a joy but for many, it’s low confidence and fear. Experience how Clean Language is used to reveal learners’ inner Mathematicians: how they can work with fear, failure, courage and imagination, sharing strategies to become confident and competent mathematicians – whether they are right or wrong – such an important grounding for children.

Participants will

  • learn to use some Clean Language questions
  • experience a Clean Language process
  • explore your own strategies and those of others
  • consider…
    • your own ‘learning-edge’
    • the place of fear and courage in learning

Speakers Biography

Julie McCracken: author of ‘Clean Language in the Classroom’ to be released by Crown House Publishing. Experienced teacher, senior coach and mentor, she develops Clean Approaches for teaching and learning – creating inclusive, interactive and happy learning environments.  Parents, teachers, coaches… anyone with a mind to inspire learners and young people … value new perspectives they find in her work.


Wendy Nieuwland & Maaike Nooitgedagt

Building a Clean Framework for Change Facilitation in Organisations

Level of Clean experience required: some

Gewoon aan de slag has been applying Clean in Organisational Change since 2005. To do this, we sometimes tweak the Clean methodology whilst keeping the essence of Clean in place.

In this session, through modelling our joint experiences in facilitating Organisational Change, we will co-create a generalised Framework for Change within the Organisational Change context.

Participants will leave with

The Framework and answers to:

  • Is it the same or different from that we use with Individuals?
  • How do we direct attention using it?
  • An enhanced appreciation of how they can structure their Clean organisational change work in future

 Speakers’ Biographies

Maaike Nooitgedagt a Clean Assessor, with a background Clinical Psychology has been faciliting personal and organisational change since 2001. Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling play a central role in both her professional and private life. She and her partners at ‘Gewoon aan de slag’ are Dutch leaders in training Clean and have developed the Conversational Model and the Panning for Gold Model.

Wendy Nieuwand  is one of the partners of the Dutch change facilitation company ‘Gewoon aan de slag’. She has facilitated change processes in profit and non-profit organisations since 1997. To achieve desired outcomes, she uses Clean Language & Symbolic Modelling, combined with other approaches. She has co-developed several applied models, including the Conversational Model and the Panning for Gold Model.


Nick Pole

Clean Language and Trance: Uniting the Divided Brain

Level of Clean experience required: none

Asking Clean Questions is a great trance induction, but what is trance and why do we talk so little about it in Clean? This session looks at how recent neurological research on why the brain is divided into two separate hemispheres radically updates our understanding of trance and offers us a fascinating metaphor for how Clean Language actually works.

This session will

  • Give you a chance to approach Clean Language “through the looking-glass” – not starting from a (Left-Brain) set of verbal questions, but from a (Right-Brain) state of awareness and connectivity from which Clean Questions – and “clean answers” – can naturally flow.

Speakers Biography

Nick Pole is a mind-body therapist who has been integrating eastern healing arts like Shiatsu and Qi Gong with NLP and Clean Language for over 15 years. He is a keen student of Steve Gilligan’s “Generative Trance” and is currently studying Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.


Judy Rees

The Edges of Clean

Level of Clean experience required: none

Clean Language is rarely used completely Cleanly: most successful coaches and facilitators combine Clean with the other approaches in their toolkits. Sounds great in principle, but how does that work in practice? What makes for an elegant segue from the intensely practical to the mysteriously metaphorical? And what’s the best way to make the return journey?

What participants will get

  • We’ll experiment with and practice several approaches, so that you can discover what works best. You’ll leave the session with increased confidence that Clean’s not just for special occasions, but can be a realistic, everyday way for you to work

Speakers Biography

Judy Rees is the co-author of Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors And Opening Minds, plus other Clean-based e-books and online learning products. She’s the owner of - a free video resource for people discovering Clean – and writes a popular blog at


Embodied Cognition – How to Access the Place Beyond Words

Level of Clean experience required: none

One of David Grove’s outcomes was to bypass words and work directly with feelings – to translate the semantic into the somatic, to provide a form to preverbal experiences. Initially, he used metaphor to accomplish this, but what if it were possible to work directly with the physiology?

Participants will

  • Learn to elicit for yourself or others the embodied experience of being at your best, and distil this into an iconic metaphor that you can draw upon whenever you choose.


Wendy Sullivan

Workable wondering for deeper business thinking

Level of Clean experience required: some

Metaphor guru Gerald Zaltman says there is a ‘depth deficit’ in the thinking of many businesses, with no structure to encourage thinking beyond the purely functional. Based on Zaltman’s ‘deeper levels’ framework, and starting with surface metaphors and functional attributes, our application is specifically designed to spur thinking about the less tangible aspects of experience, including values and emotional consequences.

Participants will gain:

  • Hands-on experience and understanding of our step-by-step Clean-ish musing process which encourages deeper thinking in unpacking problems and thoroughly maturing desired outcomes.
  • The wherewithal to use the process which has wide relevance to teams and individuals, within business and beyond.

Speakers Biography

Wendy Sullivan is a specialist Clean Language trainer, facilitator and psychotherapist. One of the most experienced Clean trainers in the world, Wendy runs Clean Change Company, offering an extensive open training programme and a range of business services including coaching, training and consultancy. She is co-author of ‘Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds’ (Crown House Publishing).


Marian Way and Penny Tompkins

Clean Training

Level of Clean experience required: some

‘Clean Training’ is an oxymoron; the nature of training is such that some input is needed. So how can you minimize that input and provide opportunities for training participants to learn at their own rate, and according to their own needs? We will be exploring this question, and of course, will endeavour to do so as ‘cleanly’ as possible.

Participants will leave

  • Able to design a ‘clean’ training activity to meet a specific training need, having had very little input from the presenters.

Speakers’ Biographies

Marian Way is an established and well-respected coach and trainer of Clean Language, Symbolic Modelling and Clean Space. She runs ‘Clean Learning’, a training and coaching company based in the south of England. Marian is the author of “Clean Approaches for Coaches”. This July, she is running a “Train the Clean Trainer” programme with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley.

Penny Tompkins is co-developer of Symbolic Modelling and co-author of Metaphors in Mind. She delights in being a leader in the field of autogenic metaphor and systemic change. She likes to be the power behind the throne – says little, sees much, and supports many to create their own kingdoms and queendoms. She is also renowned for her Dingbats and evocative storytelling.


Caitlin Walker

From Curiosity to Contempt – when you don’t feel like being Clean

Level of Clean experience required: some

Working and living within the Clean Field encourages us to be mindful, compassionate, non-judgemental and to operate from an I’m OK You’re OK position. Great stuff until you feel sure someone’s deliberately being difficult or is unable to manage without your intervention. What if you find yourself full of contempt and no longer being clean?

Participants will get

  • A chance to practice getting back to an I’m OK You’re OK position using Clean Modelling to explore your auto-genic metaphors for holding individuals or groups in contempt. Then you can try 3 simple Systemic Modeling steps to move from Drama to Karma and back to Clean.

Speakers Biography

Caitlin Walker has been innovating in the Clean Field since 1996; moving communities from contempt towards curiosity and collaboration. She has brought her original Metaphors at Work: Transformation through Systemic Modelling; into Global Businesses, Universities, HR, Schools, Police Interviewing, Community Development and Coaching. Her DVD An Introduction to Clean Language and Systemic Modelling demonstrates using Clean with Groups.


Carol Wilson

Emergent Knowledge: Tips and Tools

Level of Clean experience required: some

Following his work with Clean Language David Grove went on to create Emergent Knowledge, where spaces and movement became the metaphors as well as, and eventually instead of, words. This interactive workshop explores the technique of Clean Spinning and related areas of EK, and Carol Wilson will share her experiences of working personally with David Grove on the development of EK.

Participants will

  • Witness a demonstration of Clean Spinning
  • Learn how to unearth hidden knowledge in your clients through physically facing different directions, and experience the benefits yourself.
  • Be provided with a handout that summarises the process.

Speakers Biography

Carol Wilson worked with David Grove from 2004-2007 to produce courses in Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge specifically tailored for coaches, and now provides open and corporate training.  Carol runs an international coaching consultancy, published a several articles written about or with David Grove, and is working on a doctorate about Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge.





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