Clean Conference 2015: Speakers and their Sessions

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Clean Conference 2015    All the Speakers and their Sessions

Arranged as follows:

  • Full day Workshop and Keynote Speakers and their Sessions
  • Parallel Sessions: Speakers and their Sessions
  • Clean Research Day Speakers and their Sessions

Full day Workshop and Keynote Speakers and their Sessions

James Lawley

Full day Workshop: Simplyworking with Complexity

“Clean Language is simple because people are complex enough.” David Grove

“Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end, because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve Jobs

 We will explore the practicalities of: 

– Simplicity, complexity and the relationship between the two.

– How simplicity and clean mutually support one another.

– How simplicity can help you to work with complexity without getting overwhelmed.

– How to keep your facilitation simple even when the tendency is for things to get complex.

Simplicity is not a technique, and it is not the goal – it’s a way to support people to improve their lives, and the lives of others around them.

James Lawley’s Biography

James Lawley has made a Clean approach central to all his work for 20 years. With Penny Tompkins he co-authored, Metaphors in Mind, the first comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. He has published over 200 articles and blogs all freely available on

James is a supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapist – registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy since 1993. He also provides coaching and coach supervision to businesses and consultancy to organisations as diverse as GlaxoSmithKline, Yale University Child Study Center, NASA Goddard Space Center, the Dutch Water Board and the Findhorn Spiritual Community.

James co-authored the first major peer-reviewed article (in the British Journal of Management) of the contribution Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language can make to qualitative research, and has developed a methodology for assessing the ‘cleanness’ of research interviews. He is currently supporting five PhD students who are applying these methods.



Lucas Derks

Keynote Session: Working with the Self in Mental Space, Sunday 7 June 2015

To recognize that most cognition is structured in a 3-D way in mental space opens new possibilities in coaching and therapy. The self experience also has a spatial structure. However it functions very much below the surface of consciousness. But as soon as we get access to how the self is constructed in mental space, we have an extremely efficient and elegant tool for improving self-confidence and self-worth, dealing with authority and conflict, as well as for speaking in public and in fact for everything in which the self is involved – which is close to limitless.

The spatial structure of the self is the centre of the social panorama, which is the mental map we use to find our way amongst others and in which we create social relationships.

In a series of exercises we will explore this very crucial part of experience and look at how we can apply this with our clients.

Participants will have a personal experience of the influence of the spatial structure of the self in social life. They will learn the basic distinctions and will have enough insight, along with the help of existing literature, to be able to take this into explorations in coaching sessions.

Lucas Derks’ Biography

Lucas Derks was trained as a graphic designer before he moved to social psychology in 1976. He worked as a researcher until his fascination for NLP and hypnotherapy moved him to become an NLP trainer. Since 1994 he has worked on the development of the Social Panorama Model. This has changed his life: since 1997 he has been travelling around the world to teach this model. To Lucas, NLP and everything related, including Clean Language and Clean Space, are part of psychology. Lucas lives Nijmegen in the Netherlands and his  hobbies are climbing and video-making. 



Parallel sessions: Speakers and their sessions in alphabetical order by surname

Sheena Bailey & Dr Angela Skidmore

Cleanish Decision Making 

Some Clean experienced required 

This is an exploratory session ‘shining a light’ on our decision making process in order to understand how we make our best decisions. Using a sequence of Clean questions and elements of Clean Space, and drawing on coaching and neuroscience principles, participants will work in pairs, taking it in turns to apply the process to a specific personal decision.

Participants’ Outcomes:

  • Participants will leave with a framework they can apply for themselves and as coaches, supervisors or trainers, or in any other field where it is useful.
  • The ability to facilitate others in making effective decisions.

Sheena Bailey’s Biography

Sheena is an experienced Executive Coach, Organisational Development Consultant, Coach Supervisor and Clean Practitioner with a keen interest in developing innovative Clean coaching approaches.  She works with and trains a range of professionals and senior clinicians in using coaching skills and has a particular interest in researching effective decision-making using a Clean coaching approach in professional and clinical contexts. 

Dr Angela Skidmore’s Biography

Angela is an occupational physician in the NHS and financial services sector. She is also an educational and clinical supervisor and qualified clean-trained executive coach. She has a keen interest in resilience and in effective decision making, particularly under pressure.



Rosaleen Bloomfield

Journey into the ‘Magic’ of the Breath using Clean Language  

No Clean experience required

Conscious breathing holds magic within it. Yet most people are under-oxygenated failing to make good use of their breathing as a powerful resource that helps to promote optimal health. We all breathe automatically however CONSCIOUS breathing is a profound, accessible and easy doorway to well-being at its best. Come and experience the power of the breath and life force energy.

Participants’ Outcomes:

  • journey into the breath using Clean Language.
  • discover how conscious breathing provides access to the great power of NOW.
  • experience deep relaxation, calmness and awareness.
  • learn  how breathing can reduce debilitating stress.
  • elicit metaphor for relaxed conscious breathing.

Rosaleen Bloomfield’s Biography

Following a successful 15-year career as a information technology consultant, Rosaleen Bloomfield is now a certified symbolic and systemic modelling facilitator and health and well-being catalyst who integrates clean approaches into her work with individuals and groups. She is a trained hand analyst and has also been teaching yoga and meditation for over 14-years.


Lynne Burney

Coming to Wholeness Cleanly

No Clean experience required

David Grove talked about the “Pristine Self” – an experience of being at One with the world. He, however, recognized that this experience was Paradise Lost to clients with parts of themselves frozen inside cellular memories.
Connirae Andreas’ most recent work “The Wholeness Process” seems to me to be an effective response to the quest for a “Pristine Self”. This workshop aims to honor David’s work while introducing  and adapting Connirae’s work to a collective experience. It will call upon the powers of the negative, the perceiving selves and collective intelligence to cleanly transform a fragmented self into an experience of an integrated one.

Participants’ Outcomes:

  • Participants will all be clients and will therefore gain insight into any tricky situation they may be currently managing
  • Participants will experience the power of Clean adapted to work coming from outside the field.
  • Participants are likely to experience the space of sheer joy that comes from a sense of Wholeness.

Lynne Burney’s Biography

Lynne Burney is the founder of the Paris based LKB School of Coaching (2000). She was part of the David Grove Normandy Salons between 2002 and 2007. She has combined the techniques and stance of Clean with Constellations, Process Work, Narrative Practice and Yoga. She has been a certified yoga teacher since 1993. She works extensively with company teams and their managers.



StuartClark and James Jeffers

From NEET (Not in education, employment or training) to REET (Ready for education, employment or training) using Clean Language to engage the most disengaged of our young people.

No Clean experience required

During 2014, Clean Language Facilitators knocked on the doors of young people who were not in education, employment or training. They found out what the young people and their families would like to have happen through engaging them, using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling. The young people attended our 9-day course and well above the national average succeeded in going from NEET to REET.

Participants will experience:

  • Actual work we do with the NEETS.
  • Practising the models as a group.
  • Workplace implications – strengths, struggles and strategies.
  • Inspiration to give it a go in their particular life or work context.

Stuart Clark & James Jeffers’  Biography

Stuart is an ILM accredited coach, Practitioner in NLP, Clean Language Facilitator and associate with Training Attention. James attended our first five NEET training programmes. Both Stuart and James coach individuals and groups using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling.  Stuart is a neuro-diversity specialist and believes that Clean Language can be applied in any context.



Simon Coles

Creating and Sustaining a Clean Business

No Clean experience required

After being part of the first ever Clean in Business project Simon Coles has been using Clean Language, together with neuro-diversity awareness and coaching, to improve communication, collaboration, and productivity in his company.

This session is about Clean in the real, “dirty” world, with an appreciable, observable, routine impact on an everyday business.

Participants’ Outcomes:

Participants will hear the story and results of 17 years of using Clean in Business, covering:

  • lessons learnt
  • our current use of Clean
  • the bottom-line benefits we gain
  • how we sustain Clean in the business.

Simon Coles’ Biography

Simon Coles is CEO and co-founder of Amphora Research Systems. He has been using Clean Language in business most of his career and was part of the case study in Chapter 3 of “Contempt to Curiosity”. That work assisted in the development of Amphora’s first product, and Amphora use Clean today in all aspects of the business. 



Lynne Cooper

Coaching for change in complex systems

Little Clean experience required

This session introduces a Clean Space coaching model used specifically for coaching those who need to influence a number of stakeholders in order to achieve their outcome. Originally developed for use in organisations, Stepping in to Stakeholders’ Shoes uses Clean Space to explore perspectives in any complex situation involving more than one other person – in families, communities, organisations and more.

Participants will:

  • have the opportunity to coach using this simple yet powerful Clean Coaching tool
  • practise using the model such that they can use it beyond the conference
  • explore how to develop creative coaching models using Space

Lynne Cooper’s Biography

Lynne Cooper is Managing Partner of Change Perspectives, specialists in transforming performance. Author of clean coaching book ‘The Five-Minute Coach: Improve Performance Rapidly’, and ‘Business NLP for Dummies’, Lynne is an experienced and accredited coach and an accredited coaching supervisor. She is a Certified Clean Facilitator and NLP Master Practitioner. Lynne is also UK Vice Chair for the Association for Coaching



Dr Paul Field

Resolving internal conflict with SPARC – A new model of Clean Attention

Some Clean experience required

“Part of me wants to attend this session but I’m worried I’ll have far too much fun”. How do we resolve such tricky internal conflicts? SPARC is a new model that helps Clean Facilitators create insight and change using precise control of their client’s attention. In this session you’ll learn to use SPARC to resolve internal conflicts.

Please bring along a conflict of your own, in the form “a part of me wants X but another part wants something different”.

Participants’ Outcomes:

  • Get an overview of the SPARC model and its principles.
  • Learn a specific technique for resolving internal conflict.
  • Practice with other attendees.
  • Enhance your facilitation skills.
  • Have fun!

Paul Field’s Biography

Paul Field helps IT organisations deliver products that delight their clients and create an environment where the staff enjoying doing it. He specialises in creating self-organising teams that value experimentation and learning as ways to improve themselves and their products. He teaches Clean, with specific business applications, as a path to effective communication. Paul has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and is a member of the Clean Research and Clean Developing groups.



Greta Irving and Margaret Meyer

A path less travelled

Some Clean experience required

Join us for a walking exploration on that most potent human metaphor: the journey. Taking the archetype of the hero/heroine’s journey as our starting point, we will discover a 6-part structure – a means of engaging with challenge and uncertainty – with the aid of Emergent Knowledge and free writing. We’ll also explore possible parallels with David Grove’s ‘Six Friends’.

Participants will gain:

  • an understanding of the potentials of the structure of the archetypal Journey and its usefulness in negotiating profound change.
  • an opportunity for exploring of a personal journey of your choice – one already taken, in progress, or to come.

Greta Irving’s Biography

Greta Irving is a Facilitator, Trainer, Coach and UKCP Registered NeuroLinguistic Psychotherapist. She works with individuals and groups in private practice and in corporate work and has been using Clean Language and Symbolic modelling for over 10 yrs. She works with meaning, models, metaphor and mind-body connection in emotional, mental, physical and spiritual development. 


Margaret Meyer’s Biography

Margaret Meyer is a bibliotherapist, communications and culture change consultant with 20 years’ experience in the arts, disability and cultural sectors. A committed ambassador for words and their power to transform, Margaret helps people and organisations create perspective-shifting experiences through story, metaphor and language.  In addition to private practice, she works in community and mental health settings including the prison service.


Michael Mallows

The Emerging Scholar’s Intervention Program 

No experience required

This Program involved three years of Saturday schools for girls who were either school phobic, disruptive, lacking in self-esteem, or similar.  The end result was that the girls developed a greater sense of self efficacy, general confidence, self-belief, etc. 

This interactive session will interweave The Grow Model, System One and System Two Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry and lots of Clean Questions!

Participants’ Outcomes:

  • Learn about a successful approach to encouraging young people to appreciate and develop their potential. 
  • Explore a number of models which Coaches, Therapists, Trainers, etc. find useful.
  • Experience the ways in which Clean Language can be used to good effect alongside models that are not based in Clean. 

Michael Mallows’ Biography

Author of ‘The Power to Use NLP’ and co-author of ‘Peace of Mind is a Piece of Cake’. Honorary Fellow of the Association for Professional Hypnosis and psychotherapy; over 30 years as a trainer, consultant, coach and presenter in the private, voluntary and public sectors. Adoption expert, Supervisor to therapists, Clinical Supervisor with the Westminster Drug Project in London and Parent Mentoring section of the Crime Reduction Initiative.



Amanda Maney and Caitlin Walker

Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Clean Language and Systemic Modelling 

No experience required

When they started playing with a couple of clean questions in their classrooms, Amanda and her colleagues were mesmerised by the impact on pupils.  They decided to bring Clean into poetry writing, behaviour management, collaborative learning and management meetings. This Primary School case-study includes Clean exercises run in the classrooms, pupils’ quotes, Q&A, art displays and tips from teachers.

Participants’ Outcomes:

  • An opportunity to create poetry using Clean processes.
  • Discover how one school has gone about embedding Clean at all levels.
  • Gain some tips for using Clean with your own kids.

Amanda Maney’s Biography

Amanda Maney has been a teacher for over 15 years and assistant Headteacher for the past 5 years. An innovative coach and expert in the Enneagram, she is bringing Clean Language into her classrooms and evaluating its impact on developing a growth mindset for pupils.


Caitlin Walker’s Biography

Caitlin Walker is an experienced consultant bringing Clean into business, community and education contexts; author of ‘From Contempt to Curiosity – Creating the Conditions for Groups to Collaborate’ and developer of Systemic Modelling – a group level application of Clean for Teams.



Dr Tilman Rentel

Fluency without influence – Clean Language and Idiolectics: two sides going along the same river of self-exploration and self-healing with minimal external influence.

Little Clean experience required

Research into psychotherapy outcomes and neurobiology shows that the participation of the client emerges as the most important determinant of outcomes.

‘Idiolectics’ is the methodical and precise handling of the ‘idiolect’, the unique language or ‘fingerprint’ of each client. The questioning technique is characterized by simple, short open questions. The similarities and differences between Idiolectics and  Clean Language will be discussed with regard to their neurophysiological background.

Participants’ Outcomes:

  • Learn about the common backgrounds of Idiolectics and Clean approaches with regard to psychotherapy research and Neurobiology.
  • Leave with knowledge about Idiolectics, developed by David Jonas in the 1960s, and its similarities and differences with Clean Language.
  • Have an experience of using some tools from Idiolectics along with Clean/Cleanish Language.

Dr Tilman Rentel’s Biography

Dr Tilman Rentel, medically trained in Germany; consultant in child and youth psychiatry and psychotherapy, and in psychosomatic medicine; specialised in trauma therapy; experienced in in-patient clinical psychotherapy. With extensive training in Idiolectics, he has been an Idiolectics trainer since 2000.  He offers communication trainings for various health-services and institutions and has a private psychotherapy practice. Clean Language training 2014.



Wendy Sullivan

Coaching Motivation in a Moment

Some experience required

How often do you wish to motivate a client quickly and Cleanly? Often?  And not just when coaching?  

We’ll explore and road-test a simple 4-question process developed by Wendy Sullivan, Marian Way and Phil Swallow to quickly enhance motivation and commitment to change.  Having experienced its power, we’ll consider how to apply it and tweak it for maximum usefulness.

Participants will:

  • Discover a process that provides coachees and others with the impetus and confidence to make changes
  • Understand how it can punch above its weight
  • Develop flexibility as a coach by learning to fine-tune the process for varying situations.

Wendy Sullivan’s Biography

Wendy Sullivan runs Clean Change Company, which provides an extensive Clean training program, and offers facilitation for individuals and teams.  Wendy is co-author of Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds’ and is a coach, a certified NLP Trainer and an accredited psychotherapist.  Wendy works internationally and has delivered regular Clean trainings and coaching for over twelve years.

Phil Swallow and Keith Gregory

Clean and The Samaritans

For years, Clean-trained people have been commenting on how useful Clean skills would be for The Samaritans, and now three multi-talented and skilled Clean-trained Samaritans are working on this… more to come shortly.

Marian Way

Clean Learning Thresholds

Some experience required

How do people learn Clean Language? It seems simple, and it can be complex. What are the ‘troublesome concepts’ that, once grasped, transformed your own understanding and ability? During this session you will have an opportunity to explore your own threshold moments in relation to Clean approaches and to learn more about those you’ve yet to go through.

 Participants’  will:

  •        Learn about the idea of ‘threshold concepts’.
  •        Explore your own threshold moments in relation to learning Clean.
  •        Learn about others’ threshold moments.
  •        Look for patterns in the information.  
  •        Consider what needs to happen for you to cross a particular threshold.

Marian Way’s Biography

Marian Way is an established and well-respected trainer of Clean Language, Clean Space, Symbolic Modelling and Systemic Modelling. She is the author of ‘Clean Approaches for Coaches’ and is currently writing a book with James Lawley about Clean Space. She works closely with Caitlin Walker and is now developing Clean-based project work in the South of England.



Clean Research Day Speakers and their Sessions in alphabetical order by surname

Karen Hanley

How to analyse meaty client reflections that have a PhD Supervisor stumped

Karen Hanley’s Biography

Karen Hanley is a PhD candidate at Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, UK. The working title of her research is: ‘Thinking about retirement – or being effectively engaged in the labour market? The factors that influence employment choices for older employees (60+) in Denmark’.

Session Outline

In this session we will focus in on one aspect of this research project: an aspect that poses a conundrum to many Clean researchers and interviewers, whether or not they are engaged in formal research.

In many instances, when one interviews someone Clean/Cleanishly and models what they say, they respond by reflecting deeply on their experience.  This can result in answers that are very rich, but how can a researcher analyse and report concisely on those responses, while staying as Clean as possible and not losing the richness, especially when they have a number of interviewees, each offering rich answers?  

There is no ‘right’ answer to this question and after setting the scene and offering a few comments on the way Karen thought before beginning the project that she would analyse all the data, she will set up an activity in which everyone will have the opportunity to engage with real data from real interviews to come up with ideas on how it could be analysed and reported upon. 

Dr Konrad Juszczyk

Researching gestures in Clean coaching sessions

Dr Konrad Juszczyk’s Biography

Dr Konrad Juzzczyk is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psycholinguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland, and is a researcher of interpersonal communication and metaphor.  He is currently visiting the University of Dundee for 18 months to continue his work in the area of metaphor and multimodal communication. Among other things, he wants to develop methods for the identification and interpretation of metaphors in words, gestures and pictures, and to see how occurrences of metaphors are linked to mimicry in coaching sessions (repeating of client’s words and gestures).  For his research, Konrad has video and audio-recorded almost 100 Clean Language sessions, and his detailed analysis of the recorded verbal and gestural metaphors in those sessions, thought to be unprecedented in scientific enterprise, may well be useful for Clean Language practitioners.

Konrad is also a coach and an active member of the Polish community of Clean Language practitioners and the International Coaching Federation charter in Poland.

Session Outline

In this session, Konrad will focus on gesture and mimicry (parrot-phrasing and parallel gesturing).  Participants will learn some distinctions for analysing gestures in Clean Language coaching sessions and will be guided through some possible interpretations of multimodal metaphors within the conceptual theory of metaphor (Lakoff and Johnson). 

The session will feature a mix of hands-on activities and input from Konrad, such that we leave the session with an enhanced ability to spot multimodal metaphors and an increased awareness of metaphors’ impact on the Clean change process.

James Lawley

Rating the Cleanness of interviews 

James Lawley’s Biography

James is a supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapist who also provides coaching and coach supervision to businesses and consultancy to a wide range of organisations.  James co-authored the first major peer-reviewed article (in the British Journal of Management) of the contribution Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language can make to qualitative research, and has developed a methodology for assessing the ‘cleanness’ of research interviews. He is currently supporting five PhD students who are applying these methods.

James has been working with principal researcher Dr Susie Linder-Pelz (and Dr Michael Hall) on an innovative research project to assess how coaching clients experience and evaluate coaching, and how that compares or contrasts with coaches’ behaviour and level of competency.  The research also considers whether Symbolic Modelling/Clean Language is useful for exploring how clients evaluate a coaching session, and this means that some measure of the Cleanness of an interview is needed, if the research is to be regarded as being rigorous, and as stated above, James has at the cost of a great deal of time and thought, developed a protocol for validating the Cleanness of research interviews.

Session Outline

We are very fortunate that James will be sharing the methodology he has developed with us.  Since having a protocol for validating the Cleanness of interviews will often be will a key way to establish the rigor of a Clean research study, James’s generosity in handing us such a protocol ‘on a plate’ is an action which could make all the difference for those using Clean in research. We will have the chance to ‘road-test’ the protocol and this will certainly hone your ability to spot Cleanness – or the lack of it, whether or not you are engaged in formally rating Cleanness.

Julie McCracken 

Retrospectively ‘researchising’ data collected in the course of non-research activities

Julie McCracken’s Biography

Julie McCracken is author of ‘Clean Language in the Classroom’ (Crown House Publishing). With a long career as a classroom teacher, Julie is now a senior coach and mentor, and 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.

Session Outline

This session focuses on something that could open the doors to more of us reporting on low-key action research.

Julie is a pragmatic informal Cleanish researcher: she has an impressive track record for finding do-able ways to put Cleanish ideas into action in day-to-day classroom life to enhance children’s learning.  As a result of such a process, she has accumulated data which could be of value to others.  Having not started with the intention of carrying out and reporting on a formal research project the issue now, is how she can present her data (established by using a Cleanish approach, which is very new, cutting-edge and not much reported-upon) so as to get the attention of the research community, which is known for dismissing anything that doesn’t obey its rules, and anything that doesn’t have the credibility of using an approach that has been tried and tested over a long period of time.

In this session, Julie will briefly present the work she has done and the data she has gathered, and then it will be over to us to work in small groups to grapple with the issue and suggest ways forward. 

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