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2019 Finalists

The finalists were selected by an independent panel. The panel made their decisions based on who they collectively felt demonstrated the use of NLP in making a marked difference in the specified area; in Education, Healthcare, Research and Public Service and Community.

NLP in Education Award Finalists

Rita Aleluia

Sian Goodspeed

Leo Lobo

Rita Aleluia

Rita has applied NLP to create the NLP Generative Parenting and Conscious Systems programme, which helps parents and teachers to become more self-aware and to utilise that to become more compassionate and effective educators of children. Rita has made an innovative integration of NLP with several other methods that is both powerful and simple to use. Her book Mothers of the World draws upon her multicultural experience and skill as a journalist. Within the book, she presents interviews with mothers of different cultures, her own experience educating her daughters, and shares the NLP tools she has found most effective for parenting and education. The nomination form stated, ‘Rita’s book, talks, articles and TV presence are changing, step by step, the educational paradigm. I truly believe she deserves this nomination by everything (awareness, inclusion, equal dignity) she is bringing to our society, and her humility and compassion to lead change in this field.’

Sian Goodspeed

Since its inception, Flying Start Tuition has made a positive difference to the lives of hundreds of children by helping them to improve academic performance, pass important exams and grow in confidence – both in school and beyond. Countless positive feedback from students and parents suggest the approach is a successful one. Parents state that they have chosen Flying Start Tuition because of its unique approach and exceptional support in the form of advice, guidance and workshops. The initiative, led by Sian Goodspeed, also focuses on supporting children from low-income families through a bursary scheme. Moreover, for the past nine years, they have delivered the Tuition Plus project for The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, providing free tuition to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The results speak for themselves, with all of 2017’s GCSE pupils achieving the grades they wanted or higher and in 2018 all pupils reported increased confidence after completing the course.

Leo Lobo

Leo is a physics professor and since learning NLP in 1991 has brought its magic into his daily life. This has had a profound impact on his students as they noticed how he’d changed and wanted to learn NLP. What began with Leo conducting a few NLP workshops for his students quickly evolved into supporting students and teachers across wider educational institutions. To date some 30,000 teachers in Karnataka, India have trained with Leo and his team, which has in turn helped the students to become seekers of knowledge with proactive attitudes. This transformation is having far-reaching impacts as evidenced in the feedback from various schools. One principal fed back, "Thanks to Leo’s training, our teachers have been transformed to become effective and motivating teachers and our students will benefit, as will the society at large."

NLP in Healthcare Award Finalists

Lynn McKeown 

Phil Parker

Jo Wilson & Andy Coley

Lynn McKeown

In her work with Zoetis, the world's largest animal health company, Lynn provides business consultancy services to veterinary practices throughout the UK. Running a veterinary practice is widely recognised as a highly stressful profession and Lynn has created and developed a range of innovative NLP-based initiatives to help these practices improve their planning, deal with stress, build rapport and create high-performing teams. Her clients often have outstanding technical skills but want or need to develop their business leadership and management skills and Lynn's ability to use practical NLP approaches to help them has made a major impact. Her skills are highly regarded and sought after by other professionals running businesses facing similar issues, such as GPs, dentists and lawyers. The nomination form stated, ‘The vast majority of businesses in the UK are SMEs and Lynn's integrity and credibility are helping to put NLP firmly on the map in professional practices.’

Phil Parker

In his work in health, Phil has spent much time and effort to demonstrate that many chronic illnesses can be resolved using NLP as a therapy. At times, there has been tough adversity, yet he has remained resilient and resolved in providing scientifically based evidence to further improve the credibility of NLP. Phil has been instrumental in publishing the SMILE study, in conjunction with the NHS. His NLP-based training programme, the Lightning Process, has changed the lives of over 25,000 people across the world. It has helped them to recover from a range of serious health conditions where conventional medicine could provide no hope or solution, such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, CFS/ME, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, etc. The nomination form stated, ‘Clients regularly go from being housebound, confined to bed or in a wheelchair to living healthy, happy lives, having families, progressing in school and careers and even competing in extreme sports and the Olympics.’

Jo Wilson and Andy Coley

Both Jo’s and Andy’s work focuses on helping members of NHS organisations and community services to develop and transform in a sustainable way that is not often readily available in the public sector. The nomination form stated that their attention to detail, close support and responsive contact means that a wide variety of environments to work in, and the opportunities available through using NLP, help to ensure that patients are supported and that people benefit. The manner in which Jo and Andy share their guidance continues to have long-term impacts on clinical outcomes. The person who nominated Jo and Andy expressed, "For me personally, the impact has been in how I, as a healthcare provider, work and help the people I cross paths with. I am currently gathering information for case studies and publications in journal articles too – all of which is possible from the impact of Jo and Andy’s sincere support."

NLP in Research Award Finalists

Bernadette Anna Bruckner

Lucas Derks

Melody Cheal

Bernadette Anna Bruckner

Both practical and scientific research is at the heart of Bernadette’s approach. She is passionate about nurturing her clients and has created intuitive coaching methods based on a combination of NLP and other therapeutic practices to best support them. She combines her professional know-how from scientific research and her long-standing practical experience. By connecting the techniques of NLP with intuitive behaviour, Bernadette continually develops resilience methods for people in order to restore their self-confidence and self-awareness. A testimonial within the nomination form stated, "When I first met Bernadette, I realised her special approach to people. In watching her way of communicating with people, listening to them and using NLP, I understood the power of NLP without manipulating others’ opinions. The closer I got to know her, the better I understood how effective NLP is."

Lucas Derks

Lucas entered NLP as a psychologist, and considered NLP part of psychology. In 1984 he wrote a manuscript about the place of NLP in psychology. More recently, Lucas completed a PhD at the University Central de Nicaragua and his thesis has been developed in a book entitled Mental Space Psychology. This work is aimed at bridging psychological science and NLP-like therapeutic work. Moreover, Lucas developed the Social Panorama model, a social psychological instrument with which individuals can change their unconscious map of relational reality. This model has been delivered in countless workshops and trainings in over 25 countries and has become the backbone of the work of many therapists across the world.

Melody Cheal

Despite much scepticism and resistance, Melody’s persistence led to many lecturers of the Positive Psychology MSc to improve their understanding of NLP as a positive tool for change. The aim of her research project - “An investigation into how Neuro-Linguistic Programming can be added to Positive Psychology as a source of interventions to increase self-esteem and subjective wellbeing in psychologically healthy populations.” - was to provide support to the efficacy of NLP as a field, considering the challenges facing researchers within the NLP community. The research project provided statistical evidence that NLP can improve self-esteem and wellbeing contributes to NLP being accepted by universities as a valid approach in Positive Psychology. The published dissertation and research journal provide tangible evidence of the value of NLP.

NLP in Public Service and Community Award Finalists

Gemma Bailey

Cherry Pua-Africa

Francis Taylor

Gemma Bailey

Over the past ten years, Gemma has helped countless children tackle and overcome a wide variety of issues. Most notably she is currently running free community workshops for children in the local area suffering from anxiety. These free workshops are run by her not-for-profit organisation Superheroes Training Academy, which focuses on supporting those who cannot afford the services provided in her private clinic. Gemma’s franchise business NLP4Kids has almost 40 practitioners countrywide and all of them run at least one free community workshop each year. This amounts to around 400 children across the country having access to free mental and emotional wellbeing support that they would otherwise not be able to attain. Through her work with NLP4Kids, Gemma and her team have also worked in over 200 schools delivering the NLP4Kids practitioner course to support their pupils, parents and teachers.

Cherry Pua-Africa

As one of the most followed transformation coaches in Asia, Cherry’s mission is to help people to become the best version of themselves and create corporate consciousness around total human awesomeness. Founder of World Stage International Network in the Philippines, Cherry and her team deliver breakthrough coaching and training programmes to support businesses to improve their culture and results. These programmes have reached over 100 companies and 300,000 individuals, increasing their level of consciousness toward their highest versions and trickling deep into Filipino culture. She spent much time researching and studying success mindsets, duplicated these in her businesses and personal life and later on designed frameworks on human transformation that are now the building blocks of her change work with individuals and teams.

Francis Taylor

Francis has over 15 years’ experience of working and supporting young people and children. In the last few years he has trained extensively in NLP and supports young people who have experienced the care system as a key member of the coaching team at Become, a charity for children in care and young care leavers. Francis has managed to translate his own personal experiences of the care system, together with his years of experience as a youth worker, to develop a model of NLP coaching that is making a genuine impact on clients within the charity. "He goes beyond his role and passionately cares about clients, creating real resolution and living a life of their dreams. Care and childhood trauma can have a huge impact on people’s lives and very few coaches have the integrity or skill to be able to create a safe place for young people and adults to resolve past trauma."