2020 NLP Award 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 to make a considerable difference in the specified area: in Business, Education, Healthcare, and Public Service and Community.

NLP in Education Award Finalists

Alison Knowles

Nada El Gazzar

Sian Goodspeed

Alison Knowles

Alison developed Ollie And His Superpowers© to help support children to become the best versions of themselves. It was developed through the ideas of NLP and is considered ahead of its. Alison has helped schools to incorporate the Ollie concept into their daily life with carefully planned and vetted effective assemblies and lesson plans. The Ollie Kids© program helps kids learn Ollie techniques for themselves and become Ollie Ambassadors to support their peers in school. Alison is also a published author and her books teach the messages of Ollie through reading, immersing the reader in stories that enable them to understand and learn how to deal with situations via the very relatable character, Ollie. More and more schools are engaging with Ollie and His Superpowers, using coaches, training staff in Ollie, who are using it with the children as well as taking on the Ollie Kids program. Many teachers have gone on to train as full coaches.

Nada El Gazzar

Outside of her usual job, Nada is committed to giving back to the community in Dubai by raising awareness of NLP with the target message aimed at school students. Nada believes in youth empowerment to create a better society and she actively shares this message via videos, TV, workshops, talks and social media platforms. One community initiative was the creation of the campaign – ‘raising emotionally intelligent children’, where she designed the bullying prevention kit which included cards inspired by NLP presuppositions, NLP inspired T-shirts and badges to help school students to express themselves and share stories in their school setup. This led to Nada facilitating Bullying prevention workshops to parents, teachers and children. As a result of these initiatives and knowledge sharing efforts, Nada won the knowledge sharing award, Sharek and was invited to speak on Dubai TV and Sharjah TV about how NLP can help students and parents. 

Sian Goodspeed

As a former teacher, Sian set up Flying Start Tuition with the aim of providing supplementary education with a difference. In 2010, after learning the power of NLP, Sian integrated NLP into the Flying Start approach and it is now fundamental to what they do, with far reaching impacts on students and their families. At Flying Start, they don’t just teach their students what to learn; they teach them how to learn; how to overcome barriers to learning and how to be more confident and self-motivated. Since its inception, Flying Start Tuition has made a positive difference to the lives of over 2,000 children by helping them to improve academic performance, pass exams and grow in confidence – in school and beyond. They also support children from low-income families through our bursary scheme and for the past ten years have delivered the Tuition Plus project, providing free tuition to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  

NLP in Healthcare Award Finalists

Fiona Stimson

Dr Phil Parker

Ronia Fraser

Fiona Stimson

Fiona specialises in coaching clients with cancer, chronic illnesses and those suffering severe anxiety. She holds a Senior Management position within the NHS and academic institutions, volunteers as a Cancer Coach within The Fountain Centre at The Royal Surrey County Hospital and  is also a key part of a year long coaching study (in conjunction with Portsmouth University) to create professional standards for cancer coaching and works with the NHS Leadership Academy. Fiona is bringing awareness to the effectiveness of NLP coaching within this specialist area and uses NLP to support people living with and beyond cancer, other chronic illness as well as helping managers and staff working within healthcare or corporate organisations to help manage their own wellbeing. Her approach is empathetic, intuitive and mindful, changing the belief systems that are no longer serving her clients into ones that they want to hold and aspire to.

Dr Phil Parker

Phil developed the Lightning Process which makes changes possible for those in the face of the seemingly impossible. Observing clients with the same health issues, Phil was intrigued by those who were recovering from their illness whilst others were staying stuck. So, he set out to use NLP ‘modelling’ to identify the differences between each group. In doing so, he came up with a model of the ‘illness process’ and used this to design the ultimate antidote – the Lightning Process (LP). By understanding the illness process, the LP uses NLP coaching and techniques to dislodge the psycho-neurological patterns that are keeping the illness going. Clients are given a tool built on various NLP techniques and principles to both disrupt poor neurology and build strong healthy neurology in its place. Since its inception, over 23,000 people with conditions, such as including ME, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, chronic pain, anxiety, depression etc have received life changing benefits from the Lightning Process.

Ronia Fraser

Ronia specialises in Narcissistic Abuse Recovery. Over the last 2.5 years Ronia has established herself as one of the leading Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Experts, working across borders, both locally as well as online. Ronia is also pro-actively building a solid international trauma recovery professionals’ network. Narcissistic Abuse one of the most common but least acknowledged forms of abuse with devastating consequences for the survivor. NLP is at the very core of Ronia’s bespoke Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Program in conjunction with other modalities like Hypnosis and Coaching. Narcissistic Abuse is calculated manipulation, emotional blackmail and literal brainwash, which attacks and systematically erodes the victim’s identity on the most basic human desire to be loved and to belong. This is what makes NLP so highly effective to counteract the inner wound, addressing both the neurological and linguistic damage. Through her specialised application of NLP, Ronia helps narcissistic abuse survivors recover and find hope, whilst raising awareness.

NLP in Business Award Finalists

Joe Cheal

Slavica Squire & Milan Vukašinović

Colette          Normandeau         

Colette Normandeau         

Colette’s institute is a Government accredited school in Quebec, Canada. It offers unique NLP training curriculum, specialising in NLP Business Management and is the only school in Quebec to offer a program dedicated to management and conscious leadership leading to an NLP Executive professional Coach diploma. She has made a difference in the business community for nearly 20 years. With 19 years of experience in training entrepreneurs, multinational executives and teams from all over the world. The nomination form cited that ‘Colette’s impact in the business world is more than considerable. Companies in the region and around the world have benefited from strong and positive changes in their organisation, culture and on identity level for their leaders and contributors; developing healing and a new sense of motivation in their respective systems.’ As one student said, ‘She inspires and illuminates the way for each person she works with; she combines humanism and professionalism in a remarkable way.’

Joe Cheal

Joe has been involved in the Learning and Development field for over 25 years. Since 1993, Joe has been introducing business people to NLP and NLP to business people. His primary use of Business NLP is in modelling best practice to help people understand and apply skills more easily and more quickly. The company that nominated Joe explained, ‘He always goes above and beyond and takes time to find out exactly what is required in order to ensure the courses provide the best results. He is keen to collect feedback and adds complimentary extras to support the organisational impact.’ They went on to say, ‘Joe genuinely cares about our service, our people and our residents. We always feel that we matter to Joe on a personal level. We’ve noticed a tangible buzz in the office and in the care homes after Joe’s training and hence he has helped to raise the profile of Learning and Development in the company.’

Slavica Squire & Milan Vukašinović

The NLP Institute is a heart-centred organisation that is making waves Internationally, led from the top by Slavica and Milan as they continue on their path to give everyone a choice over what life can be like for them. The Training Institute in Serbia has delivered almost 100 Accredited trainings and hosted over 1,000 people each year at their NLP taster evenings, day events and accredited training since it opened in 2006. Serbia, like many places is in political turmoil and the resources provided to individuals and businesses is making a real impact. The person nominating expressed, ‘I am one of several NLP organisations they have welcomed in the last 2 years, gifting their time and resources to help all of us grow and improve. I feel that both Slavia and Milan deserve this award because of their constant growth, learning and the impact their work is making having in their own politically unstable environment and across Europe.’

NLP in Public Service and Community Award Finalists

Erna Smeekens

First Position Performance Development Ltd

Roni Mesika

Erna Smeekens

During an extremely difficult time in her life, Erna was given a lifeline by a very generous NLP trainer who offered her the full NLP practitioner and Master practitioner training for free. This life changing gift led Erna on a mission to pay it forward. She initiated the Tentjes Academie which translates to Ten Euro Academy – people can join sessions and workshops for a maximum of 10 Euros and the NLP courses are heavily reduced or with a ‘Pay it Forward’ request, so that everyone has the opportunity to get to know and apply the treasury of these models. The person nominating Erna expressed, ’Because of Erna many people in my hometown are now inspired to become better communicators and listeners, and to be gentler and kinder to themselves and others.’ Erna believes NLP is so valuable that everyone who meets the requirements for following an NLP course must be able to access them no matter their financial circumstances.

First Position Performance Development Ltd

In conjunction with ACEVO (The Membership Body for CEO’s of UK Charities) First Position developed a Leadership Competency Framework reflecting the Values, Beliefs and observable Behaviours of high-performing, successful Leaders. The framework is built around key NLP principles and has become the de facto model for Civil Society (Third Sector) Leaders. Each Competency has a ‘Model of Excellence’ which has encouraged Leaders to raise their game within their own organisation. Leaders in the sector have been using this Leadership Competency Framework since 2010. Over this period, hundreds of Leaders have been bench-marked against and influenced by the explicit and embedded NLP principles, frames and practices. Feedback throughout this time has been tremendous, as have testimonials received regarding the results individuals have achieved.  There are many examples of people using the Leadership framework who have evidenced their development through the impact on their organisations results and their personal results with promotions to other roles including that of CEO.

Roni Mesika

NLP was almost non-existent in the Be’er Sheva region and the southern part of Israel. Roni’s work has created vast awareness of NLP from just 11 people in the region 3 years ago to thousands today. Roni founded Be’er Sheva NLP Multidisciplinary Centre and worked hard to create awareness to help people with NLP tools in diverse areas. Opening a branch of NLP College For a Change and establishing the NLP Multidisciplinary Centre in Be'er Sheva and the South is a real lifeline for hundreds of thousands of residents of southern Israel. Men women and children, living in the south and exposed to a complex situation, in which neighbouring Gaza missiles and terror attacks frequently occur. The NLP community "For a Change" in Be’er Sheva and the south that Roni Mesika leads today includes hundreds of instructors, therapists from NLP and master craftsmen from NLP experts, thousands of guided fans and trained practitioners. Thanks to Roni, NLP has become known among the residents of southern Israel.  

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