For the last thirty years Wendy has been fascinated with what creates lives of meaning and purpose. Founder of the Project and creator of the Flourish model - originally derived from her interest in the work of Richard Barrett - she has now combined her expertise in early human development with her interest in natural systems design, to help develop a range of tools that promote and support the creation of sustainable societies and cultures of lifelong learning.
She is the founder and Chief Executive of the Save Childhood/Flourish Movement www.savechildhood.net and in 2014 launched National Children's Day UK www.nationalchildrensdayuk.com as a major platform for celebrating the rights and freedoms of childhood. A well-known writer, speaker and catalyst, she is a long-time fellow of the RSA and has also 'walked her talk' within her local town of Cheltenham, by establishing two of its most dynamic and asset-based community initiatives. In 2019 she became co-chair of the Global Council for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance www.wellbeingeconomy.org. She is currently also leading the development of the UK's Spirituality in Education Alliance www.sieallianceuk.org
What does fulfil us and produce sustainable states of wellbeing? How do we protect both children and adults from systems that undermine our inherent creativity and potential? How do we ensure that we can all feel valued and connected? Her work has explored the vital importance of strong early attachment and relationships, the lifelong impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the need for us to review and transform current educational systems design, the pressures on modern childhood, family and community life, the importance of novelty, creativity and playful thinking - and our shared need for meaningful relationship, community and contribution.
For thirty years Simon has been helping to close gaps; between supply and demand, between perception and reality - and between people. His passion lies in being curious about what makes people happy, healthy, wealthy and fulfilled and how they can achieve a sustainable balance between what they need and what they have. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a long-time advocate of the work of Richard Barrett and the Barrett Values Centre.
As co-founder of Profusion International, he created the concept of Wholehearted Customer Management (WCM) and worked with Frederick Reichheld, the customer loyalty guru, to deliver the First European Summit on WCM in Dublin in 2004. Much of his subsequent work has been in local government, where he has worked as a consultant helping to design, develop, implement and support the very best customer experiences, which balance the needs of all stakeholders.
In 2019 Simon became interested in how the Flourish Model could help with the wellbeing of both residents and staff within residential care homes and he is currently leading this element of the project's development.