Lapidus Chair: Clare Scott is a writer in Wales who has been focusing on psychogeography and our relationship with the natural landscape as part of her Creative Writing PhD. She has an MA in Creative Writing and has been writer in residence for a National Trust venue. Her career has included work as an educational specialist (autism), social work and sexual health.
She has trained in counselling and is a poetry therapist in training with iaPOETRY, delivering writing for well-being with community organisations and individuals. She has coordinated learning support provision (including the mental-health service) at a University, developing projects, monitoring and evaluating the service and setting up a conference.
Lapidus Vice Chair: Dr Tony Wall is a Reader in Transformational Management Learning at the University of Chester where he founded the International Thriving at Work Research Group.
He works on research policy development at the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
Lapidus Treasurer: Annie Bell-Davies was born and raised in a small fishing village on the South Wales coast. Although she has moved four times in her life, she has never moved more than annie-bell-davies Annie Bell-Davies ten miles away from the sea.
Her feet do itch occasionally, however, and she has travelled and trekked through some fascinating parts of the world. She has had a long career in Financial Planning and currently works as an Area Mortgage Manager for a large bank.Her passion however, is writing. Currently working on her third novel, Annie has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Trinity St Davids and has combined her writing and Management skills to run several writing workshops for enjoyment.
She has also co-written and co-presented workshops for teenagers in Ireland and has worked with local drug and alcohol rehabilitation charities, work which she found very satisfying. She has been married to Mark for 16 years, has two step-daughters and two gorgeous grandchildren, Charlie and Elsie, who light up her life.
Director of Story: Simon Poole- As a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Children's Services I lecture across the arts and am deeply concerned with cultural education.
More specifically I have lectured at a number of institutions on Music Practice, and also Music Technology as a discrete subject, but also within the context of education; due in the main to my experiences within the Music industry as a singer, songwriter, producer and record label owner (soil records), and of course my time as a Primary and Early Years teacher. In all, I have been song writing, singing, recording and releasing music for 25 years; I’ve now written a total of 7 albums and as a loose kite I'm still writing today.
Director of Groups/Secretary: Barbara Bloomfield has been a couples and family counsellor and supervisor for more than 20 years. Before that, she had a career as a journalist in newspapers and the BBC. She has worked in China and Central America as a foreign correspondent for radio stations and has written four books about relationships. She taught creative writing part time at Bath Spa University and this year was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to work with couples and families affected by autism, in Brisbane, Australia.
Barbara enjoys being the Lapidus Director of Groups and hopes to meet more Lapidus members on her travels this year. She is always inspired by the creativity and variety of our work and by our practitioners and their many ways of bringing together creativity and mental health. She runs creativity groups in Bristol and all over the UK. www.barbarabloomfield.com
Words for Wellbeing Specialist – Francesca Baker is a word lover passionate about creativity, connection and communication. She uses her journalism, marketing and research experience to help Lapidus connect with individuals and organisations. You can read more at www.andsoshethinks.co.uk
Membership, Communications & Events Coordinator – Richard Axtell is a graduate of Cardiff University where he read an MA in Creative Writing. He has been published in The London Magazine, has ghostwritten a selection of children’s novels and was a writer in residence at Cardiff MADE café. Still residing in the Welsh capital city, Richard spends his time writing children’s stories, playing his ukulele and hunting dragons in the park. His most recent claim to fame was coordinating the Lapidus/Metanoia Institute joint conference, Creative Bridges. He is currently focussing his energy on running the Lapidus social media and ‘info’ email address. Don’t be afraid to say hello!