I have been facilitating international gatherings since my first assignment with the UN in 2002. I draw on a deep understanding of personal and group dynamics and am in demand as a facilitator of group processes large and small and as crisis coach for leaders worldwide. I am accredited by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) as a Certified Professional Facilitation™. [More...]
Since volunteering with disadvantaged young people in Moss Side Manchester in the late 1960s and then in a South African charity, I held leadership positions including at Save the Children and the British Red Cross before establishing get2thepoint.
I was Regional Director (Europe, Middle East, N Africa) of IAF for three years to 2015 and I continue to play an active part in a vibrant worldwide community of facilitators.
In 2014 I swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco to raise money for prisoners education, has managed not to come last in six triathlons, enjoys trying to grow vegetables and is the proud owner of a 1968 BSA Bantam D14/4 motorbike.
I like working creatively with others and have enjoyed collaborating with many people over many years. Based on openness, shared passion and mutual respect the team changes continually as initiatives and projects come and go.
My collaborators in 2017 are:
Andy Connor | Giulia Lindsay | Graham Irwin | Marianne Hartley | Paul Cursons | Richard Chapman | Steven Appleby
Andy Connor is an alternative to throwing the laptop out of the window. If email starts doing weird things or the screen goes a funny colour, he’ll work out what to do. Phew.
Giulia Lindsay is project manager for the Meeting Together videos project and also a co-facilitator. When she’s not doing that she works as a facilitator for adults and children. After 3 years running workshops in a change management role in the civil service, she started training and working as a Montessori school teacher. She is Italian English bi-lingual, enjoys the parallels between supporting young children in their learning and co-creating projects amongst adults.
For almost a decade and a half Graham Irwin has been building and maintaining get2thepoint websites. Since 1990 he has been making computer technology ‘easy to use for all and provide a human side to the world of computing.’ He says of himself that ‘I am a compassionate and spiritually aware man who has committed my life to applying my skills and experience to enlarge and enhance the quality of life for all concerned’. Since 2016 he has been a volunteer mentor in the Sitepoint webmaster forums.
Marianne Hartley is the genius who, with Martin, has co-created the get2thepoint branding and design you see on this website. She has been working with Martin since designing the book Meeting Together in 2006. Working in English, French and German, from Basel and London, Marianne is the founder of Hartley and Soul, which creates ‘beautiful designs that truly reflect your passion for your business and its values, engages all of your senses and creates a heart to heart connection that leaves you and your customers feeling connected, engaged and fulfilled. This [is] healing design.’ Indeed it is.
Paul Cursons has been making the get2thepoint books balance for decades. With Paul’s care and eye for detail, it all works wonderfully smoothly. With a life time of experience as an independent book keeper he makes it all seem so easy.
Richard Chapman is a trusted friend and co-facilitator colleague with whom I have worked on a series of projects for some years now in the UK and internationally. Richard is a writer, composer and facilitator working with individuals, groups and organisations seeking to integrate sustainability principles into their practice. Whatever form his work takes, Richard’s aim is to help bring about those moments of insight and realisation which lead to positive change and transformation. With an intuitive understanding of depth, he is a most insightful guide and fellow-traveller through the often tricky complexities of group dynamics.
Steven Appleby is the lovely person behind all the drawings you see on the site and which you will also see throughout Meeting Together. He is an ‘absurdist cartoonist, illustrator and artist living in Britain.’ His humour has been described as ‘observational or absurd, with a keen sense of the turmoil of fear and obsession that teems beneath the respectable exterior of most of us.’ Just perfect for drawing what really goes on in meetings and in our jumbled minds.
There’s Us and there’s You. We have a lot in common. There’s more that unites us than divides. That's how we see it.
We would love to work with you if you see something of yourself here:
- You value what people can give more than what money can buy;
- You would like to understand the connections within and between people and with the world around them;
- You are willing to let go of old ways which don’t work any more and are open to letting something new emerge;
- You are passionate about what good can happen when people really meet together;
- You are willing to explore ways of reciprocating, by money or otherwise.
You may also see yourself as part of civil society - an aspiration towards a decent way of living together in local and global communities in which there is a just and sustainable prosperity, in which everyone seeks health, wellbeing and fulfilment and also the relief of suffering for all. My passion is to help people in groups, organisations and networks for whom a primary purpose is seeing this aspiration come true, by engaging in collaborative activity for the good of all.
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2002-11
- Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations
- Association of Association Executives
- British Council (Asia)
- Campaign to End Loneliness
- DHL UK Foundation
- Green Climate Fund
- International Atomic Energy Agency
- Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice
- Wszechnica, School of Facilitators, Krakow
- Alcohol Concern
- Aston Mansfield Community Settlement
- Brandon Trust
- British Council
- British Red Cross
- Cabinet Office
- Campaign to End Loneliness
- Choir with No Name
- Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies
- Community Foundation Network
- Consortium on Opportunities for Volunteering
- Crime Concern
- Dorset Strategic Partnership
- ‘Dragon’s Den’ East of England
- Equality Challenge Unit
- Evelina Family Trust
- Exel plc
- Fairtrade Labelling Organizations international
- Food Chain
- Hospices Serving Sussex
- Hounslow Volunteer Agency
- LEAP Confronting Conflict
- London 2012
- London Borough of Newham
- Mental Health Foundation
- Newham NHS Trust
- North East London Strategic Health Authority
- Odyssey Care Solutions for Today
- One Housing Group
- Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice
- Refugee Council
- Responsible Gambling Strategy Board
- Rugby House
- Save the Children
- Shropshire Learning and Skills Council
- Shropshire Partnership
- Sight Savers International
- Slow Food International
- Small Woods Association
- Social Enterprise East of England
- Social Pioneers Israel Palestine
- Solomon Project of small housing associations
- Sport England
- Sussex Hospices
- The Resource Alliance
- Transparency International
- Trinity Community Centre
- Tropical Health Education Trust
- UN Convention on Combatting Desertification
- UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
- United Nations Volunteers
- University College London Student Union
- Volunteer Development England
- Volunteering England
- Westminster Foundation for Democracy
- World Animal Protection (formerly the World Society for the Protection of Animals)
This is what clients have said about Martin and get2thepoint:
‘This was the best facilitated session I've ever been to.’
Juliet Michaelson lead author of the report 'The Cost of Loneliness to UK Employers', February 2017