Jonathan Drury, founder.
Diagnosed with ‘Asperger Syndrome’ and ADHD in 2014, Jonathan has a Post-graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum and is studying Coaching & Mentoring at Masters level.
Jonathan has a professional background in socially engaged art for personal development (via a combination of art, philosophy and dialogue). He has training and experience of delivery in Dialogue and group facilitation, counselling, mediation and co-devised and delivers ‘Professional Excellence in Autism‘ training with Anna Nibbs. He was an employment-research worker at Disability Sheffield. He has decades of experience in spirituality-based disciplines and self-improvement methods, and of course a lifetime of experience of autism, applied in various settings to help others understand themselves and the phenomenon known as autism. He also supports an autistic adult at their home.
Jonathan has strong interests in communication, the autistic voice in society and research, how autism emerges in different cultures and Bohm’s Quantum and Implicate Order theories. He is a member of:
Academy of Professional Dialogue
Sheffield Hallam University Autism Research Partnership
Sheffield Autism Partnership Board
Sheffield Autistic Society
In 2019 we will be joined by Caroline Pakel who will co-convene some or all of the programme with Jonathan. The pair met at the International Conference for the Academy of Professional Dialogue in 2018. Caroline created ‘to the heart’ in 2000 and has been working as a creative facilitator, coach and trainer for 15 years, helping individuals, teams, organisations and communities around the world.
Caroline’s passion is in the facilitation of understanding and change for greater wellbeing and the production of regenerative solutions for the future. She delivers in both English and French, and with a knowledge of many cultures, thanks to a very rich personal background and professional history. Clients tend to particularly think of Caroline when they need authentic and compassionate leadership to help them face a wide range of complex issues.
Caroline is particularly interested in bringing dialogue tools to the community: helping others open to different ways of being and thinking; connect or re-connect with themselves and others and get involved in and committed to the creation of a more sustainable future for themselves and future generations.
Background to Autism Dialogue
After a few years facilitating dialogue in various settings, Jonathan began to explore the benefits of dialogue for autistic people and the whole field of autism, reaching out to Liz Milne at Sheffield Autism Research Lab. The first Autism Dialogue in September 2017, which formed a part of Liz’s British Academy funded project, was for professionals and students, to explore together how they might take forward the idea of dialogue for autism. Also in attendance at the first Dialogue were autistic adults, Professor Matthew Belmonte, a number of PhD students and parents of autistic people. Jonathan then ran a monthly dialogue just for autistic people, which expanded into a public series we called AD18.
By facilitating Dialogue for as many people as possible, both living and working in the worlds of autism, our aim is to help bridge gaps in the world-view of autism, (including the research to practice gap and between the concepts of medical and social models of disability), work towards a deeper understanding and more unified consensus and ultimately help improve quality of life for autistic people.
Book on the 2019 programme here.