Chief Learning & Culture Officer
Dan has worked in the field of learning and culture for over 20 years, starting his professional life as a college professor before moving into the corporate world where he has held roles at international retailer Marks & Spencer Plc, Eurostar International Ltd, Crossrail Ltd, Sony Music Entertainment and Essence Global where he works today as their Chief Learning & Culture Officer.
In 2007 Dan also co-founded Learning, Behaviour and Change - an independent Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) training and psychotherapy practice. In between its inception and 2015 (when Dan moved to the US and became a sleeping partner in the business) he trained and certified over 200 NLP Practitioners and Master Practitioners around the world and amassed over 350 client hours of psychotherapy.
Dan’s interest in Neuro-Linguistic Programming started in 2001, when he attended an Introduction to NLP with Sue Knight (author of NLP at Work). Since then he has studied under the tutelage of Sharon Rooke, Connirae Andreas, Dr Susi Strang-Wood, Dr Wyatt Woodsmall, Sian Lloyd, Michelle Masters, and Dr Carl Buchheit. With the guidance of his teachers throughout the early 2000’s Dan qualified as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP as well as a Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist. Dan is also certified as a coach by the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring, and the International Coaching Federation and by the Coaching Supervision Academy as a coach-supervisor.
Being a proponent of the mind-body connection, Dan also has a keen interest in alternative therapies. He has trained with Dr Patricia Crane (author of Ordering from the Cosmic Kitchen), Marianne Williamson (renowned speaker and author of A Return to Love) Chrissie Astell (author of Advice from the Angels) and Jason Chan (author of The Radiant Warrior). In 2007 Dan became a Reiki Master and Teacher under the guidance of Christina Moore.
Driven by his life's purpose of helping other people and organizations to become more congruent expressions of themselves, he is truly committed to being a catalyst in the growth of individuals, communities, and organizations. Dan is a strong believer in the power of putting positive thought and self-talk into practice, of behaving as well as thinking positively. He believes that the key to better physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health is through developing a greater acceptance and appreciation of the person you are. Dan’s philosophy of life results in a direct, passionate, and empathetic approach to his leadership style.
A native Brit, Dan has lived in San Francisco with his husband, David, since April 2014 and thoroughly enjoys the Californian sunshine, proximity to wine country, and the opportunity to work in different cultures and geographies that his job with Essence enables him to do.