The Team

Fundamental to how we work as a team is our individual and collective desire to help others be the best they can be in their life or chosen field. We each believe that life is for living, and by living, we mean living fully with confidence, happiness and great success!

Our team comprises a small number of skilled and experienced psychologists and psychiatrists who have worked with the model for a number of years with notable success in health, business and Olympic sport. Each member of the team has undergone a number of years of supervision in the model with Prof. Peters, the Psychiatrist who developed the model, and has contributed to the transference and application of the model in their respective area of expertise.

As a team we have positioned ourselves as Mentors in order to work collaboratively with our clients who we term as students. We believe that at the core of our approach is a skill which is a skill for life, and hence we are continually learning how to develop and refine this skill. In addition, nothing in life stays the same and as we navigate through life, working with the machine in our heads will require different emphasises in order to support our psychological fitness, happiness and success.

Job Vacancies: None at this time.

Prof. Steve Peters

Prof. Steve Peters

CEO

Prof. Steve Peters

Prof. Steve Peters

CEO

MBBS MRCPsych BA PGCE MEd (medical) Dip. Sports Med. Consultant Psychiatrist / Undergraduate Dean Sheffield Medical School.

Professor Steve Peters is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in Elite Sport. His current and past involvements cover over twenty Olympic, Paralympic and non-Olympic Sports, including Sky ProCycling, British Cycling, Liverpool Football Club, England Football, England Rugby, World Championship Snooker, British Swimming and Great Britain Taekwondo.

His career began with teaching Mathematics and then moved on to Medicine. He has worked in the clinical field of Psychiatry for the past twenty years including Clinical Director of the Mental Health Services at Bassetlaw Trust, culminating in working at Rampton Secure Hospital. Steve has been with Sheffield University as a Senior Clinical Lecturer since 1994 and is also Undergraduate Dean. He holds degrees in Mathematics, Medicine and Medical Education (Masters Degree) and also postgraduate qualifications in Sports Medicine, Education and Psychiatry.

He is a member of the Royal College and is on the College Membership Panel for examinations.

He is a member of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Panel for UK Sport and an expert witness to WADA (World Anti-doping Agency).

His specialist interest is in the working of the human mind and how it can reach optimum performance applied to all walks of life. He is also the author of the best selling personal development book ‘The Chimp Paradox’.

Directors / Mentors

Mentors

Tim Buckle

Tim Buckle

Skills Mentor

Tim Buckle

Tim Buckle

Skills Mentor

At 26 Tim decided after 10 years of not riding a bicycle to follow a teenage dream… Within 6 months he was a national cycling medallist and had earnt a place within the burgeoning world class system at the GB cycling team. He spent 4 years as a member of the male endurance team representing GB at world championships and representing England at the 2002 commonwealth games in Manchester

Tim retired from elite cycling at the end of 2002. Drawing upon his employment history as a children’s entertainer, children’s entertainments manager and casual television actor, he started a 13 year coaching career with British Cycling, specifically with under-16 athletes. Tim brought his previously learnt skills & mentality to the job and converted young people’s coaching in Britain from physical training drills into dynamic, fun, contextual, game focused activities. The coaching philosophy Tim ‘championed’ was: to understand & engage the young person first; then teach them to be a bike racer, and finally train them to be an athlete. This is now the central, guiding foundation to the leading under-16 cycling coaching system in the world. Tim is the very essence of athlete-centred coaching: His legacy for under-16s cycling coaching in the UK will be enjoyed by all involved long after Tim’s leaving the British Cycling family.

Tim has now taken this athlete-centred outlook in to his Chimp Model mentoring and is, hence, acutely client-centric and enjoys very effective mentoring engagements with Chimp Management Limited customers. Capitalising on his experience and passion for young people, Tim specialises with Chimp Management’s education-based clients helping education organisations and students to be more effective, successful and happy.

In his spare time Tim is a petrol head and loves motors of any sort. He is also a keen recreational musician.

Dean Coomer

Dean Coomer

Psychological Skills Mentor

Dean Coomer

Dean Coomer

Psychological Skills Mentor

BSc, MSc

Dean completed his BSc (hons) in sport science in 2004 and MSc in Psychology in 2011 to compliment years of practical experience working first for the Sports Council of Wales, followed by several years as a Royal Air Force physical training instructor and rehabilitation specialist.

Prior to joining the Chimp Management Team, Dean enjoyed a hugely successful, varied and exciting 26-year military career where he rapidly progressed to the top of his rank structure while leading several dynamic teams in a variety of challenging environments. His last post in the military was in the privileged position as Professional Lead Advisor for Exercise Therapy at Headley Court, a centre of excellence for treating severely injured servicemen and women.

In 2008 Dean was highly commended in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for outstanding team performance and again in 2009 by the Secretary of State for Defence. In 2014 he was awarded the Defence Medical Services academic prize for clinical research.

His greatest satisfaction comes from seeing others find meaning, achieve their goals and ultimately live a happier life. His passion for helping people is driven by a fundamental belief that life offers potential.

Qualified and experienced in several aspects of training, Dean brings these experiences to his role as a Chimp Management Psychological Skills Mentor.

Dean admits to maintaining an all-round ‘reasonable level of fitness’ and he loves spending time with his family.

Laura Fishenden

Laura Fishenden

Psychological Skills Mentor

Laura Fishenden

Laura Fishenden

Psychological Skills Mentor

BA, PGCE

Laura studied English Literature at Lancaster University, before going on to complete her PGCE in Secondary English, Media and Drama. She has worked in education for 10 years, teaching across both the state and independent sectors. Her role in education has primarily been in the secondary environment, but she also has extensive experience of teaching at primary level.

Prior to joining Chimp Management Ltd, Laura was Deputy Director of Studies in a successful independent school, working to improve outcomes and raise aspirations for students and staff, with a focus on achievement and attainment in both results and personal development. She has also worked as a regional Team Leader for the exam board Pearson, training markers and delivering content for the Key Stage 2 SATS exams.

She has now brought this wealth of knowledge and leadership skills to Chimp Management, where she works primarily with students, staff and leaders in the Education Directorate. Laura also has a passion and skill for helping individuals, teams and groups from a variety of backgrounds to achieve their potential through mentoring and coaching. She has a warm and friendly approach, and a good sense of humour, putting people at ease and helping them to achieve happiness and success in their lives.

Outside of work, Laura loves music, travel and sport, and recently achieved gold medal status from the UK Street Dance Alliance. She is currently working on her kickboxing and combat skills, and trying to solve the eternal mystery of why her chimp loves cake so much.

Aidan Kearney

Aidan Kearney

Psychological Skills Mentor

Aidan Kearney

Aidan Kearney

Psychological Skills Mentor

BSc (Hons), PgDip, MSc, MBPsS

Aidan graduated from Queens University Belfast (QUB) in 1998 with BSc (Hons) in Psychology and in 2000 with a PgDip in Computer Science.

In 2001 he joined An Garda Siochana or Gardai (the police force of Ireland) where he worked as a serving[ak1] police officer until Sept 2009. He was awarded the Gary Sheehan memorial medal as the best recruit in his intake and gained a National Diploma in Policing with distinction.

During his time working for the Gardai, he developed, implemented and operated community policing programmes in inner city Dublin and was liaison officer to drug treatment centres. He received numerous commendations for his excellent police work.

In 2009 he took up a posting with NICS (Northern Ireland Civil Service) working as an accredited PRINCE2 project manager and served with the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and Corporate Investigations in NICS as an investigator. During this time he gained further professional qualifications in the fields of investigations and leadership and management.

In 2010 he completed an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology with the University of Leicester.

Aidan has a wealth of experience working in the business directorate of Chimp Management. He has extensive experience of designing, facilitating and leading workshops for large public sector organisations and also blue chip and SME corporate clients. Aidan has significant experience delivering 1:1 mentoring to corporate clients, focusing on personal and business specific development in areas such as leadership, management and effective communication.

Aidan has won national heavyweight karate titles and was awarded university blues, for karate, by QUB. He applies his psychological knowledge to his sporting, personal and professional life and has a passion for helping people identify and realise their potential.

Dr Anna Waters, PhD

Dr Anna Waters, PhD

Psychological Skills Mentor

Dr Anna Waters, PhD

Dr Anna Waters, PhD

Psychological Skills Mentor

BSc, MSc, PhD

Anna is a psychological skills mentor working with athletes, members of the public and business professionals.

Many years ago Anna had a career in horse racing and spent some time riding as a professional jockey. Anna re-trained as a psychologist and gained a First Class (Hons) degree in Psychology with Sports Science from the University of Surrey Roehampton. This was followed by spending five years at the University of Wales Bangor where she attained an MSc and PhD in Applied Sport Psychology. Anna’s PhD investigated “The Role of self-confidence in rehabilitation and the recovery of motor performance” and won the British Psychological Society sports division award for the most outstanding PhD Thesis of 2006.

Anna is a HCPC registered and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She has over 12 years experience of working with a range of sports and organisations including: UK Athletics, The British Equestrian Federation, The GB Canoe Team, The BOA, The English Institute of Sport, Kelly Holmes’ initiative ‘On Camp with Kelly’, as well as working with individuals in a range of sports and members of the public. Anna has worked with a number of performers in the entertainment industry including: ballet dancers, opera singers, comedians and classical musicians.

Anna is passionate about working with people to help them achieve happiness and success in all areas of their lives.

Anna loves playing polo and going running. She loves spending time with her two young daughters, who keep her on her toes.

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