Dr Jennie Potts
BSc, MSc, PhD, DClinPsy, CPsychol
Jen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist specialising in building resilience in both individuals and teams. She lives in Cheshire with her family and two dogs. Jen studied at King’s College, Cambridge, receiving her PhD in 2002; she completed a second doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2007. Apart from her family, one of her greatest passions is to be a volunteer for Manchester Children’s Burns Camp, helping young people to realise their strengths and skills. Jen is also keen on renovating houses. She grew up in a household where it was the norm to knock down walls and rebuild the space. She has continued this tradition, completing two self-builds and a renovation on a 200 year old farmhouse. Jen always has an eye on the next challenge- it is one of her reasons for Being.
Fitz began his working life building vintage cars, being one of the few craftsmen to make the hand built Morgan Sports car was a proud time for him but a strong desire to help people led to a career in the ﬁre service. Twenty ﬁve years of active service later he is now an experienced Incident commander with a wealth of experience in incident and people management. In his spare time, Fitz works as an advocate for several charities and for the last 10 years has been a volunteer for Manchester Children’s Burns Camp. This role brought him new skills and the privileged position of helping improve the lives of some of the most inspirational young people he has ever met. Fitz enjoys the outdoors, open water swimming, cycling and skiing but most important to him is spending time with his two daughters; all of which keep Fitz busy Being.
After graduating with a ﬁrst-class degree from Leeds Metropolitan University, Anna spent several years teaching windsurﬁng in Greece and Egypt where she worked as part of a world class team. It was here that she learnt the importance of trust and clear communication. When the wind dropped, Anna headed for Manchester. She secured a job with a major events agency and was immediately posted to the Middle East to be part of a team delivering the United Nations Climate Change Programme 2012.
Since then, Anna has felt lucky to work on a wide spectrum of events around the world ranging from small bespoke workshops to large scale, complex, global events using cutting edge technology. To Anna, each event is just important as the last she thrives in a collaborative environment. Anna’s down to earth attitude and positive energy connect the client, project teams and crew to ensure smooth communication and seamless events. When not working hard, Anna can be found on a ski slope, a beach or knee deep in mud at a festival with friends or simply enjoying life in Didsbury, Manchester.
Taken together, these are Anna’s reasons for Being.
Nige’s career started age 13 as a paperboy and he delivered for the next 5 years. He still sees it as one of the best ways to kick oﬀ any career in terms of responsibility, discipline, getting up in any weather and serving the community. From there he entered the corporate world of banking where his career took a huge and fortuitous swerve into live events. Cutting his teeth in London before moving to Manchester and eventually founding his own agency with three colleagues and now lifelong friends. That agency grew into one of the largest privately owned agencies in the UK and then across the globe in 7 locations. It was here that he loved the daily routine of motivating and communicating with people. Nige says that he has been fortunate to work around the globe with major blue-chip companies, CEO’s, princes and popes, pop stars and politicians. He has delivered Global Summits, produced Olympic ceremonies, climate change programmes and countless other events. Through his experience over the years, Nige has become increasingly interested in how people can help people. Co-founding Being with a diverse, talented and dynamic group has turned that interest into a reality. Outside of that Nige is involved with several charities. He loves walking his two dogs and trying several sports which usually involve getting wet or cold or quite often both. Nige lives with his family in Cheshire and has two grown up children who he is extremely proud of. These are Nigel’s reasons for Being.
Si lives a full and active life. He has enjoyed an eventful career in the Fire Service for the last twenty years and loves responding to the many dynamic and varied incidents, leading a team that he trusts implicitly. He is Assistant Director of Manchester Children’s Burns Camp saying that “involvement with the charity has been one of the most worthwhile experiences of my life”. Physical ﬁtness is important to Si, he trains often, enjoying bouldering and getting out on his bike and is always up for a challenge. Si received an MBE in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to the Manchester Children’s Burns Camp. He is happily married with two growing children. Family are everything to Si and are his reason for Being.