Trained through the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the New Era Academy. Maureen has created and run a successful speech and drama school of her own and has gone on to coach people of all ages from every type of background in this work. Her clients have included individuals, institutions and businesses from across the UK. Her approach combines a deeply intuitive and compassionate understanding of people with a lifetime of professional study in this field.
Has worked as a teacher, consultant in the City of London, economic reformist, conference organiser, national charity leader culminating in becoming a social entrepreneur, owning and managing her own successful businesses created with making a positive social and environmental impact in mind. Joanne is also a Human Givens psychotherapist and coach and has many years of experience giving public talks and business presentations and teaching public speaking. She is a member of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society, The Human Givens Institute and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She writes on social and economic issues in her blog http://joannetheaker.wordpress.com/. She is also a life long Buddhist and member of the Buddhist Society for Peace, Education and Culture.
Adding his considerable skills and experience to Vocal Integrity is Sheffield based tutor Robert Beard. Following his Bachelor of Divinity from the University of St Andrews, Robert became qualified through the City & Guilds in teaching life-long learning and English as a foreign language. He is a York St John University Accredited Tutor and Parliamentary Outreach facilitator. Public speaking has always been a hugely significant part of Robert’s life. Falling in love with drama as a young child he has continued to act at professional and amateur levels in productions ranging from William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde to Tom Stoppard and Terry Eagleton. Robert’s experience includes work as a Church minister, preacher, university lecturer, conference speaker and singer and most recently as policy officer for the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA). He currently delivers webinars on localism and local government engagement.