This talk is free to hacp members, £5 to non members.
Nick will share his own story of being adopted and the journey to acceptance and some measure of healing. He will use this as a basis for offering some insights into the mind of an adoptee and, in a light and engaging way, challenge some of the established views of adoption. Nick will ask the audience to explore their own understanding and experience of adoption, facilitating a conversation among the group about how they might be able to develop and improve their professional practice.
Nick Mabey was adopted at birth in 1964. He grew up in a pub in Romsey, Hampshire and joined BT at the age of 19, after failing to last more than a year of a degree course in Economics. After fifteen years in a variety of commercial roles in Southampton, Reading and London, Nick left to start his own business, Create Waves, without really knowing what he wanted to do. He has spent the last twenty five years becoming less interested in business and more interested in people. Nick’s work evolved into a consultancy practice, involving executive coaching, leadership training, team facilitation and generally helping organisations make change happen. During that time Nick got a 1st class BA in Drama, Community Theatre and Media at Winchester University and a MA in Psychological Coaching at the Metanoia Institute. He is a founding trustee of a mindfulness charity, The Mindful life, and more recently, became leader of Read Easy Southampton, helping adults with literacy problems learn to read.
At the age of 56, during a pandemic and after heart surgery, Nick finally worked out what he wanted to do. As a result, he created a new business identity, Still Waters, which combines three areas of interest under one unlikely umbrella: • Helping organisations make change happen • Supporting fellow adoptees in their quest for healing • Exploring the idea of becoming or being an eco-citizen Nick now lives in Southampton with his partner of 28 years and a greying cockerpoo. His two children return home occasionally. He enjoys running, yoga, writing and supporting his local football team.