Pure Turtle People
Founder, CEO, hypnotherapist, leadership mentor and meditation teacher.
Thank you for coming to find out more about us, we hope you find it time well spent!
I’m Jackie and I’m Pure Turtle’s creator and Chief Executive. Further down this page, Michael, who has been with me from the start (not so long ago!) as our Development Director, will tell you a bit more about himself.
The work I do at Pure Turtle - mentoring and supporting leaders, offering specialised therapies and wellbeing interventions - is very different from my earlier careers, first as a newspaper and magazine journalist and then as a CEO and Board member of national and international charities.
In all, I spent 30 years leading and managing organisations. In some of those environments, I found it very challenging, serving people experiencing the most severe disadvantage on a daily basis. People who are both deaf and blind, for example, and people born with severe disabling conditions.
Running a charity was both a privilege and an ever-changing challenge. I needed both a business head and a compassionate head, and to know how to support staff, who were both paid and unpaid, in stressful working conditions.
Working hard to understand people in order to support them, and encourage their success, led me to study more about how the human mind, (and a lot about bodies too!). I trained and qualified as a psychotherapist, and I studied mindfulness/ meditation and became a registered teacher. All this gave me new insights, which I still treasure, into the behaviours and brain processes that govern the way we think, feel, cope with life, and interact with others. Of course, in doing this I also learned more about myself too, finding out how to manage myself better and coming to new understandings about why I had either succeeded or failed in the past, at work and away from work.
Through learning, over those years, often from my own mistakes and shortcomings, and from the many wonderful people I worked alongside and shared successes with, and subsequently through seeing many people as clients in therapy, I came out with a very strong sense of what really makes things work. Simply this:
It is using kindness as the driving force in all you do.
This sense of the importance of kindness, not just as a nice little touch if you’ve got time, but as a powerful force, a currency for living life, inspired me to set up Pure Turtle. I wanted to see if we could make a success of a contemporary business with kindness at its core.
I would love it if you also felt inspired and motivated by the idea of taking the single value of kindness and using it as a rudder on your voyage through life. Please feel free to connect with Pure Turtle in any way that serves you - even if just to say Hi. Or we’d be very happy to connect with you on social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter) You’ll find more about our thinking around kindness further down the page.
Development Director, meditation teacher and Massage Therapist
Hi, I’m Michael. I’ve been with Pure Turtle since it hatched from its shell and I’ve spent the past six months scrambling down the beach to reach the waves! Getting to the stage where it feels as if we are really swimming has been a unique and exciting experience.
Working for a business with kindness at its core is very important to me. I have been in so many work situations where a culture of kindness would have changed so much, and yet quite often it felt as if there was a deliberate policy of being anything but kind. No-one benefited, and neither did productivity and profit.
In searching for work that suited me better and made more of a difference to people, I trained to become a massage therapist - something that was radically different from anything I had done before. Massage is something that I think all human beings could benefit from. It’s more than just a luxury, it has profoundly health-giving qualities, and it’s great to have a skill that can benefit other people so much. For me, massage embodies kindness - both in giving, as a kindness to other people and in receiving, as a way of being kind to yourself.
I am also a qualified meditation teacher, running regular courses to get you started in meditation as well as more advanced lessons. I can offer 1-2-1 lessons as well as smaller groups if you are interested but do not want to attend a public course. I can offer these services to business, schools, councils, anywhere that feels they could benefit from working in a happier, kinder environment.
Now I combine massage therapy and meditation at Pure Turtle along with developing all the systems and processes needed for a new business, as well as looking for opportunities to work alongside people as we offer our range of support and information.
Outside of work, I have a passion for astronomy, yoga and exercise, I love to travel and experience new places and cultures, I'm a fan of motorsport and classic cars and spending as much time as possible with my daughter.