The Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) is run by a team of people who are passionate about making a positive difference in the world. Each team member joins us with a love of learning and motivation to share and further develop the field of Positive Psychology in relation to Psychology, Philosophy, Research, and Education. The team is based across Yorkshire and Derbyshire in the UK and are available to connect globally.
Reece Coker / President
Reece is the founder of PPG. A fellow at the Institute of Leadership and Management, and Royal Society of Public Health, he is an experienced trainer, qualified psychologist, and sector expert within the subjects of Positive Psychology, Motivation, Organisational Development & Culture, Neurodiversity & Inclusion, and Business Management. A senior manager within the corporate commercial and not-for-profit sectors, Reece is passionate about learning and development at all levels. He completed his Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at Bucks New University in 2016, where his research focused on hope and fear, and is currently completing a PhD in Education and Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University with a focus on courage, anxiety, and autism. He leads and lectures on the Positive Psychology and Autism Awareness in Practice Programmes. He is an autistic individual who is a passionate advocate for autism and strengths-based approaches. Reece leads PPG's Autism Centre and is keen to work with stakeholders within the areas of employment, mental health and wellbeing, and neurodiversity and inclusion.
Claire Higgins / Chief Operating Officer
Claire is a Positive Psychology Practitioner & Researcher with a special interest in performing under pressure. She runs the PPG Positive Psychology in Practice Programme and the Positive Psychology Centre. Claire is an advocate for the application of Positive Psychology in movement, exercise, and sport settings, as well as areas of violence and conflict. A former executive coach, yoga teacher, and humanitarian professional, she has worked with various branches of the United Nations, International Red Cross, and governments across the Middle East on armed conflict, protection, prison reform, refugee health and mental health, and education. She holds Masters degrees in Exercise & Sport Psychology (MMU) and Violence, Conflict & Development (SOAS), and is fluent in Arabic. A life long martial artist and self-defence instructor, her postgraduate research focused on the motivation to teach martial arts and self-defence and the role of Positive Psychology character strengths in this process. She is currently researching the relationship between fear, action, and movement.
Richard Gray / Senior Education Officer
Richard has worked in education for over 30 years as a teacher, writer and examiner. After completing a BA in Biblical Studies, Richard’s MA, funded by The British Academy, focused on Indian religions and explored aspects of both Hindu and Buddhist religious thought. He also completed a research Fellowship, funded by The University of Oxford, into the implications of reader-response theory for religious literature and hermeneutics. This led Richard towards an interest in how we view ourselves and the world around us and towards an interest in psychology. Richard’s research interests in positive psychology are centred around the holistic nature of a person and the syncretism of psychology, philosophy and theology within positive psychology. Together with Reece and Claire, he is developing PPG's Positive Education Programme for Schools, Teachers & Parents.
Hannah Booth / Education Officer
Hannah is currently in her 3rd year of university studying Education with Psychology & Counselling at Sheffield Hallam. She has a keen interest in the psychological and counselling side of education looking at how students learn and ways to help them overcome obstacles they may face. Hannah has a background in administration working with various organisations from promotional gift companies to Government officials. Returning to education as a mature student she trained as a teaching assistant but wanted to progress further and found herself starting university. As a creative thinker, Hannah tries to think outside the box and looks to solve problems quickly and efficiently. She loves to spend time with her family, walking the peak district and visiting English and national trust heritage sites. One of her key projects is managing the Positive Psychology Academy, PPG's online learning space for students (due to launch in late 2020).
Kathryn Dixon / Project Officer
Kathryn has over 25 years’ experience in Finance, Administration Management and Fundraising and has a growing interest in Positive Psychology and the benefits it can give in education, the workplace and life in general. Her skills in Project Management and Fundraising will be key to helping PPG move forward to achieve their objectives. Kathryn started her career with a major Distribution Company and within a few years earned the title of Administration Manager before taking a six year career break to start her family. She re-joined the working world as a Project Fund Raiser for a Charity, moving on to a similar role with a Community Partnership and then for the last 12 years as a Finance Manager for the Church of England. Free time is spent enjoying travel with cruising as a firm favourite, socialising with family and friends and shopping and spa days with her daughter Ellyse. She has a keen interest in property and recently completed a major rebuild project. Kathryn is inspired everyday by her family, her husband Barrie, and children Matthew and Ellyse who are both successful in their chosen careers are her pride and joy.