MEET THE TEAM

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 Our skilled team of professionals are the backbone of The CIP Project. Their ideas help shape the direction of our work to ensure each participant gets what they need.

As well as our core team of facilitators, we are fortunate to be supported by a group of men who have completed many workshops with the CIP Project and are keen to help others on their journey. Our ethos is one of giving back - nobody is paid for their work within the project, which enables us to keep the costs of attending our workshops as low as possible. 

GROUP CHECK-IN CO-ORDINATORS/WORKSHOP ASSISTANTS

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TOM PICKERSGILL

After a lifelong struggle with a serious heart condition culminating in a cardiac arrest at the age of 26, Tom found his mental health declining and has since worked with the CIP team to manage his PTSD and depression. After experiencing such positive results Tom joined the team to give back, with the aim of helping others to overcome their personal challenges. Tom is a member of the CIP Advisory Board.

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DAVE VAUGHAN-GRIFFITHS

Dave has been a prominent member of the CIP team since he came to his first retreat in 2021. Dave regularly supports others through the weekly check-ins and his never-ending supply of refreshments at the weekend retreats have earned him the very apt title of  'Tuck Shop Dave'.

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JOHN WILLIAMS

Having gained so much from attending multiple workshops, John was keen to continue to work alongside The CIP Project. He credits the workshops for being the catalyst for change in his life, benefitting not only himself but his loved ones. Away from the project he is the author of 'My Son's Not Rainman' and a proud father of one. John is a member of the CIP Advisory Board.

MICHAEL MAISEY

Founder

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Michael is the Author of the Best-Selling Book 'Young Offender'. He has been sober for 13 years and since his release from prison in 2001 he has been on a journey practicing healing and self-development on himself to improve his life and heal the wounds from his own childhood. He went from a child from an underprivileged background, with zero qualifications to being in a position to retire at the age of 35. He works with all the tools which he has found to be most beneficial, he brings these tools together to help others reach their full potential and help them to step up and let their own light shine. His core belief is about 100% accountability, giving back, and transforming the lives of others from all walks of life.​ Michael is the lead of the CIP Advisory Board.

 

Qualifications

  • 2019 - MKP - Primary Integration Training

  • 2014 -MKP - Leadership Training

  • 2014 -Clearmind International - Facilitation Training Level 1

  • 2009 -Tony Robbins - Personal Power Level 1 and 2

Personal Self Development

  • Sobriety Date 15/12/2007

  • March 2008 - The 12 Step Program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous

  • September 2008 – The London Buddhist Centre Meditation Training

  • April 2009 – Tony Robbins - Personal Power 

  • November 2011 – The London Buddhist Centre Meditation Training

  • December 2012 – The Awakening Workshop – Clearmind International

  • March 2013 – The Edge Workshop – Clearmind International

  • September 2013 – Take 2 Workshop – Clearmind International

  • December 2013 – Men and Miracles – Clearmind International

  • March 2014 – New Warrior Training Adventure – The Mankind Project

  • May 2018 – Breathwork Training – Wim Hof

  • Nov 2019 – Shadow Work Weekend

Lived Experience

  • Ex-inmate of HM Prison Feltham Young Offenders Institution

  • Ex-alcoholic and drug addict

  • Today is 13 years sober, successful business owner, married with 2 children

  • 13 Years training in and practicing spiritual and personal development

  • Awarded 'Community Safety Hero' in 2014 by The London Borough of Hounslow and The Metropolitan Police

  • Nominated for a National Diversity Award 2020 for Positive Male Role Model

You can discover more about Michael on his website michaelmaisey.com

DAVE REDFERN

Lead Facilitator

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Dave has played a pivotal role in the development of The CIP Project; his qualifications and lived experience has served us and the participants which have attended our workshops very well. He has over 6 years experience in mentoring and supporting others in their work and has been practicing healing and self development techniques for over 10 years.

 

Qualifications

  • Clearmind International - Facilitation Training Level 1

  • Clearmind International - Facilitation Training Level 2

  • 2 Years into a 3 year Counselling Course with Clearmind International

 

Lived Experience

  • Ex inmate of HM Prison Wandsworth

  • Today Dave is a business owner, a proud father of 3 and a qualified Counsellor.

You can discover more about Dave and his counselling on his website reallifejourney.co.uk

LUKE SZACHNOWSKI

Facilitator

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Luke moved to the UK from Poland in 2005, and embarked on a journey of self development. In 2015 Luke decided to get sober, and has been sober ever since. During the past 6 years he has practised and developed various techniques to help him become a better version of himself. In 2017 he enrolled in a counselling course with Clearmind International and has assisted at many of their workshops to help others reach their full potential.

Qualifications

  • Clearmind International - Facilitation Training Level 1

  • Clearmind International - Facilitation Training Level 2

  • 2 Years into a 3 year Counselling Course with Clearmind International

 

Lived Experience

  • Ex addict and alcoholic

  • Today Luke is 6 years sober, a successful business owner and a loving father to his son.

YOUNG PEOPLE'S CO-ORDINATOR

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HALEEM CLIFT

At the age of 16, Haleem became sober from alcohol and drugs and started his personal journey of recovery. Having battled with his own mental health and addictions, Haleem is dedicated to supporting other young people to grow and better themselves.

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TIM HILL

Tim currently runs a coaching and mentoring business within the music business. In the last two years, he has really focused on self-development and embraced the wisdom of Karl Jung into everyday life. Tim admits that he was hesitant to go on a men’s retreat in fear of being judged on his sexuality, but he was very quickly proven wrong.

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LIAM MCKAY

Liam has been a chef for over 20 years working in high end restaurants and hotels throughout the UK. He attended his first workshop with The CIP Project in January of 2020 and felt so passionately about the project, he has since joined the team as our chef. In his spare time Liam is a loving father and has been sober for multiple years. He mentors other men on their journeys to getting sober.

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LUKE HOTSON

Luke's journey with The CIP Project began when he completed The Warrior Within weekend in April 2021. Since then he has completed workshops on all four of the male archetypes, culminating with The King workshop in August 2021. Luke's skills have been much in demand since, from his culinary excellence to his DIY skills around the camp.  Away from The CIP Project Luke is an incredibly proud father of three.

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DAN HOTSON

Dan is Luke's brother, and after seeing the positive changes he had made decided to join the project earlier this year. Dan has also completed the four male archetypes, and afterwards was keen to give something back to continue on his journey with The CIP Project. Away from the project Dan has worked as a chef for many years, and is currently a carer for his partner, and a loving father to his daughter.