The Soulmates Academy journey so far...

Genesis...


Having set up in business together, Jon & Andrea quickly learned that their very different work-styles were a big problem! Thankfully, they discovered some material that transformed their relationship. Over the next 20 yrs, they dedicated evenings and weekends to sharing their learnings with anyone who would listen!

1996

Soulmates Academy Established


In 2016, they formally established Soulmates Academy with a vision of proactively equipping people with strong relationship skills to have better conversations and better outcomes.

2016

TEDx Talk


In Mar 2019, they had the privilege of delivering a TEDx Talk in the heart of the City of London, sounding the alarm for the need for proactive relationship education and highlighting The 4 Habits© of ALL successful relationships.

March 2019

Launched resources for schools


In 2019, they developed and delivered a new offering for the “Classroom” - short talks and workshops to form part of the new RSE curriculum.

2019

Westminster Hall Debate


In April 2019 they had the privilege of addressing the UK All Party Parliamentary Group responsible for Strengthening Couple Relationships and Reducing Inter-Parental Conflict in the House of Commons.  Their talk sparked a Westminster Hall Debate on 16 May 2019 encouraging the government to consider the link between #mentalhealth and #emotionalhealth.

2019

Charity Registered


On 23 April 2020, Soulmates Academy Foundation was registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, with the vision to equip every individual with the fundamentals of relationship skills so that they turn up better to relationships have better conversations and achieve better outcomes.

April 2020

Our Governing Body

Co-Founders & Trustees

Dr. Andrea
Taylor-Cummings

BSc, MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
Co-Founder & Trustee

Andrea’s fundamental passion is to help people change behaviours so they live “on purpose”, lead well and build stronger relationships.  This has been the constant theme in her 30 year career as an organisation development consultant and as an entrepreneur.

Andrea has spent much of her time in people/leadership development, designing and delivering programmes for diverse, global audiences through live workshops / seminars, as well as one-on-one coaching.

She holds a First-Class Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies, and both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Management Studies from Oxford University.  Andrea was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Jamaica in 1989.

A personal note from Andrea“Great relationships support and sustain us in life, yet it is so easy to misunderstand each other and create distance. Equipping people to do relationships well means I can help breathe life and vitality into this generation and the next. That’s a goal worth fighting for.

Jonathan
Taylor-Cummings

B.Eng, MPhil (Oxon), AltMBA
Co-Founder & Trustee

Building ‘bigger’ people and organisations has been a common thread running through Jon’s career, with a focus on building engagement, aligning operations and developing relationships.

He has spent much of the last 30 years in professional service environments, helping both blue-chips and start-ups grow and develop corporate assets and client relationships to deliver a wide range of services across the banking, pensions and consulting sectors.

Jon holds a Masters’ Degree in Management Studies from Oxford University, a First-Class Honours degree in Electronic Engineering with Computer Science from the University College, London, and is a graduate of Seth Godin’s altMBA online leadership and management program.

A personal note from Jon“I do what I do because seeing relationships break down for lack of knowledge, breaks my heart. I also do it because I love helping people overcome challenges and become their very best selves”.

Other Trustees

Jeremy Lindley

Chair of Trustees

Jeremy’ purpose is to bring the faith that transformation will happen, and action, turning ideas into results.  He loves to inspire and deliver change, through design, business leadership, coaching, public speaking and charity leadership.  His 30 year international career has spanned running his own Design business, University Lecturing and leading Design for two of the UK’s largest FTSE 100 companies. 

Jeremy holds an honours degree in Three Dimensional Design from the University of Plymouth, and a Masters Degree in Design by research from Curtin University, Australia.  He is a Visiting Lecturer at INSEEC University and a speaker at Design and Industry conferences.

Jeremy is Chair of the Design Business Association, the UK’s trade body for Design, part of the Design Commission advising the UK government on design policy and a trustee of Enfield Vineyard Church.

A personal note from Jeremy“Great relationships don’t happen by accident, they take investment and skill.  I am passionate about helping people to learn the skills needed to build strong relationships and inspiring everyone that they can learn and change”.

Wendy Grafton

Trustee

Wendy has worked in senior and board level positions across commercial, public and third sectors. Her experience spans business development, general management and strategic consultancy. Over the past 10 years she has focused on the health and social care sector to help improve services, to bring best practice and to instil a more commercial approach to the organisations she has worked with. 

Wendy holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administrations from Cranfield School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Surrey.

A personal note from Wendy“I have a strong passion for equality and making the world a better place. Throughout my career I have achieved success by believing everyone has value and helping them see the potential in themselves.” 

Gerrad Olisa-Ashar

Trustee

Gerrad is passionate about building lasting relationships on all levels. This passion has helped him build a career, spanning almost 20 years, in information technology. The last 5 of which has been spent helping small and medium sized organisations build resilient businesses in the face of ever-increasing cyber security threats.

Gerrad holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from Cambridge University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Birkbeck College, University of London.

A personal note from Gerrad“I firmly believe that good relationships are the bedrock of our social existence. However, the threat from technology advancements on the quality of relationships cannot be underestimated. It therefore is critical that we encourage the propagation of relationship building skills, wherever we can, to help equip people and get them to do relationships well”.

Advisors

Sir Paul Coleridge

Chairman of Marriage Foundation and former High Court Judge

Richard Kane

Founder National Marriage Week

Charity Details

Soulmates Academy Foundation is a charity registered in England & Wales, charity number 1189169

Kingfisher House, Hurstwood Grange, Hurstwood Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 7QX

Weblinks & TEDx Talk

Website: https://www.soulmatesacademyfoundation.org

TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/o4Y5Mr8rZ9A