Richard Gentle RICHARD J W GENTLE - Background


Richard has many talents - from establishing and maintaining excellent interpersonal relationships, to producing effective creative solutions to practical and technical problems. This, and the ability to make functional models, attracted the attention of prestigious blue-sky research company, Starlab (set up by Walter De Brouwer) and internationally renowned, Cranfield University.

Richard is a persuasive mediator and negotiator, is highly organised, and produces high quality work.

In 2004 he developed Heuristic Consultancy - whereby people focus their thinking in special ways, gain a clear organisational overview, and apply common sense rules and plain language in order to increase the probability of developing lasting solutions to perceived problems - in essence, maximising what they often already know.

Currently, Richard has written a number of books on changing personal reality and also runs a discussion meetup group called Chat to Change. He is also an art teacher for a local group near Wakefield and Leeds.

CURRENT

April 2012 - Present - Writer and Web Designer (self-employed).

August 2015 - Present - Art Teacher - riversMEET Café & Crafts, Methley, Leeds. (Website)

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PREVIOUS

Jan 2005 - March 2012 e-Learning Manager and Project Leader (Kirklees Council, W.Yorks.) Development of Multimedia, electronic learning for Kirklees Collegiates. Also key involvement with the Area Wide Prospectus and Common Application Process (CAP) website and later, UCAS Progress - Search & Apply.


2004
Heuristic Consultant - Freelance
Working in new media and e-learning content development. Clients included: Cranfield University and BAE Systems (via Cranfield University Link Office). Also. liaising with academics to produce multimedia training material for students and engineers.



2002-2004 Ambassador for Science & Technology - SETNET (Bedfordshire).
(Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics Network) - later renamed Stemnet (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) - a UK-wide charity that promotes Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) awareness, especially among young people in schools. Richard worked with the Bedfordshire & Luton group.


2001- 2003. Module Creator - Cranfield University - School of Industrial & Manufacturing Science (SIMS).

Developing, producing and delivering multimedia e-learning lecture material for various Cranfield University projects. Liaising with senior academics and international project partners, including: Imperial College (London), RMIT (Australia), BAE Systems (Farnborough and Warton).


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Aircraft Evacuation Trials
Between 2001 and 2003 Richard worked with other volunteers to test new aircraft evacuation equipment and emergency exit navigation devices. Trials included black-out conditions, smoke-filled cabins and blocked exits. The outcomes of some of this research was subsequently employed in commercial aircraft.



1997-2001 Instructor - Performing Arts Bedford College, Bedford

Managing technical support and providing teaching support across four areas of Performing Arts: Theatre, Media, Popular Music and Dance. Also responsible for college-wide audio-visual provision and maintenance for 250 staff and 10,000 students.


Nov-Dec 2000 Research Consultant -
Starlab, Brussels, Belgium

"In 2000, I was asked to go to Starlab on a four week contract to develop new technology devices. I developed 'Story Book Creator' (for children) and 'Objects that know they're not there' (a loss prevention system for personal objects - later to become more familiar as RF tagging). I also contributed to i-wear (technology built into clothing); artificial intelligence; and nanotechnology. (Offered permanent position, but company went into liquidation before I could join. In October 2011, a few Starlabbers met in Barcelona for a reunion and sharing of their current projects." More information here.

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1992-1997 Media Resources Co-ordinator Bedford College, Bedford

Managing audio-visual equipment provision, maintenance and repairs, across four college sites.


Other Activities (between 1984 and 1992)

1990-92 Relief Teacher Kirklees and Wakefield Education
Authorities - Teaching all subjects in several schools to mixed ability age 7 to 18


1989-1990 PGCE (Secondary teaching - Craft, Design & technology) College of St Mark & St John Plymouth, Devon.


1988-89 Photographer - Freelance
Including darkroom work. Clients included Yorkshire Newsbeat, Radio Aire FM, Cornish Guardian Newspaper.


1986-88 Audio-visual Technician Bretton Hall College, W. Yorks. (Now closed but formerly with the University of Leeds).

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1984-85 Archivist & Photographer Yorkshire Sculpture Park, W.Yorks.


1985-86 Partnership - S. Yorks.

Partnership designing computer and physiotherapy aids for children. Also involved with production of toy lego lathe, marketing material, and negotiations with Lego company.


1977-1994 Freelance Photographer.


Miscellaneous Experiences (between 1977-1992).

Worked as field labourer (Tom Horsfield's Nursery, Silkstone, S.Yorks.) (1977).

Worked as part-time forecourt attendant (garage at Silkstone) (1978-79).

Produced a few marketing drawings for a local Estate Agent (1979-80).

Attended a number of business improvement courses (Enterprise Allowance Scheme) covering business management, marketing, accounts, etc. (1984-86).

Attended a one-week [mystery] sales training course (1985) which resulted in a few months of selling Peugeot cars with Fletcher Motors (Leeds).

Worked as part-time forecourt attendant (S.G Blackburn's garages in Scissett and Denby Dale, W.Yorks.) (1987-89 and again between 1990 and 1992).


Public Performances and Exhibitions

March 2010 - Quantum Relationship Art (light sculpture) Website here - Westgate Studios, West Yorkshire.

November 2006 - Kinetic Art - Public artwork for Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Website here.

24th November 2006 - Solo Piano:
Wakefield Jazz - 'Eclectic Improvisations' (Boogie Woogie and Improvisations).

Mid-1990s - Piano playing 'front of house' - Bowen West Theatre, Bedford. (Met Eddie Izzard and then enjoyed his show. It was the last place he performed before gaining notoriety in London and later, internationally).

1987 - Photographic Exhibition at Woolley Hall, W.Yorks.
'Verse, Vision and Sound' (Richard Gentle, Photography; Sean Mannion, Poetry; Ian Nelson, Music).


Personal Websites
www.landofgobeyond.co.uk / www.who1.co.uk / www.elearningcentral.info / www.keekoo.co.uk / www.handoflight.org / www.elearningcentral.info/lightboxes / www.gentle-enterprises.org

Websites produced and managed for other individuals and organisations
www.wakefieldjazz.org / www.ylmp.co.uk / www.rogerking.info / www.wakefieldsportsclub.co.uk Also see Gentle Enterprises here for these and other websites.


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