Simon Gurnsey

Simon Gurnsey

TUF Workshop Facilitator

Simon is a qualified Sociometrist through the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association. He has worked for over 10 years with community and business groups in education, personal development and therapy. His work with difficult people has included among other things supervising Periodic Detention work gangs, running men’s anger management groups and facilitating community initiatives to reuse materials from red zoned land after the Christchurch earthquakes.

Simon has a post graduate diploma in Not For Profit Management from Unitec. For the past eight years he has been a board member and more recently Chair of START a community agency working with children and their families where sexual abuse is an issue. He assisted in the development of the organisation’s Health and Safety policy. He conducts health and safety briefings for groups of volunteers involved in the re-use of land in the Christchurch earthquake red zone rebuild and has a Site Safe Certificate.

Simon has an ability to strike up an immediate rapport with just about anyone. He firmly believes that people who are having fun, and are more relaxed, will have a better learning experience than those under pressure or feeling anxious. His ability to work effectively with groups was gained through many years of psychodrama training and working with a wide variety of groups. Simon developed spontaneity in leading groups while working with Playback theatre audiences and workshop participants.