Our Brighton Team

Brightons aBoB contingent

Rex Brangwyn

I am an Osteopath and Kinesiologist of 20 years experience. I run a busy multidisciplinary health clinic called Integral Clinic. I am a Director of Integral College that designs and delivers personal and group transformational trainings. I have worked as a participant and Trainer in the Mens’ Movement for many years.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

To help young men navigate the process of growing into mature and functional men so that they can manifest their gifts for themselves, their family and the world. My local role is to inspire men to join us, introduce the project to statutory agencies, keep the big picture in mind, and run local meetings.

Robin Life

I am a father of two young boys. I am a carpenter, shiatsu practitioner and life coach. And, I am a man who wants to give something of myself to help create a community that supports all of us to achieve their highest potential, rather than bemoaning the lack of government help and the state of the world today.

Youth, crime, youth, pollution, youth, fear! Young people are not the problem that the tabloid media portrays them to be. They are the future of us all and we must nurture their talents for good not ignore them and blame them for our own failings

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

Every thing seems to point in that direction My understanding of the world and of “Mens work” leads me to believe that the best way to affect change in society is through communities working together to heal the wounds of shame and lack of opportunity. I am happy to be a part of that process. This is a timely project that is absolutely at the right place and maybe just in the nick of time

Aaron Shwartz

Aaron Swartz

I am a performer, teacher, theatre director and a integrative arts psychotherapist. I have spent a a very creative life working towards and realising my potential. I have now made it my life goal to help others do the same. I work with individuals and groups.  Much of my recent experience has been working with individuals who have lost their voice in self – expression. Individuals who have suffered trauma and are needing help and support to ‘work ‘ through this. Working with Band of Brothers is part of my fulfilment of working with amazing men with an amazing purpose!!!

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

So many young boys do not have a significant male relationship (or certainly not a positive one!). As a result they go ‘off the rails.’ Addressing these issues is the most important concern of this generation. Men go to war. Young men are in prison. Both have lost their purpose and don’t know where they belong. I am now devoted to trying to repair and heal this relationship. I truly believe such a relationship is essential in order to become a fully individualised man who is able to lead a happy and constructive life. I believe this mentoring project is addressing this.

Francis Briers

FrancisBriers

I trained originally as an actor, but ran away from the theatre to find my home! I am an Interfaith Minister and in this context I am deeply committed to living a life informed by a sense of spirit, love and meaning – and supporting others to do that too. I do this implicitly through my life, relationship and work, and explicitly as a spiritual counsellor. As a martial artist I bring a fierce and tender heart and I practice deep rooted strength and courageous vulnerability. I sometimes struggle with the realities of corporate life, but I feel committed to having a relationship with corporations. I believe that it is only through having a conscious relationship with these huge and powerful organisations that we can have a hand in shaping them and thereby have a hand in shaping all our futures.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

As a young man I can remember feeling very much at sea particularly with what it means to be a man. How do we move out of a patriarchal mindset without becoming immasculated: How do we become real men? I feel that this question is really important, and I want to keep living this question in the company of men, and support the next generation in asking this question too.

Adam Duncan

Adam Duncan

Over the past five years I’ve put many hours of voluntary work into ABOB but I still reckon I get more out of organisation than I put into it. It keeps me connected and enables me to do my own personal development work with the goal of helping young men in my community. My life would be less rich and fulfilled without the many friendships I have developed with both young and older men through this wonderful organisation.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers in Brighton?

I’m 68 and was a part-time dad to my two sons. I had very little idea of how to be a Dad as old authoritarian role models of Fatherhood were never going to work on two lively (and sometimes angry) teenagers living in Brighton. I was running a media company with many ups and downs but felt isolated as a father and longed for a community of men who were prepared to work on themselves and with each other.

 

Rob Day

Rob Day

I’m a 39 year old step father to two teenage boys aged 17 and 18. I am also a founding director of a web design company in Brighton employing 10 people.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

As a young man growing up I was very aware that there was no initiation into manhood on offer to me. When is a young man supposed to become a man? There is no clear definition in western society. Instead – society today seems to rely on celebrity and media to create often poor role models and aspirations for young men. A Band of Brothers provides a compelling and authentic alternative.

Ben Cole

Ben Cole

I am an award winning film maker, best known for Shooting the double Grammy nominated film ‘1Giant Leap’ and many Drama features and documentaries about diverse subjects from Music to Addiction. I made the film about the Band of Brothers group a few years ago that can be seen on this web site. I have a great interest in making this innovative work more accessible through the medium of film and since my own childhood was lacking mature male role models, I have spent many years working with teenagers empowering their self esteem all over the world from Ethiopia to Brighton.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

I spent a few years of my childhood in a school for troubled children, who used to confide in me their relationships with men, that were very challenging. Since then I have tried through my films and workshops to address some of the behavioural challenges, such as crime and suicide, that is associated with feelings of abandonment in young men in our community. As the old Native American saying goes; ‘If we do not prove that their futures will be happy, the young men in our communities, will burn the village down, just to feel the warmth’.

Andrew Drake

Andrew Drake

I am 49 and father to a son and daughter. I earn my living through teaching and gardening. I grew up in Leeds but have lived in London and Brighton since I was 19. I love being a dad and and share my life with my partner of 5 years. My other loves are music holidays and modern art .

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

I want to be part of a project which supports emotional awareness in young men. I think there are benefits to the individual and to society and I enjoy using my skills and experience to faciltate positive change in people. I also feel there is a need in our society for adult men to take collective responsibility for troubled young men.

Graham Thurley

Graham Thurley

I’m a Brighton bloke and got introduced to the work of ‘A Band of Brothers’ by our CEO Nathan while working as a Police Officer in Crawley, about 4 years ago. My role at that time was working directly with probation, managing prolific, chaotic young offenders and I was instantly drawn to ideology and revolutionary methods used by ABOB to work with such young men. It was a pleasure to be able to support and promote that group of men in its early stages.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

I became impassioned and had a desire to volunteer away from work, so I attended a ‘Beyond the Hero’ weekend (I believe the first PC to do so) and have served the Brighton community as Mentor and Community Co-ordinator since. In this time I have developed as a man, witnessed other men’s work and supported young men in what is often the start of a long and painful journey. My Thursdays would not be complete without sitting in a circle of men, and as a man with no blood brothers, i’ve found mine. Last year was personally transformational and with the support of this community I travelled abroad to volunteer with Raleigh International in Borneo. Taking this ‘time out’ I found the strength to leave the Police, take risks and make new choices. None of which would have been possible without the support of my community. I love my city and I’m proud to be part of this ever growing Band of Brothers and strive to be the best man I can be.

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