• The Centre for Inclusive Leadership

Get to Know Paul Mortimer

  • Tell us a bit a bit you - your values, what you’re passionate about?

I’m a 53 yr old grandfather therapist/ supervisor who had a 15 year career as a footballer, and who has had to fight for everything I have. I’ve been told I’m too small, too slow, too injured, not smart enough so many times in my life and chose to fight and find myself where I am because of it. So I guess my passion is injustice, exposing it and fighting it. I lived my dream of playing football and now am a therapist and clinical supervisor, which are I guess more things I’m passionate about.

  • What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Apart from marriage and my children, transitioning from being a professional athlete to becoming a therapist, I truly believed this was beyond me, I’d steered clear of academia as it intimidated me. But I realised I love learning and wish I had the confidence to explore it so much earlier in my life.

  • What attracted you to join TCfIL?

The cause, the people, the learning environment. The chance to help others to understand the impact of inclusion and exclusion from a mental & emotional viewpoint. The chance to work with a talented group of people that challenge and empower me at all times.

  • What has been the best lesson you have learned in your career?

That I am so much more than what I do. I realise that I have so much to give and to offer if I trust in myself more than I do at times.

  • What do you hope to achieve with TCfIL?

To be the best inclusion practitioner that I can. To help TCfIL to be the first thought for anyone who needs support with inclusion in their work and life environments.