Founder and CEO
- about Michael
Michael is founder and CEO of beanddo. He has designed the beanddo programmes and leads many of the courses.
Michael is an award-winning architect, artist and yoga teacher. He is founder of The YogaLife Project, a popular social enterprise based in Chorlton teaching yoga, meditation and offering teacher training for future yoga teachers. He is a Registered Senior Yoga teacher (SYT) – one of only 300 in the UK, with the Yoga Alliance.
Michael has taught design and led teaching studios in many Schools of Architecture. He has also led and managed a number of design businesses. As an architect Michael has worked on projects all over the world from Mexico City to Manchester, and he was a lead designer on the master plan to rebuild Manchester after the IRA bombing. Michael’s professional design work is deeply informed by his own yoga meditation as an architect and artist, and his knowledge of the contemporary cutting edge research being carried out into the use of mindfulness in a wide variety of contexts.
Michael is also an award-winning artist. He has exhibited at the CUBE Gallery, RIBA Architecture Centre, Saatchi & Saatchi and the Royal Academy where he holds the unofficial record of the most number of exhibits for a non-academician.
Michael has given many talks on yoga and architecture. He has also taught many yoga and architecture students how to practice creativity. The origin of beanddo can be traced back to when Michael realised that he had been talking about the same thing to each audience – how creativity and happiness are linked and fully experienced when Being and Doing merge.
Michael is a ‘Happiness Architect’, in that all his work, whether designing a new community or leading a yoga class is about helping others access their inner resources for happiness. He is an experienced, engaging and entertaining speaker and is available for keynote talks and appearances at public events.
- about Tim
Tim Manley is a marketing professional with over 20 years experience in the cultural sector in Manchester.
Tim started his career at the Library Theatre Company (now HOME), before working for audience development and arts marketing agency, Art About Manchester, (now The Audience Agency).
In 2004 Tim joined Manchester Museum as Head of Marketing & Audience Development and over 11 years delivered holistic marketing and audience development strategies that saw an increase in visits to the Museum from 150,000 to 450,000 a year as well as innovative marketing campaigns for the renewal of many of the Museum’s galleries.
In 2010 Tim also took responsibility for marketing the Whitworth as it embarked on its HLF funded £15million redevelopment. Tim led the campaign for the reopening that saw extensive media coverage and tremendous public awareness. Since opening in February 2015 the Whitworth has gone on to see record-breaking attendance and huge critical acclaim.
Tim developed his interest in yoga and meditation over a number of years and is a happy advocate for the benefits mindfulness meditation can bring to business, education and life.
- about Sue
Sue Manley has 30 years professional experience. She started career as an architect with wide-ranging experience in major practices and Local Authorities. Sue’s particular expertise lies in formulating development strategies, visitor orientation techniques and information management, brief formulation, and project and design management. Sue has been managing a number of businesses and initiatives for over 25 years, and provides strategic business planning and day to day project management.
beanddo by definition
being and doing. A purposeful merging of the science of effortless being with the art of spontaneous doing as a way to promote deeper awareness, wellbeing intuition and creativity.