Tim Field graduated from Staffordshire University (formerly North Staffordshire Polytechnic) in 1975 with a First Class Honours degree in computing science, after which he spent nearly twenty years at the forefront of computing in programming and systems support and development. His technical expertise was complemented by a commitment to user support and customer service specialising in designing and delivering training programmes for users with little or no knowledge of computing. He became a regular speaker at user group conferences around the world, including UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia and USA.
Drawing on the experience of being bullied out of his job as a Customer Services Manager in 1994 and experiencing a stress breakdown, he founded the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line which was first featured in the Independent on Sunday, on 28 January 1996. Tim's Advice Line logged over 10,000 cases similar to his own. During 1996 he wrote, typeset and published Bully in sight which was the first book to identify the sociopathic serial bully in the workplace. One review said: "Thank you for writing Bully in Sight. It's like a torch in the darkness." Tens of thousands of copies were sold in 30 countries. In 1998 Field published David Kinchin's Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: the Invisible Injury.
Then, in 2001 he co-authored and published (with Neil Marr), Bullycide: Death at Playtime, an exposé of child suicide caused by bullying.
In 1997, recognising that he couldn't sustain the level of telephone demand indefinitely, he set up the web site, then called "Success Unlimited", starting with six pages in January 1998. By 2004 there were over 400 pages.
Tim believed that bullying was the single most important social issue of today, and that its study provided an opportunity to understand the behaviours which underlie almost all conflict and violence.
His work inspired and influenced international anti-bullying organisations, while his personal energy, commitment and knowledge restored sanity and saved lives. He received honorary doctorates for his initiatives to stamp out bullying.
By the time of Tim's death in 2006, he had become a world authority on bullying and psychiatric injury. His vision was for a bully-free world, and he campaigned in schools, further and higher education, and the workplace to achieve this.He lectured all over the world. His clients included individuals as well as institutions such as the BBC, trade unions, police forces and local authorities. He had worked personally on more than 5,000 bullying cases, highlighting the lack of understanding for victims. He revealed patterns showing how trade unions often failed to deal effectively with the problem among their members.
Tim Field, anti-bullying campaigner, born April 24 1952; died January 15 2006
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