About Us


Nick Thorpe

Nick is an award-winning writer, speaker, campaigner and coach. He has journeyed to Easter Island on a home-made reed boat, and has written three books including Adrift in Caledonia, which was serialised on BBC Radio 4. But he undertook the biggest adventure of them all when he became an adoptive dad.

Now a coach and speaker on subjects ranging from risk-taking to the crisis of masculinity, he’s passionate about the emotional development of men and boys as a win-win for gender equality, spear-heading the Scottish Government’s award-winning Year of the Dad campaign in 2016 as head of communications for Fathers Network Scotland. A regular visitor in classrooms around the UK, his nautical tales bring reading alive for boys and girls alike.


Emma Dempsey

Emma has worked in Social Development and Well Being for over twenty years with a focus on empowering individuals and communities and promoting equity. This has included working in community projects, training individuals, leading behaviour change programmes, guest lecturing at university and influencing policy. As founder of Forth Coaching she has worked with men around identity, unpicking a lifetime of ideas first introduced in boyhood.

As a mother of sons, Emma is a passionate advocate for raising boys positively in a culture that allows them to flourish and be whoever they choose to be. She hosts an online platform “Mums with Sons” with over 1300 members. This is a space where mums can discuss how best to raise their sons to be emotionally literate and happy men.