Field, who has died aged 53 from cancer, was a world
authority on bullying and psychiatric injury, and
author of the best-selling Bully in Sight (1997).
His vision was for a bully-free world, and he campaigned
in schools, further and higher education, and the
workplace to achieve this.
In 1994, after nearly 20 years
working in computing, he had himself been a victim
of workplace bullying and suffered a breakdown. After
recovering, he became passionate about understanding
and dealing with the problem.
He set up the UK National Workplace
Bullying Advice Line in 1996, and then an information
website, Success Unlimited (later Bully
Online), which was widely used. He formed a publishing
house from which he released Bully in Sight. 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
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 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.
Field 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
Born in Eastbourne, he graduated
from Staffordshire University (then North Staffordshire
Polytechnic) in 1975 with a first class honours degree
in computer science. He specialised in designing and
delivering training programmes before his own encounter
with bullying. He received honorary doctorates for
his initiatives to stamp out bullying.
Field's interests were wide ranging.
He was an accomplished pianist, karaoke singer and
science fiction enthusiast. He was also always keen
to develop his knowledge of the spiritual aspects
He married Susan, whom he had met
at university. She survives him, with their two children,
Michael, 16, and Fiona, 12.
Tim Field, anti-bullying campaigner,
born April 24 1952; died January 15 2006.
to Tim Field
I ran across
Tim Field's website when I was doing research
for my masters thesis on mobbing. Tim had such a wonderful,
extensive site built up - with many resources for
and victims of bullying.
When I asked Tim questions via
email, he was very quick to respond.
He felt passionate about his cause and he carried
the torch for so
long with such courage.
I am truly grateful for all the
work Tim has done. We will all
I hope that I can make some of
the same inroads that Tim has made
in the UK. In the US, we are only starting to see
problem. But through people like Tim, the US has started
up to face the issues.
Tim was the beacon of light for
the whole world. God Bless Tim.
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