Hello! Penelope Tobin here, Barrier Breakers’ founder.

Thanks for visiting us.

I hope you find the website useful and that our work is of value to you.


By way of introduction, here’s a snapshot of who I am…

I’m a passionate advocate for soft skills, creator of BBM, an educator, author, speaker, jazz musician…and a mashup of all the above.

I’ve a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts from Middlesex University, London; an MA in Leading and Managing Organisational Change from City University, London; and a couple of PhDs from the University of Life ;)

I’m a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and support any work that brings the arts, and especially music, into young people’s lives.

Penelope Tobin
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I’ve written three books, including The Jazz of Business: Leadership in a New Groove, which use BBM as a way of approaching organisational and personal soft skills development.

I speak about the power of soft skills and The Jazz of Business, at conferences and events wherever and whenever I can.

I’m very fortunate to work with wonderful, inspiring, supportive people – and am especially grateful for those who give so generously in so many ways to Barrier Breakers Foundation.

I hope I get the chance to get to know about you!

And that we have an opportunity to work together soon.