After graduating from high school in the United States, Piero travelled to the West Indies to work on charter yachts for a year before returning to London, where he eventually studied Sound Design and Technical Theatre. This was followed by a spell in the music industry and backstage in theatres before spending three further years at drama school. Just as his career as an actor was about to start, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and years of drifting, lack of direction and indolence were focused in an abrupt epiphany thanks not to the diagnosis, but the manner in which it was delivered.
Realising that a fundamental change occurs within even the most resourceful of people when they step into a highly charged situation, Island 41 was founded with the purpose of using actors’ techniques in a variety of settings. He began building his portfolio and defining his inimitable style over the following years, and now conceives, designs and delivers his work in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Africa, North America and the Far East. He has NCDT certificates in theatrical stage management and acting, is a certified practitioner for MBTI, Belbin, SDI and NLP, and successfully completed an internationally recognised course in Transactional Analysis.
In 2009 he began drafting short essays as a method of refining his thoughts, and this sparked a new career, alongside his existing work, as a writer. He published his first book in 2015, is currently working on a second and occasionally produces articles on a number of transferable skills topics.
Piero believes that personal effectiveness is directly linked the ability and willingness to build, maintain and continually develop healthy and dynamic interpersonal relationships. He feels that communication should be clear, direct, simple and unambiguous, and is a dedicated champion of experiential learning. A natural teacher, he invariably finds the vocabulary of his audience, and his style is lively, engaging and memorable.
An enthusiastic but often hapless amateur smallholder in his spare time, he lives with his wife, son and daughter near the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire and describes some of his experiences here.