top of page

Meet the Founders

Julian Fraser

When my second child was born not breathing, life immediately turned on its head. In those 10 minutes, with no sign of life, everything changed, and the expectations of a beautiful baby and her future were seemingly taken away. Chasya has grown into a teenager with four limb dystonic cerebral palsy with complex care needs, and my 3rd child also has Autism and ADHD.


The birth experience and what followed felt extremely painful, empty and stressful, with no clear medical solutions providing comfort. Life seemed to spiral downwards. Yet in one moment of insight about my experience, life started to change with a fresh, hopeful outlook. I realised that a happy life, enjoying my daughter, family and the future without stress and worry was possible.


I later came across an understanding of wellbeing that demonstrated the universal nature of this insight. It changed my life and has also changed the lives of others in numerous ways. I have spent the last 12 years as a practitioner in this approach and along with Claire, we decided to help other parents of children with disabilities see this too. I have been married to Jo for over 20 years, and we have 5 amazing children together and live in London with Henri the labrador. 


Claire Shutes

I was born with Cerebral Palsy, but it has not held me back. I have been married for 18 years and have a daughter. I spent twenty years making observational documentaries for the BBC and CH4, becoming a highly respected producer. After the birth of my daughter, I retrained, founding Potent Coaching in 2006. I now have an international client base working as a Master Transformative Coach and Three Principles Practitioner, as well as training prospective coaches and practitioners. 


My parents did not focus on my limitations but on my potential. My disability has been a tool for personal development and growth, prompting a journey of enquiry which began when I was 17 and still continues today. I have travelled the world studying with teachers from many traditions. I now understand that despite our thinking to the contrary, we are whole and perfect exactly as we are. Our inherent nature is love and that we are resilient whatever our circumstances. 


My professional and personal experience helps me to guide my clients in transforming their understanding of themselves and the world around them. I hope now to support families with disabilities on this journey. As Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” 



Sharyn Di Ubaldo

I am the mother of two and was a long-time anxiety sufferer, worrier and perfectionist. It became unbearable after the birth of my first son, James, who was born three months prematurely, suffered brain damage at birth and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

It felt like my dream of having a perfect, healthy family was quickly taken away from me and all I could see at the time for our family was a future of struggle and unhappiness ahead. This weighed on me immensely until I came across a revolutionary understanding about the human experience that changed everything for me and inspired me to found From Anxiety to Calm, Inc. in order to share this impactful and freeing understanding with those suffering from stress and anxiety like I used to.

I have trained and am certified as a Transformative Coach and now also hope to share
this understanding with other parents of children with special needs in order to show
them that a happy and extremely fulfilling life is still possible despite the challenges they may currently be experiencing.

I currently live in Ontario, Canada and am married to my best friend, Chris. I enjoy
travelling, eating, wine tasting and spending time with my family and friends.

If you are interested in Almond Tree content


Linda Pransky

In 2019, Linda Pransky, along with her husband George, ran a full-time Three Principles practice. They travelled around the world and spoke at events and conferences.  That year George had heart bypass surgery and suffered a severe stroke. Life changed overnight. Linda became his caregiver, his primary rehab person, and his cheerleader.  Her life changed 180 degrees.

In the chaos of this change, she found love, gratitude, and hope with newfound strengths and capabilities. Over the past two years George has made a dramatic recovery and together they have found a beautiful new life.


Linda is currently on the executive committee of the Three Principles Global Community, and is a recent faculty member for the One Thought Institute and Partner at Pransky and Associates.

Screenshot 2021-05-07 at 15.17.44.png
Elsie headshot.jpeg

Elsie Spittle

Elsie Spittle has been an internationally recognised trainer and consultant for over four decades. She is one of the few people who knew Sydney Banks, originator of the Three Principles, before he had his profound insight, and who stuck by him, despite her own early strong resistance.

Elsie had the privilege of receiving “on the job” training directly from Mr. Banks, travelling with him to address mental health practitioners, educators, and others seeking a deeper understanding of life.

Since then, Elsie has been invited to consult with all levels of executives and employees in the corporate world, and has been instrumental in transforming disadvantaged communities. She has worked with staff and youth in juvenile justice settings, as well as with individuals via coaching and retreats, and is co-founder of the Three Principles School, dedicated to sharing the integrity and purity of the Principles for the benefit of future generations.

bottom of page