About Us

Dr John Kelly, founder of Fingerprint Learning Ltd, is an Education and Learning Consultant. He was born in Canada and qualified in Medicine at Queen’s University, Belfast in 1974. He went on to develop social enterprises involving counselling, medicine, leadership training, youth employment, music and education. In 1990 his educational work and medical background focused his interest on the role of the brain in how young people learn.

His personal experience of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Clinical Depression contributed to his own appreciation of the importance mental wellbeing. These experiences were formative in founding Fingerprint Learning in 2007 to bring the benefits of the latest brain research to a wide range of applications in education, health and business.

The vision of Fingerprint Learning is fuelled by the conviction that every individual has unique value. This is represented in the uniqueness of a fingerprint. Successful learning increases our sense of personal worth as well as our quality of life – from childhood, through our working life and throughout retirement. A ‘one size fits all’ approach in education has caused many young people and adults to feel ‘de-valued’. It has discouraged many people from becoming ‘lifelong learners’. The insights of ‘brain-based’ learning can counteract this influence by recognising each person’s learning style as an individual ‘fingerprint’. The brain is an amazing creation and the astonishing individuality of each person’s brain should promote a profound sense of personal value.

Dr Kelly has delivered workshops on teaching and learning for

  • The Regional Training Unit, Northern Ireland.
  • Children in Northern Ireland.
  • Stranmillis University College, Belfast.
  • The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust in the UK.
  • Public Health Agency, Investing for Health, Northern Ireland.
  • The YMCA, North Down, Northern Ireland.

In 2010 he co-authored the ground-breaking EntreBRAINeur Study (Phase 1) with Dr Brian Cummins of Stranmillis University College into the learning preferences of entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland. In 2011 they also authored the EntreBRAINeur (Phase 2) Study into Entrepreneurship and Further Education in Northern Ireland commissioned by Department of Employment and Learning (DEL).

He developed and piloted the BrainFit Plan for Retirement in workshops for Age Concern and Clanmil Housing Association in 2009-2010.

The Fingerprint Learning Team also includes Richard McChesney and Denise Robotham, who are qualified to deliver presentations and workshops on the BrainFit Plan and also Learning for Life Workshops.

Dr Kelly’s wife, Jennifer, is an Image Consultant (Jenniferkellyimage.com) and is committed to helping people discover their individual uniqueness through their personal appearance. John and Jennifer reside in Bangor, Northern Ireland.