A behavioural scientist, author and commentator on many aspects of management, leadership, organisation and personal development, I have been very fortunate in the range of experiences that my career has opened up for me. In most cases, my colleagues and I have delivered pioneering, and some quite exceptional, outcomes.
My primary interest is in facilitating the learning and development of leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs – individually and collectively.
As a confidant to some elite leaders in global business, government and the not-for-profit sectors, I help them navigate their own complex worlds to achieve outstanding results. My publications list includes nine books and over 300 articles.
Having worked in many areas of executive education, today I prefer to contribute through more formal academic environments as a member of a team delivering larger scale, longer-term, or more intensive programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; developing my own research themes; and collaborating with others.
For five years, from 2012, I developed and led the leadership strand of the GCAP/Smith School (University of Oxford) ‘Adaptation Academy’ – helping senior leaders in the field of climate resilience hone their abilities to influence highly complex political landscapes. A further book on distributed leadership is in preparation now.
In October 2013, I began teaching at The Oxfordshire Business and Enterprise School in Abingdon, which is an inspiring environment with a very diverse range of mature students. This confirmed my enjoyment of longer-term class facilitation and adult education. Through TOBES, I teach undergraduate and Masters’ level Human Resources Management (leading to CIPD qualifications), and undergraduate level Multicultural Management, Personal Development and, most recently, Engineering Management.
In May 2015, I was invited to establish an Advanced Coaching course for the University of Oxford. This was very successful, and as a result, I was confirmed as a Tutor in Psychology and Counselling. I am now responsible for devising, supervising, and sharing the delivery of, all coaching programmes – Introductory, Advanced, Group, and Supervision, on an annual basis. My fifth course, on Reflective Practice, is scheduled for January 2020 (Hilary Term).
My work is strongly influenced by my institutional memberships; as a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Keen to develop my understanding of the power of photography to ‘have an impact’, in May 2017, I began a taught/research MA in Photography at the University of Falmouth. However, I found this didn’t suit me, and instead began a 3/4yr MA/PhD in Fine Art by Research at the University of Gloucestershire in October 2019, using the principles of behavioural economics to explore the impact of imagery on community behaviour.