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SAMI Associates

SAMI Associates

Nick Allen

Nick is an organisational change specialist, environmentalist and promoter of sustainable business. He has twenty years consulting and coaching experience worldwide experience in most industry sectors.

His recent work includes a culture transformation project with Cisco Systems across EMEA; support of E.On with the merger and integration of their UK and German engineering businesses; partner and director development for Deloitte & Touche in Russia and CIS; talent development and coaching with Marsh & McLennan, the world's number one risk-broker; and executive development coaching with Liverpool and Victoria Mutual.

He has a passion for nature and the environment and much of his work has led him to engage with issues of corporate social responsibility and sustainability. As a result he has added his energy and insight as co-founder of the Henley Business School Centre for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Reading.

He first graduated in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia and went on to complete an MSc from Department of Land Resources at the University of Guelph in Canada. Since then he has undertaken post-graduate studies in Organizational Behavior at UCL Birkbeck and executive coaching with the Academy of Executive Coaching, an ICF accredited course.

Nick is co-owner of The Coaching Partnership UK Limited and Metricus Limited. He was Vice Chair of AMED, the Association of Management Education and Development and is a member of Association of Sustainability Practitioners.

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Mike Atack

Mike Atack has worked in IT and strategic planning for over 40 years. He started work in Operational Research for the National Coal Board in the 60s and then joined an Engineering Consultancy to work on transport planning studies in the UK and Australia. He then joined Shell International, initially in operational research and then in corporate strategy, focusing on competitive positioning and scenario planning, being a founder member of their internal Strategy Consultancy Team.

After a number of subsequent assignments running IT in Shell for, inter alia, UK Chemicals and the London Headquarters, he moved into programme management, being responsible for implementing a number of large IT change projects. These included the closure of a global telex operation and its replacement by email, the transformation of Shells PC desktop support teams (originally country-specific) into a globally managed and operated service, Sarbanes-Oxley accreditation of the Downstream (manufacturing, distribution, sales) business.

Latterly he managed the transition of Canadian IT operations (some 500 staff) into the Shell IT organisation following the acquisition of the Shell Canada company, involving the alignment of two very different cultures as well as technical (e.g. JDE vs SAP) and organisation differences. He was also responsible for championing the take-up of standard ITIL processes across Shell's IT support teams prior to leaving in 2008.

Besides being an Associate of SAMI Consulting, Mike is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society, being a member of their Management Forum Strategy Panel.

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Mark Attan

Mark is an independent consultant with extensive experience as a strategist in both corporate organisations and leading management consulting firms. Over recent years, Mark has focused on the telecom, media, technology (TMT) sector, and more recently on “digital spaces”, though his experience encompasses other sectors such as professional and financial services, utilities, transport and the public sector.

Much of Mark’s consulting work for Deloitte Consulting/ Braxton Associates involved developing strategies to position UK, European and North American telecom and media clients to address the opportunities and challenges resulting from market liberalisation, technology evolution, and industry convergence and consolidation.

Recruited by BT to develop BT’s global mobile activity, Mark helped to set up BT Wireless as a separate division and he then worked on the demerger of mmO2 plc from BT. Mark’s responsibilities in O2 plc included developing O2 plc’s strategic agenda, vision and strategic intent using Board off-sites and scenario planning to facilitate key decisions. Mark also managed O2’s business planning process and contributed to key operational projects, such its brand and customer experience programmes. Corporate development, in particular bid defence and the assessment of in-country and Top Co merger options, was also a key activity.

Following Telefónica’s acquisition of O2 in 2006, Mark was O2’s lead in the post-acquisition integration project, enabling substantial “quick-win” synergies while also preserving O2’s distinctive brand and customer centric approach. Since 2007 Mark has held a number of strategy roles in Telefónica S.A. and in its global and regional divisions, extending his experience of working in multinational and multicultural organisations. Key priorities driving Mark’s work have been to develop more effective and aligned global-local strategies, operating / organisational models; to devise responses to market and industry disruption; to transform Telefónica into a digital company, and to improve its innovation approach.

During his career, Mark has always enjoyed working in multi-disciplinary teams and across different sectors and has developed a number of interests including the business, economic and societal impact of digital technologies; corporate governance and social responsibility; and innovation approaches. Mark acts as mentor to a number of start-up companies.

Mark holds a degree in Economics from the University of Manchester and a M.Phil. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Edinburgh.

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Peter Barnett

Peter is a highly experienced consultant with a top-class track record in the provision of strategic direction, leadership and transformation. He has in-depth experience of working across the boundaries between private, public and not-for-profit sectors in driving change management initiatives around heath and social care funding and benefits and the provision of relevant information and advice to individuals and their families.

In recent times Peter worked across the insurance, charity and political sectors and in his corporate career he worked latterly in senior public affairs, communications and strategic and corporate development roles in financial services with Unum, the UK's leading disability insurer, Britannic Retirement Solutions and Swiss Re Life & Health.

Before he joined Swiss Re, his career was outside financial services and embraced various general management appointments within the FMCG, the international pharmaceutical and public sectors. Peter is a pharmacist by profession, is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and is recognised as a "Qualified Person"under the UK Medicines Act. Peter is currently Chair of the Continuing Care Conference (CCC) and a board member of SOLLA, the Society of Later Life Advisers. Until recently he sat on the Association of British Insurers (ABI) Public Affairs Committee, having previously chaired the ABI LTC committee.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a trustee for "The International Foundation for Intelligent Living" (IFIL), a charity concerned with the impact of new technologies on society, and has organised many events for them in conjunction with Professor Heinz Wolff of Brunel University, particularly around the issue of Telecare for the elderly. He also provides mentoring assistance to EFD and Radar in support of their efforts to place and retain older and disabled people in the workplace. He is a frequent speaker on health matters at conferences and meetings in the UK and abroad and has had many papers and articles published on the health and welfare funding and provision issues faced by both working and retired people.

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Andrew Black

Andrew has extensive experience in the field of investment analysis, valuations, & value based management. The author of two books, "In Search of Shareholder Value", and "Questions of Value" (published by Pearson). These look in detail at the issues surrounding value based management and their links to the financial markets. In "Questions of Value" themes around the impact of stricter corporate governance regulations are considered. He is also the Managing Director of Building Value Associates Ltd, whose clients include Volvo, the Design Council, Air New Zealand, Qantas airlines, BP & the MoD amongst others. He is currently a visiting lecturer, at the Warwick Business School, part of Warwick University.

He worked for several years as a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers heading a department that developed and implemented approaches to shareholder value analysis. This included developing a model called "ValueBuilder". Prior to this he worked in several financial institutions and banks as a global investment strategist, economist and equity analyst. The institutions include Commerzbank, MM Warburg, and MeesPierson.

He also worked as an economist for Unilever and the DTI, as well as being a parliamentary research assistant for then Minister of Overseas Development.

He holds a Ph.D and an MSc in economics from London University, and BA in economics from Sussex University.. Prior to this he held positions as a research fellow at the Science Centre in Berlin, where he did research on industrial economics and the automobile industry and at the Max Planck Institute in Starnberg. He has spent many years linking economic thinking to business analysis. He is also a keen sailor

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Dr William Blyth

William has worked for 20 years in the analysis of energy security and climate change. He is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, and a Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. He is Director of Oxford Energy Associates, an independent energy research company. He is an expert in energy sector economics & policies specialising in transitions to a low-carbon economy and energy access in developed and developing countries. His work includes policy analysis of electricity markets and carbon markets, modelling of investment decisions under uncertainty, and development of energy strategy.

He has recently undertaken assignments for a wide range of national and international organisations including the World Bank, African Development Bank, UK Energy Research Centre, International Renewable Energy Agency, OECD, International Energy Agency, the Electric Power Research Institute, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Institute of Sustainable Development, as well as many UK government departments and institutions. He has published widely on a range of topics related to climate and energy security, and is the author of over 20 peer reviewed papers and books.

William previously worked at the International Energy Agency in Paris, the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen and for AEA Technology Environment. He has a DPhil in Physics from Oxford University.

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Brian Brader

Brian is strategic futures consultant with experience of supporting organisations to develop more resilient and innovative strategies using evidence-based analysis. He has wide experience of facilitating futures workshops, network and training events, mainly in the public sector. He is also an experienced leader of multi-disciplinary teams, with experience of general, financial, project and human resource management, corporate governance and audit in the public sector; he gets results, is very creative with excellent financial, change management and communication skills; he has good intellectual ability.

He is a Cambridge science graduate and Chemical Engineer who became a consultant after a Civil Service career spent mainly in the Ministry of Defence with some time in the Government Office for Science and HM Treasury. He was educated at Latymer Upper School, Churchill College Cambridge and Surrey University.

From 2005-2010 he led the Capacity Raising work stream for the Government Office for Science Horizon Scanning Centre. He has also supported the Humanitarian Futures Programme at King's College, London and worked with the Malta government to explore the future of higher and further education. He set up and ran the Government Futures Analysts' Network (or FAN Club) and subsequently created the Foresight Action Network ( or FAN Club 2.0) as a private initiative supported by Shaping Tomorrow and other sponsors to help sustain an effective strategic futures dialogue across all sectors of the economy.

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Martyn Coleman

His skills and experience include MoD/Industry Partnership development from start-up through to maturity and renewal, and Partnership Board Governance and Secretariat. He has wide experience of MoD Agency and Integrated Project Team (IPT) working, including as deputy IPT leader, and is skilled in corporate planning, strategy implementation and developing, leading and facilitating change. He has managed a range of process improvement projects, and is experienced in business development into "Other Government Departments".

Following a successful career in the Royal Air Force, Martyn is now a consultant to Public Sector and Industry clients. He combines an engineering background in Secure Communications Systems with wide experience of Business Management and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Partnership Working.

Martyn is a graduate of the Cranfield MBA programme (via the Defence Academy Executive Programme), is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Member of the Institute of Engineering, and is qualified Lean/6 sigma process improvement. He holds national security clearance.

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Melissa Collett

Melissa Collett is a consultant and independent legal professional who specialises in resolving complaints and dispute resolution. She is also a tribunal judge chairing hearings of appeals about health and disability issues. Prior to 2016 she was a senior ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service and made over 1,500 legally-binding decisions across the whole range of insurance products. She also handled the interface between the FOS and regulators such as the FCA and with trade associations. She has published guidance for the FOS and contributed to a book on the history of the organisation. She is a regular speaker at events and continues to write about consumer insurance topics.

As a consultant she works for client companies on complaints handling. She is a strategic thinker and has a keen interest in the future of consumer relations, complaints and dispute resolution in the private and regulatory sectors and helping them develop their strategies in this field.

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Geof Cox

Geof is an international consultant in organisation change and management development with over twenty years of experience as the principal of his own consulting company, New Directions Ltd. He works with public, private and not for profit organisations and specialises in whole system facilitation using approaches such as Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space and World Café and workshop design and delivery. He is qualified to administer FIRO-Elements.

He has a B.S.Sc from the Queen's University of Belfast, is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Association for Management Education and Development. He works globally, with extensive experience in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, AsiaPAC, North America and Africa.

Earlier in his career, Geof worked as a line and HR manager with Esso Petroleum, working in such diverse roles industrial relations, distribution management, training, IT systems, organisation development, sales and purchasing. During his final years with Esso he designed and managed a number of major organisation change projects and management development programmes.

Geof is the author of "Ready-Aim-Fire Problem Solving" (Oak Tree Press) and co-author of "50 Activities for Creativity and Problem Solving" and "25 Role Plays for Interview Training" (Gower) and has contributed to a number of books, study guides and articles on management. He edits a regular newsletter: "Cuttings", is a joint Editor of "Organisations & People" (the professional journal of the Association for Management Education & Development) and was the founding editor of "Management Scotland". He is a partner in Learning Consortium, a pan-European network of consultants which provides professional development for their members and intensive interpersonal skills programmes for clients.

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Albert Diena

Albert is a Paris-based consultant specialized in competitive intelligence and strategic analysis. He is the founder of ad initio, a consultancy agency, after more than 15 years of experience covering a wide variety of sectors (energy, transport, health…) and issues focused on competitors, influence and international relations.

Albert began his career in 1997 with the Policy Planning Staff at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He later joined the economic studies institute Xerfi, to develop and then manage the European studies department. And then ADIT, a competitive intelligence consultancy, where he had particular responsibility for strategic and competitive analysis projects with a focus on the United States and Europe.

Alongside his professional activities, Albert has taken part in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) run by the US State Department. He also contributed to the Paris-based think tank Institut Montaigne’s reports on “Energy policy in the European Union” and “Globalization: reconciling France and competitiveness”.

Albert is a graduate of ESCP Europe business school. He holds a postgraduate qualification in geopolitics (Institute of International and Strategic Relations) and a Master’s in international law (Panthéon Sorbonne University). He also followed the University of Oxford Executive Program on future scenarios and took part in the 5th foresight and innovation Lab Session run by the Institut des Futurs Souhaitables.

He is fluent in French and Italian.

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Tony Diggle

Tony Diggle has been an independent consultant and writer since the mid-1990s, with a particular interest in the future and the major global issues man currently faces.

He was formerly Head of Research at the corporate investigators Kroll Associates (U.K.) Ltd. Other former employers include Baxter Healthcare Ltd., where he developed a systematic approach to strategic information requirements, the BBC, where he did research for television for six years, and Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University).

He has a BSc (Hons) in Library Studies from Loughborough University, an MBA from Manchester Business School and has recently been undertaking an MS in Futures Studies at the University of Houston (by remote learning).

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Chris Evett

Chris Evett is a data scientist with 14 years experience of producing innovative processes for a wide range of sectors most notably futures analysis, strategy, defence policy and research and development. In April 2014, Chris formed ‘Simplexity Analysis’ - a company specialising in predictive analytics. Through this company he works on projects that combine data science, programming and analysis to help understand and model complex problems. Current projects include modelling the future strategic direction of Africa (out to 2045) and a data driven assessment of the future of healthcare.

Before founding Simplexity Analysis, Chris worked for the UK government as a lead editor for the ‘Global Strategic Trends Programme’ for the UK Ministry of Defence. In this role he analysed a wide range of future trends on a diverse set of issues from societal issues (such as how values and beliefs relate to terrorism, scenario development to predict mass atrocities and trends in defence spending) to longer term strategic issues on climate change and the rising geopolitical influence of China. He developed methodologies for better understanding future trends; specialising in advanced mapping and data-driven policy recommendations and led project collaborations both across the UK government (National security secretariat, Joint Intelligence Committee, Government Office of Science, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development) and internationally. In addition, he drafted contributions for the UK Strategic Defence and Security Review and the National Security Strategy, producing evidence-based policy recommendations and strategic options for policy and strategy makers.

Prior to working for the UK Ministry of Defence, Chris was a Knowledge agent for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) where he produced knowledge-based systems and solutions for a diverse range of consultancy projects, including the design of a system for assessing and understanding national research and development systems using open data.

Chris is passionate about using data science to improve both the accountability and rigor of decision making, especially for understanding the future. He has a broad experience of analysis techniques which include; scenario development, knowledge mapping, red-teaming, trend and driver analysis (STEMPLE), concept testing and developmental editing.

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Paul Farmiloe

Paul Farmiloe is an IT and telecoms services specialist with extensive experience in financial services and specialisms in payments, identity and related services.

He has expertise in creating and running large networked IT businesses, developing new growth and transformation strategies, and has a track record of successfully implementing them.

He started his career at IBM in the City, developing new services for share dealing, connecting central markets with retail delivery channels. After working in precision engineering, where he ran a manufacturing unit and managed distribution and sourcing across the globe, he moved to BT where he ran a series of major business units, most recently as Managing Director, BT Payments Solutions.

He is a strategic thinker and is keen to work across all disciplines, combining commercial, operational and functional analysis and structural insights, all underpinned by extensive technical experience, having originally read Physics at Merton College, Oxford.

His more recent payments work involved him developing and executing an agile payments strategy to produce incremental revenues from the global payments market. He developed a new Cloud Contact Centre PCI-compliant payments service and ran pilot services in Biometrics, Smart Ticketing for Transport and Future Cities, and integrated Broadband-POS terminals, as well as working on NFC roll-out and Mobile Payments.

Most recently, Paul has been working on the use of Blockchain technologies, particularly for Mutual Distributed Ledger applications for customer verification and for secure document handling, transaction and warrant tracking, in payments and other markets in the City.

Paul is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders and a Churchwarden at St James, Garlickhythe in the City of London.

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Martin Hazell

Martin is an organisational change specialist and promoter of sustainable business. He has over 25 years’ international consulting experience in strategy, culture, and change leadership, working with governments, major corporations and non-profit organisations around the world. He is a skilled facilitator, futurist, educator, mentor and coach utilising appreciative and generative approaches.

His recent work includes a highly participative feasibility study for a fund to support economic, social and political development for a group of small island economies in the Caribbean; significant support to a Japanese Motor Manufacturer in transforming their statutory financial reporting processes in Europe; and support for a European aggregates business in addressing issues of sustainable business which has enabled them to join the Dow Jones sustainability Index.

Martin enjoys the challenges presented by complex issues, breaking them down into simpler systems and a passion for helping people move forward positively.

He first graduated in Law from Cambridge University and subsequently completed an Executive MBA from Cranfield University.

Martin is joint owner of Simplexity Limited and a Partner in Camunico BV. He was a Director and Member of Unlocking Foresight, a Community Interest Company aimed at building a community of senior leaders who are prepared to think the unthinkable and to take the necessary actions to achieve a preferred future. Martin is a Fellow of the RSA and a Member of the IoD.

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Garry Honey

A strategy consultant specialising in risk decisions in governing bodies. He has worked in both private and public sector as a consultant, author and facilitator for over 25 years. Prior to that he held a variety of senior management roles: Marketing Director, Strategy Consultant, Head of Communications and Client Services Director.

Garry’s early career was spent in European brand marketing in FMCG after which he became a strategy consultant for KPMG consulting. He founded Chiron in 2000, a communication risk consultancy, designed to improve the handling of strategic risks: reputation, political and ethical.

Garry offers an innovative approach to decision making for boards using latest thinking on future uncertainty, behavioural economics and cognitive bias. This enables boards to resist ‘groupthink’. He recent work includes governance reviews, board assessments and cultural audits.

He believes that risk has become a control function in many organisations, and too often seen only as a threat to business continuity. Risk at board level should be embraced as uncertainty with the option to create value and opportunity: risk as a business enabler is a radical and liberating concept. He is interested in how boards articulate risk to diverse stakeholder audiences with different expectations.

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Professor Ian Jones

Ian Jones is a consultant in Corporate Governace and Business Ethics to the IoD and ING in addition to his teaching and research commitments at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and has a client list ranging from the UN and EU to the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society and EDF.

He has been responsible for MBA programmes at City University, London and the European School of Management, after starting his career in Marketing at Unilever in Belguim. He has a Ph D from London Business School, is FRSA, and is a Sloan Fellow. He is fluent in French.

His books on Business Ethics (with M G Pollitt) are:
"Understanding how Issues in Business develop" Palgrave, 2002
"The Role of Business Ethics in Economic Performance" Macmillan, 1999

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Tony Jefferson

Tony has an MSc in Management Studies, a BSc in Economics, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Visiting Fellow of Cranfield University.

His career spans the private and voluntary sectors with spells at British Steel Corporation, British Gas, Leeds Permanent Building Society and Halifax Building Society.

His experience at the leading edge of learning, organisational development and high profile recruitment has given him an in-depth understanding of business-focused HR and a track record of transforming organisations by understanding key issues & levers and their utilisation, enabling managers to thrive during periods of major upheaval. He drives change through people, by creating and leading high performing teams.

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Alia Karaouni

Alia is an experienced strategy consultant and foresight expert with a proven track in Scenario Planning, Systems Thinking and Business Modelling. She is the founder and director of BMAPS, a strategy consulting company based in Geneva, and a network business partner of "Decision Experts S.A." based in Brussels. BMAPS and Decision Experts are niche management consultancies that help their corporate and non-for-profit clients tackle complex management decision-making in highly-uncertain, rapidly-changing environments, through issue framing, discussion facilitation and simulation-tool building. Undertaken projects address various issues such as pricing for biological drugs, disease patient flow modelling, valuation of innovation projects and business planning support. She previously worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva, as Deputy Head of Scenario Planning where she directed several year-long Scenarios projects exploring the future of industries and regions, with the outcomes made public at the annual Davos meeting. Before that, she worked as a management consultant in Brussels for IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers across various industries such as Pharmaceuticals, Transport & Logistics and Trademarks. Her expertise was primarily in the field of business modelling to support business strategy and decision-making with a focus on pricing strategy, portfolio analysis, cost-benefit assessment, and valuation, among others. Her client base included global companies and organisations such as Johnson & Johnson, Baxter, Amgen, CompuMark, Novartis and the European Commission. Before becoming a consultant, she conducted extensive research and economic modelling as well as large data set treatment and statistical and econometric analyses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Université de Montréal.

Alia holds a PhD in Economics from MIT, a Master's degree in Econometrics and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Université de Montréal.

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Elizabeth Lank

Elizabeth Lank is an independent specialist who works with private, public and voluntary sector organisations to help them improve efficiency and effectiveness through greater cross-boundary collaboration and knowledge sharing. She has recently published a book on collaborative working across different organisations, entitled Collaborative Advantage: How Organisations Win by Working Together (Palgrave Macmillan 2006).

After completing the INSEAD MBA degree in 1986, Elizabeth joined I.T. services company ICL (now Fujitsu Services) and held a number of strategic organisational development, management development and internal communication roles (including leading ICL's Mobilising Knowledge programme for five years) before setting up her own business in January 2001. She spent the early part of her career working for the European headquarters of an American computer company (Exxon Office Systems) in Geneva, Switzerland. A Canadian by birth, she graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in 1980.

Elizabeth is co-author of the book The Power of Learning - A Guide to Gaining Competitive Advantage (IPD 1994), written as a practitioner's guide to building "learning organisations". She has published a number of articles on collaborative working and knowledge management and collaborated with Amin Rajan on the research report "Good Practices in Knowledge Creation and Exchange" (CREATE 1998). She is a member of the international editorial boards of the Journal of Change Management and Knowledge Management Review.

Elizabeth is an expert evaluator for the European Commission's Directorate General for Information Society. She is a Faculty Associate at the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises (IAE) in Aix-en-Provence, France and has been a visiting lecturer on the U.K. government's Cabinet Office Top Management Programme, at INSEAD, London Business School, Henley Management College, Solvay Business School in Brussels and the Berlin School for Creative Leadership. She is also a regular speaker, facilitator and programme director at public and in-company management conferences.

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Keith Leslie

Keith is an expert in complex organisational transformations for Government, Corporate and Charity sectors to improve business and user outcomes. He applies his senior leadership experience in global commercial enterprises - Shell, McKinsey and Deloitte – to mentor and build effective board & executive teams. He chairs the board of major charities including the Mental Health Foundation to establish beneficiary-focused strategies. He has directed restructuring and business-wide change programmes for complex, high-profile commercial and governmental organisations; and collaborated with senior stakeholders to clearly communicate programme strategies. With 20 years’ practice in the field, Keith has published more than 30 articles on leadership, change and restructuring topics in European Management Journal, McKinsey Quarterly, Wall Street Journal etc.

His early career was at Shell in a variety of roles including Chief Executive in Cyprus and Planning Manager in London before moving to McKinsey in 1993, becoming a Partner in 1998. In 2006, he joined Deloitte as Partner focusing on major organisational & leadership transformation opportunities in the firm’s Public Sector practice as the Government began to address policy & performance challenges, sharpened by the financial crisis beginning in March 2007.

He advised Chief Executives and Permanent Secretaries on their most complex strategic challenges, including Defence projects, NHS effectiveness, Major Project leadership and building the capabilities to cope with Brexit. His Non-Exec experience includes: Chair of the board of the Mental Health Foundation, Fellow of Windsor Leadership (a leadership development charity), Chair of Build Africa and Non-Executive Director for The Tablet.

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Richard Lum

Richard is an academically trained futurist and chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy LLC, a foresight and strategic analysis firm based in Honolulu. His professional interests include the futures of governance, conflict and security, and industrialism.

He has worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, and government agencies on foresight, strategy development, and strategic thinking. He has worked on foresight and strategy work on projects for organizations such as the European Commission, the UK government, the US Department of Defense, and PepsiCo. He has developed strategy for clients in industries as diverse as defense, education, healthcare, and insurance. He has helped organizations apply foresight and develop strategy for endeavors ranging from the restoration of ancient Hawaiian island land management divisions to crowdsourcing foresight development for the European Union to helping educators in the US anticipate the long term futures of learning.

Richard has been published in the Journal of Futures Studies and the journal Futures, and his contributions were featured in The Knowledge Base of Futures Studies and the book Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (2006). He is the co-creator of the Verge General Practice Framework for foresight work, a framework used by foresight practitioners throughout the UK, in Europe, Africa, and Asia for horizon scanning, scenario development, and visioning work.

Richard is an advisory council member of the Hawai‘i Future Caucus of the Hawai‘i State Legislature and served on the State of Hawai‘i Constitutional Convention Cost Task Force. He served for several years as the Strategic Planner for the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee for the state of Hawai‘i.

He holds a PhD in Political Science from the futures studies program at the University of Hawai‘i. His dissertation research focused on developing new conceptual frames for designing future governance systems.

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Patricia Lustig

Patricia Lustig is a Visiting Fellow at Henley Management College and Principal Consultant of LASA Development UK Ltd, an international consultancy group specialising in Leadership development and organisational performance enhancement. She is a member of the OD Faculty at CIPD running their Scenario Planning course. Her most recent corporate role was with BP where she was a Senior Advisor in OD and led a team of OD specialists. She has also worked for Motorola ECID and Management Centre Europe.

She has experience in the corporate, not-for-profit and public sectors from factory floor to Board level. She has worked in both developing and developed countries in Europe, Asia and the USA. She is the author of many articles on topics ranging from Video Conferencing to Scenario Planning to Using Appreciative Inquiry for Community Development.

Tricia has recently been involved in projects to support organisational transformation and development, focusing on areas such as culture change, team building, leadership development and executive coaching. She is a SAMI Associate.

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Neil Macdonald

Neil MacDonald is a consultant in planning, monitoring and evaluation, with a specialism in scenario analysis and outcome mapping techniques

After doing research and teaching in genetics and neurobiology in London, Oxford and Oregon he worked in senior positions in human rights, and development for a number of leading UK international NGOs including Oxfam and Save the Children. This included working as regional development adviser in Southern Africa for Save the Children UK, where he was responsible for strategic planning, programme design and development and quality assurance on knowledge management, HIV/AIDS, gender analysis, and child focus. He has worked in Africa Asia and Latin America, including in conflict and post-conflict situations, and is the author of five books on Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2002 he became an independent consultant and is Director of Gondwana Development Associates.

Clients include the UK government, the European Commission, foundations, the Humanitarian Futures Programme of Kings College, London, and leading international NGOs. Recent work has including leading an assessment of state fragility for the European Commission in Yemen and scenario development for HMG strategy in Sudan and Kosovo, and for CARE in Sudan, Sri Lanka and Asia, as well as strategic evaluations for programmes of Save the Children Norway and for the Oak Foundation. He has security clearance with HMG.

Neil holds a PhD in Genetics from Edinburgh University and is currently Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Kings College London, where he is doing research on futures and culture.

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Kiki Maurey

Kiki is Owner-Director of Kiki Maurey Consultancy Limited. She has worked extensively as a management, research and training consultant to a wide range of organisations in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, including local government and the regional development agencies.

Over the past few years she has been a policy consultant serving in a number of ministries including the Department of Health (equalities & diversity), the DfES's Policy Innovation Unit (thought leadership & intellectual assets), the DTI (now BIS) Small Business Service (women's enterprise), and the Cabinet Office (equalities & diversity).

Kiki has also been increasingly called upon to coach and mentor senior clients in the public and private sectors here in the UK and Europe and is fast developing a strong reputation in this field. She has also been engaged in small enterprise development since the late-80s and continues to use her wide experience and knowledge to coach individual small firms on business strategy and top team development.

Kiki is described by Barclays as "one of the best keynote speakers/facilitators in the country", and by Warwick Business School as "world class", having delivered to over 6,500 SMEs over the past few years, including the acclaimed Barclays national Let's Talk road show seminars.

Kiki has held a number of public appointments including the national Ethnic Minority Business Task Force, Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight South Central Connexions Partnership Ltd, and served as a non-exec in learning and skills, higher and further education, health, the contemporary arts, housing, community, and the probation service.

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Lynda McGill

Lynda has over 25 years' experience of working with organisations across the public and private sector. She brings creative and analytical skills to work with clients' business issues, especially in the field of communication and business development. She began a successful career in sales and opening new markets with IBIS (International Book Information Services) and Mardev UK, both ground-breaking companies in the field of targeted marketing data.

A varied career followed encompassing the fields of environmental, waste management and renewable energy with industry leader Juniper Consultancy Services; market development for anthroposophical publishing house Hawthorn Press; and she was part of the Gloucestershire First team which devised the first Integrated Economic Strategy for Gloucestershire. Through her own business Crystal Clear Communication she provides a wide variety of services enabling clients to become clear, focused and effective in their communication within and outside their own organizations.

Lynda is a gifted facilitator with an aptitude for facilitating mixed level group discussion, and encouraging participation of all members. Her quick grasp of underlying problems, combined with a skill for asking thought-provoking questions, enables clients to develop a clear and focused vision of new possibilities and options. As a result she helps clients to ensure successful implementation through well thought-out action planning.

Lynda also has excellent writing skills. She applies these skills to ensure clients' messages are conveyed to their target audience in the clearest, most appropriate and successful manner. Examples include reports, proposals, promotion material, presentations, press articles, press releases, website content, newsletters, books etc. Her analytical skills come to the fore when preparing the Natural Agenda for SAMI clients; this in-depth analysis of internal and external insight interviews provides the foundation for successful scenario planning and strategy development programmes.


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Dr Nicholas Miles

Dr. Miles is an economic planner with extensive experience formulating and implementing area based economic development and regeneration strategies.

He has been involved in a number of visioning and scenario-building exercises and strategic planning programmes for cities, regions and public sector organisations, including North Staffordshire, the West Midlands, the Tees Valley, The Luton and Dunstable growth area, Norfolk, and the "three cities sub region" (Derby, Nottingham and Leicester) in the UK, and, Shanghai in the PRC, and St Petersburg in Russia.

Dr Miles has also worked on a number of projects focusing on sustainability including environmental due diligence for bankers, environmental strategies for cities, waste management and recycling studies and the economic underpinnings of the move towards sustainable solutions, namely solutions that reduce client risk, improve value added, and enhance market impact in as sustainable manner as possible.

He has increasingly worked on capacity building and change management for governments, partnership based development strategies and institutional strengthening measures in relation to economic development and environmental programmes and projects.

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John Milner

John Milner's career spans over 40 years in the IT industry. His early years were spent with ICL where he started as a trainee in the late 1960's, a long period with Racal/GlobalCrossing followed and 2002 he moved into higher education starting with 5 years at the University of Cambridge where he was the Management Information Services Director. On leaving Cambridge in 2007 he became an independent consultant and interim manager and undertook studies and projects on the use of shared infrastructure and latterly cloud technologies for research data management and applications.

His career has focussed on project management and board level Technical Director (CTO or CIO) roles, in both development and enterprise application environments. He has specialised in large scale system integration and has implemented organisations and methods compliant with defence and ISO standards for Quality Systems and with ITIL and PRINCE2. He is familiar also with the Capability Maturity Model developed by Carnegie Mellon. He has worked in both private and public sectors.

In his roles as a Technical Director he has gained considerable experience of strategic and corporate planning with fellow board members as well as skills in systems development methods, professional services and complex commercial negotiations both as supplier and as customer. He has an excellent track record in building and motivating high performance teams.

He has worked on business cases and early life set up of start up companies within the Racal group.
Significant recent achievements include:
London Underground Radio Systems PFI
Development and implementation of the University of Cambridge MIS Strategy
Report and recommendations for establishment of a national shared service for the management of research data, now granted a first tranche of funding.

John Milner is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists in the City of London, Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional.

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Ricardo Nakazawa

Ricardo has 14 years experience as a consultant in the areas of marketing, market research, strategic planning, technology administration and innovation. He has worked on projects in both the private and public sectors, mainly in Mexico and Latin America.

Besides being associate of SAMI, he is founder and Director of the Nakazawa Consulting Group and of CATI (Centre for Technology Management and Innovation), both of which are based in Mexico. He has worked closely with SAMI Consulting and the University of Cambridge in spreading and applying - knowledge of technology foresight, scenario planning and technology roadmapping in Mexico.

Currently, from March 2010 to February 2011, he is participating as an invited industrial fellow at the University of Cambridge in a research project in order to develop new theoretical and practical knowledge to extend the scope of TRM (Technology Roadmapping) techniques, focusing on the areas of communication, social issues, marketing perspective and related areas.

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Glen Peters

Glen had been a partner with PriceWaterhouse Coopers for 21 years when he was obliged to retire at age 60. He was born and schooled in India and completed his graduate and postgraduate education in Britain. He started his career at British Gas in engineering management where he rose to the level of programme director. He joined PwC in the mid eighties and was made a partner in 1988.

Over that period he has been behind three significant businesses and is recognised for his innovation in the firm. He is known for his relationship skills and has worked for many of the foremost CEO’s and Chairmen. He has also published extensively including:

  • Cascading governance thorough the enterprise EBF (2004)

  • A Strange Affair Jointly published with George Enderley, University of Notre Dame

  • Waltzing with the Raptors (Wiley, 2000)

  • Beyond the next wave (Pitmans 1996)

  • Benchmarking Customer Management (Pitmans 1994)

He led a number of market development programmes in PwC and was responsible for PwC’s BP relationship for all service lines across the firm in 21 countries.

Glen is MD of Western Solar Ltd, a renewables energy generation company and he founded an arts and rural regeneration project in North Pembrokeshire ( Rhosygilwen Creative Arts Centre now highly regarded. He is also Visiting professor in Management at the College of Europe. He is an ICAEW, Chartered Engineer (1976-1995), has a Ph D in Information Management (Henley/Brunel 1986), and a BSc Chemistry (City University 1975). He was a non-executive director of SAMI from 2010 to 2012.

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Andreas Priestland

For over twenty years Andreas has worked in leadership development and organisational change with people at all levels helping them make a difference to what they do. His clients have included company directors, refinery managers, shift supervisors, accountants, research scientists, senior executives, educators and many others based around the world – in Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

He first started his career as a market research executive in one of the UK’s top ten agencies before retraining as a teacher and curriculum adviser, working in inner city schools in London. Five years later his career once again changed as he began to reshape his skill base as an organisation development specialist in a large multinational company. He now operates as a freelance consultant in leadership, learning and change.

Much of Andreas’ organisational learning experience has come through working for the oil and petrochemical industry, primarily with BP, in training and development and then as the global lead for their Individual and Organisational Learning discipline. He helped the company design its first truly global leadership development program delivered in over 60 locations in five different languages to over 10,000 leaders – the ‘First Level Leaders’ programme not only received the prestigious Helios Award from BP, but was the subject of an article in Harvard Business Review. He is known for his facilitative style, creativity and ability to generate engagement. He has advised leadership teams as they go through periods of change and transition. He has supported Board members as they bring together their leadership and formulate new commitments to the future. He helped guide merger and integration teams through the early and difficult conversations needed to map a way forward. He led the curriculum design for a business simulation that skilled up multidisciplinary teams in locations as far apart as Houston, Baku, London and Jakarta.

His clients have included the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, AirFrance/KLM, TNT, BP, BBC, Castle Cement, Oxfam and others. He has spoken at, and run workshops for, the Society for Organisational Learning’s Global Forum, the CIPD’s HRD conference, Roffey Park, Cass Business School and has written articles on change and leadership development.

Andreas has degree in Environmental Science, a postgraduate certificate in Education, a diploma in market research, and NTL Institute certificate in OD. He was raised in the UK, US, India and Lebanon, and now lives just outside London.

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Martyn Proctor

Martyn is an experienced entrepreneur and inspiring business leader who has successfully grown a number of innovative and award-winning technology businesses. His focus is in developing a clear strategic vision for a business, sharpening propositions, mitigating risks, building sound commercial models and then pursuing that vision with a single-minded determination. Martyn’s style is to provide calm and authoritative leadership, inspire others and build high trust relationships to encourage people to give their best.

With a degree in Civil Engineering, Martyn moved into the IT industry at the first opportunity, joining ICL in the late 70’s where he oversaw mainframe and early application package programmes in ICL clients. From there he moved to be an owner/director of an ICL partner, starting an entrepreneurial drive that has lasted 25 years. He created an SAP practice at ITNET, building from a small team to become market leaders, creating a unique hosted subscription-based application service model for SAP. From there, he moved on to start a new business focused on risk management for clients in the SAP world.

This business grew successfully under his direction, merging with a Dutch firm and opening in the Middle East and India: the firm won innovation awards, introduced robotics and asset based consulting, and was widely seen as the top global specialist in its market.

Following a structured M&A programme, the firm was acquired by Ernst & Young (EY) in 2015 and Martyn was asked to lead the Innovation programme for EY’s substantial Risk and Advisory organisation: EY was making significant investments in AI, blockchain and robotics, and Martyn’s experience in directing cultural change was invaluable in identifying the critical success factors in the firm’s ability to change.

Martyn has now left EY to return to the entrepreneurial world of start-ups and is providing mentoring support to the Principals of a number of organisations.

Martyn is a long term Member of the Institute of Directors, a founder member of a London based Vistage CEO Network chapter, a private pilot, and is trained in reflexology.

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Dr Geoff Royston

Dr Geoff Royston is former head of strategic analysis and operational research in the Department of Health for England, where for almost two decades he was a senior civil servant and the professional lead for a group of some 40 health analysts. Following that he was a director of the UK Operational Research Society and its elected president for 2012 and 2013. He is now an independent analyst and consultant, and is an expert adviser to the Health Information for All (HIFA) network, an Associate of the Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST), and an adviser to the Health Foundation. He was an impact assessor for the UK Higher Education Funding Councils 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Geoff has had a wide range of activities and responsibilities involving analysis, modelling and experiment to inform the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based policies and programmes. He has particular experience of modelling and understanding the behaviour of complex health care systems to improve their design and performance and in horizon scanning to help improve their robustness and resilience to emerging trends and potential challenges. He has a strong interest in and experience of developing the capabilities of others, up to and including Board level, in systems and futures thinking and in assessing and communicating risk.

He has also worked on information and communication technology in the health sector, and has been an adviser to OFCOM. He made the original proposal for the development of the telephone, internet and digital TV service “NHS Direct” and subsequently led its national launch and initial roll-out.

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Jonathan Soar

Jonathan Soar is an ICT consultant and a qualified coach. Originally a software engineer by training he has spent twenty years in the IT industry at director level, mostly involved with banking and finance.

Jonathan joined SAMI as an Associate in 2003 to assist with business development and to provide strategic consultancy. He is also a professional Executive Coach with Professional Coaching International ( and a certified NLP practitioner.

During his time with SAMI, he has completed the successful sale and execution of scenario planning consultancy and a workshop for Nationwide Building Society, and helped facilitate a scenario planning session, "The Future of Management Consultancy" jointly with the Strategic Planning Society. He has investigated the use of scenarios in the context of managing operational risk according to Basel II and the Sound Practices Guide. More recently, he was part of the five-man SAMI team who produced the ICT Infrastructure report for the City of London Corporation published in June 2009.

Between 1990 and 2003, he ran his own software company in the Square Mile which specialised in providing consultancy and software development services to banks. Clients included Standard Chartered, Standard Chartered Grindlays, NatWest, WestLB, Citigroup and J P Morgan Chase.

Jonathan has a BSc. (Honours) in Philosophy and Economics from City University, London. He is the Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and Chairman of its Charitable Operations company. He is a Member of the British Computer Society, an Associate Member of APECS (Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision) and also speaks fluent French.

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Phillip Tovey

Phillip was group Innovation Manager for Fujitsu ICL, before moving to the Royal Mail group and developing the Innovation Lab. During this time he also worked with Reading University to develop Innovation Works and was a founding member of the EC Open Futures project, a project looking at the role played by the physical environment on creativity and collaboration.

He now works as a consultant in the area of ‘Creativity and Innovation’, and has worked with a number of public and private clients on workplace change and the use of space.

Phillip has a BSc in Business Development and a background in design and technology.

Phillip combines design thinking with business process through a range of offerings.

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Dr Suzy Walton

Suzy is a Chartered Director, Chartered Scientist and Chartered Occupational Psychologist. She has a portfolio of board roles and over a decade’s experience in central government. She is an Ambassador for diversity on boards – a role to which she was appointed by the Government Equalities Office.

Suzy sits on the boards of organisations across many sectors including Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the University of Westminster; the Internet Watch Foundation and Combat Stress. She also sits on various government committees including the National DNA Database Ethics Group and the National Specialist Services Commissioning group which oversees a budget of around £3 billion for treatment for rare and specialist conditions. She is also a member of government’s Science Advisory Council hosted by Defra.

From 2000-2004 Suzy led strategic futures work in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. She has also served in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and from 1996-2000 she was a military psychologist in the Ministry of Defence.

For the Institute of Directors Suzy is a member of the Chartered Director Committee and is a reviewer for candidates coming forward for chartered status. As an academic, Suzy has published over twenty papers mainly on social policy.

Suzy’'s early career was as producer, editor and presenter for Sky News, LBC Radio and the BBC. She also had a three year stint playing the juvenile lead in the West End hit Children of a Lesser God. Her website is

Suzy holds a first class honours BSc degree, an MSc and a PhD in applied psychology (suicide). As well as being chartered in three professions she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a fellow of the RSA and a member of Equity. Suzy has 4 children.

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Molly van der Weij

Molly van der Weij's career covers a broad path of applying her professional skills and knowledge as visual artist to a wide range of areas. She has worked many years as illustrator, author, and as educator on several Art and Fashion Academies in the Netherlands and Germany, after getting her art degree. She has worked since 2000 at the Telemedicine Future Lab, of the Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine (NST:, with the design and visual communication of potential applications of information and communication technologies for new telemedicine services.

Molly was Leader of Telemedicine Futures Studies at NST, working with the conceptualisation and visualisation of possible futures, providing a platform for collaborative and multidisciplinary future thinking, and conducting several scenario development projects. Molly was Chair of the TTeC06 Programme Committee of the annual, international Tromsø Telemedicine and eHealth Conference (TTeC), entitled “Beyond Tomorrow”, held in Norway in 2006 (

Molly uses her artistic skills and knowledge on the visual language for the exploration, communication and development of complex or abstract ideas, e.g. systems, visions, knowledge, strategies. Her interest lies in the synergy of science, technology and art. She offers this expertise to clients through her UK based VisualArt Consultancy.

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Susan Voase

Susan has 20+ years experience in Industry, with particular expertise in business strategy, strategic marketing, business development; change management and relationship management delivered through consulting; coaching and advisory services. She has established and run marketing functions; launched companies and developed go-to-market propositions and programmes; and has broadened business reach through developing strategic and tactical partnerships, managing the commercial mix and driving new ideas out through new channels whilst managing the resultant organisational change.

She has experience in a wide range of sectors including: technology; government; telecoms; property services; health; education and the finance sector.

She has worked for: Microsoft; Barclays Bank; PWC; the BBC; EDS; LLTSB; InHealth Group; Group Partners; Abbey National Plc; Futurelab; FFastfill Plc; Newpoint Consulting; McNicholas Plc; Capita; Birmingham City Council; Fujitsu Services and ICL

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Peter Whittle

Peter is a highly effective business leader with demonstrable record of delivering profitable change and sustained growth in challenging service and manufacturing environments, in the UK and internationally.

He has held P&L responsibility for multi-million turnover businesses – from £60m at Eutech Engineering to £400m at Tioxide Group and has shown consistent success in diverse autonomous leadership roles within the ICI Group underpinned by functional expertise in sales, marketing, M&A and operations.

Latterly, as Board Director and Head of Strategy, Tarmac Group Limited ($4.6 billion turnover division of Anglo American plc) he led an overhaul of Tarmac directing a comprehensive strategic review; initiating, driving and leading the subsequent organisational, commercial and operational improvement programmes.

Initially, he transformed the strategic review process and culture from a routine annual task to a substantive analysis of how to take the business forward. He drove decisions on key priorities and portfolio choices with regards to territories, businesses and products.

This led the implementation of 8 discrete change programmes including restructuring the global business, transforming the customer enquiry to cash processes in the UK and establishing operational and safety improvement processes. He set up appropriate infrastructure to manage the complex and large-scale operation – chaired steering groups, sub-committees and project groups; and employed external consultants to assist with several of the initiatives (project teams often 50+ in size and direct project costs of £several million).

At Tarmac he also managed, with P&L responsibility, the Middle East, India and China activities.

He currently has a part time interim position as an Executive Director of The Met Office where he is establishing the marketing function including market segmentation, product portfolio management and NPD processes and is contributing to the shaping of corporate strategy and climate and science strategy.

Peter has BSc Honours (2i) in Physics - Bristol University, Diploma in Marketing - Chartered Institute of Marketing and is an Accredited Mediator for the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution,

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