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Kieran Lees has extensive experience in leading and changing organisations through adverse stages in their development. Core capabilities are CHANGE, GROWTH, LEADERSHIP and TEAMS. He has worked for a number of global technology companies including Oracle, Sun, NCR and Computacenter. Kieran has executed both short and long term engagements for KL at a number of our clients, including Hitachi, Capita and Lombard Risk Management plc.
Kieran has undertaken extensive academic study alongside his working commitments, and in the last few years has been awarded both an MBA and MSc with Distinction from the Universities of Southampton and Reading (Henley Business School) respectively. He is also nearing completion of a doctorate exploring the underlying factors affecting the creation and performance of teams.
Kieran is currently engaged by the German National Rugby team as the mental excellence, teamship and leader development coach for the 15s and 7s teams, travelling with the teams across the globe in competitions, and establishing German Rugby as a Tier 1 rugby nation.
Mike Ford is an international rugby coach, currently engaged as the Head Coach for the German National XV team. He has an exceptional track record of experience and success in both domestic and international rugby, having been a coach for the British and Irish Lions, England, and Germany, as well as Director of Rugby and Head Coach for Bath Rugby, Toulon Rugby and the Dallas Griffins.
Mike was also an international rugby league player, representing England multiple times from a very early age.
Mike has an exceptional ability to bring together players, coaches and executive leadership, and gain collective focus and purpose. His style is to simplify complexity, and translate comprehensive analysis and insight into understandable and consistently achievable actions for players and coaches. He is an empowering and authentic leader, finding the right balance between directive and delegate leadership. Mike believes passionately that high performance is greatly influenced by the willingness of leaders to actively seek innovative approaches that may give competitive advantage. He practices what he preaches, with the results speaking for themselves.
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Working in the IT industry since 1983, Philip has held a number of senior positions in software, hardware and services companies, including Senior Vice President of Oracle Corporation with membership of the Executive Board and Larry Ellison’s Strategy Council, President of EDS International with responsibility for all markets outside the US, as well as Chief Executive of Bull UK and Executive Vice President and Head of EMEA for i2 Technologies.
Since retiring from full time employment in 2002, Philip has concentrated on his Non-executive Director portfolio and acts as a ‘business angel’. He is currently the Chairman of Avanti Capital plc, as well as being chairman and investor in a small number of private companies mainly in the technology space.
Philip brings exceptional experience and capability to our clients. He has extensive knowledge and track record in generating funding and investor interest for both private and public companies, and consistently presides over profound growth and change in organisations. He is an expert in M&A activities, having successfully led and completed mutliple ownership changes.
David Stephenson has spent over 30 years driving revenue growth in a variety of organisations in the technology industry. An expert in the selection, organisation, motivation and leadership of both direct and indirect sales teams, David consistently delivers rapid and sustainable increases in sales. In addition to his extensive experience and knowledge in sales, David has also performed the role of managing director in a number of smaller IT firms, both as an employed executive and as interim consultant.
Recognising the consistent challenge for most sales organistions in developing qualified, appropriate and prosecutable sales leads, David has pioneered an on-line lead generation methodology which is deployed in numerous corporations to great effect.
David leads our revenue delivery team and works directly with clients to generate demand, process and strategy in sales.
PROFESSOR MALCOLM HIGGS
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Professor Malcolm Higgs is Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisation Behaviour within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton. He is also the Director of the School's DBA programme. He was Head of the Southampton Business School from 2011-2014.
Prior to his appointment at Southampton Business School, Malcolm was the Director of the School of Leadership, Change and HR, and Research Director of Henley Management College having previously served for 4 years as the College Academic Dean. He remains a Visiting Professor at Henley Management College as well as a Visiting Professor at Erasmus University.
Malcolm's academic career followed a highly successful business career in senior executive roles in a variety of consulting firms, specialising in HR, leadership and organisational change, with particular focus on the financial services industry.
In 1988 he published his first book: "Management Development Strategy in the Financial Sector". He has published over 100 academic journal papers on leadership, team development, executive assessment and change management and emotional intelligence (EI). Malcolm has jointly developed a psychometric assessment instrument to measure EI, and has written a book on the topic ("Making Sense of Emotional Intelligence"). More recently he has published an instrument to assess leadership style and is co-author of a book entitled "Leading with Emotional Intelligence" to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in Autumn 2016.
Malcolm is a member of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and is also actively involved in consulting on leadership, change and assessment with a range of international companies both as an individual consultant and as the founding partner of the consulting firm PDC Associates.
DR. JOHN MARTI
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Dr John Marti is Senior Lecturer within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton, as well as actively delivering strategy consultancy services to select blue chip clients, John also serves as both coach and mentor to senior members of the team at KL.
John Marti is an experienced business manager, consultant and academic. He has led a great many successful strategy consulting, change and management development assignments. His work has encompassed almost every part of the private sector and occasionally, parts of the public domain. John is especially strong in motivating and leading cross-functional internal and external teams to deliver complex projects on time. He also acts as a mentor for senior executives and as a chairman in company turnarounds.
Following a first degree in economics, John began his career in the manufacturing sector leading the strategic planning group for the EMEA Region of a major pharmaceutical multinational. John's experience includes that as marketing director for a large listed public company. Subsequently, John moved into management consultancy with both large and small firms specialising in strategy and marketing.
John holds an MBA and PhD (Strategy) from the Management School of Cranfield University. He has taught extensively on the subject of strategy at various world-class universities, including Cranfield, Imperial College, and University of Southampton.
John successfully founded and ran The Winchester Consulting Group for nearly 20 years. Much of KL's collaborative style of consultancy is based on John's approach of developing extended workshops as a means of securing implementation of client-generated solutions.
John is also one of the founder members of the Windsor Leadership Trust, where he has contributed significanlty in the development of this international leadership programme, and has chaired and facilitated on numerous courses over many years.
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Scott Verney is a proven leader with a track record delivering transformational improvements in consumer facing sectors, from rapid growth start-ups to large corporate in both digital and physical arenas. He was a decorated senior officer in the Royal Navy, having successfully commanded multiple warships. Scott holds a MA in Defence Studies from King's College, London.
Passionate about leadership development, customer service and building effective and efficient operations, he is values driven and heavily biased to problem solving through people. Growth is a key driver and he relishes the opportunity to work closely with senior teams helping them to achieve their goals. Scott is an active member of the Windsor Leadership Trust and serves as part of their facilitation and development staff.
DR. EDGAR MEYER
Edgar Meyer is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programmes at Imperial College Business School. As part of this portfolio, Edgar looks after a number of different programmes that support the development of business and management knowledge in undergraduate students across Imperial and beyond.
Edgar was previously Professorial Fellow (Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour) at the Southampton Business School, University of Southampton. He holds visiting professorial posts at Cotrugli Business School, Croatia, and the Southampton Business School. He is an academic Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) where he also acts as a membership assessor.
Edgar’s research interests are in the area of teamwork and leadership. He focuses on notions of authenticity in leadership, as well as the changing dynamic of team leadership in virtual and/or mixed teams. Previous research has focused on knowledge, training, and collaboration. Edgar is area editor for Health Systems, a journal of the OR society.
Edgar has worked with numerous commercial and government organisations providing consulting advice in regard to effective teams and leadership, including organisational work system design, team dynamics and individual leadership development.
DR. PAUL FIFIELD
Dr Paul Fifield is Visiting Professor in Marketing Strategy within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton.
Over thirty years of listening, watching, learning and applying academic and strategic thought to marketing has created a fertile mind which Paul brings to his customers, his writing and his teaching.
"Marketing Strategy is the process by which the organisation aligns itself with the market it wishes to serve."
This does not imply mere fashion. Whilst continuing to seek new ways of looking at marketing to keep up with or ahead of the hugely fluid global marketplace, Paul also leverages marketing models from the past that help to clarify today's position. Only after 20 years is the market segmentation approach that was born out of his PhD thesis coming of age; sometimes the thinking and the time for the market alignment takes longer than we think.
He holds a degree in Business Studies as well as an MBA and a PhD in Marketing Strategy, both from Cranfield University. He was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) in 1988, an elected member of CIM Council 1999-2001 and the CIM International Board of Trustees 2002-2004. Paul was appointed Visiting Professor at Southampton University School of Management in 2006. He is currently President of the CIM Southern Region and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (FRSA).