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Kieran Lees



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.  He is also nearing completion of a doctorate exploring the underlying factors affecting the cohesion and performance of groups and teams.

Mike Ford



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.

Philip Crawford



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



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.

Malcolm Higgs



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.

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