John Walkley

Contributor: John Walkley
Before setting up John Walkley Associates, I completed a 30 years career with ICI, Unilever, The Industrial Society, and Royal Insurance. I completed an engineering apprenticeship and a postgraduate course in management (Diploma in Management Studies) and then worked in the food industry, management consultancy, insurance and banking. My roles included Industrial Engineer, Organisation and Methods Manager, Production Manager, HR Manager and Organisation Development Manager. My career with the Industrial Society concluded with a high profile project in South Africa where I project managed the introduction of equal opportunity and other progressive policies in a number of organisations during the apartheid era. During my time with Royal Insurance, I was responsible for succession planning and assessment and development processes. I submitted evidence to the Gifford enquiry on the Toxteth riots, provided development support to the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of a sponsorship agreement, completed a number of projects for Business in the Arts and supported Merseyside Industry and Commerce Awards, a scheme aimed at 15/16 year olds and patroned by the Duke of Westminster.

Whilst with Royal Insurance, I worked throughout the organisation tackling projects in USA, Canada, the Middle East and Continental Europe. I also designed and launched a co-mentoring scheme for teachers and managers in association with Nord Anglia and the FI Group to help create networking and cross-sector learning opportunities. I designed and led a series of leadership programmes for educationalists and head teachers for the CBI.

As director of John Walkley Associates, I have completed assignments for a wide range of organisations including police forces, universities, business schools, NHS Trusts, Professional Bodies, Borough Councils, banks, insurance companies, farming co-operatives and a number of charities. This work has included leading strategic change, management and organisation development, mentoring and coaching, managing redundancy processes, assessment centre design and facilitation, recruitment and selection, conflict resolution and the design and facilitation of training programmes and team building events.

I work in association with The Work Foundation, Public Image, FutureWork Institute and The University of Westminster as a visiting lecturer. I have been a visiting fellow at Cranfield School of Management, a committee member of the London City Trainers Forum, an ACAS arbitrator and an executive committee member of the first Common Purpose scheme in the UK.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management and registered with the British Psychological Society.

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