About me and my corporate work
I am the founder and Managing Director of CDP Leadership Consultants.
Prior to setting up CDP I was a Managing Consultant at the independent global consultancy YSC.
CDP’s purpose is to help you and your business be more successful by auditing and developing your leaders, teams and organisation. Our focus is on improving performance and therefore providing significant ROI to our clients. We believe that only by working at a deep level, going below the surface and the superficial, can you bring about substantive – and sustainable – changes in performance: whether at the individual, team or organisational level.
In addition I spent much of the 90s giving strategic communications and media counsel to numerous brands, senior business people and other leaders. Corporate and third sector brands and organisations I worked with over the last 20 years, prior to joining YSC, include:
My experience includes founding, running and developing organisations and companies in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including the public affairs and PR consultancy Prima/GPC which was sold to Omnicon; the advertising agency Farm Communications which was sold to Cello, and the think tank Progress which I set up for Tony Blair after working for five years as chief aide to Peter Mandelson.
While an advertising agency partner we handled accounts for the Co-operative Bank, Heinz, BMW Smart cars and ivillage/Tesco. As a public affairs consultant I advised, among others, the Chairmen of Unilever and Glaxo and the boards of Salomon Brothers, British Gas and the Abbey National (now Santander). I have undertaken communications and media projects for the likes of Goldman Sachs, Pepsi, Powergen, BT and the BBC. I have also advised various celebrities on their “personal brand” and media profile and acted as confidential counsel in certain high profile crises. Drawing on my psychology training I have worked on some interesting branding projects, including ones for Proctor and Gamble (Persil) and Mercedes Benz. I have also carried out various pro-bono work assisting various charities including the YoungMinds and the Samaritans.