Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas, Business Speaker, Management Trainer, Corporate Transformation Speaker, Colin is a Professor of Corporate Transformation. He is a leader and co-ordinator and has served on the boards of publishing and trading companies as well as the governing bodies of many representative, professional, learned and voluntary institutes, societies and associations He has worked with over forty boards on various activities to improve board and corporate performance and holds visiting appointments at Aston Business School , the Judge Institute of Cambridge University and the IT Institute of Salford University . He is also a member of, inter alia, the European Commission`s Team Europe, the board of Community Network, the Advisory Boards of the Home Office Partnership and the Forum for Technology in Training, the Council of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee and the Professional Development Committee of the IOD. An active businessman and process vision holder of major/international change and transformation projects, Colin’s early career was in marketing and general management with the Longman Group and Xerox. Following professorial appointments in Europe, North and South America, India and China he is also Professor of Direction and Leadership at the University of Lincoln, a member of the Professional Accreditation Committee and Board of Examiners of the Institute of Directors and the Corporate Governance and Risk Management Committee of the ACCA. Colin led the COBRA initiative of the European Commission, which examined business restructuring across Europe and developed a European Approach to re-engineering and transformation. He is the principal author of the resulting methodology which has been used by over 400 companies and other organisations to transform corporate performance. Tools incorporating critical success factors developed by one of the companies he chairs have won awards at national and international level. From 1994-97 he was Dean of the Faculty of Management, Willmott Dixon Professor of Corporate Transformation, and Head of the Putteridge Bury at the University of Luton, and a Senior Associate at Cambridge University’s Judge Institute. Formerly chairman of ASK Europe plc for eight years, he served for ten years on the Board of Moorfields Eye Hospital, and for six years as Deputy Chairman of the London Electricity Consultative Council. He served two terms on the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine, nine years on the National Biological Standards Board, five years on the Council of the Foundation for Science and Technology and four years as Corporate Affairs Adviser to the British Institute of Management. He is a past Chairman of the Crossbencher parliamentary liaison programme, and a past Chairman and past President of the Focus Group. Colin has also served on the governing bodies of many representative and professional institutes and associations, including as Chairman and President. His recent books and reports include: ‘The Information Entrepreneur’ (3Com Active Business Unit, 2000), ‘Shaping Things to Come’ (Blackhall Publishing, 2001), ‘Pricing for Profit’ (Policy Publications, 2002), ‘Transforming the Company, Manage Change, Compete and Win’ (Kogan Page, 2002 and 2004), The Knowledge Entrepreneur (Kogan Page, 2003) and Winning Companies, Winning People (Kingsham Press, 2006). Colin was educated at the London School of Economics (Trevennon Exhibitioner), the London Business School, the EAESP - Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Brasilian Government Scholar), and the Universities of Aston (Doctoral Programme), Chicago (Deans List) and Southern California (Graduate School Distinction). He obtained first place prizes in the final examination of three professions.

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Colin is a Professor of Corporate Transformation. He is a leader and co-ordinator and has served on the boards of publishing and trading companies as well as the governing bodies of many representative, professional, learned and voluntary institutes, societies and associations

He has worked with over forty boards on various activities to improve board and corporate performance and holds visiting appointments at Aston Business School , the Judge Institute of Cambridge University and the IT Institute of Salford University . He is also a member of, inter alia, the European Commission`s Team Europe, the board of Community Network, the Advisory Boards of the Home Office Partnership and the Forum for Technology in Training, the Council of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee and the Professional Development Committee of the IOD.

An active businessman and process vision holder of major/international change and transformation projects, Colin’s early career was in marketing and general management with the Longman Group and Xerox. Following professorial appointments in Europe, North and South America, India and China he is also Professor of Direction and Leadership at the University of Lincoln, a member of the Professional Accreditation Committee and Board of Examiners of the Institute of Directors and the Corporate Governance and Risk Management Committee of the ACCA.

Colin led the COBRA initiative of the European Commission, which examined business restructuring across Europe and developed a European Approach to re-engineering and transformation. He is the principal author of the resulting methodology which has been used by over 400 companies and other organisations to transform corporate performance. Tools incorporating critical success factors developed by one of the companies he chairs have won awards at national and international level. From 1994-97 he was Dean of the Faculty of Management, Willmott Dixon Professor of Corporate Transformation, and Head of the Putteridge Bury at the University of Luton, and a Senior Associate at Cambridge University’s Judge Institute.

Formerly chairman of ASK Europe plc for eight years, he served for ten years on the Board of Moorfields Eye Hospital, and for six years as Deputy Chairman of the London Electricity Consultative Council. He served two terms on the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine, nine years on the National Biological Standards Board, five years on the Council of the Foundation for Science and Technology and four years as Corporate Affairs Adviser to the British Institute of Management. He is a past Chairman of the Crossbencher parliamentary liaison programme, and a past Chairman and past President of the Focus Group.

Colin has also served on the governing bodies of many representative and professional institutes and associations, including as Chairman and President. His recent books and reports include: ‘The Information Entrepreneur’ (3Com Active Business Unit, 2000), ‘Shaping Things to Come’ (Blackhall Publishing, 2001), ‘Pricing for Profit’ (Policy Publications, 2002), ‘Transforming the Company, Manage Change, Compete and Win’ (Kogan Page, 2002 and 2004), The Knowledge Entrepreneur (Kogan Page, 2003) and Winning Companies, Winning People (Kingsham Press, 2006).

Colin was educated at the London School of Economics (Trevennon Exhibitioner), the London Business School, the EAESP - Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Brasilian Government Scholar), and the Universities of Aston (Doctoral Programme), Chicago (Deans List) and Southern California (Graduate School Distinction). He obtained first place prizes in the final examination of three professions.

Areas of Expertise

Have you ever wondered why some companies expand, while others that appear to be in a similar situation plateau and contract? Colin’s expertise is understanding the business and management practices that lead on the one hand to growth and development, and on the other hand to stagnation and decline. His investigations involving over 2,000 companies and some 500 professional firms have uncovered what the leaders of successful companies - or winners - do differently from losers who struggle and fail.

The author’s continuing investigations and engagements with companies are examining areas critical to competing and winning such as improving performance, managing change, competitive bidding, building customer relationships and creating and exploiting know-how. The purpose is to determine what boards and management teams need to do - and also what they should not do - to lead, innovate, pioneer, discover and succeed. Colin’s presentations, courses and workshops distinguish between successful and unsuccessful approaches and identify what directors, boards and management teams need to do to build successful businesses, realize their full potential and achieve the commercial rewards and personal fulfillment that comes from competing and winning.

Colin’s sessions are individually designed for each client. Presentations, workshops, courses and programmes can be designed to cover critical success factors and/or winning attitudes, approaches and behaviours in the following areas – allowing companies to pick a combination of topics that meet their particular development needs:

Setting the Scene – competing and winning

Understanding the Business Environment

Understanding the company’s marketplace

Visioning

Providing Strategic Leadership

Creating an effective board

Differentiation

Creating New Commercial Offerings

Winning competitive Bids

Securing a premium price

Building customer and key account relationships

Process Improvement, Re-engineering and Transformation

Change Management

Corporate Communications

New Ways of Working

Corporate Learning

Knowledge Management and Exploitation

Transforming workgroup/salesforce Productivity

Creating an entrepreneurial corporate culture

Entrepreneurial Purchasing

Operating in the International Marketplace

Collaboration and Partnering - building effective partnerships

Succeeding with IT and eBusiness

Next Steps- Formulating and implementing an action programme

Colin's report The Information Entrepreneur, changing requirements for corporate and individual success on the subject of information and knowledge entrepreneurship, and containing guidance and checklists on how to make money by packaging and selling information and knowledge, was published in May 2000

eBusiness and eCommerce: - Colin has completed his fifth year as chairman of the Awards for Innovation in eBusiness (previously eCommerce). These are now web-based and have proved to be very popular. He is also the founder chairman of various companies that make use of the internet, and serve this marketplace with internet, intranet and extranet learning and trading applications.

Learning and Knowledge Management: - His report "Developing a Corporate Learning Strategy", covers the link between learning and knowledge creation and application. Also one of the companies of which Colin is chairman (using its knowledge management framework) won this year's eBusiness Innovation in Knowledge Management Award.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship: - Colin continues to support individual entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams. His book Individuals and Enterprise, creating entrepreneurs for the new millennium through personal transformation sets out what people and organisations need to do to set up new ventures. It covers topics of corporate venturing and argues that companies need to become incubators of enterprise.

Business Development/Winning Business: - Colin also continues as Director of the Business Development Forum and Leader of the Winning Business Programme which will culminate in two series of 'Winning Business' reports. One covers industrial sectors (construction, transport etc.) and the other (with related benchmarking services) professions (law, IT, advertising etc.).

In total, he is the author or co-author of some thirty books and reports.

Client Comments

"Colin was our opening speaker and his stimulating talk was extremely well received and got the conference off to a great start. Post-conference delegate feedback has shown Colin's presentation was one of the highlights of the day - and consequently we would have no hesitation in inviting Colin back as a speaker or recommending him to other organizations."

Organiser of an industry’s annual conference

Audience feedback direct to a third party evaluator from MDs/CEOs/Owners of companies where Colin has delivered Masterclasses to the directors/management team in 2004 or 2005

Telecoms Supplier

Excellent. Couple of key ideas came out

Industrial Equipment/Plant Manufacturer

Some really good suggestions. Obviously an experienced chap – knows what he’s talking about

Salon Owners

Interesting man. Very clever man. Loads of new good ideas. Getting on with action plan. Good to get a view outside hairdressing! We will Test new ideas.

Under-floor Heating Supplier

A very good day. Very motivating

Retailer

“They were singing your praises. They have already started work on the actions and thought you were excellent” (Evaluator’s account of assessment)

Furniture Repair/Upholstery

Very positive, boost in morale already. Clever man. Very positive feedback.

Satellite Communications/Earth Stations

The day was very useful. Colin is clearly an expert in business development and ideal for helping companies reach new markets/become more competitive. The day was useful for bringing the management team together and looking at the bigger picture.

Accountancy Practice

Excellent. Exceeded expectations.

Branded Goods Supplier

Excellent. Very useful. Some good ideas

Housing Association

Really useful. Lots of ideas, and great fun too.

Transport and Distribution/Fleet Operator

Went very well. Productive. Successful.

Advertising Agency/Marketing Communications

Some brilliant thoughts (from Colin) Progressing some short term objectives + some longer term. Excellent programme.

Leading Food Processor

The day went very well and we got a lot of useful ideas from Colin. All commented that it went well and was worthwhile.

Pharmaceuticals Information Provider

Really really good. Great action plan –started progress on it already. Very pleased we did it. Very good value.

Training and Consultancy Provider

Excellent

Designer and Supplier of Cards/Prints/Craft Goods

Very positive session. Good day. Lots of thinking laterally. Some good action points. Well worth it.

Professor Colin Coulson-Thomas is an international change management authority and practitioner. I write as the present Chairman of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes but I have known Colin and his work for nearly thirty years and in my previous capacities as President of the Institute of Management Consultancy in the UK and as President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

- He is an experienced change management practitioner and an authority on business transformation and change management and has helped innumerable boards of directors to improve corporate performance and manage change.

- He led the European Commission’s COBRA investigation into re-engineering
and business restructuring across Europe and wrote the COBRA re-engineering methodology and business transformation methodologies now used worldwide.

- He has won awards at national and international level for his design of support tools for improving workgroup productivity and corporate performance.

- As the Willmott Dixon Professor he was the world’s first Professor of Corporate Transformation and his work and research are set out in 'Transforming the Company, Manage Change, Compete and Win' described by The Times as 'a classic of the genre'.

I introduce him to my clients, I recommend his work to my consultants and students and I count him as an esteemed change management expert and consultant. I have no hesitation in recommending him for your team.

Yours faithfully


Professor Barry Curnow
Chairman, ICMCI, Visiting Professor of Management Consulting at Durham and Cass (City) University Business Schools

Excellent. Couple of key ideas came out

Telecoms Supplier

Some really good suggestions. Obviously an experienced chap – knows what he’s talking about

Industrial Equipment/Plant Manufacturer

Interesting man. Very clever man. Loads of new good ideas. Getting on with action plan. Good to get a view outside hairdressing! We will Test new ideas.

Salon Owners

A very good day. Very motivating

Under-floor Heating Supplier

“They were singing your praises. They have already started work on the actions and thought you were excellent”

(Evaluator’s account of assessment)

Very positive, boost in morale already. Clever man. Very positive feedback.

Furniture Repair/Upholstery

The day was very useful. Colin is clearly an expert in business development and ideal for helping companies reach new markets/become more competitive. The day was useful for bringing the management team together and looking at the bigger picture.

Satellite Communications/Earth Stations

Excellent. Exceeded expectations.

Accountancy Practice

Excellent. Very useful. Some good ideas

Branded Goods Supplier

Really useful. Lots of ideas, and great fun too.

Housing Association

Went very well. Productive. Successful.

Transport and Distribution/Fleet Operator

Some brilliant thoughts (from Colin) Progressing some short term objectives + some longer term. Excellent programme.

Advertising Agency/Marketing Communications

The day went very well and we got a lot of useful ideas from Colin. All commented that it went well and was worthwhile.

Leading Food Processor

Really really good. Great action plan –started progress on it already. Very pleased we did it. Very good value.

Pharmaceuticals Information Provider

Excellent

Training and Consultancy Provider

Very positive session. Good day. Lots of thinking laterally. Some good action points. Well worth it.

Designer and Supplier of Cards/Prints/Craft Goods

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