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Tony is the founder and Managing Partner of a management consultancy that he set up in 1994 and which specializes in Corporate Sustainable Development (CSD) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He has worked mostly in the consultancy industry for such companies as EDS, Logica or CSC Computer Sciences Corporation where he was a Director and Country Manager. He has a Master degree in Economics and is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts.
Tony has been a speaker at international conferences and seminars, mainly on the subject of large scale business transformation, combined with sustainable development. He was also a visiting professor at Gdansk University (2000) conducting a full-year Master degree course on the subject of Corporate Sustainable Development. In 2002, he delivered a course on a similar subject at University of London (Kingston) and previously in Moscow.
Areas of Expertise
Tony’s conference speaking and lecturing experience has a very solid basis in his extensive practical consultancy work. He specializes in sustainable business transformation in banking, financial, industrial, commercial and government sectors. Tony is the author of SYMBIOSA - Balanced Company Management, an approach to managing a company’s growth in a more sustainable way. He is also the main author of Programme Management - the approach to manage large-scale complex change that he developed when working for CSC Computer Sciences (a major outsourcing company).
Tony has over 20 years experience as a management consultant, advising at board level of large corporations. His clients in the financial sector include: Fininvest Group Milan, National Westminster Bank (now RBS), Lehman Brothers, Inkombank Moscow, Gulf Bank Kuwait and CCF Banque Paris. One of his major engagements in this sector was Abu Dhabi Investment Authority - one of the largest in the world, where Tony managed a Ł20m business transformation programme consisting of 12 projects. Clients in other non-financial include Thorn EMI, Gateway Foodmarkets, Centertel, European Ferries, and many others. These were usually large multi-million pound change programmes.
Tony has been passionately involved in developing pragmatic solutions that assist companies’ transition towards a more sustainable and balanced growth in economic, social and environmental areas. He is the main contributor to most of his company’s sustainability services such as a stakeholder-based SYMBIOSA Scorecard, Sustainable Human Capital Management or Sustainable Business Alignment. It is this cross-fertilization of theoretical solutions with practical implementation that is the core of Tony’s presentations at conferences, workshops and seminars.
Tony’s exceptional know-how of sustainable growth may be particularly useful for those business leaders that have been considering adopting the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Corporate Sustainable Development (CSD) in their companies. Many companies do CSR superficially because they want to keep up with the rising expectations of their customers, individual investors or pension funds. For the majority of these companies, CSR style sustainability is quite often seen as an inevitable cost largely related to improving ethical behaviour.
Tony believes that a transition towards sustainability can be a profitable business proposition if it is focused on longer-term balanced company’s performance improvement rather than just on ethical behaviour. CSD adds economic dimension to social and environmental responsibility and subsumes CSR because sustainable organizational growth is in no way possible without ethical behaviour. There is ample evidence showing that best sustainable companies can significantly increase their performance. Some have doubled their market value every three years over longer periods. So, how can it be done?
Tony’s view is that a corner-stone of a typical drive towards sustainable growth should still be a basic “triple bottom-line” accounting. However, such longer-term sustainable growth is ultimately determined by economic performance, which can be measured in monetary terms or in physical output. For example, for schools it could be the number of “A” grades for an average pupil. To achieve such performance, organizations need to follow certain principles and accumulate specialist in-house know-how. During the seminars, workshops and meetings with business leaders Tony shares a well-argued set of key sustainability principles. They may help companies and investors to make a decision on a transition to sustainable growth.
If these principles are met, then the company should achieve better than average, stable growth over longer periods. Such results are generated because these companies grow more coherently, producing less waste. They can plan their investments for longer periods, because their investors stay with them for longer. Therefore, all other indices being equal, they are in the long-term more cost-effective than companies run for a short-term gain. That also means that the overall return on investment in these companies will be higher.
The principles that Tony presents are an inspirational level for sustainable company’s growth. Departures from that ideal are unavoidable and it is the skill of the company’s management that will ultimately determine how sustainable is the company’s growth. Tony’s contribution in implementing these principles lies, among others, in enhancing the managers’ skills in maintaining overall consistency in the day-to-day operation of a sustainable organization.