Professor John Beckford PhD. MMS. F.Cyb.S. FRSA
A consultant for over 20 years, John works primarily at board level supporting and enabling key business decisions. His experience extends to national and local government, infrastructure systems, social housing, paper making, railways and ferries, banking, financial services, logistics, food production, steel production, chemicals, pharmaceutical research, property management, retail motor distribution, law, healthcare, and tertiary education. John’s passion is for increasing the viability and effectiveness of the individuals and organisations with which he works. This passion is realised through the development of the theory of managerial cybernetics and application of management science and managerial cybernetics to the structures, processes, information systems and leadership behaviours of his clients.
John is a partner in Beckford Consulting and Visiting Professor in the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University. He is author of ‘Quality’ (Routledge, 2010, 3rd edition) holds a PhD in Management Systems and Sciences from The University of Hull, is a Fellow of the Cybernetics Society, a Member of The Institute of Management Services and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
Chris is an independent consultant with a passion for helping individuals, teams and organisations release their potential. He works with a range of clients who wish to benefit from his business experience as well as his skills of coaching and facilitation. Clients frequently use him to advise on and support their long-term strategic objectives.
Chris was a founder member of Telos Partners and continues to work with a number of Telos clients as an associate as well as representing Telos Partners on the Employee Ownership Association Board. He served as chairman of Telos Partners from 2006 to 2012.
His commitment to working with long-term organisational sustainability crystalised in the early 1990s while working in Ghana on a project for VSO. Returning to the UK he joined Coopers & Lybrand to lead their Management and Career Development function. It was during this period that he started to work extensively with intact teams on major change projects. He left Coopers in 1996 to join the business from which Telos Partners evolved in 2000 and led a wide range of transformational consulting projects during his time with Telos – working with FTSE100 CEOs and senior executives, as well as in entrepreneurial start-ups, the public and charitable sectors. A fascination for people and what makes them tick has been the constant, and he is most likely to be involved when the dynamics of the organisation or team are causing sub optimal business performance.
Chris qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in 1983, is married with two boys and is an extremely keen follower of most sport, especially football, cricket and tennis. He is a qualified user of MBTI, SDI, and the Lifestyles suite of tools, as well as being a Pesso Boyen System Psychomotor practitioner, having trained with the first ever UK group. Chris has a portfolio of activities which includes non-executive, advisory and consulting work, with a particular focus on sports related organisations.
At PwC, Linklaters and Lloyd’s of London, he has held senior brand, marketing and business development roles .
He now runs his own consulting business and is an experienced trainer, facilitator, mentor and qualified business and personal performance coach.
He specialises in organisational branding, helping service businesses release the full potential of their corporate brands. This involves defining what the brand will stand for and helping the organisation to align all aspects of their business, particularly the culture, to the brand vision.
Geoff has, for some years, worked as an associate of the Barrett Values Centre and makes extensive use of the CTT tools to assess organisational culture, define core values and facilitate culture change.
He has an MA in Oriental Studies from Churchill College, Cambridge. He is married, with three grown up children and lives in Weybridge, Surrey. In his spare time, he rows, flies, walks and reads – not all at once…