Previous clients have described Geoff as knowledgeable, challenging (in a helpful way!), generous, straight-talking and passionate. Describing himself as a catalyst, Geoff succeeds by helping people hear and be heard, opening new possibilities and then supporting people through the sometimes stormy waters of change.
Geoff started his career as a chemist and environmental scientist before moving into change. He brings over 30 years’ experience of working with people and organisations helping make them ‘better’. Geoff created and led Yorkshire Water’s internal Change Agency, which started the transformation of the cost and performance base of the business in the post-privatisation era. During this time he also studied for (and passed!) his MSc in Change Management. He went on to consult widely and his subsequent experience in water companies, retail, finance, the NHS and the highways sector (where he co-designed and delivered a collaborative programme running across all parts of the value chain and which is still raising the leaders of the future in that industry) have led to a deep belief that it is the people that matter and that those nearest the ‘coalface’ are perfectly capable of redesigning for the better when they are given appropriate support.
Geoff has coached or facilitated people and teams from a wide range of occupational backgrounds, in both public and private sectors. He has also recognised that there is no ‘one tool fits all’ in this change business. So whilst much of organisational change is seen as being simply ‘project management’ he knows that leadership and committed people are ultimately the determining factors of success.
As if being paid to catalyse organisational change wasn’t enough, he also volunteers his time as both a patient representative and a change agent to Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust as they continue their journey to excellence. His environmental interests have resurfaced in his voluntary role as Chairman of The Aire Rivers Trust, a charity dedicated to improving the river and its catchment for the benefit of both people and wildlife.