About me

I work with private, public and voluntary sector organisations to help them improve efficiency and effectiveness through greater cross-boundary collaboration and knowledge sharing. Having studied cultural anthropology at university, I gained an early appreciation of the natural human tendency to be tribal – a trait that can be very positive in terms of group identity but that can also lead to a counter-productive ‘us and them’ attitude, for example between different business units of the same company.

Before setting up my own business in 2001, I worked for I.T. services company ICL (now Fujitsu Services) for fourteen years in different organisational and leadership development roles, including leading ICL’s ‘Mobilising Knowledge’ programme for five years. In addition to my advisory role on collaborative working, I am a speaker, facilitator and programme director at business school and in-company leadership development programmes. I try to save time for writing as a part of my portfolio and have published a number of articles and books on collaborative working over the years.

I was born in Canada, grew up in Switzerland, went to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts for my university years, did my business degree at INSEAD in France and have now been living in the UK for over thirty years. I am married to Keith, who is English, and we have two grown-up children, Michael and Anna.

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