University of Oxford

I studied at Oxford University but never imagined I would work there. Yet in 2001, serendipity led me back.

I am now an Associate Fellow at both Green Templeton College and the Said Business School. Which, I hope, sounds fabulously impressive.

At the Business School I am part of the faculty for the Strategic Leadership Programme – Oxford’s flagship Executive Education programme. This means I get to meet a huge variety of leaders from all over the world and enjoy an incredible leadership education myself.

At Green Templeton College I collaborate with Marshall Young on the Oxford Praxis Forum. Praxis is a Research Centre which provides a wonderful platform to innovate and experiment.

In 2012 I designed and facilitated an initiative called ‘The Cloud Chamber’ whose purpose was to provide a ‘transitional stage’ for senior medical practitioners to question and develop their own practise.

In 2013 I ran the first ‘Praxis Reading Weekend’ in Avila, Spain. You can read what one of the participants (former Apple strategist Chris Riley) said about it, here. Or what I said myself, here.

In May 2014 I arranged a Pathfinder Research event for Viv McWaters. The idea was to help find the right questions for her research, by engaging with senior practitioners from a particular field – in this case applied improv (one of my own interests).

This an end in itself, and an exploration of a new methodology, which I hope we will be able to apply in other fields (e.g. medicine). I am calling this methodology ‘Slow Motion Speed Dating’, at least until I feel the need to give it a more serious moniker.

In early 2016 I am designing and facilitating a “Level 7 Conversation” a development born out of the ‘Cloud Chamber’ (see above) and we will be starting a second Praxis Reading Retreat.