Robert Poynton
A cartoony hand-drawn portrait of Robert Poynton


I studied Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford University but never imagined I would work there. Yet in 2001, serendipity – which seems to be the governing principle of my life – led me back.

I find it a beautiful and romantic place and I love the fact that there are people here from all over the world, devoted to thinking about any problem, theme or issue you can imagine. You overhear such fascinating snippets of conversation and anyone you come across could just be a world authority on something or other.

My work there is in Executive Education so I am not an academic, though I am an Associate Fellow at both Green Templeton College and the Saïd Business School

At the Business School, I have been on the faculty of the Strategic Leadership Programme for over twenty years – as a speaker, designer, tutor and (interim) Programme Director.

At Green Templeton College I collaborate with Emeritus Fellow Dr. Marshall Young on the Oxford Praxis Forum. Praxis is a Research Centre that focuses on the relationship between thinking and doing (i.e. theory and practice).

Nowadays I divide my time between Arenas de San Pedro in rural Spain and Oxford, which is a great contrast that I very much enjoy, even if it does mean I don’t have a simple answer to the question “where do you live?”.


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