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Colin Coulson Thomas Speaker

Colin Coulson-Thomas

Professor and Author
Country: UK

Professor and keynote speaker Colin Coulson-Thomas is an international authority on winning business, director, board and business development, corporate transformation and future organisation – and founder director of start-up companies.  He is the best selling author of over 40 books and reports. He has appeared on radio and TV and spoken at over 200 national and international conferences in over 40 countries.

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Author of ‘Winning Companies; Winning People”

Dr Colin Coulson-Thomas is Chairman of Bryok Systems, Cotoco, Adaptation and Policy Publications, and Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee of Peterborough PCT. An adviser on business development and corporate direction he has helped over 100 boards to improve board and corporate performance and reviewed processes and practices for winning business of over 100 companies. He is an Investors in People and CMI Ambassador; a business school academic at the University of Greenwich; has served on the ACCA Corporate Governance and Risk Management Committee; and has spoken at over 200 national and international conferences in 40 countries.

From 1994-97 he was Willmott Dixon Professor of Corporate Transformation, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Head of Putteridge Bury at the University of Luton and a Senior Associate at the Judge Institute of Cambridge University. He was Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor, McMaster University, Canada in 1995, and a Visiting Professor, East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai in 1996; and at the Management Development Institute, Delhi 1997-2000 and University of Bedfordshire 2006-9. He is also formerly Professor of Competitiveness/Head of the Centre for Competitiveness at the University of Luton and Professor of Direction and Leadership, University of Lincoln. He served on Institute of Directors committees for 20 years.

Formerly chairman of the Judges for the e-Business Innovations Awards; and chairman of ASK Europe plc for eight years, he served for ten years on the Board of Moorfields Eye Hospital, and for six years as Deputy Chairman of the London Electricity Consultative Council. He served two terms on the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine, nine years on the National Biological Standards Board, five years on the Council of the Foundation for Science and Technology and four years as Corporate Affairs Adviser to the British Institute of Management. He is a past Chairman of the Crossbencher parliamentary liaison programme, past Chairman of the Bow Group, past Chairman and President of the Focus Group, and a former Team Europe member.

Colin has served on various corporate boards and governing bodies of representative, professional, learned, and voluntary institutes, societies and associations, including as chairman and president. He led the European Commission’s COBRA initiative which examined restructuring across Europe, was the principal author and co-presenter of the ‘employment and training’ module of the ‘CBI Initiative 1992’, and is principal author of the ‘Induction Package for New TEC Directors’.

Colin has led various change management, re-engineering and transformation projects and surveys of entrepreneurial/boardroom issues, attitudes and practice for the Institute of Directors, Institute of Management, Institute of Personnel Management, Government Departments and the NHS. Practical lessons derived from his surveys and work with entrepreneurs and boards are summarised in books from ‘Creating Excellence in the Boardroom’ (McGraw-Hill, 1993) to ‘The Knowledge Entrepreneur’ (Kogan Page, 2003), ‘Winning Companies: Winning People, making it easy for average performers to adopt winning behaviours’ (Policy Publications, 2007) and ‘Developing Directors, A Handbook for Building an Effective Boardroom Team’ (Policy Publications, 2007)

His other publications include ‘Creating the Global Company: Successful Internationalisation’ (McGraw-Hill, 1992), ‘Transforming the Company’ (Kogan Page, 1992, revised edition 2002), ‘The Future of the Organisation: Achieving Excellence through Business Transformation’ (Kogan Page, 1997/8), ‘Developing a Corporate Learning Strategy’ (Policy Publications, 1999), ‘Individuals and Enterprise’ (Blackhall Publishing, 1999), ‘The Information Entrepreneur’ (3Com, 2000), ‘Shaping Things to Come’ (Blackhall Publishing 2001) and ‘Pricing for Profit’ (Policy Publications, 2002).  He is the editor of ‘Business Process Re-engineering: Myth & Reality’ (Kogan Page, 1994), and executive editor (all Policy Publications) of ‘The Responsive Organisation: Re-engineering new patterns of work’ (1995), ‘The Competitive Network’ (1996), ‘Winning Major Bids’ (1997), ‘Developing Strategic Customers & Key Accounts’ (1998), and the ‘Winning new Business in ….’ series of reports (1999-).

Colin was educated at the LSE (Trevennon Exhibitioner), London Business School, EAESP – Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Brasilian Government Scholar), and the Universities of Aston, Chicago (Deans List) and Southern California (Graduate School Distinction).  He obtained first place prizes in final examinations of three professions.

    Keynote by Speaker Colin Coulson-Thomas

    Talent management

    • Current approaches to talent management are missing opportunities to benefit people and organisations by capturing and sharing what high performers do differently.
    • Talented people can be expensive to hire, difficult to manage and may not excel at everything.
    • An approach based upon Colin’s work enables other people wherever they might be to emulate the superior approaches of high performers whose lives and performance is also enhanced.
    • Pioneer adopters have obtained huge returns on investment of over 20, 30 or 70 times in six months to one year.
    • Advantages and disadvantages of different approaches and mini case studies can be shown.
    • The approach advocated by CCT is set out in his book Winning Companies; Winning People.


    Keynote by Speaker Colin Coulson-Thomas


    • Traditional approaches to mentoring are expensive, time consuming, and because they require physical meetings can often only be offered to a few high fliers.
    • People who mentor may be good at some things and hopeless at others.
    • An approach based upon Colin’s work enables everyone wherever they are to receive mentoring help wherever they are 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
    • Advantages and disadvantages of different approaches and mini case studies can be shown.
    • CCT is author of Developing Directors and has helped over 100 boards to improve director, board and corporate performance.


    Keynote by Speaker Colin Coulson-Thomas

    Corporate transformation and change management

    • Many change and transformation programmes are hugely expensive, take years to implement and fail to deliver.
    • In the meantime the requirement can change.
    • An approach based upon Colin’s work enables people to quickly obtain multiple benefits for both people and organisations.
    • Advantages and disadvantages of different approaches and mini case studies can be shown.
    • CCT has been the process vision holder of complex and successful transformation programmes and was the world’s first professor of corporate transformation. His books include Transforming the Company described by The Times as a “classic of the genre”


    Keynote by Speaker Colin Coulson-Thomas

    Transforming the performance of key workgroups (in a recession)

    • Colin Coulson-Thomas shows what high performers do differently and how leading companies are equipping people to do difficult jobs in a winning way.
    • He covers how to increase performance by helping average performers to do difficult jobs like superstars.


    Keynote by Speaker Colin Coulson-Thomas

    Creating a Winning Board

    • Prof. Coulson-Thomas shows how to develop more competent directors and more effective boards – very relevant given recent conduct of many financial institution boards.
    • He covers what effective boards do differently and how to create a more effective board.


    Keynote by Speaker Colin Coulson-Thomas

    Winning New Business or Winning More Business

    • Prof. Coulson-Thomas shows how to be more effective at winning bids and building key account relationships.
    • He covers what the most successful people and organisations do differently to win business.
    • Related benchmarking is also available to interested companies and professional firms (seven professions covered).


    Keynote by Speaker Colin Coulson-Thomas

    Winners – what high performers do differently (in a recession)

    • This is all about the differing approaches of high performers in areas that are critical to corporate success.
    • Colin Coulson-Thomas summarises the differing approaches of winners and losers as summarised in the book ‘winning companies, winning people’, selecting areas of findings most relevant to a particular audience.
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