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Professor Peter HawkinsProfessor Peter Hawkins – Groundswell’s Chairman

Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School, Chairman of Renewal Associates, Emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultancy Group, is a leading consultant, coach, writer and researcher in organisational strategy, leadership, culture change and team and board development. He has worked with leading organisations in many parts of the world including Europe, South Africa, America and the Far East, co-designing and facilitating strategy reviews as well as major change and organisational transformation projects. He has coached a number of boards and senior executive teams to develop their vision, values, collective leadership and strategy for the future, both in commercial companies, government, large professional organisations and large and small charities.

He has coached a number of Corporate Executives, Chief Executives and Chairmen in both the Public and Private sectors, including: Chief Executives of FTSE 100 companies; Chief Executives of younger growing companies; senior directors in Financial Services and Media, International Managing Partners in PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst and Young, Local Authority and Health Chief Executives and Chief Executives of international not-for-profit organisations. He has also been team coach of the executive team of one of the largest Government departments.

Peter is a thought leader in Executive Coaching and Team Coaching and is President of the Association of Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS). He is also a fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Windsor Leadership Trust, and is a visiting professor at several other universities.

He is the author of many books and papers in the fields of coaching, leadership and change including: “Creating a Coaching Culture”, McGraw Hill 2012; “Leadership Team Coaching”, Kogan Page 2011; “Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision and Development” (with Nick Smith), McGraw-Hill/Open University Press 2006 and “The Wise Fool’s Guide to Leadership”, O Books 2005.

Peter was joint founder in 1986 of Bath Consultancy Group and its Chairman until it was sold in 2010. He is now its emeritus chairman and he also chairs two other company boards as well as being a trustee director of several charities.
He is married with three grown up children and four grandchildren, as well as a range of animals and gardens to look after on his 37 acres on the edge of Bath.


Richard Barrett photoRichard Barrett:

Richard Barrett meets Groundswell’s founder for a conversation once a month and keeps him from wandering off track. He does this usually by making the kind of direct, perspicacious observations that are characteristic of Yorkshiremen and, in this case, enormously helpful.
Richard is an author, speaker and social commentator on the evolution of human values in business and society. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Barrett Values Centre and an internationally recognized thought leader on values, culture, leadership and consciousness. In 2011, he was invited to become a Fellow of the RSA (The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) in the UK—an enlightenment organisation of thought leaders committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Consulting and Coaching for Change, leadership course run by the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and HEC in Paris. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University, Institute for Values-Based Leadership, and visiting lecturer at the One Planet MBA at Exeter University.
He is the creator of the internationally recognized Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) currently being used in 60 countries to support more than 3,000 organizations and leaders in their transformational journeys. He is a Fellow of the World Business Academy, and Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank.


Bob Hudson Groundswell Public Health WalesBob Hudson

Bob Hudson has spent a career in NHS management in Wales including six years within the Senior Civil Service with Welsh Government. Bob’s work has taken in the management of acute hospitals, community and mental health services, national strategy development and has included CEO roles of both commissioning and providing organisations. He took up his current post as CEO of Public Health Wales, the national public health agency for Wales, in 2009.

Bob describes himself as a career NHS manager who began to question accepted wisdom when studying for the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at Bath University in the late 1990s. The programme shifted his world view, creating an abiding interest in the way people, organisations and systems work and thrive. In his work Bob is committed to the improvement of population health, the reduction in health inequity and the development of health systems that enable people and communities to flourish.

Bob also has a long standing interest in management and leadership development and amongst his other interests he is currently leading the Institute of Healthcare Management in Wales and chairing The Advisory Board to Academy Wales, the cross public sector leadership initiative in Wales.
Sustainable development was adopted as a key principle underpinning devolved government in Wales and provides Bob with a number of touchstones in his professional life – Working with and for people not ‘doing to’; recognising the importance of meaning in people’s lives and acting with a long term concern for people and the planet.


Simon LentonDr Simon Lenton

Simon brings to our work a profound understanding and considerable experience of child, family and community health strategies. This informs some of the critical social enterprise projects we are working on and developing. He also devotes a great deal of his time and energy, in a pro bono capacity, to the pursuit of just and sustainable community life by actively supporting key projects in his home city of Bath, UK, and in Africa.

Simon completed his medical training in Aberdeen in 1977. During his postgraduate training he worked in London, Wellington, (New Zealand), Toronto, (Ontario) and Southampton (UK).

He was appointed as a Consultant Paediatrician with a Special Interest in Community Child Health in Bath in 1987; in 1996 he trained in Public Health, during this time he worked in the Wiltshire Health Commission and then the Southwest Regional Government Office, gaining experience in general and specialist commissioning.

Since 2001 he has been a Policy Adviser in the Department of Health and was involved with the production of the Children’s National Service Framework. He has a particular interest in multiagency care pathway approaches to commissioning, planning, delivery and quality assurance of children’s services.

He has recently been elected as Vice President (health services) within the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). He has is long-standing commitment to the delivery of integrated child health services, with a particular focus on improving the competency of clinicians to deliver high-quality services.

He believes that sustainable development is one of the keys to reducing intergenerational inequity, and is vital for preserving both the health of the human race and the planet. As a major employer the NHS could act as a significant catalyst for change, if it adopted sustainable development principles throughout the organisation.

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