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I have been working with managers and professionals across a wide spectrum of industries for over twenty five years, first in New York after learning the hard way what management was, and from 1985, based in London. In 1998 my base again shifted, and I now work out of San Francisco as well as London. I provide training and development and advise on HR strategy through my own business, The Pennybank Partnership,most recently I have focused on performance management and assessment of competencies.

To round out the picture, I taught Training and Development on the Personnel Management and Manpower Studies MA programme at the University of Westminster and was a regular faculty member of the Canterbury Business School, University of Kent Management Development Programme for Health Service Senior Registrars. I had three books published in England since 1993 and one in the U.S.A in 1998.

Back when no one in the UK was doing upward feedback, I developed the ‘Best Management Practices’ survey for a couple of clients to allow managers to assess their own development needs based on feedback from subordinates and colleagues. This led me to the more recent establishment of PEOPLE PROFILES to concentrate on survey and assessment work as well as the development of competency frameworks. I am also an associate of CCA Survey Research, developers of SURVEYkits™.

The books I've written are Marketing the Training Function, (Kogan Page, 1993), Managing Your Career, written for the Institute of Health Services Management (1994), Selecting the Right People, a recruitment guide for line managers (Financial Times Management Briefings, 2nd ed.1997) and most recently, HRD Survival Skills: essential strategies for promoting training and development in your organization, (Butterworth Heinemann Publishing, July 1998). See link below to order.

Despite degrees in Psychology and Public Administration and Fellowship in the Institute for Personnel and Development (and being elected the first Chair of the Central London Branch), I get the biggest buzz from the graphic design side of the work, so I began offering the service to others several years ago. First under the name of graphic services for trainers and now prismatik graphic services has been a happy sideline that keeps me sane and at my computer at wierd hours of the night.

On the more personal side, I have lived in San Francisco, New York and London. My father was born in England and so afforded me with dual citizenship - as well as a role model for directing one's own career. When he 'retired' at 65, he went into business for himself and remained active for more than 30 years and lived to nearly 101. When I'm not doing 'professional' things, I'm usually enjoying the waters of San Francisco Bay and focusing on boats, of which I currently have three, one of which is my home.

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