Andrew Wood - Director
I left Durham University clutching a degree in French, German and Management studies, and stumbled into a career in pharmaceutical market research, where I discovered a bit of a knack for telling human stories with data. That knack took me from London to Shanghai, Hong Kong and back again, during which time I led and grew agencies and developed a set of consulting skills.
At some point on that journey, I recognised that I was choosing to spend as much time as possible talking about management and leadership, and realised that what tied it all together was a love of understanding people and helping them to work more effectively together, using a combination of data, art and science. That was my springboard into a career in personal, team, organisational, and systems change.
I’ve held global talent, HR and organisational effectiveness roles at large companies like Synovate, Dentsu Aegis Network, Omnicom and Pearson, where I developed a reputation as someone who approaches problems creatively and flexibly, identifies patterns, and makes complex challenges and issues easier to understand. My time as a researcher brings curiosity and data into my work, and I balance science with art.
I’m an experienced and accredited coach, facilitator and programme designer. I’ve a commitment to lifelong learning through practice, reflection and a healthy appetite for new things. I encourage people to explore their systems, to make sense of them and create new meaning, and then to use that meaning for personal growth and change. I’m appreciatively challenging and thoughtfully disruptive in the way I work with people.
My current clients include companies in the finance, technology, media, telecoms and software sectors, including large global corporations and tech startups. I coach a number of social entrepreneurs and innovators.