Professor Colin Coulson- Thomas

Leadership, Business Excellence and Innovation

Professor Colin Coulson- Thomas

Prof. (Dr) Colin Coulson-Thomas, President of the Institute of Management Services, has helped directors in over 40 countries to improve board and corporate performance. He is an international authority on corporate governance, learning and transformation, director, board and business development, and change, knowledge and talent management, and has spoken at over 300 national, international and corporate events in over 40 countries. In addition to directorships he leads the International Governance Initiative of the Order of St. Lazarus, is Director-General, IOD India, UK and Europe, chair of United Learning’s Risk and Audit Committee, Chancellor and a Professorial Fellow at the School for the Creative Arts, Honorary Professor at the Aston India Foundation for Applied Research, a Distinguished Professor at the Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management-Research, Visiting Professor of Direction and Leadership at Lincoln International Business School, and a member of the advisory boards of Bridges of Sports and the Arvind Foundation, and ACCA’s Governance, Risk and Performance Global Forum.

An experienced chairman of award winning companies and vision holder of successful transformation programmes, Colin is the author of over 60 books and reports. He has held public appointments at local, regional and national level and professorial appointments in Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, India and China. He was educated at the London School of Economics, London Business School, UNISA and the Universities of Aston, Chicago and Southern California. He is a fellow of seven chartered bodies and obtained first place prizes in the final exams of three professions.

His topics follow from the five international conventions/congresses for which he provides theme papers each year (governance and sustainability; innovation, leadership and business excellence; CSR; environment management and climate change; risk management), areas in his professorial titles (e.g. corporate transformation, competitiveness, direction and leadership, international relations, HR and OB), and subjects covered by his various books (corporate transformation, Internationalization, entrepreneurship, differentiation, director and board development, competing and winning) and reports (critical success factors for key corporate activities such as winning business, competitive bidding, building customer relationships, developing and managing corporate know-how, pricing, purchasing).

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