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Professor Barry Curnow: Strategic Partner

Professor Barry Curnow is a consultants’ consultant and Group Analyst based in London,England.  He specialises in strategic advisory, leadership and organisation work and provides coaching, counselling and mentoring for professional service firms and their clients. He has spent his career in the building, buying, leadership and selling of consulting firms and knowledge-based businesses internationally.

He is currently Immediate Past Chairman of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (Chairman, 2003-5), Principal of the Maresfield Curnow School of Management Consulting, and a Past President of both the Institute of Management Consultancy and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK (formerly IPM).

Barry is a former Chairman and Managing Director of Hay-MSL Management Consultants Group and was previously a world-wide partner and main board director of the Hay Group in Washington DC, Chairman of Hay Pacific in Hong Kong and Managing Director of Hay UK.

A graduate of the Universities of Exeter (Economics) and London (Organisational Psychology), he has written widely on management and careers and teaches at Cass Business School, City University. He isVisiting Professor of Management Consulting at Cass and at Durham University Business School. He is the joint consulting editor of The International Guide to Management Consultancy (Kogan Page 2001/3) and joint author of The Chance to Live More than Once (Management Books 2000, 1997) and Third Age Careers, The Corporate Challenge (Gower, 1994).

He is a trustee director of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and consulting editor of the quarterly publication Management Perspectives

As a Group Analyst, Barry is trained in group dynamics and has a particular interest in conducting groups to improve business performance and develop professional personnel –i.e. to help them deal with  “what makes organisations tick, (or stop!) underneath.” Together with his wife Penny de Haas Curnow, an Analytical Psychologist (Jungian Analyst) and fine artist, he is a co-director of Bollingen Blessing, a business that helps leaders achieve corporate cohesion, creativity and success in the struggle for integration between personal and family life.

Most recently, Barry has become Head of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour Designate at University of Greenwich Business School.