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Gareth Chick

Founder and Managing Partner

Gareth has an outstanding track record as CFO, CEO and Chairman in both public and private companies, including private equity. He is a highly sought after consultant working in major corporations around the world; one of the UK’s top Executive Coaches (200+ senior executives including FTSE100 and Fortune 500) and the designer of class leading management training programmes (5000+ managers across 25 countries). Gareth is an acknowledged expert on corporate cultures and corporate psychology, regularly lecturing and presenting on leadership, cultural change and coaching, and travelling extensively across the world to research new leadership models and transformation processes. In just the last 3 years, Gareth’s work has taken him to 23 countries on 5 continents.

Gareth is the creator of “Coaching Excellence”, a unique coaching training programme that teaches hard pressed managers how to coach under pressure, and “And the Leader Is...........”, a powerful programme for Authentic Leadership. Gareth’s life work, “CEQ - Corporate Emotional Intelligence” will be published in the autumn of 2018. This is a major study of how human behaviour is conditioned within corporate cultures, and of how managers come to adopt unconscious controlling habits that are completely counter-productive, seriously inhibiting growth, and often unintentionally creating cultures of fear.   

Gareth’s early career as a CFO for public companies included subsidiaries of Gallaher Tobacco and Exxon, before moving into commercial roles with Fujitsu of Japan. Gareth’s first CEO role came in the motor industry in 1990, and in 1997 he was recruited to Pendragon Plc, the UK’s largest retail motor group as Franchise Group Managing Director. In 12 years as a CEO, Gareth averaged 24% annual (organic) earnings per share growth, achieving significant and sustained cultural change.  

Gareth has pursued his passion for leadership development since 1989, when he trained in the US with the world renowned Dale Carnegie organisation. In a 12 year part time career as a licensed instructor, he led more than 50 programmes and was regularly honoured as a top instructor, becoming an Instructor Trainer in 1995. He was also a Director of Thames Valley Enterprise, one of the first Training and Enterprise Councils, from 1992 to 1997. In 1999 Gareth joined the Academy for Chief Executives as Group Chairman, spending the next 4 years part time leading a strong group of SME owners and entrepreneurs, offering consulting, mentoring and strategic advice. Many of the businesses involved went on to achieve successful exits or IPOs. Also in 1999, Gareth was recruited by LDC Private Equity to Chair Prologic, IT specialists within the fashion industry. Prologic achieved both consistent profitable growth and significant technical innovation, and the business was highly rated by investors and analysts alike. Gareth guided the company to a successful float on the London AIM market in 2004 before stepping down from the board in 2008 as part of a successful trade sale.      

From 2002 to 2008, Gareth Chaired Longwood Park, a unique and pioneering tenant-led Housing Association. In 2002, Longwood was a run-down council estate with high levels of crime, drugs and vandalism. As a police no-go area, and as a  dumping ground for the most problematic families, most tenants had given up all hope. 5 years later, an utterly transformed Longwood had the lowest sector figures for rent arrears and voids, and walked off with the most prestigious Overall Award for Excellence across the whole UK social housing sector (out of 2000 Associations).  

Gareth’s most recent Chairmanship was Produce World Group, one of the largest fresh produce businesses in the UK, where he led a hugely successful and rapid turnaround. He is Chairman of the Banbury Therapy Group, a leading provider of psychotherapeutic services and training. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, and he combines his passion for travel with running marathons in different parts of the world, holding the dubious (but proud) distinction of being the oldest person ever to complete a marathon in a Rhino suit.