Mark Thomas: Leading International Expert on Business Partnering

Mark Thomas is an international business consultant, author and speaker specialising in business planning, managing change, human resource management and executive development. Prior to working with PPI he worked for several years with Price Waterhouse in London where he advised on the business and organisational change issues arising out of strategic reviews in both private and public sector organisations. Whilst at Price Waterhouse he was responsible for the management of consulting teams along with the profitability of assignments. His business and consulting experiences have included major organisational changes including strategic alignments, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring.

His key areas of interest and business activity include strategic change management and the facilitation of business planning and top team events. He regularly designs, leads and facilitates top team sessions on a wide range of business planning issues and initiatives – re-organisations, change programmes and mergers. A highly accomplished facilitator he has designed and run many challenging and complex business workshops in a variety of industries and sectors.  In addition he manages a whole series of executive development and organisation development initiatives that support wider organisational change - these include executive leadership and coaching programmes. He is an Associate Faculty member at the Tias Business School in Holland, MCE in Brussels and the Suez Corporate University. 

Mark's consulting experience includes major multi-national and global corporations such as:  Lloyds TSB Asset Management, Motorola, Barclays Capital, ECB, Reuters, Cisco, Sony, Sun International, Forte, Coca Cola, Mars, Neste, Aramex, Philip Morris, Oxford University Press, C&A, Sara Lee, Shell, Schroders, Union Bank of Switzerland, Alcatel, NCR, American Management Association, Alcoa, Aspect Telecommunications, Autodesk and Logica.

As well as exploring the links between strategy and execution Mark also has a very strong expertise in helping support function’s re-define their roles. He has been very active in advising and assisting IT and HR functions refocus their operations and services. He runs many Business Partnering and internal consultancy skills initiatives that are aimed at changing the operating style and focus of such functions.  For several years he was Programme Leader for Management Centre Europe's Strategic Human Resource Management Programme and combines many change management assignments along with training in this field.

Mark’s early career was spent in corporate management and his experience included a range of executive roles with the US, NCR Corporation and UK Unigate Group; where he was involved in all aspects of organisation development. His early career experience involved major success in implementing change initiatives in heavily trade unionised environments.

Based in London, Mark works across the globe - he has worked in over 40 different countries, including the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Dubai, Turkey and Russia. In addition to his consultancy and development work Mark is a frequent conference and seminar speaker on business, organisation and human resource issues. He ran some of the very first public, Business Process Re-engineering programmes in Europe and Australia in the mid 1990s and was one of the first commentators to warn of the difficulties in implementing process initiatives as a result of organisations failing to recognise the organisational and people dynamics.

In 1997 he Chaired Europe’s largest Human Resource Conference in Paris - attended by over 500 senior managers and business leaders from around the globe. As a result he was invited to repeat his performance by chairing the 1998 & 2000 Conferences in Vienna and Nice. He has also chaired major business conferences in on Mergers and Acquisitions and Human Resource Issues.

Mark was educated at the University of Wales and the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

As well as writing many articles on business issues his book publications include:

1. High Performance Consulting Skills – (Thorogood 2003)

2. Supercharge Your Management Role - Making the Transition to Internal Consultant (Butterworth Heinemann 1996 )

3. Mergers and Acquisitions- Confronting the Organisation and People Issues. A special report (Thorogood 1997)

4. Project Skills- (Butterworth Heinemann 1998)

5. Masters in People Management ( Thoroughgood 1997)

6. The Shorter MBA (Thorsens 1991)