There is a wide group of people and organisations involved with Beckford Consulting who are specialists in their own right:

Dr Peter Dudley PhD BSc

No ‘perhaps’ at all about Peter Dudley, he is a man of unreasonable beliefs.  Unreasonable enough to believe that ‘right PDSmallJPEGthinking’ is the basis of ‘right action’. Unreasonable enough to believe that the world we are creating has all the characteristics of a mediocracy – where it is regarded as desirable to be lacklustre, to be passive and to fit in. Unreasonable enough to believe that organisations and institutions whose mediocre performance is protected by rules that allow only mediocre protest are both undesirable and dangerous. And unreasonable enough to believe that something can, and therefore should, be done about it.

Peter is an expert in Adaptive Systems. His international consulting career extends over ten years with particular experience of working with public sector organisations.

Peter holds a PhD in Management Systems and Sciences, a first degree in Management Information Systems and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Operational Research Society. He has produced 3 books in the field of Management Science and is a regular contributor to management journals.

Keith Elford MA(Cantab) FRSA

Keith Elford has been helping leaders of organisations across the sectors make the changes required for sustainable success since 1998.  His route into consulting was unusual – it started when, as the Bishop’s Chaplain, he co-led a major change project in Guildford Diocese.  He is now particularly adept at helping clients manage the human dimension of change: articulating purpose and values, engaging people, defining and shifting mind-set and behaviours.  He helps clients make sense of new challenges both rationally and emotionally and consequently operate in different ways to get different outcomes. His practice is rooted in an understanding of organisation as a system, combining people and processes, and set in a changing environment.

Keith remains an Anglican priest and has a passion for finding ways of recognising and realising the ‘connectedness’ of life.  He likes to cross or break down the barriers so characteristic of society today, those that separate the ‘private’ worlds of, for example, business, the arts and community. ‘Creating the Future for the Church’, his book applying principles of organisational effectiveness to the Church of England, was published in September 2013. Keith is also a part-time doctoral student at Roehampton University in organisation and theology.

John Dora BSc (Hons) CEng FICE FRMetS FPWI


John Dora is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, of the Royal Meteorological Society and of the Permanent Way Institution. He has over thirty years experience in flood defence and rail infrastructure, and leads climate change adaptation research for the GB main line railway.

John is the creative force in the GB main line railway’s research into climate change, setting up via Network Rail and RSSB the current £2.5M programme of world-leading research – TRaCCA; this now features in the UK’s National Adaptation Plan. In wider circles he chairs the national Infrastructure Operators’ Adaptation Forum. He chaired CIRIA’s C688 ‘Flood resilience and resistance for critical infrastructure’ project.

Whilst at NR he led research in association with RSSB, specifically: T096 Safety implications of weather, climate and climate change (2003); T643 Impact of climate change on coastal rail infrastructure (2008); and T925 Adapting to extreme climate change (2011).

Professor Peter Kawalek PhD MSc

Peter Kawalek is Professor of Information Systems in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University and Director of the Centre for Information Management. He is a Visiting ProfessorPKsmallJPEG at Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and Letterkenny Institute of Technology in County Donegal. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at Deusto Business School in the Basque Country. Peter’s PhD is in Computer Science. He has experience to board level in media and rail industries, and has worked extensively with government, including Office an Taoiseach, Department of Communities and Local Government, the NHS, Leeds City Council, Tameside Council, Greater Manchester Police and Salford City Council.

He has been working on projects with Beckford Consulting for 20 years.

Chris Heald BSc

Chris HealdChris is an experienced consultant and has a wealth of expertise gained over the last twenty years. Predominately working with teams and individuals at board and executive level, Chris specialises in team and leadership dynamics and has led a number of major transformation projects. A founder of Telos Partners, he was chairman from 2006-2012.

Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant and found his way into leadership development and consulting via the training department of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, travel in South-East Asia and VSO in Ghana. He is also a practitioner in Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor and certified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Situational Leadership, Human Synergistics suite of tools, Strengths Deployment Inventory & EQ Map.

Simon Brissenden MSc FCMI

Simon has worked as a senior operations director and engineer for 25 years in both the private and public sectors. He is a senior project and programme manager with international experience of leading and implementing strategic change within an asset rich environment.

He has a strong track record of reducing costs and improving services by developing internal and external stakeholder requirements and business process improvement. Recent projects include social housing, NFP, gas, rail, FMCA and engineering.

Doug Haynes BSc MA FCybS

Doug, based in the Wirral, operates as a management consultant and executive coach. He has 35 years teaching and practising in applied statistics, operational research, quality improvement, business information systems and change management.

In the last 15 years, he has been a senior manager at Liverpool Business School where he focused on business analysis and organisational change. Recently, Doug has strengthened his development skills by qualifying as a Myers-Briggs Practitioner and gained a postgraduate certificate in business and executive coaching and facilitated team development initiatives within change programmes.

Doug is passionate about facilitating learning both for individuals and through facilitating business improvement and cultural change at all organisational levels. He currently chairs the risk management governance committee for a large charity and is active in several communities of practice in the North West.

Simon Gimson BEng MEng

Simon Gimson Web 2 (1)Simon Gimson was until August 2010 a Director at South West Trains where he led the relationship with the Department for Transport and management of the Franchise Agreement. He was responsible for reducing operational costs, whilst preserving the customer experience. He has worked extensively in the integration of operating businesses, delivering service quality improvements and directed franchise bidding in relation to Customer Services, Stations, Catering, Environment and Revenue Protection.

Simon previously worked with GNER in a variety of operational, quality improvement and bidding roles – delivering continuing savings and performance improvement into the business. He was the General Manager running the Kings Cross operation as well as the Bid Team Leader for the GSER and GSWR franchise bids.

Simon is a consummate professional with clear focus and ability to combine both commercial skills and people management. A capable Project Manager, Simon is results driven, direct and adaptable, capable of working both strategically and operationally.

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