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Conducting a Retrospective: Collaborative Valedictory with Paul Corney

March 05, 2024

Senior Business Manager / Director with broad global experience across a range of industries from energy to finance to software to government to information and knowledge management.

Business developer, coach, mentor, project director and practitioner able to deal at all levels of organizations. Proficient in turning around under-performing businesses and helping people to realize their potential.

I enjoy helping organizations to improve the way they work and to equip people to make better decisions.

My background is financial yet eclectic: I spent 25 years in the City as Senior Manager at Saudi International Bank and as a Vice President at Zurich Reinsurance. I was an early pioneer of intranets in the mid 90's, one of the first 'knowledge managers'​ in the city of London

In 1998 I embarked on a portfolio career that encompassed, consultancy, coaching and pro bono charitable work.

During that time, I have been Strategy & Business Advisor to the CEO of a dotcom software organization (Sopheon PLC) for 3 years, Information & Knowledge Advisor to the CEO of a leading reinsurance broker (BMS Group) for 7 years and Managing Partner of a successful consulting organization, Sparknow LLP from 2008-2012. In 2014 I was a founding Trustee of PlanZheroes a UK Charity.

In 2017 I was invited to become Knowledge & Information Management Ambassador for The Chartered Institute of Libraries & Information Professionals (CILIP) a Charitable organization to help further the global cause of the KM profession through the development of a Chartership Accreditation Programme. From January 2020 I was appointed President Elect.

I’ve worked for clients in the energy, industrial, government, development and transport sectors leading assignments in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and Middle East.

Diplomacy intrigues me. I am a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and of the Institute of Directors.

I am an author, I run Masterclasses and speak at international events on information and knowledge management. A member of the British Standards Institute KM Standards Committee (KMS/1), I was also a visiting lecturer on Brighton University's MBA on Knowledge & Innovation.

I’ve been the Chairman of a golf club and the Manager of a football club both of which taught me the need for effective stakeholder engagement at a young age. The future cannot be known, it can only be imagined.

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Paul Corney