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Geoff spent 28 years with ICI PLC leading businesses and then taking responsibility for HR on the top 10 Group Executive (60,000 employees). From 2000, he has had a portfolio of roles in mainstream business and social enterprises.
Curiosity, reflection and pragmatism are at the heart of Geoff’s approach. What is the purpose of business and what is the purpose of your business? What conditions create lasting impact for the leader, the business and for society at large? Geoff has expertise in globally responsible leadership, FTSE 100 leadership and the effectiveness of HR Directors, as well as in chairing social enterprises.
Geoff spent much of his time growing businesses in the speciality chemicals industry across the USA, Asia and Europe. He was the principal leader in integrating 16,000 new employees as part of a successful merger of an $8bn business from Unilever. He was CEO of ICI Surfactants responsible for leading over 20 business units located globally. As CEO of ICI Fluorochemicals, he steered the business though the heat of the global warming debate and spearheaded the development of non-ozone-depleting gas products.
Geoff has held a number of non-executive directorships including Deputy Chair of the Swedish based World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child and Chair of Cafedirect, one of the prime stimulants of the Fairtrade movement.
Geoff’s early years were spent in New Zealand, Zimbabwe and the UK. A graduate of Cambridge with an MA in Law, he is an alumnus of the Aspen Institute leadership programme, HRH Prince of Wales Business & the Environment programme, and a Fellow of the RSA. Married with two children and two grandchildren, Geoff is a gardener and a longtime Arsenal supporter, and is attempting to become a cabinet maker.
“It’s about seizing the opportunity that has arisen as a result of the virus to almost have a clean sheet of paper and start again.”
In his interview with Merryck’s Adam Bryant, Geoff shares insights on the need for senior leaders to focus more of their energies on big-picture questions about the future, and to delegate more of the short-term problems to others. Click here to read more.
“I found my mentor very practical, with deep executive experience coupled with a great approach to problem solving. The mentoring process has helped me to achieve greater clarity, has challenged my thinking and broadened my views in many areas.”