Paul Corney – Keynote

Managing Partner, Knowledge Et Al

I help people and businesses to realise their potential, acting as:

    • advisor;
    • coach;
    • facilitator;
    • and project director.

I have a broad global experience working at all levels across a range of industries: development / 3rd sector; energy; finance;  government/public sector; information; knowledge management; law; leisure; retail; and software.

My early background was financial yet eclectic and global: I spent 25 years in the City as Senior Manager, Corporate Finance, at Saudi International Bank and as a Vice President at Zurich Re.

Since 1998 I’ve run a portfolio of activities: Strategy & Business Advisor to the CEO of a software and consultancy group Sopheon PLC; Information & Knowledge Advisor to the CEO of a leading reinsurance broker BMS Group; Managing Partner Sparknow LLP; and Principal Consultant Knowledge Associates Cambridge.

An early pioneer of intranets in the mid 90’s and one of the first ‘knowledge managers’ in the City of London I’ve led many challenging assignments, often cross culture, and frequently cross continent. I have published numerous articles inclduing ‘The creation of a Living Archive’ featured in Making Knowledge Management Work for Your Organization published by Ark Group in 2012, ‘Dad are you a spy’ (how to undertake international KIM assignments) and ‘Why good knowledge drives good business’ both published by Sage Publications in 2015.

Today, I combine pro bono activities with paid consultancy work, teaching and coaching and I regularly speak at and chair international events and run masterclasses.

A member of the Faculty at Brighton University teaching on their Knowledge & Innovation Management MBA I also sit on the BSI KM Standards Committee providing the UK’s response to International Standards Organisation’s (ISO) emerging KM Standard.and I am on the Executive Advisory Board of SocialNow, a unique event that looks at how social media impacts business.

I am currently helping Iran’s largest organisation to implement it’s Knowledge Management Strategy and coauthoring a book on Proven Knowledge Capture and Retention to be published this year.

Diplomacy intrigues me. I am a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Institute of Directors. I’ve been the Chairman of Pyecombe Golf Club and the Manager of Hassocks Football Club both of which taught me the need for effective engagement. And I was the founding Knowledge Trustees of PlanZheroes (a UK Charity that helps to make better use of surplus food)..

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