Passionate about improving leadership and team-working in the workplace
Giles is Founder of The Colour Works which he started back in 2003, after 4 years as MD of an £8m plastic injection moulding company and previous management roles in both public and charity sectors. In 2017, he is now in the process of establishing The Colour Works Foundation, a charitable enterprise created to take the transformational learning programmes developed at The Colour Works to the sections of society perhaps most in need but least likely to access them.
He is an experienced facilitator, qualified executive coach and passionate about improving leadership and team-working in the workplace, and self-belief in the socially-excluded. He is also an accomplished speaker and was voted Speaker of the Year 2013 by the esteemed Academy for Chief Executives, as well as Best Newcomer 2015 by Vistage.
His experience of leadership, during which he became fascinated by the necessary underpinning of the “hard” aspects of organisational performance (productivity, profitability) by the “soft” (morale, motivation, team-work, relationships, self-confidence), was instrumental in encouraging him to set up The Colour Works. His keen sense of social justice and dismay at the ever-growing divide between the “haves” and “have nots” have informed his latest charitable venture.
Giles’ fresh and informal style is certainly engaging, and whether working with senior executives of multinationals or ex-offenders, his messages come across loud and clear – developing your emotional intelligence is critical to getting the most from your relationships and to making better decisions.
When not working, Giles can usually be found walking his dogs along the beautiful Dorset coast, practising his tenor sax, reading for his Book Club or out on either his beloved bike or sea kayak. He is a big family man and his idea of heaven would be a cold beer, a fresh Valencian mountain paella, in the summer on the beach, with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends … and a Frisbee.
Comments from Members:
- Giles re-enforced the importance of understanding individual strengths and the strengths and contributions of team members.
- To understand – who in our team I need to appreciate their attitude and ways of working.
- Brought the concepts to life very well with lots of energy. These concepts are critical for business leaders and their teams – he really made them easy to understand.
- Helped me recognise some of my more sub-conscious personality traits.