Spygun has been Senior Vice-president and Head of Broker Division for a very large (sometimes the biggest) international bank as well as Head of Management Development for the same company.(OK… it was Citibank!!)
He has also been Training& Development Director of Legal & General, Agency Director at Crown Financial Management and occasional non-executive director to a number of UK companies. He was a consultant to one of the UK’s major political parties and has delivered training for politicians, prospective candidates, party agents as well as canvassers.
He is a corporate assessment and development specialist and a licensed psychometric examiner. He has designed written and completed numerous management assessments plus financial services, management and presentation courses. As a company consultant he has advised many businesses on the recruitment and deployment of senior staff as well as corporate change.
Recently however, his main “thrust” has been development in persuasive and presentation skills as well as “pitching” on behalf of clients – although (when asked nicely) he still occasionally coaches salespeople. As a trained negotiator, spygun also trains and coaches in the Dark Arts of Professional Negotiation!
He has trained, coached and advised senior corporate staff all over the world and is currently a director of a PR and Corporate Development company. www.retraining.info.
His experience ranges from senior management to director-level with both profit-centre and bottom-line responsibility. This has included a spell as Chief Executive of an international investment brokerage based in the Middle East and director of an American yacht company based in France. He spent many years living and working on the Cote d’Azur in the yachting industry.
During his time in France he wrote an occasional boating column and other articles for Nice-Matin.
He writes on management, financial and general business topics for several management and corporate magazines and is a political blogger. In early 2008, he predicted the nationalisation of the banking system and remains perplexed by the ineptitude of many politicians and their failure to deal with the first banking crisis - which now appears to be leading to subsequent crises.
After graduation (Physics and Mathematics) and a Masters in Occupational Psychology, Spygun began his career researching into driver behaviour and vehicle testing at the Government’s Road Research Laboratory followed by several years in banking plus some years in the French yachting industry before resuming his business career in the UK.
His heroes are the Romans, Richard Dawkins, the Simpsons, Brian Reade, Will Self, Ivan Turgenev and occasionally Jeremy Clarkson (when he is not being a knob).
He dislikes stupid people, bad teaching, call-centres, accountancy and the British acceptance of bad food and overpriced wine. But what he campaigns against more than anything is the unnecessary over-complication of the financial industry (and its language) by the mind-numbing bureaucracy spawned by successive Financial Services Acts, aided and abetted by clueless governments run by uninformed politicians.
He also has a rabid dislike for management jive-talk, although he does realise that his views need some approximate reasoning for any real-time probabilistic processes. He is willing to get some communal thought-showers going but he hopes that he has left the first vapour trail in the blue-sky scenario – otherwise he feels that he will have to eat his own dog-food . In any event, he is willing to leave any idea in the car park with the engine running in case there is a need to do some deep-diving on the concepts and maybe burn some flip-chart. AIN any event, he is willing tothough he does agree that this view does need some approximate
Favourite saying: The Romans did not build their empire by having meetings and claiming expenses. They did it by killing everyone who stood in their way.