Chris Nel

Bio: Referred to affectionately by his last boss, Tom Peters, as ‘our company’s very own positive deviant’, Chris is an agent provocateur. This, coupled to a natural ability to build relationships, retain a strategic perspective and a strong bias for action mean that Chris is seen, by his clients, as a key external influence on the success of their change programmes.Chris was born in the UK but grew up in South Africa. At University in England, Chris twice represented Great Britain at the world triathlon championships. In 1986 he graduated from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Commando training was followed by fourteen years service as a Commando Officer in the British Army in a wide variety of roles and conflicts around the globe, reaching the rank of Major. This exposure to extreme social, political and cultural hostilities kindled in Chris a determination to facilitate learning and progress. To make things better.On leaving the Army, Chris held a senior operational management position at Norwich Union, after which his ‘positive deviancy’ led him to consulting. Here Chris was mentored in the art of leadership development and facilitating change by his colleagues Jim Kouzes and Tom Peters. In 2007 Chris co-founded his own business focussed on organisational change, Quest Leadership Ltd. Chris’s approach to facilitating change is to both partner with and provoke the incumbent leadership team(s). Chris has used this approach to stimulate better leadership at senior management and executive level in multiple organisations, including - Aim Altitude, Bramshill Police Staff College, Cybex, David Brown Engineering, Electronic Arts (EA), Ecosurety, Hitachi Capital, Leica Geosystems, Lufthansa, Norwich Union, Rolls-Royce Aerospace, Rompetrol, Situs Asset Management, Texas Instruments, The Active Change Foundation, The Kurdish Regional Government, John Wiley & Son, Virgin One Account, Western Union and Zurich Insurance.

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