Tim Richardson

Tim Richardson


“I have over 25 years’ experience working with individuals, groups and teams to help them fulfil their potential and realise their vision and goals. What I love doing is seeing transformational results achieved through a process of walking alongside people, listening deeply, offering insight and challenge so that people can make sense for themselves of their choices. My passion for responsible and authentic leadership pervades my work with leaders. Along with a proven ability to build innovative designs and programs, I seem to have built a reputation as a storyteller who brings humour and edge as a facilitator that enables change. I like this.”


Formerly Head of Leadership and Talent at PWC (2000-2009), where he was the driving force behind the creation of an integrated talent strategy, Tim started his career with the Woolwich Building Society where he helped establish a leading-edge learning and development function bringing culture change throughout the business. As a Director of Waverley, he focuses on bringing insights to senior people, Boards, and all levels in organisations to encourage a more responsible approach and response to leadership challenges.  Over the last 25 years he has worked with a  wide range of corporate clients across the globe and extensively within the voluntary sector.  He has considerable international experience including the Far East, Central Asia, mainland Europe, North and South America and Africa.


Tim has a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Greenwich University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Bankers Institute.  He is a Fellow of the RSA. He is accredited in numerous coaching and people development techniques including MBTI, Hogan Systems, Transformational Narrative Coaching.

Experience and credentials

Tim has worked with senior partners and leaders around the world in a coaching and facilitation capacity often bringing insights to strategic forums.  He has designed and facilitated large conferences of up to 300 people and has himself spoken at a number of conferences around the world on the subject of talent and leadership.  He has published two books. ‘Monday’s Times’- a modern day allegory of the search for leadership soul in business. (Grosvenor House Publishing) and “The Responsible Leader – developing a culture of responsibility in an uncertain world” (Kogan Page).

Examples of recent work

  • Designing and delivering global Responsible Leadership Transitions programs for HSBC delivered across the globe including one to one coaching provision
  • Designing and running a Leadership Development and Change program for Baker McKenzie partners in the UK including one to one coaching provision
  • Designing and delivering Leadership Quest Managers Development program for A T Kearney delivered across the globe
  • Designing and delivering Making Headway Leadership and Change programme for CRUK for c100 emerging leaders in the UK including one to one coaching provision
  • Coaching Senior Managers and Directors to key promotions at BDO
  • Coaching key clergy in the Church of England through change leadership processes
Waverley Learning are very vested in what they’re doing, very committed. They’re dynamic individually and collectively, they are 100% invested to the learners when they go into a program, it really is a sense of ownership of the experience that I don’t necessarily always see with every other vendor or learning partner that we use.
Lisa Smisek - Director of Learning, Kearney
There’s a credibility and a humility that you just sense when you’re engaging with Waverley Learning. I’m personally very drawn to that.
Karen Brown - Director of People and Talent, Tearfund
It is the extent to which Waverley Learning understood all the requirements, the innovation that they brought, the talent they brought. Their whole style takes the frantic pace at which we work out of the equation, the messages comes through really clearly. They’ve tuned into the challenges of our organization and made observations that have given us added value. It’s always based on our needs.
Alison Maher - Head of Learning, GWR
Their Developing Skills course consistently gets the best feedback of any standard developmental course that we offer. They’re clearly doing something right in terms of engagement, for those individuals to realise their own development within that situation. Waverley Learning listen to what’s going on, the chats that they’re having with my colleagues. They’re able to play that back, this is what’s going on in your business. As an organization, they provide great insight into to us.
John Probert - Director, Mercer
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