Piers Ibbotson

piers in action

Piers Ibbotson is a respected speaker, coach and facilitator. He is a regular contributor to senior management development programmes in the UK and around the world, introducing leaders and senior managers to concepts and techniques from the creative arts. He has worked at partner level with leading management consultancies and has contributed to senior development programmes for Ernst and Young, adidas, WPP group, BP, Allen and Overy, and many others. He is a contributor to courses at the London Business School, the Said Business School University of Oxford, the Copenhagen Business School, and The Banff Centre in Canada, where he is guest faculty member on The Art of Executive Leadership Programme.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Kingston, UK, where he teaches on the MA in Creative Industries and The Creative Economy. Piers trained originally as a scientist and worked in the oil industry for a number of years before entering the theatre in 1980. He had a successful career as a performer, working at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as making appearances in TV and film. In 1990 he became an Assistant Director with the Royal Shakespeare Company working alongside some of the best directing talent in the British theatre.

It was this experience, observing the techniques and approaches of directors, working to tight deadlines with dynamic creative groups that began his interest in the transfer of skills from the Arts to Business.

He also runs Directing Creativity. His book "The Illusion of Leadership" was published in 2008.