Professional Minds is headed by Dr Chris Smewing, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and registered member of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). He combines a strong academic background with extensive practical experience of working as an HR specialist and business psychology consultant.
Chris’s main areas of expertise are leadership assessment (for appointment, promotion, or potential) coaching (work or personal), and leadership development. He works with teams and individuals to help them recognise and develop their skills, to get greater satisfaction and meaning from their work, and to be able to contribute more.
Chris has worked with many types of organisations, both private and public sector, across Europe and Asia. He spent his early career in Human Resource Management working firstly for London Transport, and then Allied Lyons. This was followed by six years as a research fellow at the University of Nottingham and then Birkbeck College, during which time he was awarded his PhD. He has been working as a consultant since 1997
He is the past Chair of the Occupational Section of the British Psychological Society. He is a member of the International Coaching Federation, the British Psychological Society Special Interest Group in Coaching, and is also an Associate of the Adair Leadership Foundation.
As well as his consultancy work, Chris is also an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck College
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