Interview with CfLP Managing Director Al Wilson

Al Wilson

Al Wilson, Managing Director of the Centre for Leadership Performance

Where have you come from and what do you bring?

Since 1997 I have worked for Impact International, a global leadership development business based in Windermere. I have been designing and delivering leadership development programmes for the likes of Google, Jaguar Land Rover, RBS, Unilever in the UK and all over the world.

For the last ten years, as Head of Service Delivery, I have led and managed the delivery of Impact International's products and services. You name it; from long-term strategy through to day-to-day operations I've had experience of most aspects of running a successful business including people management, resources, profitability, quality, customer service etc.

Prior to Impact, I managed the Outdoor Education Service for Knowsley Borough Council and my background is in education having graduated from Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, way before it became the University of Cumbria.

So I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about leadership development. Loads of commercial / business experience especially operational and client management. But more importantly a belief that leadership has the potential to make a positive difference to organisations, people and communities.

And a passion to help and support people to grow, learn and develop.

How does it feel to be joining the Centre for Leadership Performance?

I am really excited about joining and leading the Centre for Leadership Performance. It's a wonderful opportunity to help grow an organisation that can bring positive change to people, organisations and communities in Cumbria. The Centre is well established and has a great reputation AND is still going through the transition from grant funding to self-sustaining, so there are plenty of challenges coming my way. I know I am joining a great team with the support of an ambitious board and I'm sure that we can all succeed together.

What can people expect from you?

Successful organisations, I believe, are places where people feel valued, where they feel connected to the overall mission and understand their role. This comes from keeping things simple, clear and fun. This approach works for colleagues, clients and delegates on programmes.

How do you see the future for the Centre?

I'm joining the Centre at a really exciting time in the economic growth of Cumbria, a time of change, of challenge and of opportunity. As we see investment and growth come into the county there will be a demand for talent, a need for organisations to change and adapt at speed and in a way that they've never experienced before. Leadership is required at every level from the street, the classroom, the factory floor to the boardroom if we are to make and take advantage of these opportunities. I believe the Centre has a role to play in promoting and developing the capacity for leadership across the county.

Tell me more about yourself

Well, when I'm not being an evangelist for leadership I like to spend time in the open spaces of the Lake District with my two boys, Joe and Dan. We ride our mountain bikes, canoe on the lakes and rivers, light fires and climb trees! When I get the chance I like to travel further afield and kayak on the rivers or the sea in the remoter parts of the world. Oh, and I'm an avid armchair football fan, still waiting for the renaissance at Liverpool FC that I know is coming.

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