“At last, a course I feel I have truly enjoyed and benefited from.”
Thomas Holcroft Director, Savills

Ian Chappell


Ian Chappell

Ian’s main areas of responsibility within The Learning Stage are in the fields of leadership, change management and team development.  He also provides courses around managing performance, influencing and a number of interpersonal skills.  His own business background and extensive line management experience bring a sharp focus to the delivery of tangible results for clients. His staff management expertise combined with extensive commercial experience, bring both insight and credibility to his interventions as a consultant.

His workshop approach is to engender learning through participation.  Within each assignment he creates a relaxed and supportive environment to encourage personal ownership and growth. His facilitation skills enable and sustain change amongst individuals, teams and whole organisations.

He specialises in designing and delivering bespoke management development programmes.  He works closely with senior leadership teams to increase their effectiveness. This highly specialised, value adding work is designed around each team’s needs.  It may include a range of interventions, from enabling the team to solve task oriented issues to enhancing working relationships amongst team members.

His clients are primarily in the private sector.  They benefit from the longstanding and close relationships that derive from his partnership approach.

Career background

Ian graduated with a first class Honours degree from New College, Oxford, having won an open exhibition on entry. He joined Procter and Gamble and spent eleven years in manufacturing in a variety of line management roles. These included responsibility for managing high performance work teams across a number of sites within the UK. His experience with Proctor & Gamble culminated, before the age of thirty, in the leadership of a factory of over seven hundred personnel and becoming their youngest senior UK executive.

With Hay management consultants, he carried out client assignments on job design, job evaluation and pay, helping management and staff to agree innovative, integrated pay structures. Wishing to focus on change management through realising the potential of teams and individuals, he joined a niche change management consultancy, Wickland Westcott.  Over an 11-year period he worked closely with a range of clients, primarily in the private sector. Characteristically, these were long term relationships, built on close partnership working and achieving tangible, sustained results.

Having formed his own consultancy business, he has worked as a freelance since 1998.  He operates primarily in the UK, but with occasional assignments in both Europe and the United States. He has worked closely with The Learning Stage, combining his experience and skills with theirs to great effect.