Steve Read has more than 20 years of experience as a leadership and management development consultant, coach and trainer. He began his career in the hospitality industry at operational and senior management levels. After further study, Steve worked in consultancy and management roles for several training companies. In 2000 he began running ACL training programmes for a wide variety of clients and in 2008 he joined forces with John Adair to form Adair International Ltd.
Steve enjoys music (of most but not all kinds), especially played live, and tries to keep up with his son playing guitar. He plays infrequently and badly as ‘Three Chord Pinkerton’ with the pop-up band The Pinkertons. He is a keen cyclist – especially in the flat-lands of Cambridgeshire.
John has studied leadership for longer and more intently than most other people. His interest in the subject was stirred at a young age whilst at St Paul’s School, London where incidentally he followed in the footsteps of one of his role-models, Field Marshal Montgomery.
Following the study of history and theology at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, national service as a platoon commander in the Scots Guards and adjutant of a Bedouin regiment in the Arab Legion, his interest in leadership was firm. It had become his thing.
To find out more about leadership, John took jobs where leadership really mattered – he qualified in Hull as a deckhand and worked on trawlers in the North Atlantic off Iceland and he worked as an orderly in an operating theatre. John developed the ACL framework whilst working as senior lecturer in military history at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. ACL became the leadership framework for all three armed services. As an Associate Director at the Industrial Society, John further developed the framework and tested it in industry, notably at ICI with Sir John Harvey Jones. Alongside his role at Adair International, John is a Fellow of the Windsor Leadership Trust, and is Chair of Leadership at the United Nations central college in Turin.
John has written over 30 books on leadership including Effective Leadership, How to be a Successful Leader and The Leadership of Mohammed.
In his spare time he enjoys making bread with his grandchildren.
Rachel’s first career was in the food industry, as a technologist developing new products for a variety of food manufacturers. This evolved into more commercial roles, working in marketing. Rachel manages the day to day operations of Adair International, leading our office team and ensuring smooth delivery of corporate programmes, ACL accreditation programmes, and public courses. Rachel is the glue that binds the organisation together.
When off duty, Rachel does yoga, cooks for (easy to please) friends and reads books that she instantly forgets.
Sarah spent 20 years working in the City of London and the West End in management roles. Being a keen leadership advocate, Sarah wanted to combine her personal experiences of managing people with her love of theory. So she focused on training and coaching with healthcare professionals in the National Health Service, helping them improve their leadership skills. Sarah has been with Adair International from day one. With David Minchin, Sarah developed the Team Level Accreditation Programme and the Accredited Coach programme.
Sarah’s enthusiastic and pragmatic approach to managing people has transferred into her training work, and her sense of fun and enthusiasm for ACL is obvious to everyone.
When not doing her leadership thing, Sarah enjoys gardening and walking on the beaches near her North Cornish home.
David spent 25 years working for the AA / Centrica in service delivery and operations. This experience led him to a role running management development programmes. David now cannot remember how long he has been doing this, but he is a very experienced facilitator, coach and trainer, renowned for his pragmatic and practical approach. One of our senior trainer / coaches, David has been with Adair International from the outset, and with Sarah, runs both the Team Level Accreditation Programme and the ACL Coach Accreditation Programme.
David loves improving his negotiation skills to deal with his grandchildren. He also has a long held passion for Mansfield Town FC and is a season ticket holder - 40+ years of hurt! He tells people he can cook and does a bit of gardening.
David qualified as a chemical engineer then completed his PhD at the University of Surrey where he spent twelve years as a Senior Lecturer. As Industrial Placement Tutor for Chemical Engineering, David found it was easier to get students placements, and subsequently jobs, if they had received training in leadership, team working, problem solving and communication. David used ACL to facilitate this, continuing John Adair’s work who initiated this whilst Professor of Leadership at Surrey.
David contributed significantly to the ACL framework by developing the Operational leadership functions, and designing the Operational level accreditation programme and online ACL leadership profile questionnaire. He has won awards including the Frank Morton Medal for Excellence in Teaching in Chemical Engineering by the Institute of Chemical Engineers. David is most proud though, of leading the team which developed whiskey stills for the Penderyn Distillery in Wales.
David sings and plays Ukulele, Guitar and Mandolin in The String Bandits.
Chris combines a strong academic background with 30 years practical experience of working as an HR specialist and business psychology consultant. He has worked with many types of organisations, both private and public sector, across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His main areas of expertise are leadership development, individual assessment and coaching, and assessment centre design and facilitation In addition to his consultancy work, Chris is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Working Life, Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also the former Chair of the Occupational Section of the British Psychological Society. Chris designed and delivers the Strategic ACL Accreditation Programme.
Chris is a saxophone player, mountain biker has just got his first allotment.
Mike is a qualified teacher and spent some of his early career working as a customes officer. As an ACL specialist he has worked with a variety of private and public sector organisations.
Mike specialises in outdoor, practical activities. He has taken many a group into the hills and down caves. Most of them returned. Mike runs both corporate and public ACL programmes at team, operational and strategic levels.
Mike regularly plays badminton and 5-a-side football. He sings (perhaps) and plays lead guitar in Cambridge’s very own Moses Carter Band. He has far more guitars than he needs. With Steve, he also plays in the pop-up band The Pinkertons as Mad Mike Pinkerton.
As a qualified journalist and newspaper editor, Trevor has a keen eye for what is relevant, useful and interesting. He was put in charge of a group of newspapers at the tender age of 23 and had no leadership training for the first six years, a not untypical route in many businesses.
Senior leadership roles followed and now he is a decade into his second career as a trainer and ACL specialist. He runs both corporate and open programmes at all three levels.
Every autumn Trevor and his family turn vast quantities of home grown fruit into jam, jelly and chutney. This raises funds for the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust which helps children with disabilities. The task is to help make at least £2000, a team is assembled and each individual has a key role from jar washing to marketing. The leader – Mrs Vanstone. We don’t think Trevor has any spare time to play instruments.