About Edward Kellow
I am a highly creative, energetic and outcome focused trainer, facilitator and coach, specialising in leadership, communications, strategy development, and training design and delivery. In the past year I have worked with leaders, change-makers, and policy implementers in government, industry, academia, multilateral organisations and NGOs. I am comfortable working with a very wide range of topics and sectors: from cement and ceramics to scallop fishing, from biodiversity to urbanism, and from corporate sustainability to anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). I have over twenty years of experience in learning and development, ten of which working internationally at senior level. From 2006-2012, I was Head of Learning and Leadership at LEAD International, the world’s largest not-for-profit leadership and sustainability network. While at LEAD, I co-ordinated and supported teams of international trainers designing and delivering global leadership programmes for up to 150 participants in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America and China.
In 2012, I designed a course on Sustainable Cities for Rio+20 that won the international public vote for the best learning event. I have also delivered leadership programmes and workshops for many intergovernmental, business and third sector organisations around the world.
A former intelligence officer, I have sold shirts at Harrods, supported HIV/AIDS volunteers in East London, and set up an innovative greetings card business, Twisted Yarns. I studied French and Russian, spent a year teaching English in Paris, and have a track record of delivering programmes and workshops in English, French and Russian. A graduate member of the CIPD, I have postgraduate qualifications in both training and coaching.
Finding trainers that can combine knowledge with passion is often a challenge – with Edward we had both. Our objective was to find a trainer that could facilitate a workshop on transformative leadership for the Future Leaders Connect selection event. Edward delivered a high quality, full of energy and extremely engaging workshop that truly left everyone wanting more! Working with him was a true pleasure and his professionalism was visible in every step of the training. Edward shared a wide range of tools and methods that will definitely be of use to the participants well beyond the training. Additional to that, Edward supported us in selecting four exceptional young Mexicans to participate on the 2018 cohort of the programme. We would be delighted to work with him again!
Karely Alvarado Ochoa | Project Manager Society | English Language, Education and Society
British Council | Mexico City | Mexico
Thank you for your leadership of Plan UK’s Trustee and Management Awaydays. We greatly appreciated your careful preparation with us, and your insights into what might work well at various stages of the two days. Your leadership of the sessions lent clarity to our discussions, fun and lightness and helped us tackle some potentially tricky areas with a positive energy.
Edward facilitated ten workshops as part of the government’s industrial decarbonisation and energy efficiency roadmaps (in cement, ceramic, chemicals, glass, food and drink and refining sectors). This ambitious project aimed to improve understanding of the emissions abatement potential of industrial sectors and the related business environment including investment decisions, barriers and issues of competitiveness. The purpose of the workshops was to discuss options for decarbonisation, share best practice, identify barriers and develop opportunities to deliver improvements. Edward added a great deal of value to the stakeholder engagement and workshops, which was a critical part of the project. This added value included high quality pre-event planning and communication and energy and enthusiasm throughout each workshop. This led to an extremely positive outcome in all workshops and for the project – culminating in publication of the roadmaps – much to the satisfaction of the government client:
Paul Noble Project Director Energy and Industry Division WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Since our first meeting in March 2015, Edward has continued to deliver a series of excellent leadership sessions on the Global Challenges in Transport Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford. Edward’s engaging, professional and dynamic style of delivery provides a refreshing and stimulating take on traditional leadership training and facilitation. I cannot recommend his services highly enough.
Lucy Mahoney, BSc (Hons), MSc, MILT
D.Phil. in Geography and the Environment
Global Challenges in Transport Programme Coordinator
Our organisation engaged Edward as a facilitator for a case study workshop and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. Edward was warm and engaging, and very attuned to people’s individual attributes and learning styles, despite a wide ethnic diversity within the group. He knows how to bring out the best in others, keeping in mind the task at hand. Writing case studies was a challenge for some, but through Edward’s patient, interactive facilitation we saw some real breakthroughs! I have no doubt that this was largely due to his ability to turn a tedious task into an inspiring process.
Desiree Stewart Child Health Programme Adviser World Vision UK
Edward led a practical workshop on case-study writing. We needed the workshop to result in a tangible product: draft case-studies from 6 countries implementing projects on Child Protection. We had participants from Cambodia, India, Nepal, the DRC, Sierra Leone and Somaliland – evidently from different cultural backgrounds and with very different views of what a case study should look like. Edward managed, in 2 short days, to bring them to a common perspective and to direct them towards the needed output. He was very patient, tailoring his approach to each individual’s character and learning approach. Starting from close to nothing, we ended up with 6 draft case-studies, which we are now working to develop and publish. This will allow us to effectively and poignantly showcase all the great impact and learning the projects have generated, ultimately increasing our chances to acquire further funding. I am thrilled to have had Edward lead on this. I am a stickler for practical results and could not have hoped for better!
Haifa Ungapen Child Rights Programme Advisor World Vision UK
Edward’s contribution to help shape the format of the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development, at the University of Oxford has been excellent. He addresses leadership in a clear and direct way, showing students how the knowledge that they are developing in sustainable urbanism can be implemented in the work place, and applied to their own professional career strategies. Edward brings his own original enthusiasm, engagement and leadership skills very carefully, but effectively, to both class room and work environments.
David Howard MSUD, University Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development, University of Oxford
Edward led a “crash course” on leadership skills for our management staff in 2012. Edward swept us off our feet with an intense and challenging mix of brief lectures, role-plays, practical exercises and insightful debates. All this happened at a speed and intensity that Edward chose according to our openness and propensity for change and new information. The two days were like a roller coaster that offered us a lot of content, and helped us to expand our professional and personal horizons. This is how I would describe Edward’s “fingerprint” as a trainer, one that I could always recognise.
Raluca Cibu-Buzac, Director for Regional Policy and Internationalisation – West Regional Development Agency, Romania
Edward is an exceptional facilitator – he has a very human and creative perspective which in the case of our workshop which involved participants from several Member States – resulted in a very positive environment where the topic was potentially confrontational. Edward brought the whole group together in a unique and personable way – which allowed the project to deliver an exceptional result. I would not hesitate to use his services again and would recommend him to others.
Giles Bartlett, Marine Projects Officer at WWF-UK