Andreas Priestland

For over twenty years Andreas has worked in leadership development and organisational change with people at all levels helping them make a difference to what they do. His clients have included company directors, refinery managers, shift supervisors, accountants, research scientists, senior executives, educators and many others based around the world – in Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

He started his career as a market research executive in one of the UK’s top ten agencies before retraining as a teacher and curriculum adviser, working in inner city schools in London. Five years later his career once again changed as he began to reshape his skill base as an organisation development specialist in a large multinational company. He now operates as a freelance consultant in leadership, learning and change.

Much of Andreas’ organisational learning experience has come through working for the oil and petrochemical industry, primarily with BP, in training and development and then as the global lead for their Individual and Organisational Learning discipline. He helped the company design its first truly global leadership development program delivered in over 60 locations in five different languages to over 10,000 leaders – the ‘First Level Leaders’ programme not only received the prestigious Helios Award from BP, but was the subject of an article in Harvard Business Review. He is known for his facilitative style, creativity and ability to generate engagement. He has advised leadership teams as they go through periods of change and transition. He has supported Board members as they bring together their leadership and formulate new commitments to the future. He helped guide merger and integration teams through the early and difficult conversations needed to map a way forward. He led the curriculum design for a business simulation that skilled up multidisciplinary teams in locations as far apart as Houston, Baku, London and Jakarta.

His clients have included the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, AirFrance/KLM, TNT, BP, BBC, Castle Cement, Oxfam and others. He has spoken at, and run workshops for, the Society for Organisational Learning’s Global Forum, the CIPD’s HRD conference, Roffey Park, Cass Business School and has written articles on change and leadership development.

He lives in Childwickbury, Hertfordshire, in a house in need of constant repair, with one noisy cat, three growing children and his art and design wife Sally.