Professor Bob Garratt

Professor Bob Garratt

Bob Garratt is a company chairman, consultant, and academic working on corporate governance; board and director performance, and strategic thinking issues. He is Chairman of Board Performance Limited in London and Organisation Development Limited in Singapore and Hong Kong. His extensive consulting experience of board and business issues on five continents covers many types of organisation from large corporates to family businesses and professional practices, from parastatals to not-for-profits, and from central governments to local communities.

Bob is a Founder Member of The Commonwealth Association for Corporate Governance. He is on the Chartered Accreditation Committee, Examinations Board, and leads the Developing Strategic Thought programmes, of the Institute of Directors, London. He helped form the China-EEC Management Programme in Beijing in 1983 (the first Chinese MBA programme), and the ASEAN-EU Management Centre in Brunei Darussalam in 1992. He helped found The Global Coaching Partnership network for directors; The Learning Symposium group; and is on the Research Group of the Centre for Tomorrow's Company. He has worked with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority on developing corporate governance for Banking Supervisors.

Bob is Visiting Professor at the Cass Business School, City University, London where his work spans the centre for Corporate Governance and the Centre for Leadership, Learning and Change. He held previously that position at The Tanaka Management School, Imperial College, University of London, where he was also responsible for the board development of the "spin out" companies; and is ex-Senior Associate, The Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge. He is Chairman of the Education Group of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. He is Past Chairman of the Association for Management Education and Development, and led the management education side of both the Faculty of Management and Community Education, Ulster College, Belfast, and The Architectural Association School, London. He is a Freeman of the City of London.

In 2002 Bob won the annual Shareholder Value corporate governance essay prize sponsored by the European Business Forum and PwC/IBM; and in 2004 The Academy of Corporate Governance, Hyderabad, Writing Excellence prize. His books include: The Fish Rots From The Head: The Crisis in our Boardrooms (1996 and 2003); Developing Strategic Thought (ed) (1994 and 2003); Learning to Lead (1991); The Learning Organisation: Developing Democracy At Work (2000); and Twelve Organising Capabilities: Valuing People At Work (2000). His most recent book Thin On Top: Why Corporate Governance Matters was published in March 2003.

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