Executive Coaching and Consulting
in the Safety, Health & Well-being sectors
Steve Perkins MA Oxf CDir FIoD FInstP
I am a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors, with twenty years of executive and management experience in a range of organisations from corporate to charity and plc to SME. I have served in CEO, Executive and Non-Executive Director roles. During my career I have coached and mentored many leaders and managers.
In 2018 I launched Steve Perkins Associates Limited, to provide effective executive coaching and consultancy to organisational leaders and their teams. I work with business and organisational leaders in the UK and in multinational corporations around the world mainly, but not exclusively, in the field of occupational safety, health and well-being.
In 2009 I began my third career in business as the Chief Executive of BOHS, a national professional and awarding body for scientists and leaders in occupational health and safety.
During a nine year tenure I led the transformation of BOHS from a small body in a state of stasis to a growing national and international leader in its field.
With a re-energised membership and a profitable business, I secured Royal Charter status in record time, launched successful national campaigns in the construction and manufacturing sectors, developed an effective long term strategy, and helped transform the Board into a dynamic team. During this time BOHS played a significant role in influencing a shift in public policy and industry focus towards the ‘health’ in health and safety.
I love working alongside people and have volunteered in charity leadership for over 35 years, with a particular focus on coaching and developing new leaders in a relational context.
My second career was spent in the third sector in a senior pastoral role and as the Operations Director and a Trustee of a large regional faith-based charity.
Whilst I helped grow the charity as part of the executive leadership team, doubling turnover and membership, the primary purpose was always people-focussed.
Practical pastoral work has taught me how to unlock the leadership potential in people and help them successfully navigate the challenges and pitfalls of their development journey.
Backed by the intellectual rigour of an Oxford science education, I spent my first career in industry with Rolls-Royce plc, the aerospace blue chip, from 1987 to 2002.
It was a great environment for learning to achieve collaboratively; from research projects and test programme management to representing the company as a technical specialist and leading European joint programmes. This work was recognised by the award of a Fellowship of The Institute of Physics in 2013.
Physics taught me to look for the fundamental entities and forces at play in all arenas of life and to continually model, predict and measure their interaction. It has equipped me to analyse with rigour, consistency and insight.
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