The Ideas Centre Ltd was established by Dr David J Hall in 2011, created with a mission to provide organisations of all sectors with a mechanism to unleash the potential that is otherwise locked away within individuals and cultures. We all get locked within the backward-looking confines of conventional and traditional thinking, and the forward looking organisations of the future will install mechanisms to achieve breakthrough thinking, which will then drive the innovation process.
This is purpose of The Ideas Centre Ltd, changing thinking, addressing challenges, developing in-house facilitators, managing creativity and innovation, and delivering organisational transformation.
David left corporate comfort in 2011 to establish The Ideas Centre Ltd, to pursue his passion for business transformation through the release of individual potential. A highly engaged and inspirational speaker, he coaches businesses of all types to unblock “breakthrough thinking”, introducing an “ideas culture” that drives the innovation process. Having experienced 25 years in Board Level leadership in a range of sectors, his practical approaches to creativity and innovation are geared to embedding systematic approaches within the organisation.
Prior to the Ideas Centre, David was CEO of HFL Sport Science Ltd, a drug surveillance and contract research organisation based in Newmarket. More generally – since 1984 he has held leadership positions in a range of sectors (oil & gas, scientific instrumentation, contract electronics). Creativity, innovation, and a pursuit of the perfect culture provide a common thread throughout his career to date.
A few other points of note:
A graduate chemistwith an MBA, Carolinebegan her professional career as an Analytical Chemist in the sports anti-doping industry.
Having discovered that people were in fact more intriguing than science, she moved out of the laboratory and into operational management holding senior roles within a variety of organisations (HFL Ltd, Quotient Bioresearch Ltd and LGC Ltd (latterly as Global Operations Director))leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams and projects.
Caroline became interested in the power of creative problem solving whilst at HFL Sport Science Ltd and helped to embed this into the culture of the organisation by introducing finger-painting as part of the induction process for new starters.
Her positive approach and empathic people skills are a powerful combination in project leadership, and she has a successful track record of taking creative ideas and transforming them into practical reality in order to solve business problems in an innovative way.
Having worked with Dave Hall in numerous roles since 2001, Caroline joined the Ideas Centre as COO in 2014.
Alex first experienced creative thinking tools while running a government innovation programme and became passionate about their value in driving business performance.
Alex works with a thriving network of business people who are using creativity to release the potential in people, to manage change and innovate. His practical approach to getting results means that he gets a kick from turning creative sparks into real innovations.
Alex is an experienced business leader and an engaging speaker with a background in corporate communications and marketing. He has led projects for corporates such as Shell and Channel4, and has worked at board level in a number of small businesses.
A Chartered Surveyor by profession, Paul previously worked in various positions in both the private and public sector before becoming the Chief Surveyor of a former top 20 Building Society. He left there to become the southern area Regional Manager for a national independent firm of surveyors where, in addition to the usual management functions was responsible primarily for new business development.
He started his own successful Practice from scratch before selling seven years later and going on a sailing trip with his wife. At the same time, he was also a Director on the Board of Management of a firm of national surveyors, which had a turnover in excess of £10m.
After the sale of his business he was involved with businesses across many sectors as a mentor, but much of his time was taken up acting as a consultant to the corporate finance department of a Chartered Accountancy Practice in London. There, he specialised in the property sector, particularly with professional service Practices, and has a very good track record over many years of advising businesses wishing to sell, advising on acquisitions and also bringing businesses to market and deal making.
He has experience of presenting to groups of people and has done some motivational after dinner speaking.
He is passionate about helping to drive businesses forward and wants as many businesses as possible to benefit from the exploding opportunities in this changing world, with creativity and innovation at the forefront of all organisations.
Throughout his career Pete has always valued highly the part that creativity and innovation can play in the development and differentiation for both individuals and businesses.
As a senior executive business leader and accomplished change agent, Pete has always led by example by doing things differently and recognising the motivational and performance benefits of engaging competent and empowered individuals to establish outstanding teams that can continually transform and improve their personal and business performance.
Pete is a strategic thinker and in many previously challenging situations, has randomly used creative problem solving methods to overcome major business and project issues. He joined the Ideas Centre Group as he was captivated by the straightforward and systematic way in which it enables business leaders, owners and companies to introduce and germinate creativity into their organisational culture and seize control of their innovation agenda.
Pete is a natural coach whose passion it is to help individuals in developing their talents and releasing their potential to improve themselves and the organisations they work for.