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about Wendy Pritchard

Curriculum vitae



Invited talk 1st September 2021, Royal Aeronautical Society "Jack Pritchard and the R.38/ZR-2 Airship Disaster, 100 years on"


Invited talk 3rd June 2019, Royal Aeronautical Society "Major Jack Pritchard's personal account of the pioneering 1919 double-crossing of the Atlantic aboard the R.34 Airship"



Founder Executive Trustee

Charity conserving maritime heritage

2010 - 2018

1990 - 2019


Director of Organisational Behaviour

A Board appointment leading a new service to help clients adapt their organisation's style and capability

1989 - 1990


Head of Organisational Effectiveness

The focal point for organisational effectiveness and management of change.  Provided a consulting service to top management of Shell Operating Companies worldwide, as well as to corporate management.  This has included work with Shell companies in Australia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brunei, Gabon, Kenya, Norway, Netherlands and UK

Organisation Development Adviser

Developed and ran a department of organisation development consultants engaged in helping different parts of Shell to diagnose problems and develop ways of coping effectively with their changing environments


Whilst at Shell advised outside organisations on planning and managing change

These included the National Health Service, Department of Health, British Telecom, F-International, Video Arts, London University


Organisation Development Manager

Set up and ran a department of behavioural scientists developing personnel systems.  Provided general advice on organisation diagnosis and change

1974 - 1989

1981 - 1989

1974 - 1981

1969 - 1974


London University, Birkbeck College

MSc Occupational Psychology

1967 -1969

Exeter University

BSc (Hons) Psychology

1964 -1967

Oxford High School


Trustee of Camden Garden Centre Charitable Trust

Governor Burnham Market Primary School

Chairman of Camden Garden Centre Ltd

(which provides work and horticultural training for disadvantaged people.  Awarded "Garden Centre of the Year 2002")

Chairman of Management Committee, Burnham Overy Harbour Trust

Trustee of Citizens Advice

Member of governing Council of Royal Holloway, University of London

Member of Highways Agency Advisory Board

2017 - present

2012 - 2017

1989 - 2017

2003 - 2007

2000 - 2005

1990 - 2000

1996 - 1999


Senior Associate, Cambridge University, The Judge Institute of Management Studies

Member, King's Fund College Committee

Member of National Health Service Teaching Authority

Fellow of British Psychological Society

Member of editorial board of Personnel Management

Chairman of Occupational Psychology Division of the British Psychological Society

2001 - 2006

1994 - 1995

1988 - 1990

1989 (elected)

1985 - 1989

1984 - 1987


"Changing the Essence.  The Art of Creating and Leading Fundamental Change in Organisations".

Co-author with Professor R. Beckhard, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1992

Non-executive appointments


Capabilities I think I bring:

  • some wisdom in understanding the complexity of and humanity involved in change

  • an ability to make what may seem "soft" and invisible, visible and thus manageable

  • experience and insights from working with many complex organisations living through change and with their leaders 

  • an ability to conceptualise and integrate different aspects of change to make a more coherent and manageable whole. A capacity for making the complex simple

  • an ability to anticipate and voice implications and consequences of change and so help people to anticipate and manage them themselves

  • a capacity to work "in real time" with leaders and teams, understanding the essence quickly, helping them get to the heart of the matter and creating possibilities for moving forward 

  • an ability to work one-to-one, leading small groups and leading large groups in an effective, professional but unobtrusive way

  • a capacity to empathise and tune in quickly with many different sorts of people


Clients included:

Resources, Oil & Chemicals

Shell International

Statoil/BP Alliance




Anglo American 

Financial Services

Lloyds Bank plc

National Westminster Bank

Standard Chartered

The World Bank Group

N.M Rothschild and Sons Ltd


Legal Services

Clifford Chance


The Economist Group

Oxford University Press

Wolff Olins

Outsourcing and consulting

Hewitt Associates

Public/private partnerships

Kalyx (previously UKDS)

Westminster City Council

National Savings and Investments

Public sector

Cabinet Office

HM Treasury

Home Office

Department of Health

National Health Service

Department of Social Security

Department of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Legal Services Commission

Prison Service

Northern Ireland Office

Middlesex University

South Bank University

Surrey County Council

Commission for Social Care Inspection

Care Quality Commission

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