timpickles.jpgRev. Tim Pickles
B.Sc. Soc. Sci, PGCE, Chartered FCIPD, RIMA

Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5JW
Tel: +44 (0)1768 774135
Mob: +44 (0)7831 302789
Web: www.timpickles.com

Professional skills

  • A strategic thinker, capable of envisaging the 'big picture' and devising innovative solutions and services, that also respect an ethical and holistic dimension
  • A creative author and publisher with over a dozen commercially published books and manuals, and the founder of the leading online resource for training professionals
  • An ordained Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor who works with body, mind and spirit, from the heart as well as the head
  • A web innovator with direct experience of how online networks can support people, their organisations and their learning
  • A respected learning consultant with over 300 clients and a track record in identifying solutions
  • A 'completer' with a reputation for seeing tasks through to their conclusion

Recent experience

  • Integrating the more intuitive and spiritual diminensons into my work of service by running retreats, and providing counselling, healing, and bodwork to a range of groups and clients, including my work as an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Director within the Thelki community.
  • Providing consulting, training and authoring services on a contractual basis to over 300 organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors over 25 years.  My main focus in on governance, strategic planning, performance management, problem-solving and organisational development.
  • Director of Best Practice in the development of online communities. Devising, leading and managing two innovative and fully interactive online communities for professional staff at trainingzone.co.uk and hrzone.co.uk with the award-winning Sift technology platform and attracting over 85,000 registered members of whom 35,000 use the services each month.
  • As a Framework management consultant, negotiating, securing and delivering on a wide range of contracts with public sector and not-for-profit organisations thoughout the UK.

Main achievements

  • Engaging in my own continuous professional learning and spiritual practice to develop my own self-awareness, interests and roles
  • Founding and establishing four successful organisations and staff networks delivering services in different areas
  • Developing practical programmes and developmental resources concerned with best managerial practice, good governance and effective learning
  • Empowering staff teams and organisations to overcome their presenting difficulties and move forward with confidence
  • Grasping the opportunities presented by new technology to deliver services in new ways

Writing and publishing

  • Writing and/or editing more than a dozen commercially published books and manuals including the best-selling Toolkit for Trainers (Gower and translated into seven languages), Developing Training Skills (Longman), Performance Appraisal (Russell House), Reorganisation (Pavilion), Toolkit for Managers (Pavilion), Staying Safe: HIV and AIDS (Pavilion), Toolkit for Managing Change (Pavilion), Social Care Professional Development Systems (Longman) and The Lakeland Fells: complete illustrated guide (Ernest Press).
  • Authoring of numerous commissioned manuals, practice guides, evaluation reports and handbooks.
  • Online publishing with helpforclubs.org.uk,  trainingzone.co.uk and hrzone.co.uk including news, expert guides, reviews, opinion pieces, resource materials, and newswires, and content designer and editor of numerous other websites for clients.

Career Summary

  • Community Facilitator and Professional Practice Adviser to the Interfaith Ministers Association
  • Ordained Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor
  • Associate tutor, Lancaster University Management School
  • Founder of Tim Pickles Ventures , working with over 300 public, voluntary and private sector clients
  • Communities Best Practice Director at Sift and Founder of trainingzone.co.uk and hrzone.co.uk from 1997 to 2005
  • Strategy and development consultant with Framework consultancy network from 1989 to 2000
  • Youth policy and practice consultant with Save the Children, 1985 to 1990
  • Director and head of programmes with North East Work Trust from 1979 to 1985
  • Founder and co-ordinator of youth social work activities, Venture 12, from 1974 to 1979
  • Associate Lecturer with University of Bristol School of Education
  • Teacher at Ghyll Royd School

Professional qualifications

Personal interests

  • Life and culture in SE Asia
  • Gay spirituality, meditation and Buddhism
  • Diverse active sporting interests including mountaineering and ski-touring, fell-walking, cycling, guidebook writing, croquet.
  • Munroist: Compleat 1992, Furth of Scotland 1996
  • Lake District history, cartography, and antiquarian books
  • Theatre, opera and street theatre