paul j corney

  • I help people and businesses to realise their potential: as an advisor; coach; facilitator; and project director.
  • I have a broad global portfolio from working at all levels across a range of industries: development /3rd sector; energy; finance;  government/public sector; information; knowledge management; law; leisure; retail; and software.

My early background was financial yet eclectic: I spent 25 years in the City as Senior Manager at Saudi International Bank and as a Vice President at Zurich Reinsurance.

Since 1998 I’ve run a portfolio of activities: Strategy & Business Advisor to the CEO of a software and consultancy group Sopheon PLC; Information & Knowledge Advisor to the CEO of a leading reinsurance broker BMS Group; Managing Partner Sparknow LLP; and Principal Consultant Knowledge Associates Cambridge.

An early pioneer of intranets in the mid 90’s and one of the first ‘knowledge managers’ in the City of London I’ve led many challenging assignments, often cross culture, and frequently cross continent. I was a visiting lecturer on knowledge and information management at London Metropolitan University and have published numerous articles inclduing ‘The creation of a Living Archive’ featured in Making Knowledge Management Work for Your Organization published by Ark Group in 2012, ‘Dad are you a spy’ (how to undertake international KIM assignments) and ‘Why good knowledge drives good business’ both published by Sage Publications in 2015.

Today I combine pro bono activities (a former founding Trustee of UK charity Plan Zheroes) with paid consultancy work, teaching and coaching.

A member of the Faculty at Brighton University teaching on their Knowledge & Innovation Management MBA I also sit on the BSI KM Standards Committee providing the UK’s response to International Standards Organisation’s (ISO) emerging KM Standards.

I am on the Executive Advisory Board of SocialNow, a unique event that looks at how social media impacts business.

From 2013-2016 I was part of a team helping Iran’s largest organisation to develop and implement a Knowledge Management Strategy. I have also written a set of teaching modules on methods, tools and techniques for effective capture and retention of critical knowledge. These are part of UK Government entities’ capacity building.

I have recently (February 2017) returned from a mission to Sudan where working alongside the Sudanese Knowledge Society I gave speeches, ran workshops, a masterclass and a reverse brainstorm sesssion as part of “Managing Knowledge in a Connected World” week sponsored in part by The World Bank Group and University of Khartoum.

I regularly speak at and chair international events and run masterclasses.

I chaired KMUK in 2012, 2013 and 2014, presented at TFPL Connect, NettIkx and SocialNow, helped the health industry in Sudan to realise the importance of sharing knowledge and gave keynote speeches in Bogota, Dubai, Lisbon, Moscow, Khartoum and KM Legal, London. I have run a variety of masterclasses in Dubai, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London and Singapore on such topics as: the effective use of space, effective Knowledge Auditing and effective Knowledge Capture & Retention.

In March 2015 I gave the closing Keynote speech and ran a masterclass at KM Middle East, in May 2015 I gave an address to the Hong Kong KM Society and in October 2015 and April 2016 I ran a masterclass in Lisbon.

In 2016 I keynoted at KM Legal Europe, Practical Law UK and gave an address to CILIP’s annual conference.

In 2017 I will be presenting at KM Legal Europe, KMUK, KM Asia and running a masterclass with Islamic University Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur “Working Smarter in a Knowledge World: Why space matters for Collaboration, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer.”

I also write.

Apart from this blog, I am published by Business Information Review and Inside Knowledge Magazine who include me as one of the KM thought leaders.

In conjunction with Patricia Eng (former KM Head of US Nuclear Regulary Authority) I completed a book on ‘Navigating the Minefield: A Practical KM Companion‘ to be published Q2 2017 by American Society for Quality.

Diplomacy intrigues me. I am a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Institute of Directors.

I’ve been the Chairman of Pyecombe Golf Club and the Manager of Hassocks Football Club both of which taught me the need for effective engagement.

I live, with my wife, who is a prominent interior design blogger, close to the sea in Eastbourne and Lisbon which probably explains why so much of my life has been spent working with overseas clients.

I was interviewed as an Expert Panellist by the Founder of and published a post on the effective use of workspace.

Here are the links:

How to Ensure Successful Mergers & Acquisitions Through Clever Knowledge Management

How to Create Innovative Knowledge Management Solutions Using Stories

Why space matters

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In 2014 APQC conucted an interview with me about the Pause & Reflect technique, here’s what they said follwed by the link:

APQC recently sat down with Paul J Corney to discuss how using the Pause & Reflect method following an event can help teams better articulate their lessons learned and improve engagement among team members

To contact me:
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