paul j corney

I help people and businesses to realise their potential: acting as an advisor; author; 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 a Senior Manager Corporate Finance 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 software and consultancy group Sopheon PLC; Advisor to the CEO of a leading reinsurance broker BMS Group; and Managing Partner Sparknow LLP.

I have helped growing young businesses think about their future strategic direction and ‘selling’ that vision and indeed their exit strategies. Examples include: Ellipsiis Media (now dotdigital); Le Magasin Lewes, Logicamentes in Portugal and an embryonic energy storage business. I have in addition conducted due diligence for a venture capital group on potential acquisitions.

I am the founding Finance & Governance Partner of Bees Homes LLP and Coastway Financial LLP. As property matchmakers, “taking the sting out of buying and selling property”, Bees Homes cover the 5 stages of property transactions: Value > Stage > Negotiate > Finance > Complete.

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

For the last couple of years I have been the Knowledge & Information Ambassador for the Chartered Institute of Libraries & Information Professionals (CILIP) and a member of the project board overseeing the development of a Chartership and Fellowship Accreditation.  In 2019 I was given the Walford Award for outstanding contributions to the KIM professions and 2020 I was elected President Elect of CILIP.

I was Executive Chairman of Pyecombe Golf Club for 3 years creating a team ethos and a strategic direction based upon effective engagement. I have also managed a football club Hassocks Football Club.  Diplomacy intrigues me. I am a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and for 15 years, the Institute of Directors.

A former member of the Faculty at Brighton University teaching on their Knowledge & Innovation Management MBA, I sit on the BSI KM Standards Committee and assisted in the development of ISO 30401 KM Standards released in November 2018.

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

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

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.

Among many articles are: Narrative enquiry: A way to get organizations (and the people in them) talking and acting differently” published by Sage, Story as a tool to capitalize on knowledge assets” published in BIR,

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 published Q2 2017 by American Society for Quality.

In 2018 I am one of the co-authors of “Knowledge Management Matters: Words of Wisdom from Leading Practitioners” .

In 2019 I was a coauthor of The KM Cookbook published to glowing reviews and featuring 16 global organisations with their programmes mapped to The KM Canvas.

Here’s how one of the KM industry’s most celebrated practitioners described it:

The KM Cookbook



“Chris Collison, Paul Corney, and Patricia Eng have written a practical and easy-to-understand guide to knowledge management. The KM Cookbook combines a helpful explanation of ISO 30401 – the first international KM standard – with methods, tools, and stories to support successfully implementing KM.

It uses the clever metaphor of a restaurant to describe the KM standard, tools, and stakeholders. The KM Chef’s Canvas is included as a useful tool to assess KM programmes applying the new standard.”


To contact me:
skype: corneyp  I  twitter: pauljcorney I #km4good
Office + 44 (0) 1323 728287
Mobile +44 (0) 777 6085857