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Charles Kingsmill

Every course leader brings a unique wealth of insights from within the boardroom and wider business community to the programmes they deliver; the IoD gives you exclusive access to their expertise.

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Business experience

Charles is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has been a Finance and Systems Director in the US. He was European Head of Strategic Development at Mars Snack Foods, where he worked with the board on a wide range of strategic, marketing and financial issues.

Charles set up a training, consulting and coaching service in 2001. His clients typically engage him to take a group of leaders or managers to the next level of performance. He supports his clients on a wide range of issues including leadership, strategy setting, cultural development, new business models, KPI setting and dashboards, branding, marketing and business development, new value propositions, networking and management development. He also offers competitor war-games, which are a powerful way of developing a strategy to outsmart and outperform competitors in highly competitive markets.

Professional credentials and training experience

Charles is in demand because of his ability to make complex topics clear, and dry subjects interesting. He has trained at businesses of all sizes and in many sectors, including food, pharmaceuticals, retail, sportswear, telecoms, IT, sovereign wealth funds and magic circle law firms. His training clients are from all over the UK and Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia.

He has an MA from Christ Church, Oxford. While at Mars, he also trained as a coach and facilitator. He is qualified to administer MBTI and FIRO-B. He has been a Guest Lecturer at the University of Brighton. He is a Non-Executive Director of a successful events business, and he volunteers as a trained listener, mentor, trustee, knowledge manager and data protection officer at a suicide prevention helpline.