John Lees

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Executive Coach

Industry renowned career strategist Skilled in helping people make the most difficult career decisions

Prestigious author Offering unparalleled insight into careers trajectories and how clients can best realign their own career path

Authoritative and personable Bringing a demonstrable depth of experience and a firm yet friendly guiding hand to help guide clients through their options

John Lees is one of the UK’s best-known career strategists and the author of 15 books on work and careers. How To Get A Job You Love regularly lists as the best-selling careers book by a British author, and will shortly be in its 11th (2021/22) edition. John’s other titles include Take Control of Your Career, Knockout Interview, Knockout CV, The Interview Expert, Just The Job!, Secrets of Resilient People, and The Success Code. John’s latest (2020) title is Get Ahead in Your New Job.

John’s books have been translated into Arabic, Georgian, Polish, Japanese and Spanish. In 2012 he wrote the introduction to the Harvard Business Review Guide to Getting the Right Job.

As a career and outplacement coach, John specialises in helping people make difficult career decisions – difficult either because they don’t know what to do next, or because there are barriers in the way of success.  John is a regular conference keynote speaker and has run career workshops in Australia, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Mauritius, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and several parts of the USA.

John has written careers columns for Metro and People Management and thought leadership pieces for The Times and The Guardian. He appears regularly in the national press with features in a wide range of titles including Management Today, Cosmopolitan, Prospects, and Psychologies. His coaching work has been profiled in Coaching at Work and The Sunday Times. TV appearances include Back to Work (BBC Interactive), Working Lunch (BBC2), Dispatches (Channel 4), Talking Business (BBC World), and Tonight – How To Get A Job (ITV).

John is a graduate of the universities of Cambridge, London and Liverpool, and has spent most of his career focusing on the world of work, serving as Chief Executive of the Institute of Employment Consultants (now the IRP). He has worked with a wide range of organisations on career issues including: Boston Consulting Group, The British Council, CIPD, Endsleigh, Harrods, Hiscox, The House of Commons, ICAEW, Imperial College, The Association of MBAs, Lloyds Banking Group, Marks & Spencer, NAPP Pharmaceutical, Oakridge, and business schools across the UK. He served as Joint Chair of the Association of Career Professionals-UK (2011-13), was a founding Board Director of the Career Development Institute along with Peter Fennah and in March 2016 was elected a NICEC Fellow. He also an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.

Qualifications: 

MA English (Cambridge)

MA Applied Theology (Liverpool)

MA Modern English Literature (London, Birkbeck)

Founding Board Director – Career Development Institute

Joint Chair – Association of Career Professionals International along with Peter Fennah

Industry Recognition:

John is a graduate of the universities of Cambridge, London and Liverpool, and has spent most of his career focusing on the world of work. He has trained recruitment specialists since the mid-1980s, and is the former Chief Executive of the Institute of Employment Consultants (now the IRP). He has worked with a wide range of organisations on career management issues including: British Gas Commercial, The British Council, CIPD, Endsleigh, Fairplace, Harrods, Hiscox, The House of Commons, Imperial College, The Association of MBAs, Lloyds Banking Group, Marks & Spencer, NAPP Pharmaceutical, Oakridge, Tribal, and business schools across the UK. John is a Fellow of the CIPD and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.

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