Allan Ward is the founder and lead consultant of Forward Consulting.
Through his own management consultancy, formed in 2003, Allan worked first as a consultant with the Wilsher Group. In 2006 he co-founded ChangingPoint, and since 2010 he has been based in Nairobi. In 2015 he launched Forward Consulting. Over the last seventeen years, he has consulted for many national and international organisations across the UK, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Born in England and raised in Scotland, Allan graduated in 1984 with an honours degree in biology and mathematics, economics, sociology, and psychology.
Allan’s inspiration for leading and developing teams started while spending six years leading marine mammal research projects in the UK and Antarctica. Many of these projects involved multinational and multilingual teams in challenging environments, with his research results impacting globally significant issues such as the ban on commercial whaling.
A subsequent eleven years in the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoWellcome and Bristol-Myers Squibb saw him leading and managing change in sales, training, marketing, and business development. While at GlaxoWellcome, Australia, Allan redesigned a national training programme, such that employees became effective in several weeks instead of several months.
Allan has over thirty years of history with Kenya, and since 2014 a large proportion of Allan’s work has been in the community conservation field, mainly in northern and coastal Kenya. He has worked with the senior teams of conservation organisations, and elders and leaders from rural community conservancies. A director of conservation recently commented concerning Allan’s training: “…for those interacting with the newly trained Boards it is transformational in its impact.”
This transformational impact results from the one-of-a-kind methodology and content that Allan has created, drawing on over thirty years of experience in leadership, management, adult learning, and behavioural change.