David Charles-Edwards

Mr. Charles-Edwards is an experienced management consultant, working as a trainer, coach, mentor, supervisor and counselor, with a particular focus on leadership and team development, managing people and interpersonal skills. He has helped companies develop ways to manage change, including downsizing, and helped a variety of at risk staff find employment or a new direction in their working life. Mr. Charles-Edwards is a Lead Management Consultant at Charles-Edwards Woolfe & Associates (CWA), a network of consultants from line management, human resources, training and counseling backgrounds with a wide experience of organizations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. CWA works with clients, individually and in groups, to develop leadership, working relationships and teams, to cope with stress and the pressures of change and to strengthen interpersonal and communication skills.

Some of the organizations in the private, public and voluntary sectors, with which Mr. Charles-Edwards and CWA have been or are involved include AES (Analytical & Environmental Services), Argos, AMEC (Rail), BP (British Petroleum), British Gas/Transco, BT (British Telecom), Coventry Healthcare NHS Trust, Derbyshire Building Society, DEFRA, Coral, Dioceses of Birmingham, Coventry & Lichfield, George Elliot NHS Trust, GEC Management College, Glaxo, ICI, Intermediate Technology (ITDG), GPT, LOROS (The Leicestershire Hospice), LGTB Top Managers Programme, KPMG, LWF (Lutheran World Federation), National Westminster Bank, Land Registry, Marks & Spencer, Metropolitan Police, Midland Mainline, Pedigree Masterfoods, Rugby Borough Council, J Sainsbury, Shell International, Warburtons, William Hill. He is also an associate of Trans4mation.

Mr. Charles-Edwards’ industrial career began with the Metal Box Company and then The Industrial Society, where he worked with John Adair in introducing the concept of Action-Centred Leadership to industry, commerce and public services. After the Industrial Society, he moved on to head up the NHS personnel functions, first in Hackney and then in Oxfordshire. In Oxford, Mr. Charles-Edwards led the personnel commissioning program to open the John Radcliffe teaching hospital and consequent closure of another hospital, overseeing major change to the existing hospitals in the city and changing the location of over half the Authority's 10,000 staff. He also initiated a staff support project. Subsequently he moved to Rugby to manage the British Association for Counseling (now BACP), helping turn it towards organizational health by quadrupling its membership that was dropping when he joined.

Mr. Charles-Edwards has trained as a RELATE Counselor and also in interpreting the psychological instrument PAPI (Kostick's Personal Preference Inventory), through PA Management Consultants. He is supervised in his counseling and mentoring by Wendy Robinson, a Jungian psychotherapist. Mr. Charles-Edwards has an interest in relationship and parenting issues, and was involved in the development from the outset of ROSA, the Rugby registered charity to support those who had been raped or assaulted sexually, and pioneered Fathers’ Courses with the Rugby Parents Centre, part of Warwickshire Education. He is also a founding trustee of a charity, Salt of the Earth, with a focus on empowering and practical work among the very poor in Tamil Nadu, India and has authored the books: Handbook of Counselling in Britain (Routledge-1989) jointly edited with Professor Windy Dryden & Ray Woolfe; Death, Bereavement and Work (CEPEC-1992); and Bereavement at Work (Duckworth-2000).