Rarely have I encountered, let alone had the privilege of working deeply with a person who powerfully combines patience, levelheadedness, wisdom, fairness, empathy, and listening, with a priceless degree from the school of hard knocks, complete with top-level insights on what it takes to craft an exceptional life and business. No wonder John Ainley has been voted among the most influential business thinkers by top business publications in Europe, and no wonder so many top leaders worldwide seek his counsel.
Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D, Chairman, PEAK Learning, Inc.
I have worked closely with John for 15 years and found him to be a most accomplished and business oriented leader. He understands the demands of Global organisations and is skilled in navigating cultural differences. John was a great help to me in my CEO role in providing advice, guidance and wise counsel. John is a good listener and extremely valuable sounding board for the senior leader.
Simon Machell APAC Region CEO, Aviva plc.
I have worked closely with John over many years. John’s great strengths are that not only has he excelled as an operational director but, as importantly, has a strong grasp of strategy. He is adept at working closely with senior leaders to ensure outstanding results. He is great fun to work with, is very collaborative & sets clear goals. He is a great listener and provides wise counsel and support to senior leaders.
Patrick Snowball, CEO Suncorp.
John combines the most valuable attributes of coach and counselor. He has a great combination of unflappable common sense, practical business experience, and thoughtful insight. All delivered with welcome sense of humour. John’s advice and support was a great asset to me and to other senior executives in my team. I would highly recommend him to any director looking for confidential and experienced mentoring, coaching or support.
Richard Harvey, Chairman, PZ Cussons plc.
John understands the dynamics of the relationship between a plc. Chair and their CEO, he provided great insight, counsel, and wisdom to me during my chairmanship of Aviva and helped enable a positive working relationship between my CEO and me. John is very commercial and has strong coaching skills, this combination make him a highly valued advisor to the most senior executives.
Lord Colin Sharman, Chairman of Le Gavroche. former Chairman of Aegis plc, Aviva plc and KPMG International.
As a business school professor I did work with many directors around the world. I learnt quite a lot from them, but it is (without any doubt) from John Ainley that I had the most rewarding professional relationship and practical learning experience. His insight in the corporate culture, his diagnosis capacity to identify needs (at the firm and at the individual level), his skills in translating those into development programs were a rich set of competences rarely available together. It made work with John an intellectual pleasure, a mind stretching exercise, a fulfilling encounter for which I will remain indebted for a very long time.
Prof Henri-Claude de Bettignies, Emeritus Professor of Asian Business, INSEAD.
I have worked closely with John for over 15 years. He has a deep understanding of how people and organisations work. He is able to support and develop talent at all levels in an organisation and is passionate about the role senior leaders play in formulating and delivering strategy. He combines high quality and honest feedback with an ability to see many perspectives. I have personally benefited from his wisdom, challenge and support.
Mark Hodges, Group CEO Towergate Insurance.