GreenKite Names Professor Dean Fathers as Chairman

  • Consultancy
  • 03.03.2020 08:40 am

GreenKite, an independent Professional Services Firm for Insurance and Financial Services, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dean Fathers; experienced entrepreneur, chair and Professor of Organisational Resilience at the University of Lincoln as Chair of the Board. Dean will work directly with GreenKite CEO, Sara Ager and the rest of the founding team, as a trusted adviser and business mentor.


A serial entrepreneur with international acclaim, Dean started his career in logistics. He has held a portfolio career for over 25 years, combining senior roles across the commercial, executive education, and public sectors. Dean has advised many business entrepreneurs and been a mentor to a number of established players in organisations such as: Costain, CNN, Deutsche Post, Fullers, John Lewis, Kier, QBE, Unipart, Willis, ZF, and Zurich. An experienced Board member and Chair, he has also developed and sold several organisations including his own global consultancy practice.  


Dean’s involvement in Executive Education was initiated with the Institute of Directors where he was a lead tutor for 17 years and where he sat on the design team that created the Chartered Director Programme. Whilst a Professor at Cass Business School, he chaired the Governance Standards Review Body for the Sector Skills Council for Administration and was also on the working group that created the Governance Standards BS13500. He is proud of his record as an inclusive leader, engaging proactively with the diversity agenda, being a champion for greater inclusivity at Board level, and has been recognised in many ways for his impact in advancing this agenda (Stonewall Best Company 2015 and Star Performer 2016 and Gold Award Winner for DRM).


Commenting on his appointment, Dean Fathers says: "This is an exciting time to be engaging with organisations keen to achieve their strategic ambitions post-Brexit. There is great potential for the Boards of UK organisations to increase their competitiveness and recognise how to positively impact on their triple bottom line."


“We are delighted Dean has decided to join us. His strong interest in leadership, strategy and governance, and the experience he brings of not only building his own consultancy but the cross sector experience he has, will ensure GreenKite can continue with its ambition to develop itself as an insightful and valued professional services firm” adds Sara Ager, GreenKite CEO.


GreenKite launched in October 2019 to engage with ambitious firms within the Insurance and Financial Services sectors – from startups and scale-ups to established firms. GreenKite is a professional services firm providing support, advice and solutions to dynamic and enterprising organisations. GreenKite works as an extension of its clients’ businesses, and provide proactive support and insight on company setup, growth or sale, if people and their performance and the operational and tech supporting the business. GreenKite provides services on an interim, project or retainer basis.

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