Dr Clive Kinder is Chairman of the Commonwealth Business School (CBS). He began his career as one of the original VSO volunteers teaching in Nigeria when he was 17 years old. His first degree was in geology. He then studied social anthropology at Oxford, where he played soccer and tennis for the University. After Oxford, Clive taught at Manchester University, where he worked as an urban anthropologist in the multi-racial district of Moss Side. He then went into industry with Philips and Tarmac becoming a Personnel Director with Delta Metal and Allied Domecq and Director of Personnel of the Greater London Council, an organisation of over 100,000 employees.
Clive then became a Visiting Professor at the International Management Centre from Buckingham and later a visiting Fellow at Durham and Bradford Business Schools and the National University of Singapore and the University of the West Indies in Barbados. During this period he created the International Journal of Public Sector Management and the International Centre for Organisational Excellence (ICOM), a niche business school specialising in action learning, in-company, leadership development programmes. Over the next 25 years he conducted 66, 1 to 3 year, customised, action learning based senior leadership development programmes all over the world in major multi-nationals such as Shell and Singapore Telecoms, in large public sector bodies such as the UK Civil Service and National Health Service and many organisations in the developing world in the civil service and the water, power, roads, telecoms, construction, hospitality and health care sectors. Many of these led to MBAs and Doctorates accredited by the University of Bradford and diplomas accredited by Oxford University (UODLE), Cambridge University (UCLES) and The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).